Share expertise with one another.
Target Size: 10–200 people | Attributes: Engaging, Educational, Hands-on | Shorthand: “I want to share ideas.”
Pick engaging topics. People love to learn new things, especially if they’re presented in playful, inspiring, and thoughtful ways. Pick speakers and topics that will captivate attention and provoke lively conversation.
Meet people where they are. Sometimes it’s great to hear a lecture from a local luminary on her life’s work; other times, it’s great to host a knowledge-sharing event that features many voices or includes a hands-on learning experience. Consider what your participants might want to learn, and develop an event agenda that reflects their needs.
Keep it going. Consider developing an ongoing series of knowledge-sharing events. You might choose to host events related to topics relevant to your community (like ongoing meetups for educators interested in digital media) or develop events for a limited audience with a rotating topic (like monthly breakfast lectures for people engaged in creative work).
- Pick a topic & a speaker
- Recruit participants
- Develop an agenda
- Facilitate the event
- Learn something new
- Send follow-up message
Related Techniques: Affinity Clustering, Bullseye, Co-Creation Session, Concept Posters, Creative Matrix, Dot Voting, Experience Diagramming, Four Corners, History/Future Mapping, I wish, I wonder, Ignite Talks, Impact/Effort Matrix, POEMS, Personas, Plus-Delta, Pre-Mortem, Quietstorming, Rose Thorn Bud, Round Robin, Stakeholder Mapping, Statement Starters, Trading Cards, Tuning Protocol, What? So What? Now What?, World Cafe
Sprout developed and hosted a series of thematic meetups for members of the Remake Learning Network. Event topics included digital media and learning, the maker movement, and early childhood education.