The primary workshop goal of making new matches largely was accomplished during the breaks.
At the most recent conference, the organizers inserted a speed dating session in the dreaded after-lunch slot on the agenda.
A more classic version of speed dating was used during the Farmer-Chef Connection, an educational event that seeks to foster better relationships between chefs and individual farmers.
The traditional format for this program was a mix of speeches, panels, and workshops, along with long breaks that featured outstanding food provided by the farmers and prepared by the chefs.
Using the 8th grade dance model, the chefs line up against the wall, and the farmers went over and chose an initial "date." If it had been a smaller group (there were more than 80 participants), the chefs would have given a brief introduction so that farmers would have been better able to target their speed dates.
In introducing the speed dating session, we deliberately downplayed getting to actual deals and instead discussed these desired objectives/outcomes: As it turns out, the objectives were needlessly conservative.
It occurred to me that one of the activities I designed for our DODEA grant Photo by CRDM.
Furthermore, the change of pace played a valuable role in the day.
A speed mentoring approach was successful in sharing knowledge among farmers' market managers with different levels of experience.
Farmers and chefs used a more classic speed dating approach to forge new relationships and make deals.
The original speed dating was introduced as a way of promoting a safe and quick way of meeting a broad variety of date candidates.
(A simple "Google search" will uncover many examples.) The Oregon Farmers' Market Association (OFMA) holds an annual conference to educate market managers about current issues.
Abstract Most Extension educators seek new ideas for organizing more exciting and animated workshops and conferences.