February 20-22, 2009
University Place Hotel, Portland State University, Portland, OR
We'll convene at the University Place Hotel on the Portland State University campus Friday morning (February 20) and wrap-up Sunday afternoon (February 22). Check out the Schedule. There is no cost to participate other than transportation. We may even be able to help you find lodging.
What is Recent Changes Camp, anyway?
Recent Changes Camp was born from the intersection of wiki and Open Space. Since 2006, participants from all over North America and the globe have gathered together for a common purpose: discussing the past, present, and future of the technology and collaborative method that is wiki. RCC is a chance for everyone in the wiki community, something we like to call Wiki Ohana, to meet and have a fun, productive conversation about our passion for wikis of all stripes.
Going far beyond technology, we're interested in wiki culture and other networks/groups/etc. that share many of the values implicit in it — from cultural creatives, to public participation and free culture advocates. If you use a wiki or you value open collaboration, Recent Changes Camp is created for you. RCC is about openness and inclusion, collaboration and community, creativity and flow. Further down this page you can check out a sampling of sessions we've enjoyed in the past, along with pictures and videos from previous events.
This unconference/BarCamp has been held at least once every year since 2006 (and twice in 2007). Unlike a conventional conference, where everything's pre-planned and structured, RecentChangesCamp is a gathering where we decide for ourselves what we're going to get out of it by offering sessions each morning on whatever we want (and of course ad hoc sessions can form at any time). There's no agenda until we make it up! Now, that might sound a bit chaotic if you're never been to this type of gathering, but be prepared to be surprised at how much people can learn and create when they collaborate spontaneously.
With an emergent agenda, it can be hard to describe specifically what you will get from participating in Recent Changes Camp. In large part, that is up to you to be responsible for. Participants often say greater sense of wiki community, broader sense of wiki way and wiki tools, or more excitement about our future together as well as inspiration and discovery. Conversations at 2006 Portland RCC generated Wagn, this very very software we're using to organize RCC 2009.
At Recent Changes Camp, everybody is welcomed. You don't need to be an expert on anything, and you certainly don't need to consider yourself a geek. Collaboration thrives on diversity! All you need to bring is an open mind, and a willingness to participate, whether by teaching or by taking an active role in discussions. And, don't forget, an unconference is what we make it, so let's make it enlightening and fun.
Sessions covering an array of interests
- The Evolutionary Edge of Software Development (2006 Portland)
- Using wikis for government processes (2008 Palo Alto)
- Wine tasting (2008 Palo Alto)
- Nonlinear conversations from the Glass Plate Game (2006 Portland)
- Who edits Wikipedia? By Ed Chi of PARC's Augmented Social Cognition research group
Gallery of Good Times
RCC in Motion
Documentary of the 2006 RecentChangesCamp, shot and edited in-camera by Geri Weis-Corbley (of the GoodNewsNetwork) to great effect. Part one:
Video from RoCoCo (Montréal 2007):
- http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5sUKp6xGHkI (opening morning circle; more video available there)
- http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=y0SGp8_2VMI (marketplace and sessions)
- http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZOKcP8g6VLI (dancing)
- http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yqb0Av0qC7Q (AWESOME!!!! more dancing, and the next generation)
Testimonials and earlier invitations
"RoCoCo was great! I met a lot of other people working on some really awesome wiki projects who had a lot of respect for wikiHow and were dealing with many of the same issues we're dealing with here. The conference is user-generated, which meant that the talks were interactive discussions...I highly recommend people go if they get the chance..." —Nicole Willson
- "It was great, everyone there had the wikiLove and was very pleasant, it really sounded like they all read How to Have a Great Conversation. There was a few unconferences about how we can use technology to obtain other goals, too. Things like activism were explained through technology, even tho it is in its own partly against technology." —Nadon
- "I went primarily to meet other wikiHow people, and this was amazing. But what I did not realize was that the OTHER attendees would be fascinating and passionate about wikis and that they would have so many ideas about how to use wikis for all kinds of things. Anyone looking for a little inspiration in life may wish to sign up and attend the next wikiHow event. Great for the creative juices.........." —KnowItSome
- Some friends....don't good stories involve some friends? Some friends attended RecentChangesCamp06 and came up with idea there which is now at the base of their organization. I knew RCC had the potential be a great event with stimulating people and amazing connections. So, I made time to go to RecentChangesCamp07. Indeed, my friends were good predictors. I had powerful conversations that moved my thinking forward. We sauntered around Portland or sat in circles conversing about mapping and visualization, currencies, incentive systems, and more. I met people like Kaliya Hamlin aka Identity Woman, and Axil Comras, CEO of GreenHome. I am still evolving conversations with a dozen of the folks I met that weekend.
Some friends are going again this year, and I can't wait! I am coming too. I know it is going to be a mind-boggling weekend, power packed with fascinating people, potent conversations, demos of emerging tools, and the magic that only organic emergence allows. I don't know who I will meet this year or how they will change my life, but I am confident it will be transformative. Jean Russll, NurtureGirl
So are you going to be there or what? Put your name on the attendees list!