100 Links to Unconference Images

Here are links to a range of unconference images to be found in the public domain. They all give a different perspective and flavour of unconferencing. I’ll try to keep the list up to date, as links can go dead after a while. Please do add your own and I’ll include them. Images of Unconferences…

Creating Your Own Unconference – A Viewpoint

Sadly unconferences have become a fixed model in the minds of some people, just as Open Space Technology has become fixed in the mind of some OST facilitators. Open Space Technology is a method often used under the title of an “unconference”. It is described in detail in this “users’ guide“.  There are less fixed…

Are you ready for an Unconference?

This is a short, direct and cheeky checklist to help you decide if you are ready to go for an unconference. If you tick most of the items, an unconference might well be your next step The Unconference Readiness Checklist The Unconference Readiness Checklist Our conference last year was a day of boredom People left…

Unconference Gallery

Here are some images from my work in unconferencing. They evoke the spirit and practice of creating, facilitating and participating in an unconference. The circle – a place of emergent possibility Participants ready to create the agenda Unconferences have space to be informal We can unconference in cafes, not just conference rooms! We once held…

Do you need an unconference facilitator?

Paul Levy, facilitator and author of the book, Digital Inferno Help with your Unconference I’ve been facilitating unconferences for many years, all over the world, with different organisatons in different sectors. Clients include The Social Media Leadership Forum The World Fringe Congress ResponsiveOrg The University of Brighton The Science Policy Research Unit BBLF – The…

Unconferencing Links and Resources

This is my list of articles and resources about unconferencing in the public domain. (For specific resources on Open Space Technology, visit the Open Space Realm.) For organisers and facilitators 10 Top Tips for Unplanning the Perfect Unconference – from Ewan McIntosh Go with the Flow: How to Unconference Your Conference by Ellie Young The…

Examples of Unconferences

There are many examples of unconferences. You can find stories of unconferences I have facilitated using Open Space as a method here. Here are links to unconferences that have taken place in different parts of the world… The Diabetes Unconference “At The Diabetes UnConference, every participant is an expert. All attendees can ask and answer…

What is an Unconference?

My Definition The word “conference” contains the smaller word “confer”. When we see pictures of a group who are “conferring”, they are in a circle, closely huddled around something. They might be conferring about a decision, or even sharing out something- some money or a cake! Conferring involves gathering together around something. We put that…

Open Space Technology Explained in Detail

… that’s it. Open Space is a method founded in a circle of people, who come together to self-organise a conversation about something they want to get to work together to explore and take action.  

What happens when you bring a conference mindset to an unconference?

I’ve attended three unconferences in a row recently that all claimed to make use of open space technology. All three started very promisingly with some tea and coffee and a big circle of chairs, not to mention reassuringly blank walls and the smell of sticky tack. We settle to silence as a facilitator stands up…

Some of my quotes, collected

Someone asked if there was a collection of quotes from my various writings. Well here’s quite a few of them. Some are from articles I have written on Life, others from my writings on theatre and also on business. “How many versions of yourself must you create before you are satisfied with the original?”  …

Thank You

A poem in which a friend offers to comfort a friend they feel they want to “give back” to     In your coldest of winters I will bring you warmed-white stones for your pillow In your shivering space I offer you toasted smiles and gently simmering cuddles wrapped around your freezing soul I bring…

The Tailors’ Ball

This is a poem about love, spontaneity and playfulness. Somehow our current spontaneity is actually rooted in the past, springing from seeds we planted then.   The drama above the table At Mrs Minsky’s Had been played out before And was all smoked salmon And Cream Cheese There was a Cabernet Sauvignon And a vast…

Conscious Conference – The Blog

              Paul Levy and Pete Burden share their reflections and experiences from the MIT Conference Workshop on Management and Innovative Technologies in Fiesa, Slovenia, 28th-30th September 2014 Day Minus 1 – Saturday 27th September 2014 The Luggage of History – Arrivals               We…

Conscious Business? Hmmmm….

