Creating Community at your Conference or Festival
There are two "categories" of tools: for connecting individuals with individuals (using the carpooling engine, but matching based on interests rather than seats in the car), and structured forums for creating groups and for continuing discussions.
Custom individual-to-individual matching.
Imagine if you could interview every attendee coming to your event, and help them make the perfect connections. What patterns would emerge? Would you match mentors with youth? Match neighbors who are interested in the same speakers? Start neighborhood book clubs based on the themes of your conference? Examples:
These tools are customized for every event; the above ideas are just examples. We use the carpool matching engine, but altered for networking rather than car seats. Send me your first thoughts about the connections you would like to make at your event, and I'll tell you how we can help.
Structured Online Forums
We build and host a bulletin board for you, often combined with consultation on structuring both the agenda and the online tools so that attendees can become participants. Attendees can introduce themselves online, form groups based on both their interests and geographical community, and ask questions or write replies concerning the issues of the conference. Speakers can introduce their topics in greater detail, read questions beforehand, and continue to interact afterwards.
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