As part of NACM’s commitment to advancing the professional growth of case managers and other service coordination practitioners, NACM is integrating an innovative, highly interactive, attendee-driven UnConference into its annual conference structure. The UnConference will take place on the morning of Tuesday, September 20, 2016 and is intended to leverage attendee expertise and experience to create a conference that meets the needs of all attendees.
During the UnConference all attendees are potential speakers and there is no set workshop schedule, instead attendees will be asked to bring potential workshop topics to the keynote address where the workshop schedule for the day will be created based on the overall needs of the group. UnConference sessions are typically open discussions focused on attendee interaction, discussion, and relationship building.
Key Features of NACM's UnConference
As NACM introduces the UnConference model to attendees there are some key features to know:
- NACM’s UnConference is designed as a time for individualized learning and sharing.
- Meaningful and useful interaction between attendees is our overall goal.
- To truly benefit from the UnConference attendees need to be participatory, not passive.
- Attendees who propose a session will be asked to facilitate that session.
- Facilitators may be a teacher one moment in their sessions and a learner in the next. Remember the experience and expertise of all attendees is harnessed for each session.
- Attendees have complete control over their own learning. Use the “Law of Two Feet.”
"Law of Two Feet"
NACM’s UnConference will be governed by the “Law of Two Feet”:
“Any time you're in a workshop session where you're not contributing nor adding value—you are encouraged to use your two feet and respectfully find a session where you can.”
Basically, NACM is asking attendees to go when and where you want to go being the driver of your own learning. Attendees who stay in a session they don’t enjoy or find value in, bring the energy down for the rest of the group. In following the “Law of Two Feet” you give yourself permission to change your mind and reengage in something more meaningful to you and your professional development.
If someone in your session decides to use the “Law of Two Feet,” remember they are not being rude and don’t take it personally. They need to explore a different, more meaningful topic for themselves and they are making space for others to contribute energy to your session.