More than 100 people joined us in Atlanta to hear @JoanEisenstodt talk about the importance of play and planning uncommon events. An additional 100 or so people joined us virtually to attend her session via Telenect. It was a thought-provoking day — and not just because of Joan’s speech. The way she integrated the virtual audience into her presentation was masterful. And it all began with a simple question: “Virtual audience: Where are you watching from and are you with anyone else?”
We had people piping up from Washington D.C. to San Antonio. One virtual viewer even got into a friendly football-inspired rivalry with one of our PYM Partners.
The virtual audience had as much as a voice as the people in the real audience. In fact, virtual Jessica had the take-away of the day. Play in the workspace is underrated, she typed, because of the emphasis on ROI. But, she continued, that should really stand for remembering or reclaiming our imagination.
After the event, an impromptu study group formed and we discussed some ideas for improving PYM events, moving forward, what they value about PYM now (two people used sick days so they could come to the event!) and how they could apply what they learned in Joan’s session. Not all of the things discussed were serious, but keep your eye on this blog and on our YouTube channel for more information.
Here’s the rest of our event recap.