Abstract Most Extension educators seek new ideas for organizing more exciting and animated workshops and conferences.
This article describes structured networking activities (also know as "speed dating") that succeed in enlivening meetings, strengthening networking, and improving learning.
A panel of veteran market managers providing tips and suggestions has always been valuable, but it suffers from a format that is too similar to all the other sessions.
The original speed dating was introduced as a way of promoting a safe and quick way of meeting a broad variety of date candidates.
(A simple "Google search" will uncover many examples.) The Oregon Farmers' Market Association (OFMA) holds an annual conference to educate market managers about current issues.