I'd like to know who the idiot is that termed the word, unconference? Does anyone know?
I was reading Susan Mernit's post about unconferences today. And I lost it. I've been following this whole unconference discussion for a little while. It is time to put a stop to it.
Susan is doing some soul searching blogging on the subject and she asks some penetrating questions about what makes a good event. They are good questions. And I love Susan. But, the questions should be asked about any event. They are not questions that are unique to unconferences.
So, I provide to you all - once and for all - the only acceptable definitions for an unconference.
n 1: a prearranged meeting for consultation or exchange of information or discussion where the organizer has no interest or ability in generating income for their work organizing said meeting. The unconference often lacks an agenda which keeps people focussed, exhibitors that deliver messages that interest attendees, demonstrations of products that will make it (or are already) out of beta, accomplished successful people who share how they've been successful and what they are working on now, and sponsors that often make the event more enjoyable by funding it. n 2. Where Marc Canter catches up on his sleep.