Are you interested in presenting at Open Seattle? If so, proposals to speak are being accepted until June 1st.
What is Open Seattle?
Open Seattle is the first of our new grassroots, open-source-styled youth ministry events. (Read the Open Manifesto) In short, Open is a 1-day event for youth workers who are looking for practical, front-lines ideas to implement in their ministry.
What makes Open Seattle unique?
Open exists to level the playing field. It’s truly open. Anyone can submit a proposal to speak. Anyone can attend. No green rooms or special treatment. We’ve got this notion that if you remove all the hype the best ideas will float to the top. And open aims to see if that’s true.
We’ve taken as much money out of the equation as possible. (It’s just $25 to register and any profits are split between the local organizer, a local charity, and The Youth Cartel.)
Who can speak at Open?
Anyone. But you have to submit a proposal. If you’re a full-time youth worker, a professor, a best-selling author, a volunteer, a youth ministry student, an observer of youth culture, or even someone outside of our world with something to say. We want to see your proposal.
After all of the proposals have been received, the organizing committee will meet to pick the speakers. (12 or so)
If you are wanting to field test some content for a book idea or a presentation for youth workers, this is really an ideal situation. We want Open to be a place good ideas get refined into great ideas.
Do I get paid?
Not by us. None of the presenters are getting paid, nor are we covering your travel expenses. Speakers will get invited to a speakers dinner (we do pick up the tab for this) and get 2 free tickets to the event. If you have something to sell or offer a service… we trust that you’ll figure out how to best integrate that into your time at Open.
Seattle is way too far… are you going to do this again?
Yes. We have 3 alpha test locations for 2012 – 2013. (East coast, West coast, and faa-aar east coast.) The beta test will include about 6 more cities in 2013 – 2014.
Leave a comment, I’m happy to answer any question you have.