Serious conference tech

My day job (Sunlight Foundation) colleague, Jeremy Carbaugh, has written a thrilling blog post about the technology Sunlight uses to run our annual big event/unconference, TransparencyCamp, a.k.a. TCamp. Along with masterful planning and execution, engaged group process and careful attention to design, TCamp is a sight to behold. I’m quite proud of it, and wanted …

A guide for conference organizing (government transparency or otherwise)

Another happy bragging point about my workplace, the Sunlight Foundation. (And thanks to you who have spoken to me privately about it.) Sunlight has a guide for Transparency Camp, our annual meeting (convocation? unconference?) that has many transferable lessons for those organizing a conference. And while you’re at it, why not try out Sunlight’s SuperPAC …

Camp model not magic, but can make a very good meeting

Please excuse the bloggy silence this weekend — and the bragging to follow. My employer, the Sunlight Foundation, hosted this weekend TransparencyCamp 2011, organized on the highly participatory “unconference” or “camp” model. And it came off very well, if I do say so. I’m very proud of my colleagues and incredibly inspired by the work the participants are doing to …

GA 2008: The re-found Open Space opportunity re-lost

I was very hopeful and encouraged that last year’s Unitarian Universalist Association General Assembly (UUA GA) tried a version of an Unconference process within the main program, but was worried that its peculiar adaptations and schedule conflicts — plus its novelty to seasoned GA participants — would doom it. Reviews from people on the ground …