What is Think Camp?
I presented this session at the first ever Think Camp held in November of 2007.
Here is a brief account of Think Camp:
The simple premise behind Think Camp is that everyone comes ready to share; by committing to attending you commit to contribute to the gathering. You must choose between presenting a 10 minute session (with 5 minute question period) or a 30 minute session (with 15 minute question period) or offer some other significant contribution to the gathering. You get to choose the topic that you want to present. When everyone arrives they write up a one sentence description of their session on an index card. The index cards are then posted on a wall and the group chooses which sessions they most want to see. Then you start the sessions. The schedule is set by the group that is gathered.
I have not been to a camping gathering where so much learning was done in such a short time period. Think Camp ran from Friday at 1pm to Saturday at 4pm; 17 sessions were shared. It was an intense learning environment, no more than 5 minutes were taken off between sessions. There were normal breaks for meals; we ended at 9pm on the Friday night to allow for lots of informal sharing time. It was an amazing day. Some of the feedback read:
- each session, though I didn’t realize it coming in, allowed me to improve my camp with either a small or a profound idea.
- Think Camp – a bright and exciting future of where camping has the potential to go
- a brilliant experience in sharing & learning…and growing.
- fantastic learning experience! Knowledge intense