by glennette clark, Lazy Smart Consulting
Unconferences & Building
How Might Unconferences Inspire Creative Confidence
What is an
It is a participant-driven gathering of like-
minded individuals for the purpose of
learning, sharing ideas, and networking. It’s
also known as an barcamp.
Anyone wishing to start a talk or discussion
can claim a space and time on the agenda
know as “the board.”
This is me!
Trying to make everyone feel welcome!
Trying to pretend that I know what I am doing
and that I have done this before!
Trying to spark the creativity of all the
Building my creative confidence!
This is one of the discussions
This guy is trying to convince everyone that the world is flat. Building his creative confidence!
Unconferences Gives People the
Creative Confidence to...
✤ Network and develop relationships with other creative people in an
unstructured yet structured environment
✤ Exchange unorthodox ideas in the spirit of mutual benefit to all
✤ Break free from the limiting agenda and mindsets of marginally
disconnected conference planners
✤ Find collaborators of like-minded people to move forward on new
projects and ideas
✤ Give voice to their values, ideas and share their experiences
I founded UXCamp DC in
January 2010 to exercise my
It paid off!
From the people who attend...
✤ Share what you know
✤ Don’t be afraid to make a
✤ Don’t be afraid to admit you
made a mistake
✤ Take an active part in growing
the community of practice
✤ Network, Share, Network
✤ I can be successful by doing
something I love
✤ I can take a leap of faith and not
be afraid to fall
✤ There is accountability in
✤ Confidence is learned skill that
must be practiced
✤ Creativity comes in many
Final thoughts on unconferences
✤ I believe that an unconference is the ultimate venue to express one’s
creativity while learning
✤ I believe that an unconference allows people to share and discuss new
✤ I believe that an unconference lets people talk about what they want to talk
about rather than listening to talking heads
✤ I believe that an unconference is a safe place for people to takes risks and
✤ I believe that an unconference equips people with the knowledge that they
have something interesting and valuable to say
Unconferences are a safe space that allow
people to express their ideas and take
Unconferences lead to discussions
between people on building and
cultivating their own creative confidence!
Unconferences lets people play with and
explore new ideas like a children!
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