I attended neither the Foo camp (not invited, that’s ok!) nor the Bar camp (loved the idea, maybe next year?). Hey, every weekend is camp in a household with two five-year-old boys! But I did learn a lot about the notion of the self-organizing conference space that both these events built upon from this post over on Martin Fowler’s site.
Apparently there’s a methodology and a history to this approach, summarized in a 1997 book by Harrison Owen.
This approach seems to make sense for almost any event that aims to move away from the yawn-inducing broadcast-style conference — speakers on stage, audience on hands, interesting stuff in the hallway — toward a true live-event manifestation of the many-to-many model that a lot of people are now embracing online.
[headline courtesy Allan Sherman]
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