Public Libraries Congress
The Public Libraries Congress brings together almost 450 representatives of these culture institutions each year. During the Congress in 2014, I invited 450 people to take part in the so-called “unconference” — a meeting in which the participants propose topics they want to focus on during discussions and working groups.
This highly engaging method of work in large groups was very well received by the Congress participants: almost 90% of them referred to the unconference as a “fantastic idea”. Positive emotions were mostly caused by the fact that “you could learn so much and get really inspired in so little time”. My role here was to prepare and moderate the process of choosing topics for discussions, encourage participants to set up working groups and lead thematic discussions.