After brainstorming with a few different people, I've come up with a pretty vague outline for what I want this conference to look like. My vision for this conference, if you will. As things move further ahead, it may very well change, but right now, this is what I've got. Note that when I say "we" I'm referring to both myself and everyone who's contributing to the planning of this event.
Theme/overarching message: Freedom based education can be for everyone. Looking to break the myths of who unschooling and freeschooling is for, and to give the tools and information for people to *make* these types of education available where they currently aren't.
A two day conference, held close to downtown Montreal (probably) and easily accessible by public transport. Either in a hotel's conference space, or, preferably, in a separate venue but with a nearby hotel that we've worked out a special rate for conference attendees.
Talks and workshops split roughly half-half between unschooling and freeschooling, with hopefully some other talks and workshops that don't fit into either of those categories directly (what's wrong with the school system, freedom based education at the university level, learning centers and co-ops, etc.). Also a film screening room and a vendor hall (with vendors that we've approved, so meet with the vision for this conference).
Something I feel strongly about is that everyone who wants to should be able to attend, so there will be a sliding-scale registration fee for attendees, as well as an added note that if the lowest end of the scale still doesn't work for you, contact us and we'll work something out.
We'd also like to find multiple sponsors to lessen the cost, and have a food collective or similar there so that food can be bought, but isn't included in registration fee.
Speakers from across North America (if we can afford them). We still need to put together a list of speakers we'd love to have, and want to approach to find out more details...
And I think that's basically what we've got right now. There are other details, but that's the general overview! So, what do you think? Does that sound like a conference you'd like to attend? Any suggestions or ideas that you'd like to share? Speakers you think we might want to look into? Comments are very welcome!