Wednesday, January 25, 2006

Woolf Camp: because she can

I am delighted to tell you that Grace Davis is organizing Woolf Camp down in Santa Cruz over President's Day Weekend. She is opening up her house to other bloghers (and bloggers ;) to just come together and be. Her original blog post is a good indicator of the wonderful energy she is cultivating.
    Come, evolve with us. Come teach, come learn, come eat a lot of M&Ms, come hang out.

    World peace through blogging,

Besides Grace being a great writer and all around cool person, she has doubly blessed me by citing BrainJams as one of her inspirations (along with BarCamp) and dubbed me as one of the "techies who are not afraid to be human". Ever since I first saw that kind tribute, I have been wanting to hang out with her and get to know her better. Now Kristie and I have our chance and we are really looking forward to it. Might even go down FRI night beforehand and stay somewhere on the beach...

Will be a good chance to work on posting some of my old poetry and perhaps writing some new stuff. But given the wonderful home spun schedule she has proposed, I just might be too busy "Invent(ing) entirely new art forms and genres of bloggity literature or maybe doing something "workshoppy" while "shyly wander(ing) onto (her) flower-filled deck".

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BrainJams30Jan2006 - Quick update

Wow! Once again I am amazed at how people can just come together without a lot of planning and make something cool happen. After reaching out to a few of our former Patrons to help with DC and Berkeley next month, things are feeling really solid.

Not only will be have the right sort of people showing up (including a few Web 2.0 luminaries and a few main stream journalists who really get it), but Lawrence Coburn from Rate It All just stepped up to sponsor the refreshments for BrainJams DC on Monday and to be a supporting sponsor for our Berkeley BrainJams on Feb 25. Shortly after hearing from Lawrence, I got a call from Scott Beale at Laughing Squid who also just signed up as a supporting sponsor for both events. Both have been with us since the beginning and I cant thank them enough.

And now the link love is growing and the word of mouth is spreading...

I am writing another post to go deeper into what we are doing Monday, but in the meantime would like to hear your feedback on this idea: At traditional, academic conferences, researchers submit papers for consideration by the conference. Why not borrow a little from this idea to create a better framework for our conversations at BrainJams? So for Monday's BrainJams event, I propose that everyone submit a Blog Post for consideration by other participants concerning what you want to talk to people about on Monday. Once you do so, please tag it forBrainJams30Jan2006 (just copy and paste the code below into the bottom of your blog post if you do not know how to tag blog posts yet). Another alternative is to write the blog post and then tag it on Delicious or Furl or wherever you place your social bookmarks. Alterantively, you could tag something that has already been written elsewhere that you would like to discuss or just submit the link to the blog post you want to talk about in the comments to this post.

I have already tagged 2 posts to Delicious I think would make for good conversation and am working on writing an original one - so what do you want to talk about?

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Monday, January 23, 2006

Silly Promotions: Business 2 learning Biz101

Ok, so we all see the silly credit card offers with useless shwag, and quite a few other funny ones that come in the mail, but this one took the cake for me. Just the pure irony I guess, but Kristie didn't think it was that big of a deal. Why Business 2.0 magazine would offer a useless no-name organizer like this I dont know. Perhaps stretching the readership a bit to a wider, non business savvy audience? Even then, at least get a Palm or PocketPC device.

I expect they will ship me mine and I, likes thousands of other subscribers who have PIM on my phone and in my Palm, will end up throwing it away - a not so great use of landfill space if you ask me. Perhaps if you would just be so kind as to give me the extra dollar back off the subscription price, or perhaps donate the money to a good non-profit lilke Creative Commons, Internet Archive or maybe even that new little startup non-profit BrainJams I keep hearing so much about ;)

Actually, that would be a great way to do promotion like this sustainably - let the subscriber choose a cause to which the magazine can donate, and perhaps even cover in the magazine with regular updates.... hmmmm

BrainJams DC: A slow but steady start

Having just begun promotions for the DC event late last week, I was happy to see that we do already have 12 registrations (other than Kristie and I) this morning, including 2 people who already sent in the suggested donation of $10. At least we have made our minimum number of participants already and I expect the word of mouth to start picking up today and through the week as I get back to blogging (and reading blogs) and making some more new friends.

In addition to Kristie and myself, 2 of the brightest Web 2.0 luminaries from DC have registered - Stowe Boyd and Ken Yarmosh. Everyone knows Stowe - he is one of the driving forces behind Corante and Ken is fairly famous for his innovative use of tagging via the blogosphere as a means for convening a new form of online conversation via the Blogoposium1 tag.

I just got off the phone with Greg Narain who is working on his new startup called SyncPeople. You may have heard of him from his Beercasting days. We can directly trace the lineage of BrainJams back to him - because if it was not for his random phone call one day last spring from my registration for a beercasting event in Florida, I never would have went to Gnomedex, which means I never would have met Will Pate, which means I probably never would have gone to BarCamp - where I met the people who inspired me to take action myself. Which in the end, is what I am really trying to get across to people - that anyone can take action using the amazing and free, easy to use Web tools that are available to bring people together and make a difference.

So the excitement builds....

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