This year we’re trying out an exciting new Wild Goose Festival concept – “Convo Hall.”
It’s designed to promote intimate programming spaces where people gather around a topic.
We’ve been exploring ways to make the Goose more personal, more conversational, and more interactive. Convo Hall is big move in that direction. It’s our hope that this “experimental” concept will enlarge the co-creator community AND will turn the communication path on its side – facilitating richer insight and deeper connection – community. We believe it may also form the basis for us to extend the Wild Goose experience to other locations.
How It Works
We’re converting one of the large tents on the “plateau” from a “one-presentation-at-a-time” venue to a conversation hall with perhaps eight to twelve simultaneous presentations/conversations. This eliminates 18 regular time slots but could add up to 96 slots of a modestly different nature. Convo Hall will be set with nine or ten, five-foot round tables. Each convo will be limited to ten people (including facilitator), will be 50 minutes in length, and may be scheduled in two separate timeslots (so everyone gets two opportunities to present, if they want). Repeating will allow larger impact and make it possible for word of mouth to create a buzz about upcoming presentations.
The more we think about this idea, the more excited we are about how it can bring people together in small groups with genuine interaction and conversation around specific topics – and how it serves as a way to get to know others in the community.