Reflections from #unfurlingHR: what next?

I don’t know about you but I’m still knackered from the unconference last week! I’d like to think that I could come up with something more than a practical ‘what next?’ blog, but my brain is still fried. Can I loaf off everyone else’s inspiration for a while? I’ll also be working on individually acknowledging everyone who made it awesome but I’d just like to say a big whole hearted and all encompassing thank you to everyone who attended or supported from afar. I organised the unconference with a vague idea of how it was going to turn out and a hope that it was going to be a lot of fun, energising and inspiring. I think it was just that. Everyone who took part contributed their energy and enthusiasm to making that happen so THANK YOU! For the first unconference I think it was pretty cool. My ‘what next?’ concerns co-ordinating another event like this. You thought the first one was great, lets make the next one better! My reflections are based on things I’ve been mulling over as well as the feedback I’ve received. It seems simpler to bullet point the thoughts that have been in my head the most:

  • Step the tracks up a notch. From discussion to ground breaking, innovation and actions.
  • Don’t bother with a projector. Blown light bulbs are a sign that projectors don’t belong at an unconference.
  • I’d like to be more involved in the discussions – challenge, inspire. But I can’t be in two places at once. I already have a ‘make sh** happen’ helper for the next one.
  • Include more people from other people and culture professions. This is not just for HR.
  • Keep the energy up throughout the day – afternoons can be hard, let’s make it the best part of the day.
  • Maintain and grow the ‘everyone chip in’ approach. An event built by the community for the community,
  • Actions, outcomes, change the way we operate and share results. Make full use of digital channels.
  • Build the new, not fight the old. Keep the positive, appreciative, yet challenging vibe.
  • Everyone who attends takes ownership of their inputs and outcomes.

That last one, I think, is the most important. I’ve had some awesome feedback about the unconference and a lot of wonderful suggestions to make it even better next time. But the challenge is not about me owning that feedback and putting on a great event where people get a lot out of it. It’s about bringing out the particular strengths in others, to bring the ownership and outcomes to life. Does that make sense? I think there is an opportunity to do something truly unique with these unconferences and it goes beyond just putting on an event. Ownership, inspiration, innovation, actions, community, collaboration. A better world of work created by the same practices. And yes, we will be doing this again. Thinking end of April / start of May next year when the weather is still decent. Will you join me? Speaking of everyone else’s inspiration, if you want to check out some of the other blogs that have been written about the unconference, check out these:

7 thoughts on “Reflections from #unfurlingHR: what next?

  1. hrmannz

    My only suggestion for next time is get a committee together to share the workload of organisation. As you saw, people were more than willing to roll their sleeves up and get involved. You did an awesome job getting this on but we can’t all sit there expecting you to do it again. But well done for daring to do something different and showing leadership in this space.

    1. amandasterling Post author

      Hmm I actually didn’t do a lot aside from the event logistics stuff which I’ve got help with for the next one 🙂

      I like the philosophy behind a committee but perhaps a blown up version of a committee. I’ll ponder. Thank you for the idea!

  2. kevwyke

    Great write up Amanda, sounds like an absolutely brill event…well jell.

    Made me think of a couple of things…
    Get the theme/challenge right and let whoever come (by all means market to, but don’t limit to, HR or predefined groups)
    Responsibility for content, the experience, the learning and action has to be with the group not a facilitator or organiser.
    Part of the challenge is to free participants from limiting expectations and remember Whatever happens is the only thing that could have happened.

    Great job

    1. amandasterling Post author

      Thanks Kev. I actually mentioned you on my welcome to as helping me get to grips with my purpose 🙂

      So the thing is now articulating that all encompassing challenge for the next unconference.

  3. sarah mannion

    Got my Tshirt out on Friday for casual Friday to remind me of a great day. Also a good conversation starter as to what it was all about…even better I should have had a time!

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