APM Metavern, a human and scientific exploration

“Nothing great has been achieved that is not an exaggerated hope”

Jules Verne

The Next Worlds Workshop

APM, the Association Progrès du Management, organizes its convention every two years to maintain the collective momentum and learn together. This time it will be held in Nantes. It offers a human and scientific exploration to SME managers of the most famous experts by opening them up to the “next worlds”. The event in 2023 has been under preparation for 2 years. It welcomes almost 6,000 French managers for 2 days.

The preparation of such an event is in itself a journey and a collective learning process that combines upstream and in a time of creativity, sequences of design fiction, consultation of the actors, location scouting at the conference site, casting of consultants and personalities to animate the plenary meetings. The transformation of a convention center into a friendly learning space is a challenge. Many actors are mobilized to stage the event, including the design school of Nantes, a communication agency, sound experts and development specialists.

For members of the association, 180 international experts (adventurers, philosophers, sociologists, high-level athletes, young talents, international business leaders, great musicians, etc.) animate 150 workshops, round tables, varied sensory and emotional experiences around 17 themes selected to project participants into the world that comes and is built together with them.

“The next world’s workshop” is the title retained. 414 animators support the pedagogy, they carry out missions of coordination, animation of creative co-development or co-dreaming. They play the role of moderators, reporters, creators of a knowledge base, researchers, animators of the “human library”, facilitators of learning experience and finally coaches of entrepreneurial challenges.

They are trained during this event in pedagogical practice to increase the effect of presentations and acquisition of knowledge. One hundred young people are invited, two of whom will speak in plenary to stimulate reflection on the climate (a fresco of the climate is planned), management or societal issues. On the way to the event is a moment of transition for the entire association towards its next worlds.

A double arrangement

The digital dimension is very present, as the agreement is also phygital. Part of the workshops are actually implemented online by embedding part of the content and the emotions experienced on site, such as physical exhibitions transcribed on biomimicry or teleworking in 360° visits, drone shots, plenary conferences broadcast live. direct, experiences in virtual reality or augmented reality, with posters that open to universes set in motion. Metaverses are also explored.

The Metaves

A floor holds attention. He is named The Metaves. This neologism is a cross between Jules Verne and Metaverse suggested by the members themselves. This hall hosts about fifty experiential workshops organized in 4 areas: Being Human, Being Alive, Being in Action, Being in Motion. Each of these poles aims to project itself into the next worlds. A mezzanine dominates the hall and allows you to orient yourself with an orientation table like an explorer. There is no need to register in advance, only the desire to explore will guide everyone towards their desire to learn and discover.

  • In the “Living Being” pole, the contribution of biomimicry is developed, the reflection on what it means to be an entrepreneur of the living, to feed oneself tomorrow or to take care of the world. Sound dreamlike and luminous experiences are offered. An inspiring exhibition about the teachings of nature is staged for visitors.
  • In the “Being in motion” pole, the exploration of the body is in the spotlight. Either to make it vibrate in collective intelligence, or to learn how to move in adversity on a tatami, or even to make it resonate. Plastic and sound creative experiences and the experience of light sculpture come to stimulate creativity.
  • In the section “Being in action”, entrepreneurs and navigators are in the spotlight. A giant navigation simulator of the seas, a film and an exhibition show the contribution of the sea world to entrepreneurs. Innovative entrepreneurs present their solutions to their colleagues. A 360° agora has been installed and expert debates on current societal issues are organised.
  • In the “Human Being” pole, it’s a matter of exploring the Anthropocene era, either with the help of maps that give traces of people on the planet, or by teleporting with 360° photos of the most beautiful natural places. Space is created for inclusion in work, diversity and disability. The exploration of our limits, of the power of our projects towards progress is carried by a variety of entities. A tent is pitched in the heart, renowned sociologists, philosophers and explorers come here to drink tea in complete privacy with visitors. An exhibition of telecommuters in every imaginable situation reveals the underside of this social innovation.

At the four cardinal points of the metaverse is a space for creativity to reinvent professional co-development, a space to create impact companies with young entrepreneurs, a “TedX-style” platform where the best experts follow each other and finally a space technology discovery where drones, virtual reality, augmented reality, generative artificial intelligence and new digital challenges are tested.

During the event, a progress box records visitors who wish to do so about their learning, their visions of progress and the transformations they experience. These collected words are intended to feed a research action led by a researcher recruited by APM. The human library offers to meet almost 80 authors of economic, scientific and human works during signing sessions and reading circles that sweep away all current trends.

At the center of all these explorations, a huge bubble protects an audio and video recording studio that covers the event and promotes the most daring thoughts of remote participants. The collected material will lead to an e-book on the theme of progress, which brings together all the association’s members. More than 30 co-authors together produce this new vision of the world.

The whole event aims to be an example of environmental standards with the implementation of a Reeve reference system, which imposes on the organization choices that respect people and the environment (short-circuiting, carpooling, social clauses).

From all of this XXL education offerings, participants have a variety of grips on reality to build their next worlds to match their ambitions.

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