(un)conference season is open…

#cipd14 is happening next week. Read this blog post and get excited about it!

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IMG_0377.JPGAs I sit on an East Coast train heading to London I am thinking about the different (un)conferences that I will be taking part in over the next few days. They used to be at polar ends of the spectrum and like Tim Scott in his post here I was out of love with the CIPD annual conference for a while.

It was solely HR focussed, with inaccessible approaches to the conference as it was ‘all or nothing’, solely predetermined and/or defined sessions and generally crap speakers on the exhibition floor simply peddling their wares.

This is what attracted me to the L&D unconference as it is the complete opposite. No peddling, tiny cost £80 with vat, no speakers, agenda and method decided by the participants. For some great resources on what Unconferences are about see these links:

Blog from Julie Drybrough
Blog for Sukh Pabial
Audio recording from Simon…

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Feedback from #socialHRmcr

We had an excellent day at socialHRmcr, a mix of conference and unconference. If you want to see what you missed then here are some ways to see what happened on the day:

1 – Feedback recorded at the end of #socialHRmcr:

2 – An excellent Storify by Tim Scott, curating the story of the day:

Social HR at CIPD Manchester 16.10.2014 – Tim Scott

3 – Blog posts written by participants, reflecting on the day:

Social HR for social creatures by Lisa Gill

Come on in, the water’s lovely! by Simon Jones

Taking a Big First Step by Rachel Burnham

Social HR by Tim Scott

Unconferences – The ultimate in social learning? by Sheridan Webb

#socialHRmcr – The weapon of mass inclusion by Lesley Campbell

And finally, a huge thank you to our speakers, facilitators, and participants who all did a great job!