Designing a conference for 2,000 people is a fascinating process with an endless amount of decisions, made even more complex with an event like Learning 2011, where speakers will include President Bill Clinton, actor John Lithgow and a plethora of presenters coming both live and via video from around the world. Now, here is a chance to look over the shoulder of Producer Elliott Masie as he details in his blog the process of meeting and event design for Learning 2011, which will kick off at Disney in Orlando on November 6th.
His daily blog, tracking 80 days of decisions, choices and even compromises, highlights the thinking that goes into an event with high level corporate executives; these are individuals who are in charge of learning and development at organizations including McDonalds, Farmers Insurance, CIA, Google, Facebook and Jet Blue. Some of his recent blog journals include:
• Theater Seating vs. Rounds of 8 or 10: Climate and Interactions
• Titles for Session Count
• Should We Build a Learning Café – Steamed Drinks & Ambiance
Meeting planners, learning designers and the global participants of this event are following the “day by day” countdown at learning2011.com/designblog
“People often ask me to share what it is like designing a meeting for thousands of people, or they ask ‘how do you deal with security and other details when hosting a former President as a keynoter?’ In the age of social media, it is easy to open up visibility for the design process. I am being quite transparent about the process of dealing with meeting vendors and suppliers – even publicly pondering the costs of serving steamed latte drinks for several thousands,” said Elliott Masie, Producer of the event.
Learning 2011 is an annual gathering of the world’s learning professionals. Elliott Masie of the Saratoga Springs based MASIE Center, has been producing an event in this field since 1985.
Details at learning2011.com
The MASIE Center (MASIE.com) is a global ThinkTank focusing on evolving methods and approaches to workplace learning, training, performance and collaboration.