Two weeks to go, and here are some details about how we are going to run the event on the day.
To help make things run smoothly and to make sure that we get as many ideas discussed as possible we are suggesting the following format for the CityForum event. This is really just a suggestion – we are listening to feedback and if you have an idea about how we can make the day run more smoothly then please let us know in the comments or by email. The aim is to have as many thought out and supported ideas as we can.
The table below shows the basic agenda:
||Doors open and we all grab a coffee
||Introduction, MyUrbanAngel presentation, Session pitches
||First discussion session
||Second discussion session
||Third discussion session
||Yet more Coffee*
||Wrap up and actions
* At this point we would not blame you for wanting something other than Coffee
This gives us the structure of the event but the real agenda is going to be created when people pitch ideas. If you want to talk about a project, come ready to make a 60 second pitch to recruit other people to join your discussion. If your project is interesting and connects to things other people want to talk about, you’ll get an audience. If you are unsure about pitching or want some advice then get in touch either before the event or when you arrive. Anyone who was at CityCamp will tell you its not as scary as it sounds and it does mean that we only run sessions that people are interested in.
We have 5 spaces available and so that means 15 potential sessions. We’ll be saving a few slots for anyone who has told us in advance (ideally via the blog) that they want to pitch, and really can’t make the starting session, but only sessions that get support on the day will run – its therefore a good idea to recruit participants in advance. If we have too many sessions then we ask people with related ideas to combine – but as Anthony says this is a high quality problem to have!
You can attend whatever sessions you want to and you can move between sessions when you like – its not rude to change mid-session if its not catching your interest. The sessions are a chance for you to organise your ideas and suggestions in order to present them to the panel (you don’t have to do this, but it will get the word out).
How we manage this panel session will depend on how many people want to pitch ideas but we are going to ask all of the sessions to answer four questions:
- What problem are you trying to solve?
- What is your proposed solution?
- What are you going to be doing as part of the project?
- What help do you need?
Remember that the type of suggestion we are looking for is “We will if you will” – ask the panel to make a deal, rather than asking for money or complaining that something’s not right (there are other and better ways to do that). We will give you as much time as possible to first pitch the idea and then take questions from the panel and from the audience.
The panel is made up of five senior people in the city, from the council, the police, the NHS, the business community and the voluntary sector. These are people who can take good ideas forward within their organizations. We are going to ask them to pick at least one idea that they can help progress and pledge some tangible support for the project. This won’t necessarily mean you will get what you have asked for but it will be a useful next step.
We are also planning on running a social media surgery throughout the event for anyone who is curious about getting online and wants some help.
So – this is the plan – what do you think?