CONFERENCE ON WHEELS
THE SLOW CONFERENCE
HOW IT BEGAN...
IN 2018, THE PROGRAM EXPANDED TO NEW YORK, LONDON, TEL AVIV, BERLIN, VIENNA, DUBAI, MUMBAI AND HONGKONG/SHENZHEN.
Maybe 30 years ago, attending a conference was just a little less boring than being at office. Thanks to TED, two things happened: conferences became "sexy" and innovation got faster. The more people get exposed to "Ideas worth spreading", the more people have their own ideas. Watch a few TED talks and you will experience on your own: it is infectous. If you have some blood running through your vains, you will also want to have your own idea, "worth spreading".
Today, we have reached a point where it is fair to say that for most of the fundamental problems, we have enough ideas for legit solutions on the table. Action and executing has become time-sensitive. But it is a lot easier to announce an idea than it is to execute the same idea.
To do so, we have to make things slower.
Which is why we are convinced that the next iteration of conferences worth attending will have to make things *slower*.
Slower in terms of:
"can we please talk about it?"
"can you repeat this for me? I have not quite gotten it."
"I need some time to think about it."
This is exactly, what we have been doing with the Conference on Wheels (former: "Silicon Valley Inspiration Tours") in the past 11 years. At an average conference you might listen to 15-20 talks on a day.
On a day of this program, you will experience five talks. But to the five talks we have a whole hour with the speaker to dive deeper and understand the topic - and another five hours to reflect these conversations in the group.
So a weeks input during such a tour equals days input at the traditional conference. But I am convinced that the day after such a tour is dramatically different in the participants lives than the day after the traditional conference.