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Clueless about unconferences

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SmartPulse — our weekly reader poll in Smartbrief on Workforce — tracks feedback from leading managers and HR practitioners. We run the poll question each Wednesday in our e-newsletter.

Last week, we asked: Have you ever been to an “unconference”?

  • I don’t even know what that means, 81%
  • No, but the idea intrigues me, 12%
  • Yes, 5%
  • No, and I’m not interested, 2%

An unconference is “a facilitated, participant-driven conference centered on a theme or purpose.” HRevolution, an unconference centered around HR and social media issues, was held this last weekend in Chicago. The amount of attendee participation is a bit overwhelming at first but we saw many folks jump right in with new ideas and bringing their knowledge to the table.

Lance Haun is community director for, the main guy over at and a member of the SmartBrief on Workforce Advisory Board.