Human Development

Most conferences are not optimised for audience engagement

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Have you ever been to a conference and felt it was a waste of time because the keynote speaker and/or panelists did not do justice to the subject at hand?

How many times have people in the audience at a conference been better off discussing the issues by themselves instead of listening to som “authority” on the subject?

We need to leverage the willingness of people to share knowledge and technology to make sure that we move away from the traditional confeence configurations that were fashioned after the 1st Industrial Revolution information production, consumption and distribution model.

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Back in the days, there existed gurus who were the sole custodians of knowledge and people gathered around them to absorb wisdom that they dissipated.  This was a result of scarcity of information and the difficulty associted with all aspects in the information lifecycle.

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Today, we live in a networked society where that model has been destroyed because information onnaything and everything is freely available in our pockets. No one can claim to have exclusive access to information anymore. We now live in a world where it is easy to produce, consume and distribute information.

So why are conferences still not fully engaging all participants? Should we be listening to boring keynote speeches when we are not gainng anything in terms of learning?

4IR is not about technology, it is a way of life, a way seeing the world that was not possible before but as a direct consequence of the technological advancement has come to be.

When thinking of disruption, question things and you will see that a lot of things we do on auto-pilot are not necessary.

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