I’ve been thinking a bit about the unconference format and how great it is for learning. Here is a definition for unconference:
An unconference is a conference organized, structured and led by the people attending it. Instead of passive listening, all attendees and organizers are encouraged to become participants, with discussion leaders providing moderation and structure for attendees.
When you think about it. Isn’t that what many of us managing communities strive for? It certainly is what we hoped TheCR Network would become and are pleased to say that we have succeeded in that. So it should be no surprise that we are excited by an upcoming event produced by community managers for community managers. Here is the organizers take on why the unconference format is important and all the information you need to join in. Members of TheCR Network get a discount through the end of today. Check your recent special offer email from TheCR or DM us @TheCR for more information.
For several years during the 2000’s online community professionals gathered together annually to share and learn from each other. Recognizing that online community practice continues to evolve, a group of Bay Area community managers felt the need to revive the unconference tradition to gather together online community and social media professionals to share their collective knowledge and real world experience to address today’s pressing topics.
We believe that online community and social media professionals represent the most current sources of information on creating healthy and sustainable online communities. Connecting this community of practitioners, and tapping into our collective knowledge and real world experience is exactly what we intended to do during the Online Community Unconference 2013.
The format of an unconference allows us, as a group, to set out the day’s topics and ensure that whatever challenges we face today and in the immediate future have a chance to be addressed with our peers.
Already we have attracted a group of online community and social media practitioners with a wide range of experiences across a range of social spaces. All we are really missing is you, to attend and contribute your knowledge and experience.
Some topics in previous Online Community Unconferences have included:
- New Opportunities with Social Media
- Enterprise Communities: Hosting the Conversation
- Online Community Management: 10 Years of Experience
- Lessons Learned: Pitfalls and Best Practices in Community-Building
- For Beginners: Laying a Solid Foundation for the Best Community
- Security: Best Practices for Community Moderation
- What to Look for When Hiring Community Staff
- Marketing your Online Community
- Building Community in a Support (Q&A) Forum
- Engaging Community Members: Turning Lurkers into Participants
- How to Grow Leaders Within a Community
- Metrics for Measuring Community Health
- Community Driven Product Design
- Selecting the Right Community Platform, Changing Platforms and Vendors
- Online Community for Social Good and Change
- Big Community: Strategy Across Your Ecosystem
The goal of this event is that you find valuable information and guidance to help you with both the day-to-day and big picture decisions you face to become a successful online community professional.
When: May 21st, 2013 8:30am to 5:00pm
Where: Computer History Museum, 1401 Shoreline Blvd, Mountain View, CA 94043
Members of TheCR Network get a discount through the end of today. Check your recent special offer email from TheCR or DM them @TheCR
Register now: https://ocu.chirrpy.com/
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