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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.
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.