It’s easy to assume that unconferences, the popular trend in tech-sector events, require little thought on the part of session organizers. The myth is that by choosing to do an unconference, special magic will trickle down into all the sessions, blooming into dozens of beautiful flowers of enlightened communal experience. It’s not true: All unconferences […]

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In thinking over my experiences at various unconferences, I’ve noticed one consistent problem: The people who get to run sessions aren’t the smartest or most interesting people. Instead it’s those who chose seats closest to the session boards, run faster than everybody else, or are pushier at grabbing fistfulls of whiteboard pens. Of course this […]

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I was invited back to O’Reilly’s FOO (Friends Of O’Reilly) camp, an unconference weekend event held at O’Reilly Media’s HQ in Sebatapol, CA. It’s a privilege to go and every year I’ve written what I’ve learned to share some of the goodness, and force myself to review my Moleskine and digest. If you’re new to FOO: ~250 people […]

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I was invited back this year to O’Reilly’s FOO (Friends Of O’Reilly) camp, an unconference weekend event held at O’Reilly’s headquarters in Sebatapol, CA.  What is FOO? About 250 people are invited to camp out on the lawn at O’Reilly Media HQ and spend a long weekend together. Big schedule boards go up Friday, with […]

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For the fifth time I managed to get invited to O’Reilly’s FOO (Friends Of O’Reilly) camp, an unconference weekend event held at O’Reilly’s headquarters in Sebatapol, CA. ~250 people are invited to camp out on the lawn and spend a long weekend discussing anything anyone wants to talk about. Big schedule boards are put up […]

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Last call for presentation camp – a brand new unconference event for people interested in pitching, presenting and public speaking. Presentation Camp At UW communications building (map) Saturday April 4th 2009, 9am-4:30pm (Full schedule here) It’s $15 if you register by noon today, $20 later today or at the door. I’ll be doing a keynote […]

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Saturday April 4th Kathy Gill and I are running the first ever Seattle presentation camp, an unconference for people interested in all forms of public speaking, presenting, and pitching ideas. We’ve posted the core  schedule with some of the sessions that we know will take place, as well as plenty of slots for unconference style […]

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Thanks to the kick-ass work of Kathy Gill, the first ever presentation camp in Seattle is scheduled to run all day Saturday April 4th at the University of Washington. $10 gets you in for the whole day if you register by March 31 -  Registration and details here. PresentationCamp is an ad-hoc gathering of passionate […]

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(Seattle) InfoCamp 2008 this weekend

in Design, Seattle

Hadn’t heard of this before, but there’s a design unconference here in Seattle this weekend: InfoCamp 2008. $50 gets you in for two days of DIY sessions on information architecture, user-centered design, librarianship, and information management. According to their description, It features an egalitarian, community-driven format in which presentations are designed and delivered by attendees. […]

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Background: Foo Camp is the legendary annual social/tech event O’Reilly Media runs for Friends of O‘reilly. Two things make the event an amazing experience: 1) high quality invite list (except myself of course) and 2) Everyone camps out on tents on the lawn. This drops pretension to near zero, and combined with a self-defined agenda, […]

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On my first trip to London in 1996, on a whim from a blurb in some guidebook, I checked out Speakers corner @ Hyde Park. I just could not believe the blurb: a place where anyone could stand up on a box, preach or rant to their hearts desire, and throngs of people would come […]

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(Photo by Nobihaya) No matter what my expectations are for O’Reilly’s annual FOO camp, an intense social/geek/intellectual weekend run by my publisher, O’Reilly Media, they’re always surpassed in amazing ways. Unlike any other conference type event, I leave with a head full of ideas to chase and renewed passion for hunting them down. I waited […]

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Mindcamp 3.0: report

in Seattle, Teaching/Training

Seattle mindcamp was this past weekend and surprise: they let me in! Here’s the short report: The good: New format rocked. The innovative organizers chose to take a risk and have pre-filled out forms for sessions. It made a dramatic difference: the quality of session titles and descriptions was very high. Encouraging people to plan […]

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Start-up camp: Nov 2&3 Mountain View

in Innovation

I know a bunch of you readers are in start-ups, or hopefully soon will be – Well, here’s the event for you. Start-up Camp. The rundown: It’s free. November 2nd & 3rd. It’s in Mountain View, CA. It’s an unconference. It’s being facilitated by Kaliya Hamlin, an unconference pro. Start-up camp Registration and general info. […]

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Foo camp is an annual O’Reilly unconference event and I was fortunate enough to be there again for foocamp06. It’s an invite event, but all the details, notes and summaries are public at the event wiki. Disclaimer: If ra-ra reports annoy you, skip this post – I’m positive about the whole thing. Yes I’m an […]

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