#cong17 Theme

The themes and focus for Congregation evolves each year. 

  •  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 is ‘Innovation'

Last year the broad theme of ‘The Future’ attracted a wider set of submissions and background of attendees.  In 2017 we hope to further expand the diversity of attendees unifying people around the mallable arena of ‘Innovation’.

As with most thnigs in life Innovation means different things to different people and we wish to explore this topic from as wide a perspective as possible.

Firstly we are looking for people from diverse background from technologists, start up experts, change managment, innovation/disruption consultants but also sociologists, psychologists, physicans, teachers, academics, business owners, politicans, researchers through to farmers, spiritual, mindfulness and healers.  

Secondly we want people to consider Innovation in the same frame as disruption, change, rethinking and doing things differently.  We want 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 technologies or focus on the psychological and social aspects.

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 do people innovate in work.
  • How have other countries/civilisations innovated and changed.
  • Recalibrating our spiritual side.
  • Can we change how we work, play and rest.
  • Are marriages open to innovation.
  • How difficult is it to cope with change - why do we resist it
  • What methodologies exist to encourage innovation.
  • What sectors can we bring change to and disrupt?
  • What happens if we dont?
  • Does disruption mean chaos?
  • Can we manage it?
  • Are there lessons from the past - what civilisations failed and suceeded due to innovating.
  • Is change a distructive force - can we over innovate?
  • What does an innovator look like?
  • Are there generational differences - can we learn from each other.
  • How do we gamify innovation - does it have to be all hard work?
  • Is innovation only for the young - do elder voices matter?
  • What is the opposite to innovation - complacency?
  • Nature nurture - do we learn it or are human preprogrammed?
  • What could be achieve if we really innovated?
  • Does profit, political and other forces stop us from innovating?
  • What would innovation look like in farming, education, politics?
  • Should we be teaching innovation?
  • Is it a skill or mindset?
  • Is it for a select few or should we bring it to everything we do?
  • What would a leaving cert course in innovation look like?
  • Are there any horror stories where innovation leads to distruction?
  • Does anyone have a case study of before/after and how they managed the process.
  • What does innovation in religion look like?

No one person has the answers to all these questions and many more but by combining the insights and perspectives of attendees from diverse background we hope to see themes emerge and create a rich cauldron of debate on the day.

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

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

As per #cong16 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 peal 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 rebuilt.  To be revealed closer to the day.

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

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© Eoin Kennedy 2017 eoin at congregation dot ie