Tuesday, August 01, 2006

Ben Metcalfe & Barcamp

"All you need to do is create an environment that promotes mingling and networking — something to break the ice and help people make the right contacts.  That's not just an unConference it's a non-conference. "
 
 
 Ben Metcalfe is advocating the Barcamp princple here

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2 comments:

Ben Metcalfe said...

If I understand the tone of your blog (ie you imply I'm speaking negativly about barcamp) then you've miss quoted me.

I was offering the idea of holding a conference with NO speakers at all - either planned or otherwise

What I said was (quote-unquote):


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I’m a big fan of the BarCamp/UnConference movement but again, it’s still got a massive social aspect.

What I wonder is what happens if you hold a conferenc but minus the speakers (be they scheduled or unscheduled/barcamp-esque). You have a room full of people eager to meet eachother.

All you need to do is create an environment that promotes mingling and networking — something to break the ice and help people make the right contacts.

That’s not just an unConference it’s a non-conference.

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I think my use of the term 'non-conference' was supposed to be catchy but clearly has been mis-interpreted.

I've actually just come back from a fruitful meeting with some potential sponsors for BarCampLondon so I can assure you I'm VERY for BarCamps :)

(If I've miss-understood the emphasis of this post, my appologies. But if you're implying that I'm against BarCamps then I'd be greatful if you could ammend your post please)

Thanks

/pd said...

NP, Ben, I totally get you when you say "unconference" :)-

We are all barcampers to boot !! :)-