I was gearing up to head to DC for the American Society of Association Executives (ASAE) annual Technology Conference today when word came that the event had been canceled. Snow has pretty much shut down DC, or at the very least, flights into DC. It’s a conference I happen to like a lot, so I was bummed to hear the news – until things took an interesting turn.
Namely, as the original Technology Conference was put on ice (so to speak), #UNTECH10 – The Unofficial Alternative to the Canceled Tech10, was already in the works. As a result, folks who are in DC will be meeting up in-person at the Renaissance Hotel and those who are not in DC will be able to participate virtually.
I’ve already written about this over on the Tagoras blog, but I just had to mention it here on Mission to Learn because it seems so highly relevant to … well, the mission to learn. It’s such a great example of:
And probably most of all, I like it because it involves taking some risks – always a great catalyst for learning. Folks could have just walked away with a “better luck next year” attitude, but they didn’t and I think some congrats are in order:
I’ll be “there” of course, and I hope some readers here will join me. The conference site is at https://untech10.conferencespot.org/ and if you happen to actually be in DC, you can sign up for the face-to-face part.
Whether or not this event falls in your area of interest, what are your experiences with “unconference” learning events of this type? Please comment and share![tweetmeme] P.S. – I put this sort of thing under the Learning 2.0 umbrella. If you are interested in Learning 2.0 – i.e., blending of the social Web and all it enables with more traditional learning approaches – you might be interested in the free eBook Learning 2.0 for Associations.