Marlboro, Vermont, USA
Adrian has designed, convened, and facilitated conferences for over thirty years. He has been designing participant-led and participation-rich events, commonly known as unconferences, since 1992. His book Conferences That Work: Creating Events That People Love has been described as "THE how-to manual" on creating events that truly engage and capitalize on attendees' collective wisdom and experience.
Adrian is an acknowledged innovator and speaker on participant-led event design, and facilitates two popular opening and closing plenaries—The Solution Room and The Personal Introspective—at many different conferences. He has presented at Meeting Professionals International's World Education Congress, EIBTM, MPI Chapter meetings, the MPI Chapter Business Summit, HSMAI MEET, FRESH, and GMIC & NESAE annual conferences. Adrian was the community manager for2 years for the weekly #eventprofs Twitter chat and runs the weekly #eventprofs Happy Hour Hangout on G+. He convened and facilitated two EventCamps—innovative, experimental conferences for event professionals—in Philadelphia & Washington, DC. BizBash Magazine named Adrian as one of "The 68 Most Innovative Event Professionals". He blogs regularly on event design, logistics, presentations, and many other related topics at www.conferencesthatwork.com.
Adrian's next book, to be published in 2015, is on participation techniques you can use to enhance your meeting sessions.
In 1973, Adrian earned a Physics B.A. at Merton College, Oxford. At the age of 25, Adrian was awarded a Ph.D. in elementary particle physics from University College, London. 37 years later, the experiment he worked on won the 2009 European Physics Prize. From 1978-83 Adrian owned and managed Solar Alternative, a solar energy manufacturing company. He also taught college level computer science at Marlboro College for ten years, and was an independent information technology consultant between 1983-2007.
Adrian lives in Marlboro, VT & Boston, MA. He is the president of two tiny non-profits and loves to sing and dance.