It took longer than expected, but I finally posted notes from my PublicMediaCamp session “Creating an Online Unconference“ to the PubCamp wiki.
It’s packed with details from the session and links out to relevant materials. Not to mention two funny / instructive videos from recent Intel commercials.
From here, though, the real work begins.
I have a ton of handwritten notes I took while flying home from DC. And I’ve been thinking about this for two weeks. I plan to convert my additional notes next, fleshing out the ideas that emerged in the session in much greater detail. However, I’m concerned the project would become too wrapped up in my own thoughts of what should or shouldn’t happen with this site. I need more input.
For example, I had a good e-mail exchange recently with Kristin Calhoun at PBS. She gave me more ideas on what we could do with this new site / online service. And I’m sure she’s not the only one.
So here’s what I propose:
- You and I reach out to anyone we think might be interested in participating in the leadership of this new online community. We make them aware of what we’re talking about — point to the wiki entry — and see if they’d be interested in not only hearing more, but in shaping the future of this service from the beginning.
- Ask that everyone take this survey about the formation of the community
- We exchange e-mails, building a list of interested parties and probably moving that list to a Google Group or similar system
- We set a date for a live phone conference with everyone that’s interested in materially participating
- Meanwhile, I write up my additional notes on the community idea and post them either to the wiki or this blog, then share them with everyone
- Finally, if you’ve got ideas for the community, you take a few notes, too!
I’m excited! I think we’ve got something here. The new/digital/social media community inside public media has needed something like this for a long time — the conference that never ends, a support group and a resource for ideas and new technologies.
Let’s do it!