Your attendees didn't fly all the way to your event to just "sit and get" content.
They want to meet peers and share stories and solutions.If you're looking to add meaningful conversation into your event agenda, a Spontaneous Think Tank might be the perfect fit.
A Think Tank is designed to solve problems. It's a conversation-based format where participants discuss a specific challenge they are facing.
It's Spontaneous because the problems are not pre-selected before the event. We crowdsource onsite to determine what challenges are top of mind for participants right now.
What is it?
Option 1: The Participants
In a true peer-to-peer Spontaneous Think Tank, the facilitators are selected onsite from the crowdsourcing. We ask participants what challenges they have solved and can share with others, and give them a brief explanation of how to lead the conversation. In person, conversations should be 30-45 minutes long. The first 10 minutes is led by the facilitator, sharing their knowledge, and the rest of the time is conversation.
Option 2: SMEs that you pre-select
Some companies prefer to pre-assign facilitators from their subject matter experts or volunteers. The conversation topics still come from the crowdsourcing of greatest challenges, but the facilitators can be trained in a more controlled environment to lead the conversation.
If you have specific content that you want your company experts to lead, we can use the crowdsourcing portion of the event to help the presenters guide the conversation to the topics your customers care most about.
Who leads the sessions?
What kind of space do
The most important space is the crowdsourcing area. We need access to walls or windows where sticky notes will adhere. Ballrooms with fabric walls don't work, but if that's what you're working with, bringing in large whiteboards or adhering butcher paper to the ballroom walls is an option!
The physical space for the conversations can be in a breakout room, outside, on a patio, or even in the main conference ballroom, but we encourage casual, relaxed, comfortable spaces for walls-down, gritty conversation. If the weather is nice, outdoors is amazing for great conversations!