OGF’s First 21st Century Conference

April 9, 2012 at 3:21 pm Leave a comment

George EspyDo you remember the movie “Groundhog Day?” Bill Murray plays an egocentric TV weatherman who, during a hated assignment covering the annual Groundhog Day  event in Punxsutawney, PA, finds himself  repeating the same day over and over again. In many ways, annual conferences seem like that movie. The structure, agenda, sights and sounds are so much the same from year to year that, if you didn’t check your calendar, you might not know what year it was.

OGF’s 2012 annual conference will break that mold! This will be the first 21st century conference OGF has ever presented, and possibly the first truly contemporary conference you’ve ever attended.

We are re-designing the event from beginning to end. There will be greater coherence of conference content, with relevant, cross-cutting themes tying together individual sessions and large group gatherings. We’re throwing out the regimented agenda where all sessions begin and end at the same time. Content will now determine schedule, not the other way round. In place of the usual 10 minute breaks between sessions, we’ll build in more “white space” to digest, reflect and share learnings. Pre- and post-conference components will be offered, to whet your appetite for what is to come and have learnings reinforced afterwards. Recognizing that adults learn in different ways, greater variety in format and presentation styles will be the norm throughout the conference.

We’ll also be taking advantage of opportunities presented by nearby venues, and not conduct the entire conference within the confines of the hotel. Menus will change; we’ll do more with visuals; and we’ll incorporate technology more than we’ve ever done before. This year you’ll be able to design your own conference experience with lots more options from which to choose: you can stay with your constituency group, follow your funding interest, be exposed to new ideas, get some hands-on training, stick with the lectures, try out more interactive workshops. And, there will be plenty of time along the way to connect with old friends and make new ones. Finally, and for the first time ever, as OGF expands our funder networks beyond “organized” (foundation) philanthropy, we’ll be inviting giving circles, United Ways and individual donors to join us in a consideration of what Ohio philanthropy writ large is doing to make the Buckeye State a better place in which to live and work.

This year’s annual conference will be a celebration unlike any we’ve had before. It will inform, excite, engage and energize you in ways we didn’t think possible. This may be the most valuable conference you’ve ever attended!

If you usually come to OGF’s annual conference, be prepared for something even better than you are used to. If you don’t usually attend, THIS IS THE YEAR TO COME!  We promise a return that will substantially exceed your investment of time and money.

Date: November 14-15, 2012
Cleveland Marriott Downtown at Key Center
Cost: NO increase over last year, $495
REGISTER NOW at ohiograntmakers.org

George Espy
President, Ohio Grantmakers Forum


Entry filed under: Annual Conference 2012, Commentaries, OGF News.

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