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Making the most of an unconference

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Unconference = A facilitated, participant-driven event centered on a specific theme

An unconference deliberately avoids strict top-down control and engages participants without a formal agenda. Organizers instead encourage attendees to explore the topic, organize their own action plans, and help increase the visibility and awareness of the issues at hand.

Unconferences can be conducted face-to-face, online or better yet, both! This is particularly important as hybrid events are becoming the norm during the COVID19 Pandemic.

Planeta.com uses the unconference approach for our tentpole event: Responsible Travel Week. There is some structure, but the content, the substance of the dialogue and conversations is generated by the participants themselves.

Conferences and Unconferences
Too often traditional conferences are overly scripted without opportunities to move beyond talking points. Participants tend to read at one another. Meetings are held behind closed doors without access for anyone but those invited. Our view: time – and particularly face time – is too valuable to waste in such a manner.


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