What’s similar between the concepts and principles behind Web2.0 and unconferences?

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Is it a coincidence that the adoption and popularity of barcamps, unconferences has coincided with the emergence of Web 2.0? Are there any parallels and similarities between the underlying principles of Web2.0 & barcamps, unconferences? After all both web2.0 & unconferences are about user generated content, architecture of participation etc.. etc..

I have tried to map the web 2.0 principles from the seminal article on Web 2.0; Oreilly: The Web 2.0 Design Patterns and tried to map them to the underlying principles of unconferences — and I see a striking similarity between both.

So; are unconeferences as the Web 2.0 equivalent of conferences? I bet they are..

Web 2.0 Principles

Unconference Principles

architecture of participation The basic premise behind the unconference philosophy. Every one participates. The (un)structure of barcamps, unconferences is such that it makes it easy for everyone to participate – in the manner they want.
self organized The participants themselves are the organizers. There is no ‘official organizer’. Every participant is welcome to volunteer and organize some aspect of the barcamps, unconference.
Emergent The agenda, content and even schedule is not pre decided. Everything emerges at run time and from the participants themselves as the barcamp, unconference unfolds
Perpetual beta Some unconference sessions can be washouts. It is taken in stride and no body minds that aspect. In fact participants just walk over to some other session
Gets better as more people use it The more the merrier. You can break away into smaller groups and start your own sessions
Informal & light weight No keynotes, welcome address, 5 star ambiance etc. no frills, no flashy brochures, no marketing, just to the point
Harnessing collective intelligence Every one is a participant. There is no distinction between the speaker & the audience. Everyone contributes
Rich user experiences Extreme socialization & interaction between participants. Here it goes beyond exchanging business cards and networking. You exchange thoughts ideas. You can even enter into a dialogue, debate and even make some of your best friends here.
Users add value “The audience is smarter than the speaker”… A fundamental aspect of the unconference. It is the users, the participants who make the unconference successful & add value – as opposed to formal conferences, where it’s the speakers who are perceived as adding value.
Cooperate, not control Nobody controls the unconference. It is delivered not by control but by the cooperation of participants, volunteers.
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One thought on “What’s similar between the concepts and principles behind Web2.0 and unconferences?

    Shahnawaz Khan responded:
    December 27, 2007 at 8:28 pm

    This blog have some good comparison of conferences vs. unconferences

    http://www.highcontext.com/hcarchives/2005/11/18/conference-vs-unconference/

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