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Bringing in the Unconference to Jyväskylä FRIDAY APRIL 16th @ Turbiinitalo (9-15)

What’s this unconference I just blogged about you ask? 🙂

An unconference is a facilitated, participant-driven conference centred around a theme or purpose. It’s the opposite of a traditional conference.

  • You help decide the content.
  • It’s a pick-and-mix programme.
  • The law of two feet. If you don’t like a session move on until you find one that engages you.
  • A marketplace of ideas, many-to-many rather than one-to-many.

No more boring conferences (re: listen through a powerpoint, clap, maybe hear a few questions, repeat – yeah! Coffee time thank god! – go back in and listen to more powerpoints.)

The unconference format is more like a somewhat structured coffee break.  In event terms, we’ll be doing 2 open space technology sessions – my first in hosting one but with an experience Monkey by my side;)

Its an answer to the overlapping networking events in the area and a way to save resources for all of those who need to organize a new event. Here, there is no “one organizer”. It’s an event for peer-to-peer learning, collaboration and creativity. You get what you put in!


WIKI-      http://bit.ly/JKL_unconf
FACEBOOK – http://bit.ly/dmtu7B

If you wanna get inspired about what an unconference looks like (will tell you upfront that ours won’t be as big as this… maybe in a few years;) take a look at the SHINE UNCONFERENCE in London.

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The ridiculousness of Facebook

Still love it but saw this on my friend’s blog and made me laugh so hard…



On another note, great weekend here in Jyväskylä – the Neste Oil Rally was here although can’t say I enjoy hearing loud cars (seems like even the non-racers want to join in…) the city was alive and colourful:)

Probably one of the funniest moments was watching two drunk Finns tackle each other on the main street in Sumo outfits (like a carnival game)- naked – then proceed to get out of the sumo outfit and continue wrestling naked on the street…  That’s the funny thing about the Finns, sometimes extremely quiet and shy, but when the opportunity comes, completely willing to drop the clothes (ala sauna) – and especially, once alcohol is involved, the shyness disappears fast!

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