Tactical Philanthropy is currently covering the Grantmakers for Effective Organizations conference with the help of a blog team. This is a guest post by Teri Behrens of The Foundation Review.
By Teri Behrens
Several of the Tactical Philanthropy Blog Team got together after the last session of the day today to talk about our experience as bloggers and our experiences at the conference. I won’t bore you with our shared anxiety about our blogging skills, but we did have an interesting conversation about the format of conferences. How did the 90 minute conference session become enshrined as THE format for these events?
- Have some half-day sessions and some 30 minute sessions. Some content is worth an in-depth dive, and some is easily conveyed in 30 minutes. Instead of putting all the "meat" into the pre- and post-conference sessions, structure the conference so that you allow for both these long and short formats within the main event.
- 20/20 presentations: 20 slides, 20 seconds per slide. Each presenter does their presentation in this (roughly) 6 minutes, then you have small group discussions where you sit with whatever presenter you want to hear more from.
- "Speed consulting" — you get a few minutes (5-10) to hear what each presenter has to say and ask questions, then you move on to the next.
This can be done so that you have small groups or individuals rotating through a group of presenters/consultants.
Wouldn’t conferences be more fun if we could move away from the tyranny of the 90 minute session?