Report from #cong16

The full eBook will be available soon but in the meanwhile we will share a series of mini reports on each of the indivdiual apsects of the event from an analysis of the content to narrations on each element.

#cong16 Report Introduction

Cong village was once again invaded for the weekend by a diverse collection of consultants, teachers, academics, politicians, entrepreneurs, business owners, farmers, physiotherapist and psychologists who gathered to discuss the future. In the run up to the events all the participants produced a 600+ word blog submission which they presented and talked through on the day.

In its fourth year the annual Congregation festival has expanded to three days running from Friday 25th, to Sunday 26th with over 90 adults and 31 children attending. The centre piece of the event is the ‘unconference’ that took place on the Saturday in Cong Village but a small group were also treated to a series of fascinating talks in the private cinema in Ashford Castle on Friday night with the #cong16 finishing off with an archaeology tour of local heritage sites.

Themes

The thinking behind this years Congregation was to explore perspectives of the future from a myriad of view points and backgrounds. However it was also important to anchor this in the rich heritage and past through three different events.

• “The Past Meets the Future” presentations in Ashford Castle

• “The Future” huddles in Cong Village

• “The Rich Past” archaeology tours of Cong

Next up:  Ashford Castle Report.

© Eoin Kennedy 2017 eoin at congregation dot ie