Yesterday I went to the Christian New Media Conference, it was the second I’d been too and the third that’s ever happened.
While the conference was great fun, like last year, I came away with a sense that we needed something that worked better to share what we were all doing, talk about the practicals of it, and well – just have a bit more of a conversation about what’s going on.
Now I’m quite a fan of openspace stuff – I’ve lost count of how many unconferences and barcamps I’ve been too, and I’ve even run one or two myself – and I reckon it would work pretty well for this group.
The Grid at #localgovcamp 2012
Chatting in the pub afterwards, Paul (better known as @watfordgap) and I decided to, in unconference language, JFDI (just flipping do it). Using the things like #localgovcamp, govcamp and the wider openspace movement that we’ve both been part of as inspiration, we’re hoping to hold ‘ChurchCamp’ sometime in 2013.
If you’re wondering what on earth I’m on about – an unconference is a gathering of people with no agenda and no line-up of speakers. The day usually starts with an empty grid of sessions that can take place throughout the day. Attendees with something to talk about pitch their sessions and stick it somewhere on the grid. A session can be based on anything – an idea, question, concern, experience, discovery, case study, whatever – they’re basically just conversations. Openspace legend Andy Mabbett explains the whole thing much better than me – you should all read his guide. (Also see Wikipedia articles here and here.)
How does that sound then? If you’re up for getting involved, please do join the Google Group – and you can watch this blog/me on Twitter for news.
Photo credit: Grid by Mark Braggins on Flickr