Talking Series

Innovation Methodologies for Defense Challenges - 26th February - 28th February 2019

Part of the gesture of the IMDC is to talk about resistance to change. One such resistance is how authoritative, overly formal, pre-defined settings and ideas of what something is, prevents innovative thinking and inhibits change. The invitations to participate (below) hope to soften some pre-defined edges of what a conference looks like, whilst maintaining structure and guidance. With is in mind, plan your ‘session’ with no presentation software, just prepare your words, and images if needed.

You Talk...

You Talk (with us): You are invited to share your expertise and experience as a Keynote speaker, with no presentation software, to a carefully selected audience so as to create a meaningful exchange that aims to facilitate conversation in We Talk seminars and Small Talk break outs, and frame the themes for the day.

They Talk...

They Talk (with coffee): A pre-selected panel invited to discuss a theme from different perspectives in a group conversation with a facilitator. Panellists explore tensions between traditional military planning and design methodology, with an aim to think about the military and its organisational structure and resistance to change in contemporary times. How can we think about how these challenges and put them into practice?

Just Talk...

Just Talk (with notes): A chance to listen to and engage with an expert speaker, a specialist in their field, so as to create a meaningful exchange that aims to facilitate conversation in We Talk seminars and Small Talk break outs, and frame specific innovation methodology challenges.

We Talk...

We Talk (with others): You are invited to lead a seminar in order to discuss the content of the Talking Series and gather feedback from your group. This is a rare opportunity to compile questions for presenters, which will be read out and answered later, when we gather back together.

Small Talk...

Small Talk (with food): Lunch, coffee breaks and the evening drinks hope to facilitate sharing conversation and ideas. Much time is devoted to these activities because conference feedback suggests that more time is needed to meet each other and explore ideas in an informal way.

Interested in presenting at one of our "Talk" features, or finding out more information? Please complete the online form, which can be found here:

Programme of Events



The IMDC conference organisers are pleased to publish the programme of events for the conference, along with speaker details. Abstracts of planned talks and panels will be available for all speakers & presenters and will be released in the near future. 


If you would like to download a PDF of the programme of events, please click on the link here: