Innovation Design Summits Call for Presentations

The Alliance for Strong Families and Communities seeks proposals for presentations at the three 2017 Innovation Design Summits.

At the Alliance’s Innovation Design Summits, participants will design solutions to solve difficult problems and seize new opportunities. Each summit will call on participants to roll up their sleeves and focus on a different mission-critical issue:

Leading through the Integration of Health Care and Human Services
Sept. 13-15 in Minneapolis

Accelerating Education Achievement for All Children
Oct. 18-20 in Chicago

Building a 21st-Century Social Sector Workforce
Nov. 15-17 in Tampa, Florida

Submit proposals online by May 12, 2017 at 5 p.m. CT

Proposal Selection Process and Deadlines

All proposals must be submitted online by May 12, 2017. Review the requested topics for each summit to determine alignment with your content and expertise. Individuals and organizations may submit proposals for one or more summits.
All required information must be included for proposal consideration:

  • Contact information for all presenters
  • Biography for each presenter, no longer than 200 words each
  • Requested topic
  • Presentation title
  • Presentation format and methods
  • Presentation description, no longer than 350 words
  • Three to five learning objectives
  • Level of content (introductory, intermediate, or advanced)
  • List of prior presentations

Submitting a proposal does not guarantee acceptance. Individuals will be notified June 30, 2017 if their presentations have been selected for inclusion in the summit.

The Alliance will not permit any presenter to use his or her presentation to make a sales pitch for any specific firm, publication, or service. Presenters are not paid for their participation.

Requested Topics

View the complete list of requested topics.

Presentation Formats

Choose the format that will best showcase your ideas and expertise. Brief orientations will be held in the summer to prepare presenters to deliver compelling presentations in the specific formats.

Speed Reading
Book club collides with speed dating in this interactive format. Share a must-read book that covers information relevant to the summit topic.

How It Works: Each Speed Reading session will feature multiple 15-minute rounds during which presenters will give overviews of their featured books to small groups of up attendees and lead them in discussions about the book and its impact on their work.

Pecha Kucha
Put down your presentation clicker. For Pecha Kucha 20x20, you won’t need one because your slides are set up to automatically advance every 20 seconds. Just be ready to talk—share a great idea, something unexpected you have learned, or anything that sparks your imagination. This rapid presentation style is designed to spark conversations.

How It Works: Multiple presenters with 20-slide presentations that advance every 20 seconds will be grouped together. The sessions will feature multiple short presentations and group discussion. Present on a requested topic or choose something entirely different—as long as you are passionate about it. Watch videos of Pecha Kuchas online at

Don’t just tell attendees about your expertise—choose this format and help them translate your advice into action. For Project-Based sessions, enrich an overview of your topic with hands-on practice and coaching for attendees.

How it works: Presenters will briefly introduce their topics, engage participants in hands-on applications of the subject matter, and reconvene participants at the end of the session in a discussion about lessons learned. Participants should have the opportunity to develop prototypes or examples.

Design It Yourself
Suggest a workshop format of your choosing. Consider a panel discussion, world café, or other style.

How It Works: It’s up to you—just remember, adults have a hard time retaining information from long lectures, so keep your delivery as participatory and engaging as possible.

Submit proposals online by May 12, 2017.

Direct questions to the Alliance Meetings Department.

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