1 Fort Mason
San Francisco, California 94123

> Greetings:
> I'm writing to invite you to a May event that you may find of
> interest. The Online Community Camp 2006 is a gathering of online
> community practitioners -- managers, developers, business people,
> tools providers, funders -- to discuss experience and strategies in
> the development and growth of online communities. Those involved in
> online community development (and social software in general) share
> many common challenges: community management, tools, marketing,
> business models, legal issues. The best source of information on all
> of these challenges is other knowledgeable practitioners.
> Full information is at http://www.forumone.com/section/services/
> strategy/occ
> The Online Community Camp is inspired by the emerging "open space"
> conference format. (For an excellent description, see this News.com
> article on the recent MashUp Camp: http://tinyurl.com/hwz9k .) We
> expect to have 9 sessions (three tracks) which will be presented and
> voted on at the start of the day. There will also be plenty of time
> for networking.
> The event is at the Ft. Mason Conference Center in San Francisco, a
> nice facility overlooking the Golden Gate Bridge and offering plenty
> of parking and WiFi. Lunch and snacks will be provided.
> The event is May 25th. The price is $195 ($175 before May 1). Space
> is limited. Fee is fully refundable prior to May 1, not refundable
> after (but is transferable).
> We're really looking forward to this event and hope to see
> you there.
> Tell your colleagues (this event is open to all)!
> Full information:
> http://www.forumone.com/section/services/strategy/occ
> Best regards,
> Jim
> *****
> Jim Cashel
> Forum One Communications Corporation
> [email protected] / http://www.ForumOne.com
> San Francisco Office: Phone: 703.652.4374 Fax 703.995.4937

Official Website: http://www.forumone.com/section/services/strategy/occ

Added by emv on April 6, 2006



the community summit events he does have been very useful for me in coming up with new ideas and talking to an interesting array of people... i'm jumping in and signing up for this.


One difference from the traditional 'unconference' format is the $200 price tag. The conference website is kinda light on ideas, and doesn't yet link to a wiki so I can see who else is involved, before I register.


It's weird that 'Camps' are now starting to cost as much as a rented server for the month. I really like the event idea, but I think there should be a different name between Conference and Camp as Camp w definded to be used as a 'chip in to cover expenses' event.

Woof and bark


Yep, that's what folks in the ongoing forum on online communities at The WELL said, too. Camp should mean nearly free or we're seeing serious terminology creep. Fair point. I have enjoyed their invite-only Online Community Summit events so much that I am willing to pay for this one on the hunch that it will be of similar quality, no matter what it is called.It's the lack of travel and hotel costs for me as a local that will mean I can afford this (as opposed to driving, airfare, possible hotel plus free event elsewhere).


I was interested until I saw the price tag


Thanks for the comments on price (since I'm the guy running the event and set the price). Fair point on "terminology creep" with the term "camp". At the same time, getting a full day event for $175 is still pretty cheap compared to a conference. I guess the other considerations about price: a) we generally offer scholarships, b) it means the event can be much less commercial, c) it helps attract serious folks who would actually rather pay, and d) why should microsoft or cisco go free? :) . Anyway, we think pretty hard about it.


I see you filled up! congrats. All these collaboratively-designed-by-participants events have the catch-22 of needing enough info to register and participate in order to decide whether to register and fill in the info. One thing the BarCamp model promotes is transparency... people are freer with $ if they see the budget.


Looking forward to this! I'll post some kind of wrap-up over here, after.