Arab Spring, the Tea Party movement or Occupy Wall Street, what is it about leaderless organizations that makes it all seem so strange to us? In 2006, I made the six hour drive from Montreal to Boston to attend the first PodCamp Boston unconference (a participant-driven or self-organized gathering). Prior to that, I had attended some of the initial BarCamp events. The idea of a self-organized event was foreign then... and it's still foreign now. Some of the initial questions I had about driving to PodCamp included:Whether it's the
- What if I get there and no one shows up?
- How will I know if the sessions are any good?
- Where do I get my nametag?
- Where are the networking events taking place?
- Is there a travel sponsor with a rebate on nearby hotels for those attending from out of town?
- If you get there and no one else shows up, then I didn't do my job of letting others know about the event.
- The sessions will only be good if I chose to either lead one or encourage others to lead them.
- You bring your own nametag.
- You have to connect with the other people who signed up on the wiki and make your own social events (and encourage others to join you!).
- You're a big boy, call some hotels and negotiate a rate for yourself and for others.
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