What Does a Podcamp Session Do?

In getting organized, ideas, sessions on November 12, 2008 at 4:46 pm

Thanks to orange_beard from flickr.

In the next few weeks, the Podcamp Halifax team is going to be asking people to host sessions. We are going to start with the people who have expressed interest already and then, in January, we are going to pose the question to the wider community.

One of the tenets of the unconference movement is that the participants get a lot of say in what their unconference is going to look like. Once we get to the Alderney Gate Library, we are going to have to be and act like a community, take initiative on what excites us and finally, ensure that Chris Brogan‘s first podcamp rule — that “All attendees must be treated equally. Everyone is a rockstar.” be realized.

The “rock star” poses a question about how we choose speakers.   We could have hundreds of rock stars in the house and comparatively few speaking opportunities for those rock stars to show their stuff.  Any way we can let people show their talents would be more than welcome.

One suggestion I have is that anyone wishing to speak frame the title of their session as a statement that begins “I want to learn about. . .”.  This strategy would turn the “speaking” sessions on their head by making the audience part of the conversation.   It will also help people retain the sessions because people learn best when they are able to teach something to others.   It could result in great things as well — I’d be really pleased if a session got like-minded people together to create a new business, a collaborative project or a new community group.

On the other hand, sometimes a session needs to include a demo, or show off some of the latest new media tools. We can be prepared for that too.

What would you like to share about New Media? What do you want to learn more about? How can you be a rock star at Podcamp Halifax 2009?

  1. […] conversation we’d like to start having is what do you want your podcamp sessions to look like?   This is a good time to start throwing out the ideas! No Comments Leave a Commenttrackback […]

  2. Halifax has a fantastic personal blogging community particularly among students and young professionals. I’d love to see this community involved in Podcamp Halifax to remind all the industry folk that social media really is driven by the people, not just companies.

  3. Ben, PodCamp Toronto usually has a balanced mix of industry professionals and hobbyists, with a leaning more the latter. It’s incredible to see all the interesting things people can do with a lot of passion and talent. PodCamp gives everyone an opportunity to share and learn from one another.

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