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To get the conversation started, for me, there are a couple for things.
Firstly, I do think we need variety between events. This is partly because I believe we do need to appeal to people who have attended before. This is what will provide the ongoing sense of community. It’s about balancing the need / desire to grow the community with deepening it for those who are already members.
So I’m not concerned about having the artists back each time. And I think if we do, their impact will reduce. But I’d like to see us using actors, or musicians, or the martial arts group (there are so many options to choose from). This will keep the events fresh for those attending their second, or third, time. And will help generate more learning across the community about these social / un events – learning that we can then take back to our own organisations – or clients – and make these more social too.
Other than this, and while I think about it, I think we’ll need to include an early booking discount next time. Half of our attendees booked for CHRU 2 just a few days before the event which 1) makes planning difficult, and 2) reduces the appeal of the event to other potential bookers.
Anyway, what we will do will be down to the planning group we still need to set up around this. So, as well as any other thoughts on what you’d like to see changed, or kept the same, in CHRU 3, any other volunteers to join this group?
Also meant to add:
- I thought the world café worked really well and again would suggest we play with additional other approaches – eg speed connecting or something?
- I thought the 45 minute sessions (which we’d squeezed down from 1 hour in order to accommodate the cafe) worked well
- I’d suggest keeping the final sssions for where the energy is, but they don’t need all to be about Connecting-HR! It’d be nice to see more focus on how we’re going to make more difference to HR itself, not just the community.
I enjoyed Noel’s post and your’s and Sarah’s replies. The point about something to ”hand out” as a post event summary is interesting and (I think) worth thinking about – need to get the balance right as post event prep can be a big time invesment (in my experience) and can be a useful way of keeping thinking going. Perhaps it is something that someone in the org team could coordinate to see that it happens?
The early booking thing could be interesting but given the event is already v keenly priced is that going to be a big driver for people? I wonder if we could ask those who booked late why they did so and ask the whole community what might make them sign up more promptly. From my times as a cycle race organiser I know exactly what you mean about late arrivals (racers and helpers!) being more difficult to organise and plan for.
Some really useful thoughts, thank you. I love the idea of Speed Connecting because although I informally met loads of people there are some people I missed and some people that were just faces not names so anything that helps that would get my vote.
Also, really liked the 45 mins sessions but for me would like to put a little more structure into the collation/distribution of ideas as I missed some sessions that I wanted and felt some were overlapping a little much
Just some personal thoughts
Just wanted to check who is coming to the initial joint lowerarchy / CHRU3 planning meeting at 5.30pm on Tuesday 6th September at the Square Pig - Gareth, Charlie, Mervyn, Ailsa, Doug... anyone else?
Just wanted to check who is coming to the initial joint lowerarchy / CHRU3 planning meeting at 5.30pm on Tuesday 6th September at the Square Pig – Gareth, Charlie, Mervyn, Ailsa, Doug… anyone else?
I am in London today see you later
folks – my train connections are totally up the creek sorry I may not make it in after all. If I’m there great if not sorry – happy to take actions help as required. And as previously if we have a plentiful team I won’t be offended if benched this time around
Just to note that I’ve confirmed Thursday 20th October for the unconference with Darius at the Spring.
We’ll put tickets up on eventbrite after the first planning meeting at 5.30pm on Tuesday 6th September in the Square Pig.
Fab. I’m marking the date in my diary – any info on what the timing of the event might be? If it’s all day then I want to make sure I take the day off work – must do it before someone else gets in *super keen*
HI Sarb, we don’t want to make any major decisions about the next conference until our planning group takes this up in early September which is also why we’ve not started tickets bookings or anything as yet (although we have already booked the Spring).
However, I’d guess that the timings are likely to be about the same as the previous two unconferences, ie 9-5.00pm with post unconference drinks until about 9.00pm. So yes, all day. And it’ll be great to see you there.
It’s in my diary!
I don’t think we need to start planning this till September when people are back from hols, but it would be good to agree beforehand on:
- Who is going to be involved in planning and facilitating this?
- A date
- And also a date to meet.
Who’s up to be involved?
Darius has confirmed the Spring is available on 20th October, but is taking quite a few bookings for that month already, so we should try to confirm the date with him by the end of the month.
As well as me, Merv and Flora (when she’s back), it would be good to have a couple more planners from the lowerarchy (council) and perhaps a couple of Ailsa, Charlie, Klothilde, Doug and Gareth who planned it all last time. And perhaps a couple more ’new’ people too.
I would love to get involved Jon. I will have to think twice about how much time I can commit to it as this summer could be quite challenging enough considering my new job.
It’d be really great to have you involved Peter.
I’m assuming that nothing – other than agreeing the date and booking the Spring – will happen before the end of August. Which I think is fine – it still gives us a couple of weeks at the beginning of September to agree the overall outline of the event and get it up on eventbrite, and the detailed planning can take place throughout September and October.
And actually, unless we want to significantly change the format of the event – which is fine if we do, we don’t need to do a huge amount of planning anyway.
I’ve suggested in the group that we have an initial planning meeting in the Square Pig at 5.30 on Tuesday 6th September – would you be able to make that?
I will be there 6th of September Jon.
I can make the 6th and happy to be of any assistance to the team. I’d like to experience the day more fully rhis time so will probavbly not opt to be a part of the team on the day but can be a background girl/goper if needed.
It’ll be great to see you there Ailsa.
I’ll be there on the 6th!
happy to help – see you on the 6th and I’ll take as full or as little a part as folks want me to