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    Notes from a Revolution

    The first ever HRevolution Unconference is over, and while the pre-tweetups, tweetups, sessions, Happy Hours, and after parties are all now just a (somewhat fuzzy) memory, the positive effects definitely linger.

    It was, I think, a remarkable event.

    Fifty or so HR professions, consultant, bloggers, and friends came together to share ideas, insights, questions, and perhaps, a new solution or two.

    I think what was great about the event, is that the sharing and discussions ranged from the extremely practical, (basic and advanced blogging strategies), to more subtle and complex (Social Media in HR and Web 2.0 in HR Technology), to the profound and theoretical (The Future of HR).

    So many angles, approaches, and ideas all in one day.

    So many great people and relationships formed and strengthened. 

    A sign of how successful the event was, that almost immediately after it was 'officially' over, folks began wondering when the 'next' HRevolution would be.  When would we re-assemble to progress the conversation, refine the ideas, and try to get closer to turning talk into action. These are all important, and it is altogether fitting and proper that we discuss them.

    But before all that, before the feedback is compiled,  before the planning of the next event commences, I think for those of us that were there it is important to just let the event be for a while.

    Let the thoughts, ideas, and friendships linger for a bit. Take the time to let it soak in. Make sure you remember what made the event unique and special.

    After you are sure you have done that, then get to work on making things better.



    My personal thanks to Trish McFarlane, Ben Eubanks, Crystal Peterson, the event sponsors, session leaders, and mostly all the fantastic folks that came to the event, and made Louisville the coolest place in the world for 2 days.


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    Reader Comments (11)

    I'm thankful for the opportunity that you, @beneubanks, @trishmcfarlane and @crysalpeterson gave me. Enjoyed all the conversations over the few days. Every revolution has that first meeting - to start the process of putting into words and thoughts that which before hand were just feelings and inklings. I think this did just that. I know I'm chomping at the bit to write a post but I'm resisting - instead - trying to allow the conversations to bounce around and find their natural order.

    Thanks again - enjoyed it immensely and I too am interested in the next step in the #hrevolution!

    November 9, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterPaul Hebert

    I have the same feeling as Paul. I'm holding off. I have a giant outline for one (HRev book ;-) ), but I haven't decided to work it through yet. I agree with you, Steve. Let is soak in. There is so much information that was shared among the attendees that it can't all be processed at once. Wow. I'm still floored.

    It was great to meet you, my friend, and I can't wait to do it again!

    November 9, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterBen Eubanks

    thank you for being completely awesome...

    November 9, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAmanda Hite @sexythinker

    I am sorry I missed this great event. I was supposed to be there but my mom hasn't felt well lately.
    I've heard interesting things about the HRevolution as there are lots of opportinuties to learn and to teach something exchanging different opinions.

    November 9, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterSamantha Ausmalbilder

    @Paul - thanks for the comments, and especially thanks for the great conversation in the off-hours. You did a great job and we can't say enough good things about you and your commitment.

    @Ben - Ben, you are the man. And not just because you can walk on your hands.

    @Amanda - I was totally blown away by you. You are quite likely the coolest person I have ever met. I am in awe.

    @Samantha - Sad to hear about you Mom, I hope she is well soon. Please keep an eye on the twitter tag #HRevolution for even more to come.

    November 9, 2009 | Registered CommenterSteve

    It was so great to meet you and be part of the evolution. I pushed a post out quickly and do have to say that if I wrote it even just today - 24 hours later, it would be very different. The ideas and conversations were passion-filled and so inspiring - now what to do with it all? And bringing it back to home - what does it mean for my organization? For me? Still marinating - sort of like maybe . . . a dry BBQ rub?

    November 9, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterLisa Rosendahl

    @Lisa - Of course I read your post and it was fantastic. I would agree I already have some different ideas about the event, and the right way for me to move forward. It does take time, just like a good BBQ - what a great analogy. Dry rub, slow cook, get the smoke just right.... then you end up with a masterpiece. Thanks so much for stopping by and for just being fantastic.

    November 9, 2009 | Registered CommenterSteve

    I have a few words for you: Passionate, loyal, reliable, contributor, brilliant, fun and revolutionary. These are the words that describe YOU. Ben, Crysta,l and I value you SO much Steve. The role you played since day one in making this happen is monumental. Thank you from the bottom of my heart for being on the planning committee.

    Anyone who says Twitter is worthless is wrong. You prove it.

    November 9, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterTrish McFarlane

    @Trish - Thank you very much for those extremely kind words. It was a pleasure to work with you, Ben, and Crystal on this event. You are a fantastic and inspirational leader and I would be happy to work with you again anytime.

    November 10, 2009 | Registered CommenterSteve

    You guys did an awesome job and everyone appreciates all the hard work it took!

    November 10, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterHR Minion

    @HR Minion - Thanks so much, it was hard work, but totally worth it! It was so great to meet you in person as well. See you at the next one for sure.

    November 10, 2009 | Registered CommenterSteve

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