BoingBoing has a post on BarCamp, an overnight un-conference for techies where everybody’s a participant, where everybody has to make a presentation, and where everybody’s reponsible for getting their presentation up on the Web so that those couldn’t attend can still participate at a distance. Open registration happens on the Web, and the word goes out via the existing social networks of the seed group.
Me, I’d attend a BarCamp for religion geeks. Admittedly, they’d have to be religion geeks who are tech-savvy, because I’d want to stick with posting all presentations on the Web. But I can imagine 24 hours of presentations and networking about theology, and maybe technology used in religion — an intense dose of the kinds of discussions we already have in the Unitarian Universalist blogosphere.
No, I know it’s not realistic. My sense of religious liberals is that, generally speaking, we’re not tech-savvy enough, and that we’re generally unwilling to discuss theology. But if I were going to make techno-theological BarCamp happen here in the northeastern United States, my social network actually has quite a number of people who would fit right in: the usual bloggers; some people who have created very cool church Web sites; seminary students including one who also has an MBA from MIT; a couple of theologians; then assorted ministers and lay leaders who are into theology and not afraid of computers.
And if tehcno-theological BarCamp did happen, not only would it be very very fun but it might actually shake up the staid stodgy world of religious liberalism, injecting it with a saving dose of theological speculation and technological savvy. So I’m throwing the idea out there, expecting the idea will fall into a black hole, but you never know….
Later poston BarCamp and religion giving my personal vision for how BarCamp might combine technology and religion.
One would think the more tech savvy could come up with a standard set of web forms that the un-tech-savvy could use to make unexciting but functional presentations. In a world where several microsoft products can translate right into HTML at literally the push of a button, this sort of this could be done.
I like the idea, too. I’ve written something about something like this here, here, and here.
CC — Tech mentoring for the un-tech-savvy could definitely be part of the whole un-conference. (But I’m thinking the people who would be attracted to such an un-conference are probably already at a sufficient level of computer savvy.)
Scott — Obviously, I haven’t been reading you regularly enough….
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Yes, yes, yes. I was thinking about this same concept the other day when I read about BarCampAustin! I think there is lots of potential here…