Happy Co-existence

“You should get together to make sure there is a happy co-existence.”

That one phrase, I’ve heard twice in as many weeks. It’s referring to events and the running of them.

Context

Let’s give an example of Bob and Sarah who run an event each. Each event is focussed around mobile apps. They’re both in the same city and their events are at different times of the month.

The same ¬†example could be used with some minor adjustments. Bob and Sarah run an event each (large conference) focussed on the web design and development industry. They’re both in the same city but the events are at different times of the year.

A Co-existence

The statement was more of a question than a statement in all fairness, as if, the events would cause some kind of unhappy feelings between two people and have nothing to do with the events themselves, their content and the attendees. I’ve been going to and running events for long enough now that you cannot stop new events from starting.

It’s good to see them starting up, it shows that people have the passion to do something for their industry and niche likes. Why wouldn’t events ‘happily co-exist’? A risk of cannibilisation has been used if the events are meeting up regularly and have the same attendees.

I completely disagree, each event would be different with different content and organisers. That in itself would keep them different enough to make them both last. It doesn’t even matter if they had vaguely the same content – the fact that people are meeting up to share stories, questions and problems is enough to keep meetups healthy.

And everything else negative surrounding it is personal to the organisers. If they feel unhappy about the situation, they’re the ones not having a happy co-existance with the other organisers’ for whatever reason.

The huge increase of events around the UK, both large and small, show that events can run happily together…

 

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Gavin

Lead Interaction Designer at DigitalDWP. Organiser of Industry, The Practical Web Conference..