I few months ago, I had a bar-b-cue at my house and invited the Internet to come over. It was the afternoon before GnomeDex and I wasnâ€™t sure what I was getting into. I didnâ€™t write about it much then, but the results were incredible and I hope others will do similar events.
It all stated with the guys at Bryght, who planned to come over that afternoon. I offered a BBQ and someone mentioned that I should have something for other folks coming into town. I accepted the offer and, on a whim, put an invitation on my blog, open to everyone. It was called â€œPre-GnomeDex BBQ- Youâ€™re Invitedâ€??. Word quickly spread to the GnomeDex wiki.
One the first times I felt a hint of panic was this comment from Carrick:
â€œYou just invited the whole Interweb to your house for free beer? You are a brave man.â€??
My response was:
â€œYeah that's pretty much what it looks like Carrick, we'll see how this goes. :) If nothing else, it will be interesting."
As it turned out, I couldnâ€™t have asked for a better group of people. For people who know Open Space Technology, this was great example of the first principle: Whoever comes are the right people. I was impressed and excited by the folks that came. Hereâ€™s a somewhat complete list:
(Iâ€™m sorry if I missed others here)
Despite all the things that could have happened, the best things did. We had enough beer and food. The caliber of folks was high and I think we had a good time. I would surely do it again, if I was going to be around for GnomeDex 2006 that is. Not that this was anything like Bar Camp, but I think there is something about planning for spontaneity that makes things like this work.
Here are some photos, more can be found here:
Andy Face and the Crowd
Boris Mann, Grill Master
Chris Pirillo and Marc Pincus
Zinga (Mark Pincusâ€™ Dog)
Dan Gillmor with Nick Dylan and Kris
I really appreicate everyone coming, helping out and being well-behaved. ;-) A BIG thanks for Boris Mann for manning the grill. I hope we can do it again sometime.