VanChangeCamp - Unconference 101


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Unsure about unconferences? Baffled by blogs? Wondering about wikis?
This presentation dives into the details of what happens at VanChangeCamp on June 20th in Vancouver. See first hand how the day will look, learn how to edit our wiki, find out more about unconferences and get your questions answered.

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  • OS Law of Two Feet - Use your two feet to move to whatever place you can best learn or contribute. Only participate in what has ‘heart and meaning’ for you.  Don’t hesitate to wander and cross-pollinate freely.  [Review 4 Open Space Principles] A big part of this unconference is self-organizing. Anyone can introduce new topics for discussion at any time. Just find some space and post the topic/question you want to discuss. The only boundaries are the two Theme Questions. The goal is understanding, not necessarily to "win" or win support by being right.Jot down notes instead of cutting each other off. This is an important sign of respect for those in your circle.When disagreements arise, welcome them and turn your initial judgment into curiosity.Anyone can request assistance from any designated Facilitator at any time.
  • VanChangeCamp - Unconference 101

    1. 1. Unconference 101
    2. 2. Who we are <ul><li>Steve Williams </li></ul><ul><li>Elijah van der Giessen </li></ul><ul><li>Karen Quinn Fung </li></ul>
    3. 3. What is Vancouver ChangeCamp? <ul><li>One-day hybrid conference/unconference to answer these questions: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>How can we help government become more open and responsive? </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>How do we as citizens organize to get better outcomes ourselves? </li></ul></ul>
    4. 4. A bit of history <ul><li>Story of changecamp </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Toronto </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Ottawa </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Coming to Vancouver </li></ul></ul>
    5. 5. Unconferences <ul><li>An unconference is a facilitated, participant-driven conference centered around a theme or purpose </li></ul><ul><li>Usually based on Open Space principles </li></ul>Source:
    6. 6. Open Space Principles <ul><li>Self-organizing </li></ul><ul><li>All attendees are encouraged to present or facilitate a session </li></ul><ul><li>The goal is understanding, not necessarily to &quot;win&quot; or win support by being right </li></ul><ul><li>Anyone can request assistance from any designated Facilitator at any time </li></ul><ul><li>Law of Two Feet </li></ul>
    7. 7. Wikis <ul><li>A wiki is a website that, allows the easy creation and editing of any number of interlinked Web pages </li></ul><ul><li>Wikis are often used to create collaborative websites and to power community websites. </li></ul><ul><li>VanChangeCamp Wiki: </li></ul><ul><ul><li> </li></ul></ul>Source:
    8. 8. Blogs <ul><li>A blog is a type of website, usually maintained by an individual with regular entries of commentary, descriptions of events, or other material such as graphics or video. </li></ul><ul><li>&quot;Blog&quot; can also be used as a verb, meaning to maintain or add content to a blog . </li></ul>Source: <ul><li>VanChangeCamp blogs: </li></ul><ul><ul><li> and </li></ul></ul>
    9. 9. Twitter <ul><li>Twitter is a free social networking and micro-blogging service that enables its users to send and read each others' updates, known as tweets . </li></ul><ul><li>Tweets are text-based posts of up to 140 characters, displayed on the author's profile page and delivered to other users - known as followers - who have subscribed to them. </li></ul><ul><li>VanChangeCamp tags: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>#vanchangecamp </li></ul></ul>Source:
    10. 10. Flickr/YouTube/Delicious <ul><li>Photo sharing </li></ul><ul><li>Video sharing </li></ul><ul><li>Bookmark sharing </li></ul><ul><li>All based on “tags” </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Use “vanchangecamp” to connect the dots </li></ul></ul>
    11. 11. “ The Day”
    12. 12. Next Steps: Start talking <ul><li>Do you have a blog, a Twitter account, a Facebook account? Write down or talk about your ideas using whatever tool you're comfortable with, then tell others where you're talking </li></ul>
    13. 13. Next Steps: Share <ul><li>Create a profile and post a link to your ideas and thoughts on the ChangeCamp wiki </li></ul>
    14. 14. Links for more info <ul><li> </li></ul><ul><li>Wiki: </li></ul><ul><li>Blog: and </li></ul><ul><li>Google Group: </li></ul>
    15. 15. More Questions?