We like that theme. We like it a lot.
And that is the theme of the 28th IPMA World Congress in Rotterdam. From their home page:
‘The 28th edition of the IPMA World Congress will be held from September 29th to October 1st in the City of Rotterdam, The Netherlands under the main theme: “Innovation through Dialogue”.
Over 120 speakers in three days filled with the latest experiences and insight about Innovating the world through dialogue. Dialogue within projects, dialogue between projects (portfolio’s), dialogue over time (programs) and dialogue outside projects, with project-owners, users and stakeholders. And of course the dialogue between the business and academic world.’
We’re making up a small percentage (around 1.5%) of the speakers. EarthPM will (of course) be in the Sustainability stream, and (of course) will attend by electrons versus jet fuel to reduce the carbon footprint of the presentation; we’re going to experiment with running a World Cafe event via local facilitation and remote orchestration. It’s a true test of “think globally, act locally, but also globally” – a clumsy but true mantra for this session.
We’ll be fully buying into the theme.
Instead of lecturing, we’ll be discussing. Instead of transmitting, we’ll mainly be receiving. Instead of conveying existing information, we’ll be generating and transferring new knowledge and wisdom. We’ll do this using the World Cafe method, worth looking into if you are a project manager. Bottom line: it’s a facilitated and active discussion method. We’ll animate this by having tables (named after coffee-producing countries!) which will focus on each of the major touchpoints between sustainability and project management. And yes, there are indeed several major touchpoints between project management and sustainability. The Dutch word for coffee is koffie, and we know from experience how important it is to gezelligheid (look it up – learn something today!).
Here’s a link to the Day 3 program. We’re proud to be part of the IPMA2014 World Congress and we’re excited to involve the PM community quite directly and actively in generating new (and lasting) wisdom in this important area.