Must we conference if we can unconference?

Another reason why an unconference like a BarCamp is a good value for its participants:

“We figured there was much more expertise in the audience than there possibly could be onstage,” says BarCamp co-founder Ryan King. Unconferences break the barrier between the two. Attendees write topics they’re interested in on boards, consolidate the topics, and then break into discussion groups.

At traditional conferences, the most productive moments often occur in the corridor between meetings; at unconferences, attendees like to say, it’s all corridor.

Why ‘unconferences’ are fun conferences” by Kathleen Craig (Business 2.0 Magazine via

By Scott Wells

Scott Wells, 46, is a Universalist Christian minister doing Universalist theology and church administration hacks in Washington, D.C.

1 comment

  1. I still want to do a religion barcamp-type unconference. But every time I have floated this idea, on my blog or in person, the silence has been deafening (well, except for you, Scott). I’m afraid Brian McLaren was right when he proclaimed that religious liberals are theologically loose, but methodologically rigid.

    Now that I’ve whined — Scott, if you organize it (unorganize it?), I will come. I’d love to go to a conference where I didn’t have to dodge “workshops” and business meetings, where it was all corridor.

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