week with the possibility, opportunity and perhaps obligation to learn. We are
wading into the choppy cold waters of uncertainty, both as human beings and
members of a larger organization. If your "happy place" is
introverted activities of listening, learning, reading and staying far away
from human interaction, don't worry this is a good place. If you're salivating
at the opportunity to meet new people, talk to everyone who will listen and
shake at least 100 hands, this can also be a great place for you.
equal portions. We'll be looking for interesting stories in the creases of the
larger conversation at FEI. If you've got an interesting story to share, we'd
like to hear it over coffee or in between sessions.
hopes and desires and perhaps something to record the experience. If you find yourself so immersed in a speaker,
completely forgetting to take notes, we've got you covered. If you're wondering
what's the best way to get the most out of this event and bring it back to the
boss and the boss's boss to show value, we've got you covered. The Front End of
Innovation is a physical experience with digital time capsules left for
you here and in other social media platforms.
experience and while this may not be a record, it does give me a pedestal (or
small soapbox) to offer some advice. The event, like any immersive learning
experience is overwhelming to the human brain. It is a full sensory experience
layered on an event designed to give you the most current views of how the
first seeds of innovation start to grow.
- If you're falling asleep (its happened), then you've spent too
much on drinks the night before. We suggest keeping this limited or rely
heavily on what the FEI team posts on the blog.
- If you're not learning, then you've not opened up
that arcane device known as your noggin. We suggest challenging yourself to do
something you've never done before, as it has a tendency to open the nostrils
of the mind.
- If you're not having fun, then you may need a new
career or a new perspective on what you've already got in life. In this case,
we suggest you volunteer at a food shelf during the evenings while you're in
of organizations or just observing them from inside the machine, this event
will still give you new insights. It does require you to bring a few things to
the table to make this work out for you and the conference.
- Bring a
note taking device, digital yes, but physical is preferred. There's just something beautiful and engaging for the mind in hand written notes.
- Some form
of identity to get you in the door and when someone asks you who you are. Sure,
you can leave business cards behind and never make any new friends, but you'll
regret it later in life.
- A smile
and a brain seem obvious, but sometimes its hard to keep the smile when the
brain has been bombarded by so much information. While the human brain is the
best "big data" processor on the planet, it does still get
overwhelmed and start giving off bad signals.