unconference

Polyamory Unconference is an event that is run by you, the participants! That’s right – attendees get to propose, vote on, and run sessions themselves! You’ll set the agenda and create an environment of innovation and productive discussion!

  • Request topics and workshops on issues that you want to hear about.
  • Or present something – either a facilitated discussion, a workshop on a specific skill, or a lecture on a topic you are familiar with. It is up to you!

Advantages of the unconference format include: a focus on topics that are relevant to the attendees (because they suggested them), an opportunity for teamwork development, flexibility of schedule, and an emphasis on contributions from every participant. The relationships built during an unconference often continue well past the event. The interactions can lead to productive collaborations, professional development opportunities, and a network of resources and are very effective at building a community amongst participants.

Schedule

Workshops & Discussions

from 9:00 am to 6:00 pm

Request topics and workshops on issues that you want to hear about. Or present something – either a facilitated discussion, a workshop on a specific skill, or a lecture on a topic you are familiar with. It is up to you!

9:00 am – Doors open for registration- Big Board is up! Post request for workshops/presentations and topics you are offering
10:00 am – Quick Opening – Welcome and ‘Rule of two feet’- Topics requested and offered matched up; Big Board created
10:15 am – Classes! Discussions! kick off. There will be a lunch break and we come back and keep going until about 6 PM or so.

Evening Social from 7 pm to 12 am

The Space opens back up for your social unconference! Board Games? Music? Deep conversations? Coloring? Snuggle? Same concept applies – 4,000 square feet with multiple rooms allows for you to be who you are in the way that is comfortable to you. Volunteer to play your guitar or open up a game of Catan; request a poetry jam or follow up conversations from topics from the day.

Being a Good Attendee

Every attendee contributes to the environment and thought-leadership of an unconference. When you walk into a session, remember that you are a participant and not a member of the audience, so be sure to contribute your voice. Ask questions, raise ideas, be brave. If, however, you find that you are contributing a lot and the people around you are staying quiet, step back and give them space to speak. Listening is just as big a part of conversation as speaking.

Have fun. Be comfortable. Speak to strangers. Go to a session about something you know nothing about just to learn. Open your mind. Listen. Enjoy yourself.

Some Tips to Leading a Good Session

  • Solid title
  • Short description that clearly lays out what you want to do
  • Be clear if you are giving a presentation or leading a discussion

The best unconference sessions are led by people who see themselves as facilitating a conversation, not giving a presentation. Sure, you can start by sharing your experience, challenge, new idea or thesis, but remember to be inclusive of your attendees.

Polyamory Unconference

10 comments

Start the conversation!

What do you want to see presented at the Unconference?
What are you going to pitch?

10 Comments

  1. Daniel Belum

    I’m thinking about pitching a class either Flirting For Polyamory or something about how to be successful dating as a poly and married man

    Reply
    • Stacey

      I think both of these are great topics. My husband would be interested in hearing others perspectives on dating. Poly flirting seems like an informative yet fun topic for anyone.

      Reply
    • Tom

      Both of these class ideas pique my interest.

      Reply
  2. Karen

    RavenWitch and I would like to pitch a class on building effective metamour relationships!

    Reply
  3. Aliisa

    sometime told me there would be a family focus this time? is that right?

    Reply
    • Daniel Belum

      It is really up to the participants – what they want to have taught, or to teach! Do note that the facility is a ’19 and over’ space though 🙂

      Reply
  4. Danielle Hayes

    I have been doing a workshop I’ve titled “Relationship of Your Dreams: Fantasy or Reality?” I offer some tips and strategies to improve relationships, figure out what you want, and how to ask for it. The whole thing may be too much for the Unconference, but it could be easily broken down into a smaller segment.

    Reply
  5. Dawn Williams

    I’m thinking of leading a discussion on ‘Finding New Prospective Partners’….not just ‘where’, but how to figure out what it is that you are looking for ……is it someone that fills a specific role, or is it more organic?

    Reply
    • Crickett

      I would benefit from a class on this topic.

      Reply
    • Tom

      This looks like a great class concept.

      Reply

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When? June 24th, 2017

Where? Columbus, Oh, at The Space (180 Outerbelt St, Columbus, OH 43213)

How Much? $29

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FAQ

  • The Columbus Space is a 19 and over facility
  • The Columbus Space allows no alcohol or illegal substances on the property
  • Tickets can be refunded for full value until April 23rd; then for 60% value until June 1st. No refunds will be given after June 1st. 

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