It’s time for a Fail Festival – a celebration of failure as a mark of leadership and innovation in pushing the boundaries of what is possible and profitable.
The 10th Annual Small Business Leadership Conference, presented by the Jim Moran Institute for Global Entrepreneurship, part of the Florida State University College of Business, is on a mission to make failure acceptable in small business discussions.
There is great value in examining our mistakes and learning from failure as we go beyond the easy and the simple.
Three panelists will join Keynote Speaker Wayan Vota to talk about their past business fails and lessons learned for future success at the Thursday Keynote Session.
Then we’ll open up the discussion for audience participation and hear about failure they have had in business either before or during the pandemic, how they overcame, and why their failure shaped them for success in their current or new business.
Most conference programs focus on success stories and examples of leaders who have taken the right path to get positive results. Those kinds of case studies make sense. After all, attendees want to recreate those positive outcomes for themselves and their organizations.
That’s the opening paragraph for Creating a Safe Space for Failure, by David McMillin for PCMA, the world’s largest, most respected and most recognized network of business events strategists.
In the article, David quotes me speaking about Fail Festivals:
“Everyone enjoys talking about successes and how great they are,” Wayan Vota, a failure festival consultant, told Convene. “That’s good marketing fluff, but it’s hard to learn from successes. The presenters are so focused on making it sound like a success that they gloss over the issues and the stumbling blocks they faced,” he said.
But “real learning comes when you talk about what didn’t go right. I usually coach presenters to think of the failure that moved them to change the way they work or live,” Vota said.
Fail Festival – a celebration of failure as a mark of leadership, innovation, and risk-taking in pushing the boundaries of what is possible in scaling ideas from pilots to global programs.
Failure is the f-word of international development. Unspoken in polite company, but a reality in our work. We’re often in market failure environments, so who are we to expect success 100% of the time?
That’s why its time for Fail Festival 2017. We are on a mission to make failure acceptable in development discussions. There is great value in examining our mistakes and learning from failure as we go beyond the easy and the simple.
Join us for the 7th annual event, and expect much laughter as 300 of your peers and colleagues navel-gaze at where we have all gone wrong in international development… and learn how not to star in next year’s Fail Festival.
Fail Festival 2017 will be hosted by the Digital Impact Alliance, Plan International, TechChange, and FHI 360 on Thursday, December 7th, in Academy Hall. We will have an open bar and tasty nibbles to lubricate the conversation and celebrate the capstone ICT4Drinks event of the year.
Sign up now to attend – a ticket is mandatory for attendance.
Fail Festival DC 2017
Thursday, December 7th
FHI 360 Academy Hall
1825 Connecticut Avenue, NW
Washington DC 20009.