Collaborative Leadership

Taking It Upstream: Upcoming (Un)Conference


Taking It Upstream, A Green Leadership (Un)Conference, is coming up soon on September 25 at Pepperdine University’s Malibu Campus. Devoted to climate change issues, the one-day event will challenge the usual conference format by engaging participants in a variety of collaborative techniques. As its website summarizes:

On September 25, 2009, the third anniversary of AB 32 and the first year anniversary of SB 375, Pepperdine University is proud to host “Taking It Upstream: Collaboration, Consensus Building and Sustainable Developmentā€”A Green Leadership (Un)Conference.” This groundbreaking symposium will use highly participatory engagement techniques to explore the opportunities and constraints that lie ahead, and develop the leaders required to address tomorrow’s challenges.

Departing from the usual format of structured presentations followed by brief Q&A, the unconference reverses that division of time and focuses primarily on group discussions. Almost 50 public and private leaders from around California will pose critical issues in brief remarks and then mix with all attendees in dialogue sessions.

The unconference will use a number of interactive engagement techniques that emphasize rotation of participants through many small groups. This will create the opportunity for direct dialogue with far more participants and featured guests than is possible at typical conferences.

Readers of this blog can qualify for a reduced rate of $125 for the day’s full program. To register go to this web page and indicate your status as Affiliate for this rate.