The InHOWse Conference was an inspiring and informative event that provided great value. This was made possible because of the tremendous time, thought and energy poured into the event by HOW’s dedicated staff and they deserve a heartfelt thank you from all who attended.
Now that HOW has done its part, those who benefitted from the conference need to do theirs. Sitting in on the sessions was easy. Some took a next step and raised their hands as a sign of committing to taking on specific projects to better their teams and themselves. Fewer actively participated in dialog and, frankly, I’m afraid fewer still will take what they learned and put it into play at their places of work. If they don’t, an amazing opportunity will have been wasted.
That opportunity is to address the many critical challenges facing the in-house community that were discussed during and between the conference presentations. Staying engaged with peers is the best way to ensure that the passion and commitment generated at the conference is kept alive. Recognizing that, HOW has generously underwritten an initiative designed to support the conference attendees beyond the event.
Called “Full House” (playing cards were used to help organize the initiative), Ning communities of 20 or so members are being set up to provide a venue for dialog among the members of each group. In addition to the organic exchange of ideas that will occur within the communities, each group will be invited to take on an issue relevant to in-house and through their collective efforts propose a solution to be shared with our colleagues through the InHOWse blog.
Over time, in-house designers who weren’t fortunate enough to attend the conference may be invited to join in the Full House communities. For them and even for those in the Full House group, AIGA and InSource provide excellent opportunities to meet and engage with other innies.
Imagine the inspiration and information that conferences provide available to you 24/7. It is possible when we all commit ourselves to the group and the group commits itself to us.