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 attendees, 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.

Anandan Rajesh


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1 in 4 children in the U.S. is sedentary. Meanwhile, 1 in 4 children worldwide is malnourished. UNICEF Kid Power is tackling both crises with a single solution, by tapping into kids' intrinsic desire to help. Here's how it works: by getting active with the UNICEF Kid Power Band - the world's first Wearable-for-Good - kids go on missions and earn points; points unlock funding from partners, parents and fans; and funds are used by UNICEF to deliver lifesaving therapeutic food packets to severely malnourished children worldwide. Launched in 2014, Kid Power has scaled up to hundreds of thousands of kids, the school program has proven to increase physical activity levels by 55%, the retail product has become the #2 selling wearable at Target, and the platform now generates the world's largest real time data set of kids' physical activity. This success has been driven by a simple idea, that purpose as a motivator is more powerful and enduring than monetary incentives or extrinsic rewards. What can we learn from Kid Power in shaping experiences that leverage purpose? And, can purpose be universally applied to drive positive behaviors, including in grown-ups?

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