Anyone within earshot of me for the last few weeks will have heard me rambling on about this thing I call ungeeking. At Amplifed08 last Thursday one of those people happened to be David Wilcox who interviewed me briefly on the subject with his trusty Flip Mino.
I'm using the term ungeeking in what I believe is a new and exciting way. But before we look at exactly what I do mean, let's look at what I don't mean.
Ungeeking is not:
What I specifically mean by ungeeking is:
An example. Barcamps are conferences where its the participants dictate that dictate what sessions are held with every attendee expected to actively participate in some way. As an event in itself it's as lo-tech as you can get: arrive in the morning to a big piece of paper outlining the meeting rooms and timeslots and people use Post-it notes to fill in the grid with the topic they want to host a session around and lo and behold, you have a full self-organising conference format.
But Barcamp has its origin in Palo Alto – the hi-tech capital of the known universe. This is not a coincidence.
My hypothesis is that via a deep literacy of Web 2.0, open source software models etc the people that started Barcamp has sufficient training in participation, self-organisation and information-gathering based on passion and curiosity that Barcamp is that web-enabled experience made flesh. I'll go further still and say that the whole unconference phenomenon is a direct result of the social web. It's the social web ungeeked into events.
I've been asked to write a more extensive article on ungeeking for the main NESTA website which I shall be completing shortly so please look out for that.
Clay Shirky summarizes ungeeking brilliantly here from the excellent Us Now.
"A revolution doesn't happen when a society adopts new tools. It happens when it adopts new behaviours."
As part of out mission to ungeek the nation, NESTA Connect is very pleased to be hosting a screening of Us Now on December 10th at the Prince Charles Cinema in London. There are still a few tickets left so please see the full details and sign up at http://usnowfilm.eventbrite.com