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The Digital Chap from Coke
The Digital Chap from Coke

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I’ve been working on corporate intranets for over a decade at my company so I’m pretty much a veteran in this space. Over the years, I’ve brought about many changes to our site and following a well-trodden roadmap from a rather dull communication platform…

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The 2014 Intranet Innovation Awards are now open for entries. This is your chance to win a lovely glass trophy :-)

Mind if I share a view or two? I'm writing without reading your documents so that I give my perspective without persuasion!

I think there are two approaches for a UK intranet conference and they're not mutually exclusive.

The Unconference Approach
As contributors know well, there are intranet conferences in this country already -- either Interact, Smile, Melcrum DCS and others. I accept they have their pros and cons but they do exist. Any formal conference will be elbowing for room against established competitors.

The unconference approach allows for learning and networking in a slightly informal setting. It allows attendees to set the agenda and find their experts. Typically, costs are also very low which allows people to attend in a personal capacity if their companies are not prepared to stump up. Our profession surely numbers 1000s of individuals, so why is it the same 20 who present and the same 300 who attend? Unconferences allow for better attendance and the possibility of hearing from new voices.

The Formal UK Intranet Conference
Ok, this is a better known beast. Identify a professional conference organiser and tie them together with an advisory committee to shape the agenda and the speakers. The costs of attendance will be high (the quality high too), but we're likely to hear from the usual speakers once again because when you run a professional conference you need the reassurance that your speakers can speak and will be interesting. 

I'm much more in favour of an unconference approach just now which, given appropriate groundswell, might lead to the more formal event. I happen to think a formal conference based on the community of an unconference is better. 

Over to you.

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Latest Banksy, rescued and put on display at Bristol Museum. 
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Best view in Tobermory. Lucky Dad
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In Tobermory. Nice to be back. 
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