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1 1. Knowledge Creation at the Learning Conference Ib Ravn, Ph.D. Learning Lab Denmark ECKM 2004, Paris September 30 – October 1, 2004

2 2. Research Project at Learning Lab DK: ”The learning meeting" Better conferences: Research and development Partners: Danske Bank, Rezidor SAS + 2 hotels Danish Ministry of Economics financing 18 months, 4 meeting types, total of 32 events Experiment with new and participative formats 3 goals: Publishable knowledge, competence development, business opportunities

3 3. The Typical Professional Conference One-way communication: 6-10 PP pres./day Attendees are passive Only questions allowed If groups: discussions unfocused, unimportant Networking only in breaks Learning philosophy: Learning is verbal transfer of knowledge. Full/empty container.

4 4. Conferences in the Knowledge Society Smart attendees with projects of their own They want to talk and meet other attendees Learning philosophy: People strive to realize their potentials and projects, to flourish. Acquiring knowledge helps people flourish. At the good conference, people meet, inspire and learn from each other. They co-flourish.

5 5. Principles for Co-Flourishing at the Learning Conference 1.Conference must further attendees’ purposes 2.Expert input must be concise and provocative Organizers must provide: 3.Processes that make attendees interpret the input in light of their own concerns 4.Processes for attendees to tell their stories and network with each other

6 6. Some Techniques for Knowledge Creation at Conferences Paper reflection: Put down your thoughts The humming dyad: Talk to your neighbor Facilitated group work Plucking: Selective feedback from group work You have won two consultants, free of charge The knowledge exchange Lunch with masking tape

7 7. Assignment for a Humming Dyad What have you been inspired to do differently in a future conference? 1. Reflect in silence for X minutes 2. Find someone you don’t know and share your answers. Plenary plucking


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