I am delighted that I will be chairing KM Australia - Asia Pacific Congress 2011 later this year (18 - 21 July in Sydney). And there is one very good reason - Ark Group Australia have agreed with me to make it a "conversational event". This is what they say on their website:
"The conversational format of this event 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. Each speaker will conclude their presentation with a question and a short time will be given over to conversation where you can discuss the speakers talk and the question at your tables before going into a traditional Q&A. "
This was partly inspired by the way I prefer conferences to be run and how I have chaired them in the past such as at KM UK 2007 and KM UK 2009 but also by this blog post
A Knowledge Management Conference that Actually Used KM Principles
by Nancy Dixon.
It falls well short of being an Unconference or BarCamp or even having Unpresenters but its a step in the right direction.
If you live in the region - do come along - it should be a great KM event.