What is an unconference?
An unconference is a participant-driven process of self-organization in which the sessions and topics are created on-site by the people attending. Unconferences are a form of Open Space Technology (OST), which was originally developed in the 1980’s by Owen Harrison, a civil rights activist. This form of organizing meetings was based on his observation that coffee breaks and other seemingly unorganized encounters were the most productive parts of formal meetings. Creating a predetermined agenda for a meeting that is controlled by an authority creates limits for the people attending, which stifles spontaneity, authenticity, creativity, and risk-taking. We want to foster those things, so we will not pre-plan session topics. They will be decided upon by you!
Our unconference is based on trusting participants to self-organize cooperatively with each other, to advocate for themselves, support one another, and to co-create a liberatory space for dialogue and praxis.