Re-Imagining the Conference. PermacultureVoices.
There is something changing in the world of conferences. People are realizing they can be more. People are realizing that the traditional design of “smart” people speaking on a stage 3 times a day with a couple breakout sessions to hear from more “smart” people in a smaller room just isn’t working.
Conference goers are wanting to connect with other participants and cross-pollinate, develop friendships, find collaborators and create together. Essentially, they are wanting to learn how they can best do their work in the world and are realizing the current format can be improved.
This is why the Mycelium team said yes to Diego Footer, the Founder and visionary behind the PermacultureVoices Conference when he wanted to bring in an experiential design team to flip the traditional conference on its head.
Last year Diego launched PV1 to 600 people. Some of the feedback Diego heard was along the lines of, “It would be better if it were more innovative, more hands on, more interpersonal, more active.” Essentially, what Diego kept hearing was that what the participants wanted was for him to re-imagine what a conference could be. Diego didn’t know how to do that, but one of his colleagues pointed him in our direction.
For the past 6 months, the Mycelium team has been meeting every week shaking the Etch-A-Sketch of what a conference is, and drawing in new lines of what it could be. We’ve incorporated music, movement, the arts, large scale rapid collaboration and a massive skill share session. We see so much wisdom in the people who attend these conferences and have designed this experience to unlock that wisdom.
The conference hasn’t totally abandoned the traditional format altogether as it will be peppered with thought leaders in the world of permaculture such as leading mycologist, Paul Stamets, the founder of Permaculture Magazine, Maddy Harland, and Buckminster Fuller Challenge winner Allan Savory.
The design for PV2 will allow participants to both receive value from the wisdom of the keynotes on stage as well as the wisdom of the participants sitting next to them. Over the course of 5 days, participants will collaborate to create a spontaneous Wiki Page, highlighting the best tools and resources for collaboration with Open Source Ecologist, Marcin Jakubowski. We will host a ½ day skillshare for the participants to step into their own role as expert as they learn and explore with each another. We will work with Maddy Harland from Permaculture Magazine to publish key insights, learnings and takeaways from the participants into the internationally recognized Permaculture Magazine.
While even the design team can’t tell you what exactly it will look like, we can say it will be a unique and powerful experience for all in attendance.
Get your ticket and come join us from March 4th to March 8th in San Diego for this experiment in learning together. To learn more and purchase your ticket, visit the PV2 registration page.