Even though the life of FSA is in the Participants, Guests, Content, and Vision, securing a modest amount of funding can facilitate content and make things run more smoothly. Given FSA's already proven track record in 2017 & 2018, I'd encourage you to make funding your first focus for an FSA '19 or '20 or '21 in Los Angeles or Dubai or anywhere else. Get these relationships in place as early as you can.
On scales as large as building a museum, and as small as printing a poster, I've seen time and again that there are many people and organizations willing to support you, but they prefer not to be out front alone. Funders love the validation of having other funders join them in supporting you.
Use the FSA website to include information on being an FSA funder and then reach out to as many organizations as possible.
You might create 3 tiers of support:
Even though participants have has a compelling experience at FSA, the struggle of "keeping all the balls in the air" while running FSA might lead you to forget what a valuable group FSA is and how much architecture firms and vendors might like to interact with FSA.
Who are FSA's 3 dozen Participants?
What architecture firm wouldn't want to meet such a promising group of emerging architects?
What vendor wouldn't want to show their, eg Ceramic Tiles, or anything else, to someone who has the potential to specify their materials for decades to come?
When organizations do decide to help make your FSA possible, be sure to give back to them
Your FSA budget is it's own topic. Whatever it might be, let's just say US$5,000. Make that a target goal and try to secure at least that in commitments when you're 9-12 months out from the event. It wouldn't hurt to secure 1/3 above your goal in case anyone doesn't come through.
Money isn't everything, and it isn't what makes FSA awesome, but it can help things run smoother.
Here's a suggestion/opinion from Glenn (me):
> Interaction is good
> a lot of interaction is great
With both "speakers" and "panels", it's common for the speaker or panel to take most of the time and then the host might say
> we have a few minutes left for questions
In an education rethinking framework like FSA, I'd like to see that turned around. Make the statements brief and have most of the time for audience interaction.
Try to break out of the
model. Yes, speakers and panelists know all kinds of important things that the other participants might not, but encourage them to think about presenting material and ideas interactively. It worked for Socrates, right?
Encourage presenters to think about activity-based ways of communicating. Can some talking time be replaced by some activity like drawing or writing a few sentences or interacting in some way, and then having a group discussion of the experience?
If a presenter has facts or data to present can they ask participants to do a search with their phone and see what data/information they discover? Presenting numbers can be sleep-inducing. Having participants try to uncover numbers for themselves, contextualizing those numbers, and exploring their accuracy or errors, can be more engaging.