Who says a conference, like a university course, can't be flipped?
Of the 15 videos, each offering a personal perspective on where storytelling is moving, we had to choose our favourite six. Then, on the day of the "proper" conference, the audience was divided into groups of around 20 people to discuss the questions raised by the respective filmmakers in a one-hour slot.
It was a fresh approach that put the pressure on delegates themselves to think through their position and engage in the discussions. According to the conference organisers, this "new model fosters unexpected insights and meaningful connections among people. We want to cultivate higher levels of engagement in an interactive and dynamic atmosphere, while affording guests a better opportunity to get to know one another and the speakers." From my perspective, it worked -- there were some intense and enlightening conversations in my groups that would not have happened in a more impersonal setting.
Via Gary Hayes