THE UNCONFERENCE FORUM – WHAT IS IT?
At a conference, participants send their ideas and thoughts through their devices, which are displayed in real time reflecting the live pulse and feel of the “former audience”.
|In 2004, journalist Dan Gillmor coined the term “The former audience” referring to that there is no longer a passive audience, participants have a voice and a fundamental role to play in the collective construction of knowledge.|
- State of the art tools to aggregate and process ideas and opinions from a large group of people in mere seconds.
- When “the smartest person in the room is the room”, conferences need to give active participation to the audience, providing a much greater connection, as well as substantially improving engagement.
HOW IT WORKS
Participants access a one-stop page with links to all activities.
Through polls, clickable images, picture walls, collective graffiti, participants send their ideas and thoughts.
Results are immediately posted up on screen to provide real time interaction and feedback.
One word open ended questions that form a Word Cloud in real time.
Questions with options for the audience to select.
Interactive images where participants select one part of the image that they agree or identify with.
Participants get to vote on other submitted answers to come up with a prioritized list based on the most voted answers.
Photo collages where participants express their ideas through images.
Answers to open ended questions are displayed continuously.
TWO MODES FOR THE FORUM
- LIVE AT THE CONFERENCE
- Participants are engaged in an interactive keynote session. Results are fed back in real time and new questions and interactivities added on the fly.
- REMOTE SYNCHRONOUS
- Participants can be in different locations, wide apart and contribute simultaneously to the interactivities.
Final results of all interactivities are immediately collated after the session and posted on the same page that participants accessed to link to the interactivities, remaining as a live document that registers the results of the forum as well as serving as a continuous platform for an ongoing discussion.