What is a conversational event?The Ark Group have been running other conferences to this format for the past couple of years such as KM UK and KM Legal Europe.
This congress will follow an interactive conversational format. Each speaker will present a case study for 25 minutes and conclude their presentation with a question to the audience.
The remaining 15-20 minutes of each session will be given to the audience to discuss the speakers talk and the question at their tables before going into a traditional Q&A.
This conversational format is intended to create an informal, relaxed atmosphere in which you, the conference participants, can get to know each other, learn from each other and build relationships.
Credit: KM Australia 2013
Karuna Ramanathan and I also chaired KM Asia in Singapore to this format last year. And this year both KM UK and the relaunched KM Europe will be chaired in this manner.
For many traditional conference organisers, barcamps, unconferences and open space sessions are a step too far. These formats feel risky.
But making time for conversation as part of each presentation carries very little risk. Its a great first step to more open, participatory conferences.
If you have anything to do with organising conferences could I suggest you try this format. I am writing some documentation on how to run them. Get in touch and I will send you a copy when complete.