Story: How a conference becomes an internet portal
We wanted the conference on innovation to be creative, and if possible, to be innovative. Not the usual conference design of famous key-note speakers, "workshops" with still more presentations and a forum discussion between experts at the and of the day. Our questions were: Is it possible to initiate innovative actions in a conference on innovation? How do we evaluate this afterwards? Is it possible to continue the process of using weak-ties, to connect people who are busy with organizing innovation? We decided to make a learning history of this conference, to evaluate the process and the results.
About 200 professionals participated in the conference. Consultants, managers, trainers, teachers, administrators. After a few introductions people could choose between 18 work-ateliers, in two rounds. Our intention was to produce a bundle of products/ illustrations/ ideas/ new connections of persons and ideas, and to discuss the results at the and of the day.
What we did:
Messages of the learning history:
We learned much about design principles and direction of a conference like this.
The website developed from a learning history of the conference to a portal for anyone interested in the organization process of innovation. The story goes on in a network of loosely coupled professionals, called "junction innovation". We (a group of three initiators) sent a (two)monthly e-mail newsletter to participators (see picture on the right). Please visit our Dutch website to get an idea of the presentation form, at www.knooppuntinnovatie.nl
Three work-ateliers in one large room appeared to
be too noisy, due to bad acoustics
Website as learning history; www.knooppuntinnovatie.nl
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