Telling the story
May 28, 2013
Yes! The 14th annual Open Space Conference was held on May 16, 2013 at the Golden Gate Club in the Presidio of San Francisco. We sold out with 370 people filling the main room plus an overflow room. The Roving Ranger greeted us to the Presidio Trust‘s beautiful Golden Gate Club. The Exhibitor Halls were full of these groups plus a mountain lion and a bear. The agenda was full of speakers with a variety of perspectives and engaging presentations (most of which are available for download here). But it’s hard to tell the story about the conference with these few sentences.
There are many ways to tell the story. First, there are photos:
See many more photos here. Our huge thanks to Jen Hale for so beautifully capturing the day with her camera and for setting up the photo booth. This was our 4th year with the photo booth and the library we’re building is impressive!
Another way to tell the story of the conference is what attendees have shared us in our online survey and by email:
- Getting to see existing colleagues, meeting new friends/colleagues, getting the opportunity to put faces to names that I had previously only corresponded to over email. The event has a strong reputation, which speaks for the fact that so many people from the greater conservation community were present, making for a great crowd and vibe. All the logistics were smooth, from the speakers, time management, food/drink, venue.
- The presentations were fabulous and very inspiring. Networking opportunities were great.
- The presentation from General Jackson was truly inspirational; his message regenerated my personal commitment to parks and open spaces!
- Every year I learn something new. I find great value in hearing from a diversity of speakers who bring different perspectives as well as multiple cases for supporting open space preservation.
- I though the speakers all complemented each other well, looking at the same issues from a variety of perspectives. Great mix of inspirational and practical, lots of relevancy to work I am doing.
- The whole conference was fascinating. I loved the introduction to your neighbor beside you because I made a great contact for a future job.
- The selection of presenters was an excellent balance – it communicated the breadth and comprehensive mission of the Open Space Council as shown by the diversity of the topics – as well as the potential for partnering.
We also heard several ways we can improve the conference and we’re already thinking about how to do so in 2014. Thanks to everyone who has shared ideas, suggestions and feedback of any kind.
Another way to tell the story is with Twitter. If you looked around the room at the conference there were people tapping away on their phones and iPads, sharing their thoughts, taking pictures, and tagging them with #2013OSC. Here’s a snippet of what happened on Twitter:
Thanks to everyone was involved in the conference including:
- Back to Earth catering
- Ellen Toomey
- Jen Hale
- GreenInfo Network
- Presidio Trust
- Coastal Conservancy
- Fantastic volunteers!!!
Big thanks to this year’s sponsors who are making it all possible.
And special thanks to: