September 2, 2015

Preparing for the 15LCS

With the 2015 Leading Change Summit just a few weeks away, now is the time that things start to shift. It is no longer just a logistical item on your to-do list focused on things like travel and accommodation. Now it starts to become real, with experiences you hope to have, things you want to learn, and chance to build meaningful connections.

Many of us have made this shift before for other conferences, and it feels all too familiar. But what do you need to keep in mind when the coming event is different by design?

This last week, we held a community call to talk through what makes this event different and to touch on some of the things you can do to ensure you get the most value out of your experience. You can view the slides and recording at the bottom of this post, but here are a few of the key things you can do to come prepared.

Come With a Challenge or Set of Issues

The main focus of the LCS is to provide an experience that allows both time to think through new solutions and to receive support from experts as you work through those new ideas. In order to take full advantage of this opportunity, it will help to come with some challenges and issues you currently face as your context. That does not mean you need to come with your fully-formed solution in mind, just a sense of what you need new solutions for.

Come Prepared to Connect

Another big aspect of participating in your own “personal strategic planning retreat” is having the time and space to connect with others in a thoughtful way. From the longer-than-usual lunch breaks to the physical space, the focus is on helping you make meaningful connections with peers and experts in the field.

Come With Your Awesome

We know that each person in our community brings with them unique experiences, insights, and ideas for making our events better. Whether you are an extrovert looking forward to working with larger groups of folks or an introvert that thrives in those one-on-one conversations, there will be space and opportunity for you to shine.

We look forward to seeing everyone at the event in a few weeks and exploring what new and creative ideas will be shaping the sector moving forward.

You can also view the recording of the community call  here.

Ash Shepherd
Ash has been in love with the nonprofit sector for nearly two decades, where he has worked in the areas of conservation, environmental education, social work, youth program development, and technology consulting. He has been an active member of the NTEN Community, serving as a co-organizer of Portland’s 501 Tech Club, and completing a three-year term on the NTEN: Change Journal's Editorial Committee. Ash earned a B.S. from the University of Montana in Resource Management and a Masters in Environment and Development from the University of Kwa-Zulu Natal in South Africa.