‘Unconference’ is another name given to events where people get together to collaboratively share what they know. However, just because there’s no pre-existing agenda doesn’t mean these events don’t require work. On Scott Berkun’s management blog he offers a lengthy post on just how to run a great Unconference Session. For example:
“Create both a topic and an angle. It’s one thing to say ‘lets talk about AJAX’. It’s another to go with ‘AJAX war stories: the good and the ugly of real AJAX development’. It’s the same basic topic, but a theme calls people to action, or opinion. It lets everyone know what thoughts to stew over before the session begins, increasing the odds people will have interesting things to share.”
Lot’s more great stuff on the page. Check it out before your next get together.