This post is targeted to all of the folks in the HR Echo Chamber. (The line is we talk to ourselves and no one else really listens). Last week I personally had a minor epiphany. It had to do with the unconference. While this group of Human Resource internet aficionados, here in the chamber, did not invent or does not own the unconference, we certainly do advocate for its use and adoption, especially guys like Bill Boorman.
Within the span of less than a week, I ran into the unconference on two different planes. As a registered/certified USA Hockey Referee I must annually attend a clinic (this is suppose to facilitate my competency as an official). For as long as I can remember, how they disseminate information is in the classic lecture style – with power point.
This year (drum roll please) the instructor said I am going to do something different. He said I have a list of some things I would like to discuss, but I want your involvement and input. He said, further, I would like to talk about any concerns or issues that you guys might want to bring up. Holy Cow – sounds like an unconference to me. So that’s what we did, he was a great facilitator which lead to a lot of information being shared. Kudos to USA Hockey.
Six days later, my son who was in Chicago attended an event at Columbia College. It was called The Creative Unconference. At this event people just talked there were no presentation or power point. That sound like an event where you might find his dad and his HR buddies. Wow!
So in the span of less than a week, I was touched twice by the unconfernce. Wow maybe we are helping to move the ball forward! Viva la HREvolution – Vival la TruConferences.