Recap: The One Show Creative unConference in Chicago
The 4 principles of the unConference, the DIY session board, and session-in-progress by Big Cartel
You may be wondering: what the heck is the Creative unConference
? It’s a conference with a theme, but without any agendas. The day’s sessions are created by the participants. Someone has a session idea, they write it down and post it on the session board.
Hosted by The One Club
(a New York organization that promotes excellence in advertising), I happened to stumble upon Creative unConference
through a twitter mention. I was hooked once I found out my alma mater Columbia College Chicago
Thinking like a start-up.
This year’s theme was “Thinking like a start-up.
” Being a first-timer, I wasn’t quite ready to lead a session (though I would consider it next year) but I found the sessions to be relaxed and open. It was easy to ask questions or chime in.
A recap of the sessions I attended:
- Kevin Willer of 1871 gave an overview of how their co-working space helps digital start-ups.
- Jim Coudal of Coudal Partners spoke about how their business grew and evolved to include products (Field Notes) and a premier ad network (The Deck).
- Dave Reidy from closer look gave a lunchtime session to a variety of aspiring book-creators about writing your book.
- Leo Burnett Farmhouse led an interactive idea session that resulted in an audience-created idea.
- Dan Kristofferson of Big Cartel gave an inspiring session that made me want to follow all of my creative aspirations—and open up a Big Cartel shop!
My former stomping grounds: the Art & Design Department at Columbia College. Some of my professors are still there!
I left the Creative unConference
with a notebook full of ideas for my design business, as well as my new “start-up” (my baby goods business
Reminiscing…and seeing the future
It’s been, ahem, a few years since I attended Columbia College. So after the conference, a fellow CCC alumna and I took the opportunity to tour the Art & Design floors and reminisce about how much had changed.
I also browsed ShopColumbia
, the fantastic student art store on campus. A great opportunity to see “what the kids are making” and get some cool art. I applaud Columbia for helping these up-and-coming artists get their work out there, even before graduation.
Did you attend the Creative unConference? What did you think?