Conferencing tends to conjure up images of passive audiences obediently watching a presenter on stage. That model of communication is in for a shake-up as Meetings & Events Australia (MEA) throws out the rulebook for its National Conference titled Open Your Mind, in Sydney.
The old ‘lecture’ model of conferences was born in a time when authoritative information was scarce, now it’s everywhere. With the proliferation of virtual meeting alternatives, the important question arises, how can conferences evolve to stay relevant to the exchange of ideas and remain a crucial component of the way we do business?
MEA 2012 will tackle this question head-on by breaking the mould in harnessing the power of the audience, to get them out of their comfort zone and embrace new experiences.
This Conference is all about celebrating the power of actually being there, of people relating in a way that’s only possible in person, in a big group of others who share your goals and interests – a type of magic that can only come from face-to-face interaction, and not through the cold detachment of online collaborative tools.
“To get the benefit, you’ll have to be there yourself. This is not information that can be emailed to you afterwards. It’s your chance to be there and see first-hand ideas that can transform our industry,” said Linda P Gaunt, MEA Chief Executive Officer.
MEA’s Got Talent
Delegates will experience MEA’s Got Talent – a quest to unearth and showcase the best amateur performers in the industry. MEA has some of the most talented individuals within its membership so in a first for the MEA Conference this talent will be put on show.
Sparking Quality Ideas
Nigel Collin – Thinkativity and Peter Bliss – Business Bliss will facilitate an interactive crowd-sourced creativity challenge where a mass-group brain storming will occur.
There will be great speakers including Ita Buttrose, along with stars of TV’s The Gruen Transfer and New Inventors.
If you hear strange noises while you’re at the Conference, then don’t be alarmed – Taronga Zoo, MEA’s Conference 2012 charity partner will have on offer a live zoo petting area.
The Meetings & Events Australia (MEA) National Conference 2012 will be held in Sydney on the 21-24, April 2012 at Sydney Convention and Exhibition Centre.
To view the full program and secure your place at MEA 2012, visit the conference website