Yesterday saw over 60 enlightened souls come together to attend the first event of it's kind in Manchester if not in CIPD history.
The Social HR Conference / Unconference at Old Trafford Cricket Ground.
This conference was different in so many ways
1) Firstly the topic was dedicated to Social HR - split in to the different themes below
- Social HR (included Employment Law)
- Social Recruiting
- Social Learning
- Social Media Surgery
2) Structure & Unconference
- There were keynotes at the beginning to set the scene and sum up the day (Conference/Structure)
- The streams were then led by facilitators but the topics, conversations and activity was driven by attendees (Unconference/Unstructured) - conversations could and did go everywhere and anywhere.
Before the final keynote each stream then provided some insight in to what discussions took place, what was learned and key takeaways.
You can get a feel for the event by checking out the Storify of curated tweets and pictures from the link.
Our roving reporter and community manager Debora Figueiredo aka @Little_Figs was also on the case with tweets and pictures from the event. It was great to see Sophie Romain and Chunmiao FU attend to give it a lovely DPG Community twist.
I was involved in facilitating the social learning stream and here are some pictures from the day and we'll share more about the outputs from the other streams as quickly as possible
It's selfie time in the Social Learning stream with some lovely cartoons. What do you think is it a good resemblance?
Perry Timms the CIPD Social Media Advisor kicked off the Key Note and his key messages was 'Social IS NOT a fad'. It is here to stay and is disrupting what we have always done and changing the world and workplaces with live and work in. You can no longer bury your head in the sand and it's time to open your mind to the possibilities.
Kicking off the Social Learning Stream talking about our own stories about social tools have helped us learn and develop.
Conversations in full flow with support from the Twitter backchannel - connecting with people who weren't in the room but could still participate
Here are some tweets from people when asked - what does Social Learning mean to them - one of the tweets was from someone in Australia!
Following our stream discussions we presented some key themes as #hashtags back from our conversations to the rest of the conference attendees
Watch out for more blogs, pictures and stories coming soon.
A key takeaway of mine was that it isn't HR that needs to become more Social, it is the people who work in HR who need to open their minds to different approaches, different tools and a new mindset that fits with the 21st century we live in.Social technologies are only tools to help us do this differently. It's an exciting opportunity and the buzz from yesterdays event showed me that change is coming and in many organisations it is already happening.
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