Will an ‘in-house’ unconference work???

Posted on Jul 14, 2010

Had a little thought whilst driving home tonight..

Part of my role involves facilitating the Continuing Professional Development of a number of internal Learning Facilitators. I normally do this by facilitating some lunchtime-learning sessions, which to be quite honest receive a very poor response in relation to the number of facilitators we have on-site (part of this is due to operating a shift-pattern).

I’ve attended quite a few conferences and workshops this year and have gained a great deal from them, so I have hatched a cunning plan…

  • Book an offsite facility for a day with Wi-Fi access.
  • Invite all Learning Facilitators to attend.
  • Set up a Google Moderator series to allow attendees to choose some of the content for themselves.
  • Invite all delegates to facilitate their own sessions (depending on the number of submissions these could be voted upon)
  • Offer up a Flip Ultra camera (or something similar) in a prize draw to all attendees.
  • Encourage delegates to set up a Twitter account prior to the un-conference and provide the support for them in doing this.
  • Utilise Twitter and other Web 2.0 tools during the un-conference.

So that’s my plan to date

Any and all feedback would be greatly appreciated


  1. Do I get a prize for correctly recognising the QR Code in your email and decoding it??

  2. Hi Greg,

    Well done on spotting the QR code and following the trail….

    You have indeed won a prize….. a 1st class seat on the un-conference mentioned above

    See you there 😉


  3. Having attended your lunch n learns and your conference talks, I can see this working well across a day. Your knowledge and enthusiasm is vast, as is your promotion of research-based best practice. Supporting prior setup and then immersing your facilitators in this environment for an extended time will stretch them and ensure some fresh thinking for each individual by the end.


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