Sunday, February 19, 2006

Good Morning Santa Cruz!!!!

Pee, check.
Dress, check.
Brush teeth, check.
Close pullout sofa, check.
Coffee, check.
Mandatory sweet carbs, check.
Do something geeky, check.
Blog, in progress...

Woolf Camp has been pretty much as expected - awesome time hanging out with great people talking about life and sharing insights on blogging the process and the tools, not the technology and the code. For me personally, this weekend is particularly gratifying because it is one of the first up close looks I have into seeing my vision for BrainJams and Camps manifested in the real world. Just a bunch of real people, organizing their own get togethers, sharing their experience and insights on what they found to work best.

With a large Blogher contingent in the house, Peter Trumpett and I are the only males left this morning. Bill had to take care of some personal matters today, so left last night over the hill. We are expecting Lisa and Marc Canter later this morning, so that should be an interesting jolt of masculine energy into the mix. Funny thing is, it does not matter - at least to me and I believe the same holds true for Peter and Bill. We are just people, getting together with each other as equals.

One of the most amazing things for me is how simply we all slipped into the comfort of each other's company - most people did not know each other, but now this morning, every face is familiar and friendly. Like BrainJams, it is a really diverse mix with different interests, different levels of technical knowledge and different reasons for being here. But we all are connected by the wonderful intentions that our host Grace Davis set for the weekend.

While I still believe that anyone can do this, Grace has shown once again how important it is for the person who is organizing these sorts of events to start from within their heart - to hold onto right purpose and right speech. Grace understands this to the Nth degree and has set an example for others which may even lead to similar Woolf Camp styled events in Topanga Canyon and event Tampa, FL (where 2 participants came from). As Grace said last night "see one, do one, teach one".

From my perspective, I saw BarCamp, We did BrainJams and the new BrainJams community site we are launching is where we will continue the cycle, teaching others what we have learned. But honestly, the reason for doing BrainJams as "The Unconference Community" is more about learning from others than it is about teaching - for I am just a simple apprentice and the world is my teacher...


Blogger beancounter said...

Grace is one of those rare and wonderful people, the kind who likes you first and gets to know you later.

10:00 AM  
Blogger ...e... said...

hey, pam, you should be here! the hell with everything but the circus!

10:55 AM  
Blogger Chris Heuer said...

I like that insight - it is very true and truly beautiful.

10:57 AM  
Blogger Debra said...

Hey, Pam... I know why you couldn't come (work, school, family, etc.)... but darn it gal!!

9:28 PM  

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