Have you ever lived someplace that you were so passionate about you would relentlessly defend your right to reside there? Possibly some people around you may not see or understand the value of your chosen community the same way you do. These naysayers may do their best to discourage you from living there, because they perceive it doesn’t suit them. Sound familiar, or not?
By now you may have guessed I am not speaking of the house in which I live, or the neighborhood it sits in. I am talking about a community of interest… A gathering of like-minded people with similar passions. Folks, in my world that place is EventCamp.
A community of interest is a community of people who share a common interest or passion… Participation in a community of interest can be compelling, entertaining and create a ‘sticky’ community where people return frequently and remain for extended periods. Frequently, they cannot be easily defined by a particular geographical area. — Wikipedia
So what is it about EventCamp that has captured so much of my interest and attention? What unique characteristics of this splendid community have instilled in my soul, a spirit of unwavering support? Here are some thoughts…
5 Reasons Why EventCamp Rocks!
Reason #1: Innovation Lab — Each and every EventCamp conference has its own unique personality and flavor. Consistently, attendees share with one another new ideas, or concepts, in a trusting environment of experimentation. While organizers, presenters and attendees strive for excellence alike, we collectively embrace failures as part of the path leading to success. The learning lessons that emerge from each event are usually amazing and sometimes game-changing.
Reason #2: Social Technology Mecca — In my mind EventCamp is a central place, for event professionals to learn about social media, and it’s evolving role in the business world. Our community has been fortunate to feature presenters, across the four EventCamp conferences that have taken place thus far, that are among the most respected individuals in the New Media business. Many meetings and events industry organizations are watching our events closely, and have actually introduced components to their events, modeled after ideas expressed, or tested at EventCamp.
Reason #3: Thought Leader’s Haven — EventCamps are a safe place for attendees to exchange ideas, collaborate and share opinions regarding common topics of interest. Our events take place in a relaxed, creative environment, with no rules or expectations, other than open, honest and respectful communication.
Reason #4: Quality People Attend — Through EventCamp I have met some of the most amazingly wonderful and smart people in my entire career. Clearly, there exists a spirit of generous and unselfish collaboration across the community. I cherish these new relationships, and as with anything great, I crave more of them!
Reason #5: Personal Growth — There is no question my approach towards doing business has shifted, and my life has been positively impacted as a result of my experiences with EventCamp. From the relationships I have developed through the EventCamp community, I have learned a great deal, both personally and professionally. In several cases these initial contacts have evolved into lifelong friendships which I will cherish forever.
I am personally very excited about what the next year will bring to the EventCamp community. I hope you are too! If you haven’t attended an EventCamp conference as of yet, you really need to take the plunge. It will be well worth your time.
I look forward to revisiting with you, next year (2012), at about this time, on all the innovations that will inevitably occur between now and then in our community.
Question: Do these ideas resonate with you? If you have attended an EventCamp, what are your impressions? What could be better? If you have not attended one of these events, why not?