We are now a couple weeks into the NetSquared Camp pilot. More and more details are falling into place for Local organizers in Chicago, Douala, Portland, and Vancouver. Each week, I'm reporting here on the blog with questions and ideas from the global side of the pilot. The Camp pilot is a chance for us to learn and experiment together as a community and we know that the more we can share, in real time, the more we can learn. So, here's another week's report - looking forward to your notes and ideas, too!
Week 2 Learnings
Not everybody knows your name. The NetSquared Local organizer network has grown organically with interested organizers emerging from the community to take on the role of convener. Camps are led by these Local organizers and they are leveraging the networks they already have from the monthly events to broaded the reach of this larger event. But, with the goal of these events reaching a larger, more diverse community and creating space for a whole day (or more in some cities), organizers are looking for new supporters and sponsors. But they don't know us. This week we found ourselves creating and sharing resources with organizers to help provide context to new potential sponsors, where previously much of the resources focused on participants and the nonprofit technology and social innovation community. We have also found that the "who we are" content, when it isn't so much about us but about the organizers and the whole community, has to be relevant for four different countries - just one more adventure!
Week 2 Questions
Laying the groundwork while keeping things flexible. Before setting the Camps organizers to work locally, we created a handbook of resources, templates, examples, and planning materials. As one of the organizers said last week, "the Camps planning guide has been a very helpful tool -- not just in helping to prioritize and track progress, but also to help curb anxiety!" But, we also really want to ensure that organizers are empowered to make their events as locally relevant and unique as their monthly events are. As such, I've been struggling to keep templates or organizing materials valuable as a resource but provide flexibility or other examples to make sure organizers have all the opportunity they may want to mix things up themselves. Is this something you've doen before - what do you recommend?
Our vision is for NetSquared Camps to provide a local entry-point for entrepreneurial nonprofits/NGOs, developers and designers to demonstrate projects, build stuff together and forge meaningful collaborations.
Building on the success of self-organizing formats like Barcamp and the lessons we've learned in developing an inter-disciplinary approach to conferencing over the last four years, NetSquared Camps bring people, tools, resources and projects together to help accelerate world-changing ideas.