Reflections on AEA 2022

My first in-person conference in almost three years yielded surprises, disappointments, and the expected awkwardness. This time of year is usually conference season. October and November are typically big for conferences (much like May and June). This year I ventured out and attended my first in-person conference since 2019: The American Evaluation Association conference in …

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Conferencing the Pandemic, Part 3: Content

A great conference isn’t much without content, presenting challenges and opportunities for online learners. In previous posts, I highlighted some of the lessons learned from four conferences I attended within weeks of one another in October, 2020 providing a unique opportunity to compare and contrast different models, modalities and approaches to learning, networking, and collaboration. …

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Conferencing the Pandemic 1: Setting the Stage

Professional conferences have a new look, feel, and effect during a pandemic providing many learning lessons. The global pandemic has disrupted many industries and professional conferences and the training, network development, and knowledge sharing that they offer is no exception. For many professional organizations conference and continuing education training are at the centre of their …

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Do Relationships Scale?

Meaning is something that requires attention to create and use and the more variables competing for attention in your life, the less meaningful things might be. If this is the case, can we design programs and initiatives that scale up from small to big? Or do we need to reframe the way we see scaling to something akin to a network, whereby there are a lot of small nodes connected together? Networking nodes seems to be a way to go big and go small.

If so, what does this mean for designing systems that scale?

Health for Design

The Design4Health conference is on this week bringing together designers from different fields together with health policy, practice and research professionals. While the focus is on the relationship between design and health, it is also inspiring thoughts of how health itself is designed. This week the first Design4Health conference is being held in Sheffield, UK. …

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Design Thinking & Evaluation

What a design-oriented approach to evaluation does is greatly enhance the participant’s sense of the whole, what the needs and desires and fears both parties are dealing with, not just the executive or rational elements. More importantly, this strategy looks at how these different components might interact by simulating a condition in which they might play out.

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