Now tell me the truth: would you be able to explain a BarCamp to anyone? Well, I wasn’t until earlier this week. But fortunately there’s wikipedia and here’s their definition:
“BarCamp is an international network of user-generated unconferences primarily focused around technology and the Web. They are open, participatory workshop-events, the content of which is provided by participants. […] The format has also been used for a variety of other topics, including public transit, health care, education, and political organizing [and has been] adapted for specific industries like banking, real estate and social media.”
Ahhh … that’s what it is? What is it again? 🙂
A BarCamp is a conference that isn’t a conference but an unconference. It’s when a bunch of people, all of whom are interested in the very same subject (i.e. yarn!) meet at a certain place and time to benefit from each other’s skills and know-how. No rules, no hierarchy, no agenda. At least not in advance. Because the content of all sessions is driven and created by all participants during the course of the event. So if I want to learn how to knit socks, or have others take part in my knowledge of crocheting flowers, or learn about possible penalties when yarn-bombing – I can not only suggest any of my favorite topics but vote for them to take action. And it’s up to me whether I give a lecture or listen to others, whether I impart knowledge or gain skills or both. Sounds great, doesn’t it?
So why am I blogging about it?
The lovely Ms. Elise over at “Gemacht mit Liebe” (= “made with love”) called my attention to the first German YarnCamp (ever!). Fifty tickets were available and – guess what! – I am going! Not sure (yet) how, but I am going! Well, part of me is going and needs to convince “the other half” …
- “It’s far …” – “Take the train.”
- “Someone needs to take care of J while I am gone” – “Drop it! He’ll be with his dad. They’ll be fine.”
- “It’s on a Sunday …” – “Take Monday off then.”
- “I’ve never been to any of those … (sigh)” – “No one has. It’s the first!”
- “What will I do there?” – “Well … knit?! And blog about it once you’re back?!”
This is where I am at. But like I said: I am going. And I am happy 🙂