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.
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.
When? June 24th, 2017
Where? Columbus, Oh, at The Space
How Much? $29
- 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.