              We aren’t really happy with the term “conscious business”, we being the group here in Brighton discussing and exploring it. It’s a term very much tied up with “conscious capitalism” which has a history and an ongoing close link to CSR – corporate social responsbility. It also sounds…

ABC Analysis – a useful collusion breaking feedback tool

The ABC analysis tool is a tool for giving honest feedback. ABC stands for “Asshole Behaviour Check” The Process It is best done in a group, but can also be done in pairs. Each person in the group offers feedback about each other member of the group. Each group member completes the following statement, with…

The Integrity Conversation- A Conscious Process for Making Structures Work

All About Integrity When you hear the word “integrity” you might think about how honest, reliable or truthful someone is. You might also have heard the word “integrity” used in a sci-fi film such as Star Trek. “We’re under attack, Captain. The structural integrity of the ship’s hull is breaking down!”. You might have also…

Dogs and Cats

This is a fairly strange poem on  first reading. Someone who claimed to be clairvoyant once told me that, when a wild animal dies, it dissolves back into the “animal group soul”. But an animal tamed by humans develops a soul that survives death in a more individual form. So, I wrote this poem to…

Again

This is one of the darkest poems I’ve ever written. It’s about how we can be entirely unaware of the darker feelings of other people, especially if they are dressed in the disguise of warmth and smiles. Again I saw you kiss a hand, A hand that belonged to a head; A head that gave…

The Phalanx of Cruelty

A poem about the attacking self Clever words Cradled with evil The cult of projection The bitterness of a lifetime Of addiction to empty lovelessness And abuse dressed as strength and calm The use and abuse of language to hide shame The worshipping of those who threaten The love of those who laugh at pain…

The Trumpet

This is a poem about playing out your private life on social media We do not need to trumpet our lives, Like desperate Hollywood husbands and wives; We have no need to share our secret names Online, to fan these decaying, lovelorn flames. We do not need to talk down the walk of tears To…

Trenches

This is a poem about a grandfather I wish I’d taken the time as a child to ask more questions.   We met in the trenches Of the Somme of your memory; I loved your shrapnel voice, and Your disinterest in my battles of Plastic infantry upon the carpet Of childhood. Now you walk the…

Rain Poem

This is a poem about digital addiction. When we finally return to “nature”, nature simply throws up the problem we had fled into the digital realm to solve and had, instead, covered over.   The cold, insistent electronic beat (Though it taps my feet) Is not the same As a cooling summer rain. Swaying to…

What is a Conscious Business?

                A conscious business is a business that is awake and alert, able to sense internally and externally, and aware of its motives, in real-time. A conscious business is awake and alert How can a business be awake? I don’t mean the building – the office block, the…

Stories of Open Space 7 – Flash Mob Open Space

This is an account of a recent 3-hour gathering of Conscious Business UK in London, UK. I was the facilitator of the event though aspects of the design of the session were not entirely in my hands. A speaker over-ran by nearly thirty minutes and participants looked tired. It was very interesting content and a…

Stories of Open Space

                    These are the real stories that light up open space. The stories here are of how open space isn’t a fixed process. These stories demonstrate that even open space technology itself can and should be adapted to the emerging needs of the moment. Stories of…

Pathetic Responses in a Conscious Business

              I know this is a rather strange title for a short article! Welcome to the world of pathos in organisations. You might have first heard the word “pathos” in your literature class at school or college, used to describe a quality in writing or art that evokes an…

Stories of Open Space 6

This is a story of very informal, almost “pop-up” Open Space. A community who are interested in the topic of “innovation” are invited to an Innovation Conversation (View the invites here and here and here). They aren’t told they are coming to an event that includes Open Space. It’s just a conversation in a cafe. The format…

Conscious Business: Senior Management Briefing

The Starting Point The starting point is this: As a senior manager, you have no eternal right to exist. It is no taken for granted assumption in a conscious business that you are always needed. Your starting point is one of being always humble, and ready to step aside and to allow in whatever is…

Conscious Business Sleep States

Overview One aspect of exploring consciousness is to look at sleep. When we sleep, our physical senses are largely switched off. We also dream. Confusing our dreams with reality is a state of self-delusion. Organisations and businesses can enter varies kinds of “sleep”. They can be asleep TO something, or deluded ABOUT something. The following…