There was an interesting tweet today from @Sherro58 concerning the relative growth in popularity of Twitter and LinkedIn in Australia. It got me thinking about our experience in the gov2qld community here in Queensland.
I opened GovCamp Queensland with a traditional welcome to country.
For me this was more than just symbolic. I wanted to acknowledge the importance to ancient cultures of storytelling and shared experiences in building and sustaining resilient communities. A message that I feel has somehow been lost in modern conferences but a message that is a key tenet of the GovCamp movement worldwide.
My hope was that GovCamp Queensland would be able to emulate the ‘stories round the camp fire’ approach of ancient cultures.
I wasn’t disappointed.
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I attend a lot of conferences.
As a speaker, sometimes as a representative of a vendor out in the exhibition hall, and often as a delegate. In all honesty, I’m over it. Or rather, I’m over the big vendor sponsored, Conference Company organised, “same old, same old” conferences.
So what got me out of bed at 6am on a Saturday morning to spend a day at a conference recently which I both thoroughly enjoyed and came away totally inspired and invigorated by?
TED came to town.