Re: ISTC Forum 2000 - Has anyone attended this type of e

Subject: Re: ISTC Forum 2000 - Has anyone attended this type of e
From: "Peter Ring, PRC" <prc -at- prc -dot- dk>
To: techwr-l -at- lists -dot- raycomm -dot- com
Date: Mon, 14 Feb 2000 09:05:42 +1

Margaret Gallagher asked:

> Has anyone out there attended any of the ISTC "Forum" Technical
> Communication conferences held every five years in Europe? If so,
> what were your experiences? Did you find it valuable? Would you
> recommend it?

I attended Forum 95 in Germany and found it VERY valuable. I will
definitely recommend it!

> I am particularly curious about how the unique format (idea market,
> brain-storm workshops, sort-and-build workshops) works in a
conference
> setting.

I admit, that I was very sceptical before the conference, but yes, it
worked very well -- for many (but not all) subject much better than the
normal lecturing style.

As one of the founders explained: "I have always found that the most
important discussions at a conference took place in the breaks. So why
not base the conference on structured break discussions."

In fact, many of the "unique format" sessions ended up as professional
discussions on a high level bringing both the speaker and the
attendants to a higher level of understanding of the subject. I also
noticed a lot of cross fertilization between the speakers.

So, I have already bought my ticket for Forum 2000 in London.


Greetings from Denmark

Peter Ring
PRC (Peter Ring Consultants)
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