Monday, April 4, 2011

BC Healthy Minds, Healthy Campuses Summit

In preparation for our 3rd annual Gathering of Online Community Enthusiasts (OCE2011) to be held in Vancouver on May 12, 2011, I am revisiting examples of community events that I've been collecting. The theme for OCE2011 is Planning Excellent Community Events.

The "Healthy Minds, Healthy Campuses" Dialogue for Change held on October 1-2, 2010 is a fantastic example of how to run an event. This 2-day Summit used an Open Space format, and was a huge success. There were 75 participants, of which 25 were students.

A few things that stand out:
  • Well organized website
  • Graphic recording, which became part of the proceedings
  • Opportunities for dialogue before, during, and after the event
  • Advanced organizer in the form of four themes to catalyze discussion at the summit
  • Use of Eventbrite, which makes it easy to register AND help to promote the event through Facebook and Twitter

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