I posted again recently on some forthcoming unconferences, and I’m pleased that we are now taking bookings for CHRU (Connecting HR Unconference) – 3.
The core theme for this unconference is: The New world of work (and non-work perhaps).
This theme emerged when a few of us met up last week to start some early planning for the event. We must have been feeling quite gloomy about the economy and the broader picture, for example with the riots in the UK, because we started to talk about things like ‘post apocalypse HR’ (hence the picture of the four HR horsemen) – but then decided that we may only just be entering the apocalypse!
Err. I guess with hindsight we may have got a little carried away, but I don’t think there’s any doubt that things have changed – and that organisations need to try to find new ways to engage their people and take broader action to deal with changes in employment, and in the wider society too.
For example, what should HR be doing about the 972,000 jobless 16 to 24 year-olds in the UK – an unemployment rate of 19% (still a lot less than the 44% youth unemployment in Spain where I am now – and I guess for them, the world really does feel pretty apocalyptic).
So at our unconference, we’re going to encourage people to talk about things like:
- Are existing organisation models sustainable in a new economic future?
- What is the future model of 'employment'?
And of course, lots of other things too… (our theme provides some guidance and focus, but it’s not intended to be exclusive).
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