Connected Generation 2011 is an UnConference around engaging young people through digital means, organised through the youth work online network. I went to the 2008 event which I blogged about here, but couldn’t do the 2009Â or 2010 events. Here’s the basic details on this year:
Date: Saturday 21st May 2011, 10:00am – 4:30pm
Location: ‘The Hub’ Kings Cross, London
From the explanation:
Understanding and engaging with the digital world is no longer an optional extra for those working with young people â€“ itâ€™s essential. Weâ€™ve put together a un-conference as a space to explore what the digital world means for young peopleâ€™s lives, and for our practice working to support young peopleâ€™s positive development and thriving. We hope you find this an useful, interesting and enjoyable opportunity to connect with new theory and practice, and, most importantly, with other practitioners exploring new frontiers of youth engagement.
From experience I can tell you it’s an exciting and fun day and well worth plugging into if you’re exploring ways of working with young people through digital media. If you’re confused by the concept of an ‘UnConference’ there’s a quick explanation:
An unConference is created by the participants â€“ and it works best when everyone comes prepared to offer a session. Your session could be a short presentation of a project you have recently worked on using digital media for youth engagement; or it could be a topic for discussion; or an issue you want to get the insights of others on. When you register you have the opportunity to suggest a session you may offer.
This may sound a little daunting, but it works very well as a way of engaging delegates, and you come away with far more ideas and actions because you get involved in the day.Â As usual, there will be WiFi available at the venue, so people will be online throughout the day and tweeting with theÂ hashtag #cgen11.