Unconference 101

What is an Unconference?

A video we didn’t make (2:50)

Here’s a great video about unconferencing at Transparency Camp: just about everything in it applies to #NECUnited as well.

In brief:

An unconference is to a conference what a seminar is to a lecture, what a party at your house is to a church wedding, what a pick-up game of Ultimate Frisbee is to an NBA game, what a jam band is to a symphony orchestra: it’s more informal and more participatory. To get the most out of #NECUnited, have fun, be productive, and stay collegial. Don’t bring a presentation (unless you’re teaching a workshop). Propose a session and take charge of running it. Talk, make, teach, play. Listen. Help take notes. If a session isn’t useful for you, go to another one (that’s the Law of Two Feet). Bring a device and a dongle if you need to share something on the projector. Dress comfortably. Consider volunteering to teach something. Keep a record of the experience (use the unconference hashtag #NECUnited). Don’t forget to fill out an evaluation.

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