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Tuesday, May 25, 2010

Ericast 134 - A MinneBar Debriefing

An interesting mix this week: A stereo podcast (using my typical two-channel interview setup with an old Olympus WS-320 digital recorder) while I was wandering around in our neighborhood at 3 a.m. on a beautiful 77-degree Minnesota evening, talking about my 2010 MinneBar (un)conference experience. Killing "two stones with one bird," as Dad always said.

Apologies for the wind noise and squeaky shoes and I-35E traffic and random screeching and screaming in the distance (listen for details!)... but, hey, I'm keepin' it real. :)

(Seriously, please do let me know what you think of the "production values" of this particular episode as you play it in your personal environment -- too distracting? perfectly fine to listen to? richer and more interesting than usual? too hard to hear? file size too big for the small gain stereo brings you? stereo too confusing while listening? etc.)

Anyway, on the MinneBar topic... Here are the sessions I attended:
  1. Non-profits: Strengthening Gives in a Social Media World
  2. Schumpeter’s Hive—Consciously Weaving Our Collaborative Innovation Networks
  3. Curation FTW
  4. Social media for learning spaces in work, schools, and communities
  5. Growing communities of practice
  6. 2 for 1 - Neighborhoods Online and Social Advocacy via Twitter
  7. Drupal Experiments
The interesting thing to me is that the MinneBar experience could have been a radically different one depending on which sessions you went to -- and for some, "radically different" from my experience would have been a good thing. For me, what I got was incredible; I couldn't have designed a better track for myself if I'd tried.

I'm curious what you -- the particular, individual, Ericast listener -- think of these sessions. Which one strikes your fancy? Let me know, and I'd be happy to talk about that topic more: 206-339-3742 (206-339-ERIC) or e-mail me (eric) at


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