Submissions for this session are by invitation only.
Starting in the late 16th century and blossoming in the 17th and 18th, the salon was a major influence in the development of European culture, art, science, and politics through courageous conversations about “dangerous” topics. These indoor explorations paralleled the audacity of bold sea voyages mapping the world unknown to Europeans.
On the track, we reprise this embrace of the unknown and the different. The Audacious Salon is a place where strongly held ideas are discussed in civility, where dialog leads us places we've not yet dreamed. It’s a place to compare experiences and expand our own with the richness of others. It’s a place to offer insights and hear how they fit for others. It’s a place to hear others' insights and test our own beliefs against them.
This track is NOT a place to teach others The Truth. It is NOT a place to passively learn. It is NOT a place to assert the superiority of one experience over another.
Geared toward veteran Agilists and others with experience and understanding of the salon topic, Audacious Salon sessions are the beginning of deeply exploratory conversations, not the entirety of them. Those who attend will put their egos aside and create an environment where all feel safe to participate so that differing ideas can frolic together to produce progeny that delight and surprise.
A Salonniere, who will remain unnamed in the program, has hand-crafted an experience around a topic of passion for them. This person will be the host of the experience rather than the “expert” on the topic. There are no expert answers in the Audacious Salon, only courageous exploration.
Even among the well-experienced, this territory may be risky in its vulnerability. But if you've the fortitude, it could be the beginning of new collaborations with peers, perhaps unlikely peers, into a future of exploration in fruitful directions. Prepare to be surprised!