Bar Camp

July 17, 2008 at 1:01 am 2 comments

I was not fortunate enough to attend SocialMedia BarCamp but have read a couple blogs on the experience.  In Paige Findleman’s blog on Enterprise 2.0  she talks about the feeling of it being very unorganized.  Read her blog for more of her comments. 

It intrigued me because as long as I have been in collaboration and facilitation, there is a sense from many that collaboration can “just happen.”  That is not the case.  To have collaboration happen effectively MUCH has to be done up front.  One of the first keys in getting people to collaborate is communication and trust.  If you blow the trust factor early, the collaboration is blown as well.  As someone who has been facilitating groups to bring them into collaboration and then into consensus I can tell you that planning up front is always 3 to 4 times the amount of time as the event.  The event then looks easy, seamless and like I am not even working!  BUT lots has happenned prior to and lots is happenning during.  A good collaborative effort looks easy but is really well plan, orchastrated and evey possible “road” has been played out in your mind so you can eb ebb and flow as need be.  I love the idea of Bar Camp and hope to participate in a future one, BUT collaboration starts before the people arrive and it starts from the inside and works its way out.  Communication and Trust– then collaboration has a place to flourish!  Happy collaborating!

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  • 1. Max August  |  July 18, 2008 at 5:02 am

    I think that the sense that collaboration “just happens” comes from the actual experiences that most people have when working together. When collaboration happens most people usually don’t recognize it for what it is because they don’t have a name for it. If they think about it at all they just recognize that the meeting, or the project went smoothly and no one was acting like a jerk.

    I agree with you that upfront work increases the probabilty of collaboration happening. Part of that work is giving clients a vocabulary by giving “names” to experiences that lead to collaboration. “Trust” is certainly one of those experiences that sets the tone for collaboration. Having a “roadmap” is very helpful.

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  • 2. Karen Kleinwort  |  July 18, 2008 at 6:15 pm

    Great insight! Thanks for sharing with us.

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