An unconference is a participant-driven meeting that attempts to avoid some of the aspects of a conventional conference, such as high fees, sponsored presentations, and top-down organization.
It would/could work like this.
- A Council would invite staff from nearby Councils to attend an unconference on a subject of mutual interest.
- One or more of the Councils represented at the initial unconference would hold follow up meetings and invite participants from Councils located further away from the initial venue, and not included in the first meeting.
Repeating this process a few times would result in the make up of the attendees changing over time, and new perspectives being continually added to the mix.
The whole process could be coordinated via a wiki and/or LinkedIn and/or Twitter, etc., and the participants of the first few meetings could stay informed of the results of later meetings without needing to attend in person.
The exact purpose and goals of the meetings would be flexible, but as a starting point they could be used to:
- Identify needs & problems.
- Share ideas and solutions.
- Get all of Local Government working together as a team.
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