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  1. 1. Unconference Creative, effective and excite way of ideas exchange TzuChiang Liou Program Coordinator, Wikimania 2007 Project Manager, Institute of Information Science, Academia Sinica
  2. 2. Unconference from wikipedia <ul><li>First appeared amongst techies in an announcement for the annual XML developers conference in 1998. </li></ul><ul><li>More recently the term was used by Lenn Pryor when discussing BloggerCon and was popularized by Dave Winer, the organizer of BloggerCon, in an April 2004 writeup. </li></ul><ul><li>Winer's unconference is a discussion leader with a topic moving a microphone amongst a large audience of 50 to 200 people. </li></ul>
  3. 3. Example - BarCamp Boston <ul><li>organized online via a wiki, where attendees could register, tell a little about themselves, and float ideas for sessions. </li></ul><ul><li>As the date for the unconference neared, the registrations on the wiki page increased—the final count was more than 150 people </li></ul><ul><li>The wiki was extremely useful, in that it provided a sense of community and interaction, in addition to useful information, before the event began. </li></ul>Source: http://www.digital-web.com/articles/understanding_the_unconference/
  4. 4. promises <ul><li>Every issue of concern to anybody had been laid upon the table. </li></ul><ul><li>All issues were discussed to the extent that anybody cared to do that. </li></ul><ul><li>A full written record of all discussions existed and was in the hands of all participants. </li></ul><ul><li>All issues were ranked in priority order. </li></ul><ul><li>Critical &quot;focal issues&quot; had been isolated and Next Step actions identified for their resolution. </li></ul>http://www.openspaceworld.com/brief_history.htm
  5. 5. unconference <ul><li>&quot;doing the job&quot; are a range of manifest behaviors evidenced by the participant group. </li></ul><ul><li>In a typical Open Space, self-managed work groups are the general mode of operations, distributed leadership the norm, and diversity is perceived as a rich resource to be cherished, as opposed to a problem to be managed. It is also usually noted that participants treat each other with respect, that conflict inevitably seems to yield deeper outcomes, </li></ul>http://www.openspaceworld.com/brief_history.htm
  6. 6. Creative Structures: <ul><li>Unconferences may not have a set agenda, but they still possess a defined structure that provides attendees with a set of tools for navigating the event. </li></ul>Source: http://www.digital-web.com/articles/understanding_the_unconference/
  7. 7. Unconference <ul><li>Open Space / BarCamp </li></ul><ul><li>Principles </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Whoever comes is the right people </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Whatever happens is the only thing that could have </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Whenever it starts is the right time </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>When it’s over, it’s over </li></ul></ul>
  8. 8. Unconference <ul><li>Law of Two Feet states: If at any time you find yourself in any situation where you are neither learning nor contributing—use your two feet and move to some place more to your liking. </li></ul><ul><li>One of the more surprising gifts of the Law of Two Feet is the apparent contribution to conflict resolution. </li></ul><ul><li>The Open Space method has been used successfully to organize meetings of Fortune 500 business executives, scientists, and even political rivals in South Africa </li></ul>Source: http://www.digital-web.com/articles/understanding_the_unconference/
  9. 9. Something else? <ul><li>self-organization </li></ul>
  10. 10. Open Space <ul><li>Open Space is appropriate in any situation where there is a real business issue to be solved marked by: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>High levels of complexity, in terms of the issues to be resolved, </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>High levels of Diversity in terms of the people needed to solve it, </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>High levels of conflict (potential or actual), and there is a Decision time of yesterday. </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Given these conditions, Open space is not only appropriate, but always seems to work. </li></ul>http://www.openspaceworld.com/brief_history.htm
  11. 11. Control? <ul><li>The only way to bring an Open Space gathering to its knees is to attempt to control it. It may, therefore, turn out that the one thing we always wanted (control) is not only unavailable, but unnecessary. </li></ul><ul><li>After all, if order is for free we could afford being out of control and love it. Emergent order appears in Open Space when the conditions for self organization are met. </li></ul>http://www.openspaceworld.com/brief_history.htm
  12. 12. references <ul><li>http://www.digital-web.com/articles/understanding_the_unconference/ </li></ul><ul><li>http://www.openspaceworld.com/brief_history.htm </li></ul><ul><li>http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Unconference </li></ul>
  13. 13. Thanks for your attention! TzuChiang Liou [email_address] 0937-835-025 Skype: tcliou