I’d planned to come along to Social Innovation Barcamp Sydney since I first heard about it. Knowing that my poor old Powerbook G4 wouldn’t last the distance of a whole day’s note taking, I put the call out to twitter for a laptop or iPad I could borrow. Amazingly I had a few people offer their gear, and I took the offer of an iPad as I’d never tried one out for anything much before.
As it turned out, it did a great job going the distance. I grabbed my bluetooth keyboard to sync with it, and manage to take about 5700 words worth of notes during the day. I managed to get to nine different sessions including the opening keynote by former NSW Premier Bob Carr. There were a range of topics around making society a better place – I even ran a session on “how to explain twitter to people”.
A Barcamp is the kind of conference that is “un-organised”. A couple of people take responsibility for making sure people know it’s on, but the sessions, and who is presenting, is determined on the day. Here are the sessions I went to:
- Bob Carr opening session
- Twitter for Direct Action (and cupcakes) – @kcarruthers
- Slow Projects – @stevehopkins
- Generation Y – @beaney
- explaining twitter to people – @cafedave
and then lunch
- using your voice for direct engagement – @timnoonan
- what’s your social innovation strategy? – @franksting
- government and web 2.0 – @whtmakesuhappy
- unestablish yourself – @sharner and @infoding (thanks mei!)
It was great to meet and catch up with a lot of twitter friends: – especially Anne BB who I’ve known from twitter for over a year, but never met until today.
Some highlights were
- thinking through what information (“killer facts”) help shape public opinion and hence political will
- a better understanding to the link between an environmental trading scheme and actual success in fixing global warming
- the importance of moving beyond just interacting with people online, and taking action in the real world
- that sometimes it’s worth taking on a project just because it is good and fun
- some insights into the way that young people think
- that I still need to work on the way I explain twitter – there are a lot of concepts to understand before someone understands where they might find benefit in twitter
- how being relaxed and comfortable with your self has a big impact in the way you speak
- that making small changes to your house, and to your life, is the only way you can alter the impact you are having on the planet
- that the lessons I’ve learned in working in social media in big organisations apply to some extent in government organisations too
- that big lifestyle changes are sometimes necessary to achieve the things you want to in life
More details to follow when I have a chance to go through my notes in more detail.