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Logo my buddies at Assignment Zero are inquiring about “unconferences.” DrupalCamp, Barcamp, PodCamp, Social Media Club, RootsCamp, FOOCamp, and Penguin Day are just a few of the examples they list. personally, i can attest to the value of peer to peer knowedge sharing, and “unconferences” are just the beginning. take a few minutes and tell Assignment Zero your opinion of unconferences and it’s variants.

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This weekend there’s an interesting extension of FOO going on at the Googleplex called sci foo. This is, as far as I know, only the second time FOO has been directly extended, being co-organized by O’Reilly folks (the first was Pooh Camp at Disney in March).

True to form, sci foo is strictly invitation only, pulling in about 200 leading scientists, technologists, writers and other thought-leaders … for a weekend of discussion, demonstration and debate (emphasis original).

The topics certainly sound enticing but watching remotely seems muffled both by the imposition of the Chatham House Rule and other possible blogging restrictions (In addition, I need to sit down and figure out what the rules allow me to say.emphasis added) but nonetheless, as with most *camp events, it seems to be inspiring the right kind of rich cross-polinating discussions that we’ve all come to know and love:

Just to mention one specific for now, yesterday I was part of a lively and productive session on the politicization of science, led by Gavin Schmidt (of RealClimate). In Science Foo Camp fashion, this led into a fun and interesting dinner conversation with Gavin and others. You wouldn’t believe some of the innovative ideas some non-scientists have for helping “encourage” the media to play fair on science!

At the very least, I’m happy to see this even taking place — and heck, who knows, just maybe we’ll see the open science community pick up and localize this event in other vibrant centers outside the Valley!

Noel picks up on the FooBarGov lineage, pimping GovCampBrussels and offers… if anyone wants to formulate a US GovCamp – count me in!

Blank Agendas at Pooh CampTim O'Reilly, the father of FOO, has brought the model to Disney:

Mike Pusateri of Disney just sent me this email message:

"Yesterday we held our version of Foo Camp for internal Disney people. The Pooh Camp was a great success and will become an ongoing event. Thanks for your ideas and advice. You both really helped convince the organizing group that a conference like this could work. I am in your debt. Here are a few photos."

I'm glad to see that the FOO Camp style of conference worked for Disney. It's a great idea to bring people together for unstructured conferences, and I appreciate the way Disney reached out for advice.

Does this herald the coming of Barcamp Enterprise? Probably not, but it's great to see the multiple instantiations of the original idea continue to permutate.