Before the busy season kicks into high gear for outdoor adventure park operators, Experience Based Learning (EBL) has scheduled a networking and educational event at its Zip Rockford at Alpine Hills facility in Illinois, April 22-24. The event’s agenda will mostly be determined using the Open Space Technology (OST) approach, with some workshops fixed on the schedule
Open Space Technology is a method of self-organization used to guide the agenda of a meeting, conference, retreat, etc. It begins with the host of the event addressing the gathered attendees with a broad description of the purpose of the meeting. Attendees are then invited to suggest issues or subjects they’d like to learn more about or discuss in breakout sessions.
Once the host gathers all the suggestions, “Whoever has the most background in the topics people are interested in will be asked to lead the custom sessions,” said EBL head Steve Gustafson.
The fixed agenda includes workshops covering tree care, equipment, and risk management.
Gustafson invited the Professional Ropes Course Association (PRCA) to come present and also use the event as the venue to conduct its annual meeting and members meeting. PRCA’s Mike Barker will lead a session focused on a comparison analysis of recent zip line accidents “with an eye on ASTM/ACCT/PRCA standards.”
Registration for the event is $30 per person. That includes the opportunity to experience Zip Rockford’s zip line tour and try its new Quick Jump XL. There will be time allotted for meals, but food is not provided. Registration is limited to the first 75 industry professionals.