REBarCamp – A Perspective

I first heard the term REBarCamp almost 4 years ago when MORe brought in a group of people to present on Social Media and technology at a session somewhere in the western burbs. Intrigued, I attended my first ones in Phoenix and Denver several months later. (It happened to coincide with a family visit). Shortly there after I was fortunate enough to become involved with the planning of the first REBarCamp-Chicago.  Over the next several years it was BarCamps in San Francisco (2x) New York, Columbus, Indianapolis, New Orleans, Phoenix, Nashville and others. And my participation evolved from observer, to participant, to session facilitator, to organizer.

Marc Davison of 1000 Watt Consulting once asked me why I travelled all over the country for the same event – on my own dime. Couldn’t I get the same information at any event? In a nutshell – No! While REBarCamps are loosely structured around the same concepts, every one is different and has their own personality. Some camps have been more formal than others, complete with classroom settings, projectors, and powerpoints. While good for fundamental instruction (much like a class offered by a brokerage or association), not quite as productive or interactive as the typical barcamp session – one where the chairs are circled, and beginners to pro’s discuss a topics from tech to business philosophy – peer to peer. Often times these sessions continue in the hallways and after parties where some of the best learning takes place.

Plus, the environment is open, casual, and pitch free.Vendors often participate in sessions or may help facilitate one or more. But it’s not a sales pitch. Friendships are often formed, networks are expanded. Learning is enhanced in a semi-structured free flowing environment. Don’t like a session – The Law of Two Feet applies – Get up and go find one that interests you. What you get out of your REBarCamp experience is much dependent on how much you participate. The choice is yours. Give it a shot. Join us for the sessions and the after party. It will cost you a few hours. The return could be huge. Just click the Register Tab above. See you in St Charles!.

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  1. Just an FYI – the Chicago event is showing up as Pacific Time (starting at 3 PM), so it shows up as the wrong time when you send it your calendar.

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