What do wikis and conferences have in common? Probably not much, unless we are talking about self-organizing "Camps" (sometimes referred to as "unconferences"). In that case, much of the principles are shared.
Over the last few weeks, we took part in a number of Toronto "Camps" (many are based on "BarCamp" model), where everyone contributes towards a common goal. These "Camps" provide a platform, a way for people with common interests to get together and pursue their objectives. That is what we are building (only online) - a platform to coordinate finding, sharing, and contribution of information about local places, people who work at those places, and products/services they provide.
Here is a quick overview of some of these events...
CrisisCamp events are organized and coordinated with CrisisCommons, a community of innovators using technology to improve crisis responses. Currently, Camps are being organized to assist with the aftermath of earthquakes in Haiti and Chile.
ChangeCamp mission is to "re-imagine government and citizenship in the age of participation". On February 16th, 240 participants gathered together to design a "civic engagement toolkit" in preparation for the upcoming municipal elections.
PodCamp Toronto 2010 is a "FREE 'unconference' bringing together professionals and hobbyists from Toronto and the surrounding area to explore the cutting edge of new and social media." Anyone could sign up to present at the two-day event that ran on Feb 20-21st, and it was great to re-connect and catch up with many members of our community.
wikiDOMO shares many of the fundamental principles with these Camps, and we are happy to be a part of the conversation. Hope to see you at the next one!
By: Dragan Stojanovic