The inaugural L&D Connect Unconference took place last week. Around 30 or so delegates came together to make connections, share thinking and discuss their L&D challenges.
This was the first L&D unconference in the UK (I’m not aware of any others) so all those who took part really were a part of something new, something created as the afternoon unfolded.
Using a form of world cafe and open space delegates decided the topics they wanted to discuss, which were then organised into discussion groups (via a grid on flipchart pages on the wall). These focused on:
- Neuroscience in learning
- Social learning and social media in learning
- L&D careers and the future of L&D
- There were also discussions around agile L&D solutions, evaluation, helping next gen L&D and more.
As a result of the event, a few posts have been published which I have rounded up here. I’ll continue to do so. Let me know if I have missed any . . .
The L&D World: My Narnia
Kayleigh Quelch on her unconference experience.
LnDConnect Unconference – World Cafe Summary
Mike Collins, in his second post on his new blog, provides a very thorough rundown of the first 45 minutes of the day. A lot was covered . . .
David Goddin provides his review including an image of a ‘clothed’ building.
Meg Peppin reviews the day and shares her experience – some good comments too.
The elephant is a wardrobe
And Meg has followed up with a Narnia slant . . .
Learning in the woods
John Costello was prompted to write about the unconference and has tied together his experience of mountain biking with his personal development experience.
Sharing my Learning from My FirstUnConference
Niall Gavin shares the notes he shared with his colleagues at work.
I give to you, L&D Connect
Sukh Pabial (this was his brainchild) reviews the day.
Lasting positive affect
While not directly about the unconference, Sukh touches upon the event as a place for connection and the positive impact it has had.
Video of delegate takeaways
We asked delegates to share their one take-away from the event.
The video feedback of the day provides great insight into the value of the day and what delegates got out of it. Here is the text version . . .
- Met interesting people who have inspired me to think differently about what i do everyday
- There is a real need for us to get together and I look forward to doing this in the future
- Can’t wait to try out Patrick Lencioni’s Five Dysfunctions of a Team
- To go and risk it and give it a try
- I’ve got a new meaning for L&D and I am excited about the journey
- Our takeaway is ‘trust organic’
- Nice reflection space
- Really struck by the power of getting people together with space to talk and how many opportunities there are for L&D to innovate and make a difference
- Got lots of advice on how to develop my career in L&D and being inspired to learn more from young people and helping them learn more.
- Great opportunity to talk with some excellent people who have great experience
- I want to be a hologram (yes, really!)
- Despite technology and everything else, the best learning tool is a conversation
- What great resources here to carry around with me
- Stimulating conversations and great new connections
- Thought-provoking day and I am going away with lots of ideas
- Energising and exciting afternoon
- The future of learning is subversive
- Great to get the passion from so many innovative and thoughtful people
- The kids are cool, hoe does L&D find out the kids are cool
- How have you used neuroscience to change what you have done in L&D practice?