Last week, Reuters News took a small step into the unknown and hosted an ‘unconference‘ – a conference in which almost everything is generated by the participants. This is nothing new in the world of technology where fans have been using the term for more than a decade, but for a journalist like me somewhat unsettling.
Conventionally, at conferences a panel of experts talks about their specialist subject and, if there’s time, the audience gets a chance to ask a few questions at the end. My understanding is that an ‘unconference’ reverses all this — the focus shifts from stage to audience. What I also get now is that it addresses those negative thoughts you find yourself thinking if you attend conventional conferences regularly. Thoughts like: