Following some discussion relating to unSummit and other related activity, it has been remarked several times that the classic conference, or even unconference formatting is feeling somewhat tired, exhausted, redundant or out of sync.
@Bembo_Davies suggested that this should be a serious consideration from the get go for unSummit number 2, lest we risk forgetting about the unMonastery in unSummit.
And so I wanted to start a discussion outside of the main thread about how we might approach formatting this event - as it stands in my mind, the approach would be to spend 3-4 days from w/c 2nd of November in Nottingham together doing focused work, that would then feed into a more public and accessible format over the weekend.
This would allow us to build up strong collaborative ties on common area's of interests with those we wish to work with and learn from - as well as easing in an atmosphere and way of working together that might benefit a larger event.
In practical terms though, what does this look like, workshops in the day time, in small groups, sat in circles and cooking, eating and presenting back in the evening? How do we maintain a centre of gravity? Do we require a special kind of steward to be traversing the event? Should we be speaking or building? What would the outcomes look like?
Lets throw into this the consideration that if the theme is to be living together then do we also have multiple buildings and spaces dotted around the city, if so, how do these factor into our formatting of the event?
This post is intended to begin generating a conversation around the format of this event, but shouldn't be restricted to discussing purely practical application in this context. Details and examples of recent events you may have been to or envision as an effective format are welcomed!
(ping @OlaMoller re: our conversation yesterday)