The best way to predict the future? Invent It

2022 International Conference Pre-Conference Events

Wednesday, November 9, 2022
9:00 AM - 4:30 PM (EST)
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Category: International Conferences

The best way to predict the future? Invent It: Activity Design Pathways, 2022 and Beyond

Capacity: 89 participants

Date & Time: Wednesday, November 9th, 9:00 am - 4:30 pm

Location: YMCA Blue Ridge Assembly -Chapel in the Blue Ridge Center

Cost: $175

Presenters: Chris Cavert, Ed.D., Trevor Dunlap B.A. &  Matthew Broda, Ph.D.

Chris Cavert is an educator and author. He has written sixteen books, holds a degree in Experiential Education and doctorate in Curriculum & Instruction. He shares resources through his FUNdoing and OnTeamBuilding blogs and the 'OnTeamBuilding' and 'Ask Michelle & Chris About Team Building' podcasts.

Trevor Dunlap is the Executive Director of The Nuhop Center for Experiential Learning, an Ohio based non-profit that focuses on environmental and outdoor education, experiential education, and serving children with special needs through residential camping experiences.

Matthew Broda is an associate professor and chair of the Department of Education at the College of Wooster, co-founder of Switchback Designs with Trevor Dunlap, and the co-author of Team Building from the Toy Aisle with Michelle Cummings and Trevor Dunlap.


In this capacity-building workshop, you will explore a variety of pathways through experiential activity design including available materials, identified problems, or conceptual/thematic topics. To succeed in this challenge, teams will leverage their shared lived experience including knowledge, strengths, and new-found skills to engage in the process of ideation, prototyping, playtesting/iteration, and the presentation of a final deliverable activity. The outcome of this workshop is a learned process by which you can embrace the future of experiential activity design to meet your, as yet, unseen and unknown problems that will define our industry in the next decade.

Attendees will:

  • Perfect their personal activity design practice through active engagement and real-time application of newfound processes and skills.
  • Learn from and apply diverse perspectives and capacities to a real-time project while working as a newly formed team.
  • Deliver a bespoke experiential activity that will include an original tool, facilitation curricula, and a debriefing process.

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Pre-Conference sessions (Extended Education) take place prior to the start of the 2022 International Conference, and are in-depth workshops and activities that provide an expanded opportunity for professional development.


Do I need to register for the International Conference (taking place Nov 10-13) in order to attend a pre-conference event? No! You are able to register and attend any of the below events without having to purchase a ticket or attend the entire International Conference.

Are meals and lodging included? No. If you plan to stay overnight or have meals on-site, you must purchase lodging and a meal plan separately.

Can I get CEUs from pre-conference events? This depends on the individual event. Each event is different and you'll need to check out the specific event details.

Where are the events being held? Location varies by individual event. Each event will be held at the YMCA Blue Ridge Assembly unless otherwise specified.

Are the pre-conferences available to virtual attendees too? Will they be recorded? No. Pre-conference events occur in-person only unless otherwise specified.

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