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Places are limited because of a herd of cows

Of all the positive feedback from the HR Game Changer last year, one of the things that rated highest was the size of the conference was perfect. With just over 100 people attending, it was big enough to meet and grow your network, but there weren’t so many people that you got overwhelmed and didn’t get to meet the people you wanted to.

For Wellington this year, we decided to limit tickets to 75. As everyone gets a free ticket to bring a manager along to the afternoon of Day 1 – that means we’ll have 150 people.

A marketing manager once told me that as soon as a herd of cows reaches 150, the cows start breaking off into groups. There are too many cows for them to now form relationships with.

I don’t know about the cows, but when I looked into it, I found this was actually called Dunbar’s number. According to the fount of all knowledge that is Wikipedia:

Dunbar’s number is a suggested cognitive limit to the number of people with whom one can maintain stable social relationships. These are relationships in which an individual knows who each person is and how each person relates to every other person. This number was first proposed in the 1990s by British anthropologist Robin Dunbar, who found a correlation between primate brain size and average social group size. By using the average human brain size and extrapolating from the results of primates, he proposed that humans can only comfortably maintain 150 stable relationships.

So there you have it.

The good news is that we haven’t reached our herd of cows limit for either Melbourne or Wellington quite yet. There are still tickets left.

If you want to meet exactly the right amount of other awesome HR people who are trying to change the game – then go and register for the HRGC right now.

Have a great weekend!

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