Yesterday I attended BarCamp Philadelphia and was truly impressed by the organization at the event - kudos go to the organizers - JP Toto and Roz Duffy - and all the awesome volunteers for the day. The day and conversations were productive and filled with passionate people doing and learning.
I was glad Beth Harte prodded me to attend, and thrilled to see again and hear Whitney Hoffman talk. I also had some synchronized tweeting with Kim Wood. I truly look forward to continuing the conversation with many of the people I met, including Frank Eliason from Comcast.
One day, one team from many unstructured opportunities to think together in conversation in a system defined by many as unconference. Here are top 10 reasons why a BarCamp is better than your company meeting:
1. All the people in the room came here voluntarily
2. If anyone feels they cannot contribute further, they can apply the law of two feet and get up and leave
3. People join meetings on the basis of their interest and ability to contribute
4. Whoever is talking is doing so to share, teach, and ask/learn, not to look smart
5. Even in a crowded room, the conversation is facilitated in such a way that all those who wish to participate actively can
6. No judgment
7. No rank pulling
8. Content is king
9. Questions are welcome
10. PowerPoint is accidental
In the age of user generated content, crowdsourcing and social media marketing, collaboration is a must.