There are four major idea-sharing events taking place between March 3, 2010 and March 23, 2010 in the Raleigh-Durham (Triangle) area. They’re all free. They’re all aimed at engaging the local community thought leaders with the rest of the community through presentations. They’re all one-night events coordinated by a local (unpaid) team.
But they each have their own origin and consequently a different path for achieving essentially the same goal: sharing great ideas. You may not be familiar with any of these events (in which case you need to start finding a local event in your own community right now) or you may already know about all three (and heck, there’s probably even more events I don’t know about yet). Either way, each event has a unique brand, so it’s inevitable that they’re likely more popular in certain circles than others.
My point in creating this terribly geeky venn diagram (well, honestly I just wanted a reason to make another venn diagram) is to bring all the options to the table, point out their quirks, have other people expand on their unique value (fill in the missing pieces of the venn diagram in the comments people!), and help people discover their niche – where they fit – in the idea sharing event market.
Because if anything, this proves that there’s really a free market out there for idea sharing events. There’s probably even more popping up out there every day. We’re in the information age, and it shows. People want to get together, connect, and share ideas and there’s definitely not a monopoly on that.
But this also shouldn’t be a competition. The leaders for all events should be supporting each other this month, throughout the year, and for years to come. Don’t forget that we’re all working towards the same goal.
Have you been to any of these events? What did you like or dislike about each one? If you’ve helped to organize an event, how have you worked together with other similar events? Do you think it’s better to have multiple (smaller) events for the same purpose to should they all combine into one really GREAT BIG event?