It’s not really a conference. Not even a mini-conference. Well, sort of. The Download is a unique way for learning and development professionals to connect, learn and share. If you want to catch a smattering of what’s going on in learning, pick up some new ideas to put a new spark in your work, or share your latest ideas & thoughts, this is the place to be.
We hosted the first one in November 2010, and it was a huge success. Now we’re setting the dates for 2011. Mark your calendar! We’ll do a Download April 29 and one on November 18 at the TorranceLearning office, 11am till 3:3opm. (And we won’t tell your office if you skip out the rest of the day!)
Here’s how it works. We run several really short, concurrent discussions on a wide range of topics, all related to learning and development. You choose what you want to see, wander about as you wish.
Did you notice that? They’re called “discussions” not “sessions” — and that’s on purpose. While the person facilitating certainly has something to share, the Q&A goes in all directions. Many of the sessions don’t even use PowerPoint or demos (egad!)
Got something to share? Bring it on! We’d love to hear about your approach, your ideas, even your book.
But … you don’t even have to be the expert to facilitate a session. Bring some ideas, bring some questions, and get ready for a lively discussion. (Honestly, it’s just as much fun and people really do learn from a peer-to-peer discussion.)
How did the Download get started anyway?
Glad you asked. Really glad, actually.
It all started in 2009 when someone went out on a limb to do something really nice for someone else who was practically a stranger.. Deb happened to be going to a conference that Megan really wanted to go to, and just couldn’t attend. That could have been the end of the story, but it wasn’t. (Because then it wouldn’t be a very interesting story, now would it?) Deb opened up the conference catalog and let Megan pick which sessions she’d really like to see. When she got back, Deb shared her notes, thoughts, and conference materials. In 2010, Megan & Jen made it to the conference and brought back enough new ideas — and new friends — to host the first Download.
At the first Download, 8 people presented what they learned at the conference, what they were doing in their work, the tools the had to share, etc. We also ate a lot of great food, re-connected with old friends, and met some really nice people.
We ask everyone who joins us for a Download to come with the same spirit of giving and paying it forward.
Sounds like fun? Oh, good. Join us April 29 or November 18. Just RSVP so we can order a lunch for you.