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#ILANZ18 Unconference sessions

#ILANZ18 Unconference sessions

By SIAN WINGATE CORPORATE LAWYER, POWERCO LTD & ILANZ COMMITTEE MEMBER| 6 April 2018

Kia ora koutou

Last week I told you all about the 'Unconference' style of planning and delivering a conference.

Today, I'll explain how your ILANZ team plans to offer you, our members, an opportunity to build your own sessions. Intrigued? We hope so!

Here's how we build the Unconference sessions

1. There will be two 1 hour sessions running consecutively on Day 2.
2. These will be broken down into 4x 30 minute slots.  These 30 minute slots are vacant. We need you to fill them up!
3. This year we have a committee stand for you to connect with us in person. From Day 1, we'll offer the Unconference session board at the stand showing the vacant slots. 
4. This is where you can use the innovative, advanced Post-It note. (Don't say we're not on-board with ground-breaking technology!). Write your idea on it. Supply your name and cellphone number. 5. Stick it up on the board. 
6. If you put an idea up and it is chosen: you will be the one to deliver that session. Grant and I will be at each session to help you along.
7. The ideas will be selected by the members. We’ll explain that bit closer to the time.

Wondering what kind of topics you can suggest?

At the Spark Unconference we had a real mixed bag. So the rule is: there are no rules. Here's a sample. 

  • How to start a small business. A Spark employee with a big idea wanted to know how to get it off the ground. The session attendees comprised entrepreneurs, product managers, lawyers and HR. Everyone gave advice and encouragement.
  • Dealing with organisational change. An experienced GM walked us through his take on how change is the new norm.
  • Show us your Ta Moko Robin, an entrepreneur who runs a Drone business showed us her Ta Moko and explained their cultural significance. Others were encouraged to roll up sleeves and trouser legs to show theirs!
  • Binge drinking culture in NZ. A Spark lawyer asked us to think about why this exists and the impacts of it. This fostered a lot of debate.
  • Fake News. Chris from Spark navigated us through the smoke and mirrors of the fake news phenomena.
  • Mental health in the workplace. Grant, myself and a learning and specialist from Spark opened the floor to discuss

So get your thinking caps on! We can't wait to see what is on topic for you.

Look our for the next blog on how Grant and the Spark team took the seed of an idea from the Unconference on Mental Health and used it to start a workplace mental health movement at Spark aimed at delivering better mental health outcomes for Spark people.

Sian

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Views, thoughts and opinions expressed in this blog are the personal views of the author individually and do not necessarily reflect the view of the New Zealand Law Society, ILANZ or any organisation associated with the author.