Podcamp Boston 2 – The Circle Discussion

After lunch at Podcamp Boston this past weekend, Chris Brogan assembled a few of us on the floor to discuss Podcamp, and ways to improve it. The circle kept getting bigger, and the conversation kept getting better.

It just felt like it was something important to capture, and it ended up being one of the highlights of the weekend.

For those who couldn’t join us on the floor, here’s the “circle discussion”..

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  1. C.C. Chapman says:

    I’ve been itching for someone to post any sort of recording of this as I couldn’t make it and have been eager.

    I’m watching right now but had to say thank you immediately.

  2. Thanks so much for sharing, Bob (and everyone present for this discussion). I think future podcamps can glean a lot of fantastic ideas from this discussion. I’ve passed the link along to the Podcamp Toronto google group.

    Cheers,
    Connie

  3. THANK YOU .
    For posting this. Theres so much you cannot be at when getting to a conference like this. Again the technology enables time shifting of ideas.

    Thank you.

  4. Thanks for recording and posting. Good stuff.

  5. Kicking myself for missing this. Had I participated in this, my thoughts on PCB2 would be drastically more positive. Thanks for posting it. 🙂

  6. […] Bob Goyetche captured the video here. […]

  7. mike mcallen says:

    Interesting video, sorry I missed the event. It would be fun to watch this in a few years from now just to see how it all evolved.

    Thanks for posting this Bob.

  8. […] Well I’ve returned from PodCamp Boston refreshed and energized by the discussions there. A big thanks to Chris Brogan and Chris Penn for organizing another great PodCamp. And additional thanks to Andrea Mercado, Whitney Hoffman, Jeff Pulver, C.C. Chapman, Aaron Brazell, Andy Stanberry, Michael Bailey, and all the other cool people I met over the weekend. Norm, Justin, Locobone, and I (plus honorary Pittsburgher Tommy) really enjoyed the conference. Since this weekend’s events have already been written about, filmed, and photographed extensively, I’ll just mention one interesting spinoff project that I’m currently working on. […]

  9. Chris says:

    Nice one Bob, some of that footage should be used to advertise / promote the next PCB and spread the word as to what the podcasting community is all about.

    Good job.

  10. […] Unconferences like Podcamp Boston are about conversation, community, collaboration. I just watched a “roundtable” discussion of participants from Podcamp Boston on how to make podcamp better. The discussion included 23+ different perspectives on ways of improving and doing podcamp. Bob Goyetche was great to video the discussion and post it. Chris Brogan was great to cross post it and spread a little community awareness. Watching this video is mandatory watching for anyone who wants to host an excellent unconference be it a Barcamp, Podcamp, or a Whatever camp. Its really a great example of community and conversation in action. Great stuff! […]

  11. Niv Calderon says:

    I love the video, I wish I was there with you guys.

  12. […] Bob Goyetche’s video of the PodCamp Circle Discussion […]

  13. Great video and great information. Look forward to seeing you all at Podcamp CHI…

    More at http://www.podcampCHI.com

    Justin

  14. Thank you for posting this. We are in the process of planning Podcamp DC: http://podcampdc.pbwiki.com/ and this is very helpful.

    Joel Mark Witt

  15. Hi Bob, Thanks for capturing and uploading this. I was there, but missed this fabulous gathering which I think wonderfully encapsulates the un-conference spirit. I think the number one, most important thing for any event organizer to keep in mind is to leave breathing room in between the “official” sessions/activities. It’s these type of informal ad-hoc gatherings that attendees love, so building time for them into the schedule is key. I’m going to keep it in mind for PodCampWesternMass and all future events I’m involved in.

  16. […] Onward. In the wake of Podcamp Boston 2 last weekend, there’s been a lot of talk about the future of the Podcamp movement, how we as a community want to see things evolve, how to grow audiences beyond the fishbowl, etc. One of the things that has struck in me a lot of this, including the now-famous “circle conversation” that can be seen and heard on Bob Goyetche’s blog, is that a lot of what’s being suggested as “the way forward” is actually what I see as existing within the Podcamp movement as I’ve come to know and love it. In particular, suggestions around creating the conditions for spontaneous conversations and impromptu sessions already exist within the Podcamp ethos. […]

  17. Dan Patterson says:

    Thanks much for posting this, Bob! I think there are some real lessons to be learned here. Let’s share this and learn what we can about evangelizing our medium.

  18. As I watch the video I cannot help but think about the old statistical concept…gravitation toward the mean. It sounds like PodCamp Boston 1 was small which allowed for something exceptional to happen. But with PodCamp Boston 2 being so much larger, we should expect any such event (PodCamp or otherwise) to gravitate toward the mean.

