[LINK] Participation Camp Webcasts - Live this Sat and Sun
Tom.Worthington at tomw.net.au
Sat Jun 27 10:50:03 EST 2009
At 12:30 AM 27/06/2009, Steven Clift wrote:
>It is great to see a barcamp/unconference event make a real attempt at
>virtual participation. ...
Unfortunately the barcamp/unconference
announcements tend to be in a language which is
unfathomable to the uninitiated, even to
net-literate people. I attended one event in
Canberra and after some culture shock, started to
understand what it was about
These events are similar in concept to academic
symposia, with very short presentations and less
structure than a formal conference. An event has
a theme and some speakers volunteer on the day.
They make use of Internet based tools to organize
the live events, for feedback using instant
messaging and to stream the video, audio and slides online.
After an hour or so at one of these events it
starts to make sense. Unfortunately, it can be
very difficult to discover what a particular
event is about, or any of the details of it, due
to the cryptic announcements and chaotic web
sites. The events also seem to depend on
personalities and if you have never heard of any
of them, or what their claim to fame is, then it
can all sound like a parody of Wired magazine (which may be a tautology).
In the case of "Participation Camp"
Clift is the only presenter I have heard of. I
assume the event is to do with online
participation in democracy, as that is what he does (and does it very well).
Senator Lundy's "Public Sphere #2 Government
2.0: Policy and Practice", held in Parliament
House Canberra last week, is an example of a more
conventional conference with some Internet
enhancements. The presentations and video from
that event are now available:
The Public Sphere series is perhaps a little too
scripted and could adopt some more of the more
free flowing style of the barcamp events.
There is a need for the development of better
online tools for such events. At present it is a
bit like having a long conversation in a bar: at
the time it all seems to make sense, but later on
when you try to recall what people said, it sounds like gibberish. ;-)
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