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The Future of Conferences
April 6, 2009, 12:06 am
Filed under: Great Stuff


I’ve been invited to put my best 5 minutes forward for this thinkfest put on by the NSW KM Forum:

Conferences have played a major role in professional development for many of us. However the traditional conference format of presentations has been challenged from a variety of angles. Firstly, there has been a proliferation of “unconferences” – from tech-focused BarCamps, World Cafes to communal Open Spaceevents. Secondly, communication technologies such as online community tools, web conferencing, virtual worlds and microblogs offer new ways of interacting beyond face-to-face. Finally, rising travel costs and declining discretionary spend are impacting the economics of meeting. What does this all mean for the future?

This session will be a mix of short, sharp blast of conference future from our presenters below and then discussion & debate by participants.


  • Ralph Kerle is Chairman of the Creative Leadership Forum.
  • Stephen Lead started the first Ignite sessions in Sydney.
  • Alex North has  helped herd cats at the BarCamp Sydney unconference and learned a lot about the power (and fun) of ad-hoc collaboration.
  • Lucy James is Content Manager with DMG World Media.
  • Jye Smithis Social Media Strategist, Switched On Media. Previously the National Events Manager for AIMIA, held over 45 national events.
  • John Allsopp is a co-founder of the Web Directions conference series.
  • Janine Cahill is an innovation consultant,futurist and founder of Future Journeys .
  • Steven Oesterreich  now leads a team for Ark Group Australia and Singapore.
  • Katie Chatfield is Creative Strategist for Jack Morton and for the last 12 years she’s worked in creative strategy: the science and chaos of idea generation and subsequent planning and mapping of experiences that change perceptions, habits and behaviours. She uses technology as a bridge for curiosity, love of conversation and making stuff happen.
  • Matt Moore will reveal what nude videos from Canada have to do with Twitter.
  • Jodie Miners started Be2Camp, an unconference that focuses on the use of IT in the Architecture, Engineering and Construction Industries.

WHAT NEXT?If you plan to attend please RSVP before COB Friday April 24 by e-mail to: nswkmforum<at> (hint: replace the <at> with a normal @ to complete the email address and please include the date and/or title of the event in the subject line).

WHEREPricewaterhouseCoopers Darling Park 201 Sussex Street Enter from Druitt Street, go up the escalators and up the hall. Continue through the foyer until you see the PwC security desk through the doors on your left hand side. Please note: You will need to get a security pass from the security desk in the PwC Foyer, then proceed to main reception on Level 10 and tell reception you are here for the NSW KM forum.

WHEN: 5.30pm for 6pm, Tuesday 28 April.

HOW MUCH: Gold coin donation.


2 Comments so far
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Nice, might tear me away from my beloved TED for a moment

Comment by returnon

Unfortunately I live in Brisbane so can’t attend but I have been doing more and more online conferences lately which provide great info and don’t require all the traveling.

Maybe they will do to live conferencing what the net has done to travel.


Comment by Quentin

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