Alex Soojung-Kim Pang, Ph.D.

I study people, technology, and the worlds they make

BarCampBlock hangover

So BarCampBlock was a good time, I heard some interesting conversations and met a couple neat people, and got a water bottle and t-shirt big enough for one of my kids. (I should have gone in on Friday night.) The one downside is that I keep thinking it’s Monday night. The rest of the week is going to go real slow.

I do wonder if it would be possible to do a useful version of this kind of event specifically around the future. The Institute’s conferences are like Faberge eggs, beautifully crafted and unspeakably labor-intensive; clients really like them, but I wonder if we could do interesting things in a conference that goes in completely the opposite direction. No prepared talks, no agenda, just a few simple rules and the passion of the participants….

[To the tune of Jason Forrest, “War Photographer,” from the album “Shamelessly Exciting“.]

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  1. Oh wow, I would love to help out with a “FutureCamp”! We really need a new World’s Fair… but one that’s decentralized and allows the best ideas for the future from around the world bubble up “through the network”. Drop me a line — obviously I need to recover a bit before tackling another event, but this one sounds really cool…

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