About Us

About Congregation

Under the theme of 'Leadership' CongRegation 2021 #cong21 will be a three day online 'mindmesh' designed to foster links between attendees from very diverse backgrounds and create deep discussion and dialogue. Central to the event is earned entry via a submission posted on the site in advance, the use of social venues and huddles and the serendipitous connections that form. All attendees present during the day creating a common bond that is enhanced with plenty of networking time.

The theme for 2021 is 'Leadership'.

Our Mission

Congregation is a knowledge exchange platform. Our mission to encourage the sharing of ideas, methodologies, techniques and industry insights that you might find useful and that you could apply be it in your personal journey or in business. We live and breath technology and ideas.

The themes and focus for Congregation

We are building a better tomorrow

  •  2013 was social media
  •  2014 evolved to digital media
  • 2015 was how technology impacts on work and personal lives.
  • 2016  broadened to ‘The Future’
  • 2017 expanded to ‘Innovation’
  • 2018 explored ‘Ideas’
  • 2019 was ‘Community’
  • 2020 is ‘Society 3.0’
  • 2121 is ‘Leadership’

Submission Guidance on ‘Leadership’ Theme for #cong21

Last year the theme of ‘Society 3.0’ embraced a very wide canvas of who we are, how we define ourselves, what we wish to become and what world do we wish to live in.  In 2021 we will be exploring one of its key drivers ‘Leadership’.

We live in an era of rapid change.  2021 is a testament of how quickly core accepted norms can be challenged and rapidly changed.  Much of this change was external to leadership, some of it was augment by positive leadership and some was tainted by poor leadership.

We expect more of leaders but we need to think beyond the person and question what it means, how it should constructed and explore new modes of leading.

Leadership is a tricky subject with many people are uncomfortable with the label, yet they fulfil the role.  Its strong association with power, money and ego can tarnish this strong driver for business, politics, society and our own personal lives.

Firstly we are looking for people from diverse background from sociologists, technologists, start up experts, change management, innovation/disruption consultants but also psychologists, physicans, teachers, academics, business owners, politicans, researchers through to farmers, spiritual, mindfulness and healers.   We are also looking for attendees from different age profiles to ensure the voices of all generation are heard.  The range of backgrounds and age means no one direction of thinking dominates.

Secondly we want people to consider society from the perspective of a blank canvas and challenge themselves.  As demonstrated by last year’s theme we now live in a new era and our leadership should also evolve.  Leadership can be temporary and no longer the reserve of the physically strongest or the most driven.  All aspects of our lives are touched by it, as we all guide in some shape or form on a daily basis.

One of the outputs of CongRegation is an eBook and the posts are the chapters in that book.

We want perspectives, stories, case studies, opinion pieces, how to’s, experience based, wish lists, academic, thought leadership looking at this area from multiple angles.

Posts could debate specific thoughts, methodologies, technologies or focus on the psychological and social aspects.

Theme Guidance
#cong20 'Society 3.0'

The Past

What can we learn from leaders of the past?
How were decision reached in past cultures?
Good/bad leader decisions from the past?
How did primitive leadership form?

The Present

What type leaders do we want now?
How is our society different now?
What structures are needed to guide us?
Do we need leaders?

The Future

Will technology change the role of leaders?
Will AI balance human imperfections in leadership?
Will ego/power/money/control dominate leadership?
Will a sense of common purpose emerge?
Will the planet unite around one leadership culture?

Subthemes.
#cong20 'Society 3.0'

  • What is leadership?
  • Do we need it?
  • How hard is to lead?
  • Empowering all.
  • Detaching ego and power from leadership
  • Uncoupling Control from Leadership
  • Fostering future leaders
  • New modes of leadership
  • Decentralised leadership
  • Impact of social media
  • Rise of millennial leaders
  • Temporary leadership
  • Personality types
  • Leadership types
  • Group versus individual
  • Technology augmentation
  • Ethics
  • Politics and governance
  • Leading for a better world
  • Being comfortable with the label
  • Leading beyond boundaries (ref Common Purpose)
  • Business Leadership and Culture
  • Stepping up
  • Leading from Behind
  • Enabling common vision

Who we are

The people behind Congregation and the Unconference event

Congregation is a constantly evolving company that reinvents itself each year and seeks to improve its events and services. The Unconference event uses a patented methodology designed to promote inter-group interaction and group engagement.

Eoin Kennedy
Founder & CEO

Communications consultant, start up entrepreneur, lecturer and event organiser.
Eoin has represented a range of Irish and multinational organisations, established a number of technology driven start up companies and lecturered for the Dublin Business School, Irish Times, DIT, GMIT and DMI in Marketing, Digital Media and Crisis Management. He worked on the Web Summit, Predict Conference, organises the Energy Symposium, Bridge 2018 and the ICBE National Conference.

Specialties: corporate communications, media relations, crisis management, publication management, strategic communications plans, technology PR, environmental public relations, property PR, financial PR

Eoin Kennedy
Founder & CEO

We want people to paint a picture of what they believe is on the horizon in order to create rich debate and could cover:

HOW WE DO IT

Steps to ensure a successful submission

  • 1

    Idea

    Specific submissions on narrow areas of the Society are as welcome as all incompassing coherent umbrella views. Some people will have one piece of the puzzle, others will more. Some will be data evidence driven, some gut feel, some passionate and some will be creative visions.

  • 2

    Research

    We want stories, case studies, opinion pieces, how to’s, experience based, wish lists, academic, thought leadership looking at this area from multiple angles.

  • 3

    Submit Idea

    Posts could debate specific medthologies, technologies or focus on the psychological and social aspects.

  • 4

    Knowledge Exchange Platform

    Although the theme has changed, the earning of tickets and format on the day will remain the same.

This will be the most ambitious Congregation to date.  If you are up for the challenge please help by participating early.

As per #cong20 we will ask people to reflect on what they have heard, researched, experiences to work together on a joint challenge at the end of the day.   One of the lessons from previous Congregations is that it takes time to peel back the layers of our emotional onion.  As the day progresses the conversation will naturally drift from pure innovation, to disruption, to thinking differently to finally focusing on what really matters.  The final exercise will be about harnessing what the day produces to create a collective view on Leadership.  To be revealed closer to the day.