OpenCon 2012

Just a quick post for now as I’m trying to get assignments done. A proper post should be forthcoming in a few days. Anyway I just learned this and wanted to share it with you guys: the dates for OpenCon 2012 have just become available, and booking is now open!

(From the website)

OpenCon is a 3-day event in the English countryside for everyone who knows that happy and honest relationships don’t have to be monogamous. It’ll combine discussions, workshops and socialising to give you a chance to meet like-minded people, to build our community and to …celebrate its diversity.

2012 will be the third OpenCon, following on the back of the last two years’ hugely successful and sold-out events. OpenCon is run as an unconference. Every attendee is considered an organiser, and if you have a cool idea, you’re very much encouraged to make it happen! The basic format of the weekend is that there’ll be a mostly-empty daytime workshop schedule, which people can fill in as they offer workshops, and there’ll be participant-run evening entertainment as well.

Last year, we had thirty-three workshops run, only five of which had been arranged in advance. Many people also chose to spend time socialising and informally chatting on the sofas or in the venue’s grounds, rather than in workshops. On the Friday evening, there was a disco in Zorba, the bar was open and most people spent time socialising. During Saturday daytime, several people discussed arranging evening entertainment, and the evening brought a community cabaret and open mic as well as a fully facilitated cuddle party (a lunchtime meeting had worked out the rules for it!)

I’ve attended both years and thoroughly enjoyed it, and intend to be there again in 2012.

You can find out more information and book here.

3 thoughts on “OpenCon 2012

  1. Tarqa says:

    Given that (as far as I can recall) you mentioned attending both this and Polyday last year, would you mind sharing briefly how you see their differences? Specifically, if someone were new to a lot of this, would you recommend one over the other (if so, which), or is it especially worth trying to find time/money for both?
    (also, apologies for the wording here – I’m tired and don’t really seem able to change tone…)

    • missamaranth says:

      I was at both events and thoroughly enjoyed both!

      Personally, they were completey different kinds of events for me. I found Polyday to be a little more basic, with more stuff available to complete beginners or people who were curious about polyamory but never actually experienced it. That said there were also some good workshops for those of us who have been doing this for a while. OpenCon, on the other hand, I found to be more aimed at people who are already practicing some form of non-monogamy and want to discuss it a little more in depth with fellow experienced people.

      The other thing with OpenCon, of course, is that it’s longer. At Polyday there is space for only a few sessions, and most ran only an hour, hour and a half or so. Whereas at OpenCon, there were 30+ sessions over the course of the weekend (most not planned in advance, and timetabled in by attendees once the event started – another of the things about OpenCon I love! Personally I ran two things this year, I went with one pre-written workshop, and ran another one on the fly with about 24 hours notice. That’s how it tends to work, and it’s great because it means if you want to talk about something, you can timetable it in and anyone else who wants to talk about that too will come along.)

      For someone new to poly, I’d recommend Polyday as a first event. I really wish I’d known Polyday existed when my ex-primary, first girlfriend and I were negotiating the scary world of poly for the first time a few years back! But you certainly don’t need masses of experience to be welcome at OpenCon, to enjoy it and get lots out of it…. so Polyday is a great starting point if you’re new to non-monogamy, but if time and finances will allow, and you’d like to discuss all kinds of topics relating to non-monogamy in more detail over the course of a weekend, I’d absolutely recommend trying to attend both!

      TL;DR – Polyday and OpenCon are both fabulous!:-)

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