"Experience is not what happens to you; it's what you do with what happens to you." - Aldous Huxley

And all it takes is you - whoever you are. You don't need to have had one million experiences, but rather made meaning of one that you are ready to share with us around the proverbial campfire.

ActivatEE is sharing platform designed by the Association for Experiential Education for its members and conference attendees during the International Conference. ActivatEE is a developmental process, both for the speaker and the audience, where we share ideas, test assumptions, and are asked to view a perspective through a different lens. ActivatEE is designed to facilitate the process of creating one’s story, inspiring the use of one’s voice, and launching an idea - all on stage during a conference keynote.

Submissions for ActivatEE 2019 are now closed. We hope you will consider being a speaker at our 2020 conference!

For more information, visit our blog post: What is ActivatEE?


Drafting your keynote:

  • This platform invites you, the speaker, to share a story or idea through the use of voice, during a 7-9 minute mini-keynote to an audience of 300-500.
  • Think of an instant in time where you had an experience that became a profound teaching moment for you, which truly influenced or altered your way of thinking or being. Are you able and willing to share that message with others?
  •  Now visualize how you would want to share that story in terms of keynote address. What did you hear, see, notice, and experience in that moment that had immediate impact or had influence years down the road?  Is there a method in your delivery that helps convey your message?
  • Answer the three questions:
  •    What? what is your story? what happened?
  •    So what? Why is it important or developmental to you? What meaning did you take from it?
  •    Now what? How have you moved forward or how do you plan to use this going forward? What is the transformation? How are you changed?


Your initial submission will likely not be your exact final presentation. This is just the first step in a number of iterations that you and your presentation will go through before delivering the final presentation.

Please note that these presentations are to be an experience relevant to your perspective. You can certainly use bits of research to support your message, but this not to be a research paper or a business promotion. We will really push all presenters to constantly evaluate their message, knowing we want to channel a lesson learned to activate the minds of those in the audience.  

People love visuals! While it is certainly not a requirement, we strongly encourage you to accompany your presentation with some sort of visual representation whether it be a slide show, video or whatever other creative ideas you have!

The Process:

  • Draft your ActivatEE presentation and submit by the deadline.
  • A team will review the submissions and send out acceptance notices.
  • You will be asked to set up at least two phone calls/or Skype sessions in September with a committee member to discuss your presentation. These sessions are designed to provide feedback and suggestions regarding the delivery of the presentations.
  •  You will be required to attend an ActivatEE rehearsal during the international conference. Additional practice sessions will also be available if requested/needed.

Get ready to inspire your peers!

 Here are some past presentation examples to get the juices flowing…