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Hi Folks,

 do you know what a unconfrence is? If you don't check below for the explanation on Wikipedia.

There is also this great blog on Unconfrencing http://www.unconference.net/

I say lets set up a UNconfrence for Evoke - I happen to live in Western NY so I can get to Toronto and since I grew up in NYC I know the tri state area as well.  I be happy to work with fellow agents to get this up and running.

what do you think fellow agents....

heres the skinny from Wikipedia...

Unconference

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An unconference is a facilitated, participant-driven conference centered around a theme or purpose. The term "unconference" has been applied, or self-applied, to a wide range of gatherings that try to avoid one or more aspects of a conventional conference, such as high fees and sponsored presentations. For example, in 2006, CNNMoney applied the term to diverse events including BarCampBloggercon, and Mashup Camp.[1] The term is primarily used in the geek community, though as of 2009 it has also started to appear in the travel industry[2].

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Most unconference features (facilitated, participant-driven conference centered on a theme or purpose, but without high fees and sponsored presentations) match the characteristics of the traditional science fiction convention held since the 1930s, events which include many members of the geek community.

Harrison Owen developed the Open Space Technology[3] format/method in the mid 1980's. He published Open Space Technology: a User's Guide, in 1993. This book discussed many of the techniques now associated with unconferences, although his book does not use the term "unconference."

Consultants Camp started by Jerry Weinberg has been using the Open Space Technology method for their week long conference since 1988.

The term unconference first appeared in an announcement for the annual XML developers conference in 1998.

Open Space Technology was part of the Agile Universe Conference program in 2002.

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. The first BloggerCon was October 4-5, 2003.

FooCamp is an invitation-only event for the Friends of O'Reilly that was created by Tim O'Reilly and Sara Winge the VP of Corporate Communications for O'Reilly Media. Sara drew on her experience of open space and conversations with Harrison Owen to develop the format [4] The first one happened October 10-12, 2003. In 2005 some of the attendees from previous years decided to produce their own "Bar" Camp.

These three different events, BloggerCon, FooCamp and BarCamp were all part of popularizing the term "unconference". Foo and Bar Camp in particular popularized the form where "there is no agenda until .. the attendees made one up."

In December 2009, the first travel industry unconference was held in the Austrian Alps with an attendance of over 20 people from 10 countries[5].

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Unconference is a fantastic technology! People should give this some due.

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Perry
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Unconferences and the EVOKE network seem like such complimentary forces, don't they?

I can see how they would fit wonderfully together -- but then again, I'm already a convert to the unconference (I'm going to this one in a couple of weeks!).

I think EVOKE agents might need to be introduced to the concept before they are willing and able to sign on.

CrisisCamp and ChangeCamp are two unconference series that I think might be of interest to Evoke members. Do you know of others you think your fellow agents would be interested in?
Oh I want to go to this one... too cool...

Mita Williams said:
Unconferences and the EVOKE network seem like such complimentary forces, don't they?

I can see how they would fit wonderfully together -- but then again, I'm already a convert to the unconference (I'm going to this one in a couple of weeks!).

I think EVOKE agents might need to be introduced to the concept before they are willing and able to sign on.

CrisisCamp and ChangeCamp are two unconference series that I think might be of interest to Evoke members. Do you know of others you think your fellow agents would be interested in?

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