We spent much of Sunday afternoon talking about what we are hoping is going to be our Third Way – not a pure, casual, completely unstructured thing, but also not the type of seemingly canned event many of us have come to dislike. So what are we doing? Well, it’s not fully baked yet but here are some of the things:
Unconference room. One room at MaRS in the centre of the action, dedicated for folks to use as they will. Set up demos there, blog there, hang out there, strike up a conversation there, arrange a meetup there about a specific topic there. It’s yours – well, all of ours. We will keep the coffee hot and coming – you use it in a way that works for you. We are hoping to set up a wiki to allow for scheduling, but it’s basically all you to program. What do you think of that? Like it? Hate it? We’re trying – tell us.
Untraditional keynotes. We will be doing some as 1:1’s centre stage, with us just talking with some of our guests. No podium, no powerpoint. Just getting into it, hopefully in a smart way. We are working on how else to involve more people in the discussion, without making it turn into a goat rodeo. What say ye?
Workshops. We will be doing small group, nuts-and-bolts sessions with some top-drawer leaders. How do you like the concept?
We are still working on more – like the plumbing of this blog, for instance. And we aren’t done yet. But we wanted to tell you that we really are trying.