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Organizers at Local events should feel free to use whichever of these guidelines they feel useful.

  • Our goal is to get each Local participant the answers and the understanding they need in order to support the open web. The ultimate goal of the event is to strengthen a community of open web activists, and engender collaboration and dialog that sustain long after the live event.
  • The agenda is malleable. Participants should feel free to propose sessions at any time, and sessions may be moved around to accommodate requests by both participants and facilitators.
  • Using part of the first morning to let participants discuss the agenda, and request additional sessions to be offered is always a good idea.
  • Sessions are designed to be highly interactive. You won't see any panels or keynotes at Local events, and presentations will be short and intended to spur discussion. Facilitators understand that their primary goal is to enable learning, address questions, and support making and peer sharing. Bring your questions, and your knowledge to share!
  • We welcome your contributions to the wiki. (if you aren't familiar with wiki's, please see http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wiki)
  • Use of laptops and cellphones for multitasking during sessions is strongly discouraged: we encourage all participants to be fully present in sessions and discussions, rather than multi-tasking on email etc. We invite participants to use the morning and afternoon breaks, as well as the lunch hour, to check in with external realities.
  • We also discourage "drop-in" participation for 1 or several sessions; the event format is highly collaborative, and full participation by all is a key to successful event outcomes.
  • If there is a session or discussion you would like to facilitate, feel free to be in touch with us, we'd love to hear what you're thinking.

These guidelines are based on Aspiration's event methodology.