Recently I read a great article online dealing with the new wave of creativity in faith-based conferences. The article highlighted 2 very creative conferences and what they were doing to set themselves apart from traditional annual conferences.
The first conference mentioned was the Story conference, an annual event held in Chicago for self-described artists and creators (mostly Christian) who are trying to communicate their stories. Their focus is on making the event an experience, not just another conference. The intent is to inspire people and help them see what’s possible by pushing their imaginations to new heights.
The second one was the Echo Conference, an educational event for the artists, geeks and storytellers that roam behind the scenes at their churches and organizations. Can you imagine the pressure these guys deal with when planning an event for creative types? Has to be tough, but they must pull it off as the conference is very popular.
In both cases, the planners talked about how they wanted to push the envelope and develop a conference that would not be the same old thing. I believe that’s something all planners can aspire to, creating an environment where people can be inspired and their creativity and passion unleashed.
For a little encouragement, please take the time to read the entire article here. While reading it, try to focus on 1 or 2 things you can take and use to make your next event more successful.
What are some outside the planner box ideas you’ve added to your event?