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Category Archives: Unconferences

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Transit Photography in Vancouver – now criminal?

Thunder and lightning, very, very frightening! The issue of photography in transit is raising its ugly head again as the transit police (partially funded by the Federal Government, judging by the livery) have stuck ads in transit asking people to report “suspicious” behaviour and illustrate that with people taking pictures of security cameras! What can […]

Braindump: ChangeCamp in Unexpected Places

There are some places you don’t expect to hear the words “Change Camp.” That place for me, about two weeks ago? Ukelele Night at Our Town Café. I didn’t get to dive too deeply into where the person had heard about it, but it’s got me thinking pretty hard about the strength of the movements, […]

February events galore, past and future

Second month into the year, and you’d be hard-pressed to convince me that it’s winter with all the events I’ve been out to these past two weeks! People are definitely movin’ and a-shakin’ here in our fair city to get things rolling for now and further out. Last week, I attended four meetings: Vancouver Public […]

ChangeCamp re-cap: The Product is Change

ChangeCamp was yesterday. My live utters captured most of my immediate reactions; here is a loose summary of some more initial thoughts. Format The format of this event worked pretty well for me. The opening circle was followed by random groupings by letter. Each group had 45 minutes to hold rounds in which the people […]

I’m going to ChangeCamp!

After a good few days of deliberating (and checking my bank account balance), it is now official: I’m going to ChangeCamp in Toronto! The event is an unconference (as you might guess from the “camp” designation), and, from the official description… […] is a free participatory web-enabled face-to-face event that brings together citizens, technologists, designers, […]

Busker Idol needs your help!

“Busker Idol,” you ask? Yes. Busker Idol. (!!!) Busker Idol is my working title / codename for an idea I’ve had for at least two years, that I’ve started to flesh out and test a little more earnestly in the past little while. Where did this come from? The basic idea is the intersection of […]

BarCamp Vancouver 2008 – Unconference Meta

For those of you who don’t know much about unconferences, this past weekend saw the 2008 edition of BarCamp Vancouver on Granville Island. I proposed a session called “BarCamps for Non-Techies” and, at 2pm, turned up to the stage to find a good group of around 20-25 people. We decided to drag the chairs onto […]

BarCamp for Non-Techies, aka. The Discussion I Wished We’d Had

So yesterday was BarCamp Vancouver 2008. In typical BarCamp fashion, I proposed a session on the wiki called BarCamp for Non-Techies on the Monday about 5 days before BarCamp, and did not prepare anything whatsoever. Then, racing in on Saturday morning, I proposed it at the Scheduling Jam, and Boris slotted it in at the […]

Evaluating Diversity in Unconference Participation

One thing I’m thinking about today as we continue to cobble together the details on the SkyTrain Unconference is diversity. This flared up as a topic of discussion in the Web 2.0 world more generally a while back, with many high-profile bloggers like Jason Kottke looking at the gender breakdown of speakers at conferences, and […]