Unconferencing

Earlier this year, I was invited to join the Board of Directors of a small Not-for-Profit Org in the US.  I jumped at the invitation as it gave me chance to stay connected to international development – even if only tangentially.   Since then, I’ve been asked to moderate the annual Board Meeting, which by most all accounts has grown a bit stale.    I’m thinking to propose an un-conference/meeting to break away from the standard:  ‘powerpoint, clap, questions/answers, clap…and repeat, routine.’   To discuss big ideas and possibly generate new ones, rather than rehash a year in review.

A quick search unearthed interesting ideas at ConnectedCareer and the LearningCafe.

The ConnectedCareer describes four ground rules:

1. Whoever comes are the right people.
2. Whatever happens is the only thing that could have.
3. Whenever it starts is the right time.
4. When it’s over, it’s over.

I like where this is going!    The Learning Cafe forwards an approach of facilitated discussions of big questions/topics with space to stretch out and explore new ideas.

I’d be very interested to hear of experiences in this type of approach.  Suggested readings, lessons learned and/or feedback would be most appreciated between now and November!

Beyond the meeting, it seems there is something here very relevant to IB education, where the discussions and learning is a bit more organic and driven by the experiences, interests and new ideas of the learners.   Is there such thing as the unlesson in a unclassroom???

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