It took all my nerve, gaul and mental stamina to get up and suggest a session at the start of the #responsiveorg day in London last month. Here’s how it went.
Today I spent most of my time in a *space* in London talking about change.
Sounds horrid doesn’t it? But truly this – alongside moving house recently – has been the most transformative day of this year for me, and probably many years before it.
Why? Like a 1960s happening it would be hard to explain if you weren’t there. But in a nutshell:
1. Like minded people came to an event in London in their own time to share ideas about changing how they do work, how their organisations did work, and fundamentally who they are and who their colleagues are as individuals.
2. An unconference was held, where the attendees of the event defined the agenda and facilitated discussions about their chosen topics. Unlike your usual conference, there were no rock stars. The connections I made, the challenges that were laid before me without prejudice, and the conversations I was party to were the memorable moments.
3. Everyone was friendly, intelligent, creative, articulate and willing to share experiences. Sometimes even saying hello can feel difficult when you’re at work. The level of openness I experienced was unprecedented for me outside of some of my closest relationships. And these people were all strangers when I arrived.
4. I ducked out at 10pm, when the conversation had covered sex with robots, how teenagers are taught about anal on YouTube, and how we are in the middle of a New Renaissance. These topics aren’t typical of my usual Saturday evening.
The purpose and true substance of the event will be covered elsewhere, and no doubt extensively. But these are the reflections of someone who has experienced the #responsiveorg movement for the first time, first hand. Now all that remains is for me to work out what to do with all of this new input. And for that alone, I thank everyone involved. Salute!