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