Shaking up the way we do conferences


June 1st, 2010

The brief seemed fairly straightforward: design and facilitate a conference on evaluation of behaviour change. Oh, and make it different, groundbreaking even…unlike all the other conferences around. And could we also explore complexity? And could it be self-catered, by students? Could it be the sort of conference people talk about it the future? Not so straightforward.

So we designed Show Me The Change. At times it was hard to break away from convention, from expectations, to say no to keynote speakers and pre-prepared agendas. I’ve written before about how much harder it is to be disruptive than to be conventional.

Whether we disrupted the field of behaviour change evaluation remains to be seen. We know we gave it a good shake.

And to continue the conversations Geoff Brown has done a great job in capturing the conference story. It’s an awesome multi-media summary and is on the web site for all to see. If you haven’t seen it yet, go here to check it out. Now that’d be the sort of conference I’d go to. And it just might be the sort of conference report that someone would read.

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