Discussions

You have been invited to Stream because you are a leader, or game-changer in your field…. And we want to hear your thoughts, not ours.  Crowd-sourcing determines the content of the event, which begins with an empty whiteboard to be filled by you, the participants, with ideas for Discussions. Everyone, including you, is expected to participate and contribute.

So, what is a Discussion?

A Discussion is a 1-hour long discussion group on a topic proposed by a participant of Stream. Typically, each group will have between 20-30 people, and will be hosted in one of our class-room spaces around the hotel, ranging from tents in the gardens, to indoor spaces with basic AV.

Suggesting a discussion topic doesn’t mean you have all the answers. Instead, good discussions favour a punchy question, debate and willingness to hear many points of view. Previous topics include: “Artificial Intelligence: will it overwhelm us?”; “The future of news for millennials”; “Crowdfunding: how the little guy wins”; “Are we becoming illiterate?”; “What I discovered living inside Instagram”; “Seven reasons mobile is king in Africa”; “Are wearables a scam?”; and “Can there be a future without ads?”

OK got it. So how do I add my idea for a Discussion to the agenda?

You can create a New Discussion by clicking on the orange ‘Submit Your Idea’ button below. You’re aiming for a short, sharp, teaser as a title, and then 3-4 lines to explain what you’ll cover in the Discussion. You can see examples below, or here.

If it’s your first time at Stream, and you’re hesitating, don’t. 80% of everyone at Stream has never been to an “unconference” before, so you’re in good company. The event is designed to get you out of your comfort zone. If you’d like test out an idea before posting it, let us know.

How do I schedule a time for my Discussion?


When you arrive at the hotel, we’ll register you, and show you to the Big Boards, two massive white-boards, that look a bit like a blank school timetable. You’ll be able to add your idea to a 1-hour slot on the boards at 3.30pm on Wednesday. Later that day, we’ll give you the opportunity to “pitch” your idea to the whole group as part of the Preview Show.

Any questions?

Let us know! We are open to ALL ideas, and can help you plan a Discussion outline, feedback on an idea, or prepare any materials you might want. Just get in touch here.


Tom Adeyoola

Metail

Fashion tech got retail, before fashion retailers got tech, so has tech won?

The industry thought no one would buy fashion from Amazon, yet from a standing start they will become the largest seller of clothes in the US this year. And it is not just Amazon, globally, there are other rapidly growing multi billion dollar fashion etailer giants in every region: Asos, Zalando, Myntra, Zozotown, JD.com, Farfecth, YNAP, Alibaba. The traditional retailer has lost track of what it is for, the store was a convenient place for consumers to get information on product, browse and purchase and for suppliers to distribute. Arguably, online and mobile now facilitate all those tasks more efficiently and conveniently. In addition traffic in the high-street has moved to time spent on a phone as the battleground for consumer attention. Clothes shopping has always been more than just a necessity, but also a leisure activity, yet with all this new functional online convenience last year saw the biggest slump in UK clothes and shoe sales in 25 years. So can retailers regain a sense of purpose in this brave new world, despite being overburdened with debt, too much space, legacy systems, org structure and talent, or will it just be the brands and consumer focused tech businesses that will be the ones to capture sales and enthrall going forward.

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