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Date and time: Wednesday 3rd June 2020 5.30 - 6.45pm AEST please see below for start times in your region
Facilitators: Frances Byers and Charlie Tulloch
Venue: Via Zoom. Details will be emailed to registrants prior to the session start time
Register online by: noon on Tuesday 2 June. Places limited to 15 participants

The AES invites you to join a facilitated online networking session to catch up with your colleagues in the evaluation field. This is an opportunity to meet new people from across the AES membership base as well as the wider evaluation community and to discuss several key issues facing evaluation and evaluators, such as:

  1. Adjusting to new ways of working
  2. Challenges overcome and lessons learned
  3. Reflective networking

Facilitators will be from the AES regional committees and the free sessions will be hosted via Zoom. AES members and the wider evaluation community are welcome to join our new series of engagement sessions.

Session overview

In an unhurried conversation, there is time to think differently and connect with people in a refreshing way. Unhurried isn't always slow, but it has a pace where people find it easy to join in and not feel crowded out. And listening can be as satisfying as talking.

Unhurried conversations use a simple format to create good, human interaction.

In an unhurried conversation there is no agenda, but one key norm about how to take turns to speak. We lift up an everyday object (like a cup or pair of glasses) and whoever lifts it up it gets to talk. And everyone else listens. Which means the speaker won't get interrupted. When the speaker has finished, they put the object down, and some-else then takes a turn. Sometimes there are long pauses between speakers, sometimes not.

When you've finished speaking you are giving up control of what happens next. When the next person picks up the talking object they might follow on from what's been said or bring something new to the conversation. And they can hold the object and not they can hold silence until they're ready to speak.

The conversations often move between light topics and more personal and profound ones. And in the end, we often find that all these are connected. 

Unhurried conversations are a facilitation approach created by Johnnie Moore and Antony Quinn, and now being offered weekly online by unhurried enthusiasts in different parts of the world. For more information about Unhurried, and to participate in other Unhurried conversations going on across the world see: 

About the facilitators

Frances Byers and Charlie Tulloch will host the AES unhurried conversations.  Frances is from the Canberra AES Regional Network Committee and Charlie is from the Victoria committee.

Session start times
  • Victoria, NSW, ACT, QLD, TAS: 5.30pm
  • SA, NT: 5.00pm
  • Perth: 3.30pm
  • New Zealand: 7.30pm


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