So despite my promise to myself not to get involved in any more events at least during the first half of 2011 I was struck by an idea while attending #ukgc11. Well to be honest it was the bubbling up of an old idea and an evolution of something I’ve spoken to a few people about quite recently.
Basically there are a whole bunch of us who don’t quite fit in with central gov, are a long way from local gov and also don’t quite click with the events in higher education, museums or the charity sector. For the sake of this blogpost (and maybe event) I’m going to reclaim the term ‘quango’ and make it a positive rather than the focus of scorn it so often seems to be! My definition for the sake of this is wide and entirely non exclusive it just starts with those that survived the ‘bonfire’ and builds from there 🙂
I *think* we have alot of common concerns and maybe (just maybe) they lean toward the more practical end of the govcamp discussions. Finding ways to do better with less (including maybe open source or shared services), making use of the social web in a useful but risk managed way, better understanding analytics to demonstrate impact and make better decisions, the whole agile and product management agenda(s), dealing with the demands of the COI, coping with crazy procurement rules and just generally sharing experiences – good and bad – as well as contacts, tips, schemes and the rest of the traditional barcamp craziness are just a few things I thought of off the top of my head.
I might of course be completely wrong (and in some ways that would be a relief!). That said I have bought http://quangocamp.org (though it goes nowhere yet) and I will point it at an Eventstreams site maybe if there is interest. However I am going to stick with at least some of my previously stated rules about getting involved with events again (a) I’m not doing it alone (b) I’m not doing it unless sponsors are on board and (c) this is a new one – someone else would need to sort a venue!
So if anyone is even vaguely interested in this please tweet or leave a comment!