A big part of planning the conferences is selecting tracks, speakers, topics, and presentations. This model works well when the organizers, committee members, and speakers know what members need to learn. This model will likely continue to flourish wherever there is a successful well-trodden path, like courses on processes, programs, or regulations.
But there’s not a successful path for every problem. Many professionals engaging in strategic-level thinking are realizing the old trail that made earlier generations and their organizations successful doesn’t work anymore. No one knows how to navigate the new terrain.
Likely there’s no speaker or presentation that can help attendees solve their big hairy problems. Instead, collaborative problem-solving events may do the trick!
Often, solutions are buried in the community that are not widely known, and an event like this can amplify these solutions. After participants see what is possible, facilitate a conversation about how these existing solutions could be adapted. Then get participants to brainstorm new solutions and finally test those new solutions out.
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