    Proportionally, you have fewer of the earliest adopters, fewer of the earliest champions, and a greater number of people who are perhaps slightly less likely to be first out of the box. Consequently the entire character of any such event will change, fewer people will be the first to create or join impromptu discussions (let alone make the video), and we should expect PodCamp to be more like a typical conference (which seems to be one of the observations that people are making in the video). This is usually the price of success (unless the group is highly atypical).

    Looking at this from an organizational development perspective, I would say that it is a truly rare or exceptional event that can be everything to everybody. Event organizers usually have to choose what they want the event to be, and maybe that is what needs to happen PodCamp? Do you want an event that is small, intimate, and spontaneous, or do you want large, popular, and typical? It would be nice to have our cake and eat it too, but…

    I also hear a leadership opportunity as I watch the video. It wasn’t that long ago that everyone was new to social media. Acting on the opportunity to be the first to give back, and build a sense of reciprocity, may go a long way for social media leaders who want to maintain that something special about the event. Discussing RSS might bet old hat, but at the same time it is a chance to build and mainbtain the type of community youw ant as people continue to join.

    Great video. Thank you for sharing.

  19. Paul Lyzun says:

    I am so glad that Mark made the comment about the size of the venue, and other comments were made about un unconference nature of the sessions. I recorded my review of the event the Monday after Podcamp Boston and I was a little self conscious about my rant on the venue. I don’t want to be a faucet of negatism, I want to be part of the building up process. I’m glad that people can see that building up sometime requires taking the time for critical reassessment, before continuing to move forward.

    I love the “ask me” and “I want to know” button idea. I hope it happens.

  20. […] Mark Blevis‘ idea for an ultra compact-sit-on-the-floor event, inspired in part by the Circle Discussion we had at Podcamp […]

  21. […] idea for Podcamp Ottawa came from Podcamp Boston2, where we all sat on the floor (the infamous circle discussion) and exchanged ideas and methods for making this community thrive. Mark took that event as a sign […]

  22. […] from http://www.bobgoyetche.com Podcamp Boston 2 – The Circle DiscussionAfter lunch at Podcamp Boston this past weekend, Chris […]

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    […] Bob Goyetche captured the video here. […]

  2. By edeify.com » Post PodCamp Boston Thanks on October 30, 2007 at 22:24

    […] Well I’ve returned from PodCamp Boston refreshed and energized by the discussions there. A big thanks to Chris Brogan and Chris Penn for organizing another great PodCamp. And additional thanks to Andrea Mercado, Whitney Hoffman, Jeff Pulver, C.C. Chapman, Aaron Brazell, Andy Stanberry, Michael Bailey, and all the other cool people I met over the weekend. Norm, Justin, Locobone, and I (plus honorary Pittsburgher Tommy) really enjoyed the conference. Since this weekend’s events have already been written about, filmed, and photographed extensively, I’ll just mention one interesting spinoff project that I’m currently working on. […]

  3. […] Unconferences like Podcamp Boston are about conversation, community, collaboration. I just watched a “roundtable” discussion of participants from Podcamp Boston on how to make podcamp better. The discussion included 23+ different perspectives on ways of improving and doing podcamp. Bob Goyetche was great to video the discussion and post it. Chris Brogan was great to cross post it and spread a little community awareness. Watching this video is mandatory watching for anyone who wants to host an excellent unconference be it a Barcamp, Podcamp, or a Whatever camp. Its really a great example of community and conversation in action. Great stuff! […]

  4. By Channel Your Energy on October 31, 2007 at 08:48

    […] Bob Goyetche’s video of the PodCamp Circle Discussion […]

  5. […] Onward. In the wake of Podcamp Boston 2 last weekend, there’s been a lot of talk about the future of the Podcamp movement, how we as a community want to see things evolve, how to grow audiences beyond the fishbowl, etc. One of the things that has struck in me a lot of this, including the now-famous “circle conversation” that can be seen and heard on Bob Goyetche’s blog, is that a lot of what’s being suggested as “the way forward” is actually what I see as existing within the Podcamp movement as I’ve come to know and love it. In particular, suggestions around creating the conditions for spontaneous conversations and impromptu sessions already exist within the Podcamp ethos. […]

  6. By a look back at Podcamp Ottawa » Bob Goyetche on February 6, 2008 at 10:57

    […] Mark Blevis‘ idea for an ultra compact-sit-on-the-floor event, inspired in part by the Circle Discussion we had at Podcamp […]

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    […] idea for Podcamp Ottawa came from Podcamp Boston2, where we all sat on the floor (the infamous circle discussion) and exchanged ideas and methods for making this community thrive. Mark took that event as a sign […]

  8. […] from http://www.bobgoyetche.com Podcamp Boston 2 – The Circle DiscussionAfter lunch at Podcamp Boston this past weekend, Chris […]

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