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engagement unhurried 600

Date and time: Wednesday 8 July 2020 7.30 - 8.45pm AEST please see below for start times in your region

Facilitators: Frances Byers

Venue: Via Zoom. Details will be emailed to registrants prior to the session start time

Register online by: noon on Tuesday 7 July. 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. Feel free to sign up for more than one conversation, as the connections and explorations deepen over several weeks.

Want more unhurried conversations? Unhurried conversations were created by Johnnie Moore and are offered weekly online by unhurried enthusiasts in different parts of the world.

Please join from a quiet space. The format works best on a laptop but you can also join from a tablet or smartphone. Please update your RSVP if you can’t make it, as some unhurried sessions have wait lists.

About the facilitator

Frances Byers is a member of the Canberra Region Committee. Frances says “I’ve been taking part in Unhurried Conversations hosted in Cambridge (United Kingdom) and Helsinki (Finland) for the past few months. Every unhurried conversation is different from another. I’ve discovered when a group of people agree to listen and explore in an unhurried way, it’s like having a standing invitation to an abundant open table. I always come away refreshed and grateful.”

Session start times
  • Victoria, NSW, ACT, QLD, TAS: 7.30pm
  • SA, NT: 7.00pm
  • Perth: 5.30pm
  • New Zealand: 9.30pm


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