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2020 Great Ideas Call For Proposals


Apply here to become a 2020 Great Ideas Conference Content Leader or Suggest Conference Content.
Deadline to submit:  July 8, 2019

Great Ideas Conference Goals

ASAE's flagship innovation conference aims to challenge conventions with new perspectives, explore macro trends and major shifts on the horizon, and celebrate models of innovation in practice both inside and outside the association industry. Each attendee will leave with an enhanced capacity to innovate from discovery and ideation to testing and implementation.

Content Priorities

Great Ideas is focused on supporting association innovation and leadership. The ASAE Foundation’s Innovation in Associations provided a comprehensive understanding of how associations choose to innovate, where they choose to focus their efforts, and the strategies and practices associations have applied for success in innovation. The research identified effective practices to help association leaders nurture innovation in their own organizations. Some concepts apply to innovation universally, and other are more specific to innovation in the association space. These competencies, along with those related to association leadership and culture which help innovation to thrive, provide a foundation for the overall learning goals and content strategy for Great Ideas. Currently, the core innovation competencies the conference seeks to model, support and develop through educational programming include:

  1. Curiosity
  2. Creativity
  3. Enterprising (Entrepreneurial)
  4. Foresight
  5. Data Centricity
  6. Empathy (Human Centered)
  7. Iteration (Persistent/Learn from Failure)
  8. Managing Change
  9. Storytelling
  10. Idea Generation (Ideation)

Three Proposal Opportunities

Below are three great ways to suggest content for the 2020 Great Ideas Conference.  Click the START button under each one to be directed to that submission form. 


Option 1: Suggest a Topic or Refer a Speaker

Not interested in speaking but want to refer someone else, and/or share an idea? Share people or subjects that you would like to see featured in the program here.



Option 2: Pitch a Session from a List of Suggested Topics

The Program Advisory Committee has identified a list of session ideas that respond to member needs.  Select one and pitch your personal take on the concept.



Option 3: Design a New Session

Have a course that you think is perfect for the conference? This is your chance to submit a standard proposal on a topic of your choice.