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April 11, 2014

Planning for the Law of Two Feet

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Photo of the Law of Two Feet in action.

WE HAVE A BIG #ictedu Conference on 10 May 2014 that leverages Harrison Owen's four rules for conferences with the important Law of Two Feet. "The Law of Two Feet states simply, if at any time you find yourself in any situation where you are neither learning nor contributing, use you two feet and move to some place more to you liking. Such a place might be another group, or even outside into the sunshine. No matter what, don’t sit there feeling miserable."

As Lance Knobel explained ten years ago on Davos Newbies, "The logic behind this is more than procedural. Think what establishing a typical conference panel involves. However open the organisers, the panelists and the participants, by making the choices of subject, framing the question, choosing the panelists, you've already predetermined much of the argument (which for a polemical organisation may be a good thing). You may want your participants to make an intellectual journey from A to Z, but you're starting them on K. Why not let everyone start at A?" If you have a credible moderator for each conference session, you're set up for a much more productive occasion.

Related Links:

-- Harrison Owen -- "Opening space for emerging order"
-- Dave Winer -- "What is an unconference?"
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