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Connect HR Unconference

Last week on the 16th May I attended my 2nd Unconference in as many weeks. The latest of these events was organised by the Connect HR community and it was entitled "The Power of a Socially Engaged Organisation".

I've only recently met some of the members of this community through Twitter but I'm really enjoying being part of this network and exchanging thoughts and ideas around a variety of subjects.

The reason why I attended this unconference is because of my interest in social tools & technologies and how they can be used within organisations to:

1) Support & improve knowledge sharing and management

2) Remove silos & build trust amongst employees

3) Challenge traditional hierarchies

4) Improve collaboration

5) Impact the way L&D and HR operate

The list could on and in a lot more detail but you get the idea. I've been involved in developing communities and using social tools since 2008 and have seen how using these tools can transform teams and businesses and empower individuals in ways like never before.

So I was very interested to hear what others were doing in this space and how they were doing things. The scene was set for a great event and as you can see from the title picture it wasn't your typical conference - it was an unconference.

So what's an unconference? Here is a link to the event for more info Connect HR

Well it's a collaborative get together without any real formal structure, the timetable is built by attendees on the day and it's very open with the content created by conversations between attendees in the morning.

The ways in which topics are created are creative & inventive and the whole event was captured by a team of artists who drew the minutes as the day progressed - it was brilliant to see this taking shape throughout the day. You can see a close up video of the minutes here.

There are some great pictures you can see in the album I've created and I'll add the video of the visual minutes when I get it uploaded. Connect HR Slide Show

It was a great event that included Pecha Kucha presentations, songs and great conversations sharing experiences. Plenty of food for thought on what a socially engaged organisation means and how it would operate from CEO level throughout.

It was an inspiring day and the video called "Begin It" that @Projectlibero has put together really captures the vibe and feeling of the event as in my opinion we are in interesting times and social could indeed transform the way in which organisations work, the way we communicate and how we learn in the organisation.

I'd be interested in understanding where you are on the 'social' journey if anywhere at all.

Does your organisation have any social enterprise tools like Yammer, Jive or SharePoint?

How are they used?

Are they adding benefit, if so what are the benefits you've seen, heard or felt?

What challenges have you come across?

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