Our Peer To Peer Guide - how can we help you improve your events and programs?

Next week @bart and I are going to do a writing sprint to start off our peer-to-peer education guide. Our plan is to talk to different types of educators, community builders, event organisers to understand your current challenges, so what we produce is useful.

If you’re interested, please respond to this thread. We’re already getting input from the likes of UCL, IMD, ESADE, Pirate Summit and others we admire. We’d like to know what you’re investing time in improving now, and how you think we might be useful.

How can this help you?

For education & support programs:

  • It doesn’t make sense to plan content throughout the program for our scaling startups. Their needs are all different.
  • My program content isn’t tied to outcomes
  • I want to help people adopt mindset or attitude
  • I need to make my education program more relevant
  • I want to flush out the most important topics
  • Choosing the right weekly topics for an accelerator
  • There are no available experts in the topics I want

For conferences and events:

  • I want to create an environment that starts key relationships
  • I need quality speakers for my conference
  • I want conversations, but panels suck
  • Too much hype, not enough substance
  • Bad behaviour at my events - non-inclusive behavior / antagonism
  • Grandstanding in talks or Q&A

For community builders:

  • I want to build on the strengths of a certain community
  • I want to build certain capacity my local community
  • The key people in my community are leaving
  • The key people in my community are hard to identify
  • I need to take it on- or offline
  • I want to build deeper relationships from amongst my community

Any other ways we could help? We’re all ears.

Work plan

Next week, we’ll start with a braindump from our last 8 years experience:

  • over 100 unconferences run in 40 cities and 4 continents
  • designing education programs for the world’s top-tier and specialty accelerators (30+)
  • building some of the world’s biggest and most successful startup education programs (mostly white-labeled, but hey)
  • being part of the evolution of various communities of practice, seeing them through different stages
  • learning what works and doesn’t in different cultures around the world
  • being dropped into all kinds of hot frying pans

In spite of, and because of our experience, we have more questions than answers. So if writing out the first version is reasonably useful after the first week, we want to start interviewing people with different experiences in p2p edu - building out different topics in the guide with broader real-world experience.

Table Of Contents (work in progress)

This is a first draft - and going to evolve based on your input.

  1. Peer-to-peer Design Principles

    • Principle: What is peer learning. When does it apply? Why does it work?
    • Principle: How to use our formats
    • This guide, and how we see it evolve
    • The facilitators tool belt
    • Principle: designing the learning experience. What do you want to accomplish for the learner? Where do you meet them?
    • Designing conduits, not silos
    • Responsive Education
    • Separating the domain expert from the educator
    • Curations vs prediction
  2. Levels of approach:

    • facilitation
    • program design
    • content curation
  3. Meeting people

    • Intent: Defuse grand standing, and creating an inclusive setting
    • Harts and Hurdles
    • Likeminds
    • Intent: Overcoming the urge to hide mistakes, and failures
  4. Connecting communities

    • The unconference
    • The open space
    • Intent: Introducing new communities to each other, and forging new connections
    • Intent: casual, regular community meetups, and check-ins
  5. Collaborating

    • Fixer sessions
    • Brain Trust
    • Intent: Working on specific problems together
    • Intent: Facilitating a long-term personal support network
  6. Alignment

    • Alternate futures
    • Where do you want to stand in 3-6-12 months?
    • Mentor Impact: building a mentorship culture
    • Intent: Understanding what team members’ goals and priorities are for the coming time
    • Intent: Creating alignment between mentors on different mentoring approaches
  7. Retreats

    • Intent: maximize participation in (self)organising, and delivering team retreats
    • Source Camp
  8. Sharing results

    • Pitch Bingo
    • Intent: Shaping presentation setups, that are concise, and relevant
    • Live case study
    • The Sources methodology. Disintermediated online education
    • Intent: Learn about principles directly from a source who has experienced them
  9. Evaluation & decompression

    • 360’s
    • Intent: Learning from each other about the process, and personal behavior/improvement