I was hoping that the week after Easter would provide opportunities to rest and catch up a little. There are so many blog ideas in the back of my mind that I need to write, and so many upcoming events. Yet I’ve ended up with four meetings after work this week, some events I couldn’t make because of double booking, and Saturday I’m heading off to another event, while missing a second. As an aside, the weekend before Holy Week, I missed several events because of double or triple booking as well as because of my kidney stone.
On Saturday, I should be at a poetry group in the morning. Right now, I should be working on a poem for that group. Unfortunately, I’ll miss it, as well as their next big event. Instead, I’ll be going to Podcamp Western Mass. This is one of the longest continuously running Podcamps, and I think I’ve been to everyone, but I can’t remember for sure.
Podcamps are ‘unconferences’ originally around podcasting. These days, they tend to focus on all aspects of social media. As an unconference, there is no clear set agenda. People bring their ideas, their topics, then on a large grid on a wall they select rooms and times to get together to talk about the topics they are interested in. It is a great way for people to become more acquainted with social media, and there are often topics like Twitter 101. There are also topics that can get fairly esoteric. I try to go partly to learn new things and partly to give back to the community. I never know who will be there or what topics will catch my attention. Currently, I’m thinking about communities online as they related to learning, creativity, spirituality, and politics. I’d love to hear some of your thoughts about topics you’d be interested in at an unconference.
Then, in two weeks are two different conferences on my radar. One is the#WhatIMake conference. I’ve written a little bit about this earlier, and if I had more time I would dig out some quotes from Elizabeth Gilbert’s interview with Brene Brown which I mentioned yesterday, which are one of the best explanations about why #WhatIMake is such an important conference to go to.
Unfortunately there is another conference which is also very important to me taking place at the same time. Misisonal Voices is taking place at Virginia Theological Seminary.
A conversation about innovative ministries and missional communities in The Episcopal Church.
In my mind, this conference has a lot in common with Podcamp and WhatIMake, which very direct implications for the next few twists and turns on my spiritual journey. I am hoping it will be about creativity and innovation; about being a maker. I am hoping that I will arrive, not knowing what I will get out of it, and leaving surprised with new thoughts and ideas.
I’m thinking of listening to Podcasts on creativity on my drive down. I’ve been listening to Elizabeth Gilbert’s podcasts during my commute this week. I’m considering staying at a hostel on my journey back, for several reasons.
But now, I’ve already spent more time than I really have writing this blog post and I need to get on with the rest of the day.
Years ago, I used to put up blog posts from time to time about various events I would be attending. Much of this was to promote conferences that I would be covering in my blog. In recent years I haven’t been doing that as much. However, there are a bunch of things coming up that I would like to highlight, so here are some of the events I’m interested in.
First Thursday Opening Reception: BIG Art; Tiny House. This is at the community arts center where my daughter Miranda works, and where she is building a tiny house. Friends in the Boston area should try to get out to this.
Pope Francis' Encyclical: Climate Change Evokes Moral Change Unfortunately, I can’t give blood, but both of the other events are really interesting to me. We’ll see if I can make it to either of them.
Folk Friday concert: Kim and Reggie Harris! as part of CT Folk in New Haven. Kim and Reggie Harris are two of my favorite performers at Falcon Ridge Folk Festival, and this should be a great concert.
A Public Conversation at Yale Divinity School: Black Lives Matter. The odds are that I’ll just head home and go to bed early on Friday, but if I have the energy, I’ll probably go to the event at Yale Divinity School.
Pledge-Per-Round: Knockout Domestic Violence. This is a fundraiser for New Horizons Domestic Violence Shelter, part of CHC. This is the second year we are doing this. I hope a lot of people participate.
I expect to be at home dealing with a family event. I am concerned about whether we will get heavy rain on that day, messing up both the New Horizons event and the family event.
Oct 4: The Feast of St. Francis
I don’t expect to do anything special for the Feast of St. Francis. Though I am excited about what is going on at my church that day. We will be having the second part of our community discussion about racism. The first part was really good and I’m so happy that my church is tackling this.
Oct 6: Fiona’s Birthday
I have jury duty on my youngest daughter’s birthday. I’ll do my civic duty and then come home to celebrate.
#hcsmct Meetup. This is the monthly meeting of health care activists in Connecticut using Social Media. If this might apply to you, please consider attending.
Community Health Forum. This will take place at the end of the day up in Hartford, and I plan on going, presuming I’m not serving on a jury on that day.
I plan on driving up to Boston to help with Miranda’s Tiny House and drop Fiona off for the weekend. It turns out that there is also an Ingress event in Boston that day, so I’ll try to work on the Tiny House for a while in the morning and then go to #Abaddon Flash Shards: Boston.
There is also a Saturday Morning poetry group that I would like to attend on that day, but I just don’t think I can make it.
FOCUS – Fighting Our Cause – Undoing Stigma Against HIV/AIDS
Reform to Transform Summit: Sparking Bold Action conference.
Municipal Election Day in most of Connecticut. Woodbridge had its elections in May, so I’m not currently working on a campaign, but if I can make time, I’ll try to help with some of the local elections.
(Save the date) The 5th Annual Town Hall Meeting on Health Disparities.
Ingress XM Anomaly – taking place in New Orleans LA, Charlotte NC, and Pittsburgh PA. I may participate remotely.
Years ago, I used to put ‘upcoming events’ in my blog, about conferences and other events I was attending or was interested in. I have written a post like that in ages. Most recently, I’ve been doing the #rhizo15 stuff and poetry stuff. However, there is a bunch of stuff coming up this weekend that I thought I would highlight.
On Saturday, I will be at Podcamp Western Mass. It is an annual event for me, getting together with friends interested in podcasting, social media and unconferences. Also happening on Saturday:
The Big Draw at the Davidson Art Center at Wesleyan University.
This interactive day invites the community to celebrate drawing in all its forms with workshops for people of all skill levels, from beginners to accomplished artists. The event is organized to encourage creativity, exploration, invention and fun with activities that break down the “I can’t draw” mindset and celebrate the visual arts.
Sounds like fun. I mentioned it to Miranda.
There is also the Fifth Annual Women’s Health Conference at Cross St. AME Zion Church in Middletown, as well as something like three other events in Middletown, (I can’t remember the details on all of them), and a baby shower at the church I go to.
Well, next week, is Internet Week in New York (#InternetWeek). There are lots of interesting events as part of Internet Week, and last year, I spent almost all of Internet Week in New York. At the start of Internet Week, there is also Personal Democracy Forum (#pdf2011). In the early days, I used to always make it to PDF, but I haven’t been in a few years. Also, as part of Internet Week is the Digital Publishing and Advertising Conference (#dpac). I almost always make it to that conference.
However, this year, I will be at the 2011 Weitzman Symposium, Designing the Moment: Remodeling Health Care (#weitzman). Of course, if I could clone myself and be at multiple places at the same time, I’d really like to be at Community Health Centres: Acting Today, Shaping Tomorrow (#chc2011). They have a neat Social Media Guide for their conference.
If we could throw in teleportation, I’d be at the Mobile Health Summit(#gsmahma) in Capetown, South Africa. If all of this wasn’t enough, I just learned about The Health Data Initiative Forum (#healthapps) being organized by the Institute of Medicine. They are doing something interesting. They are streaming it live and having viewing parties. You can get more information at Calling All Health Innovators: June 9th Health Data-Palooza Live.
So, I’ll catch pieces of what I can here and there.
It has been a while since I've posted a list of upcoming events. However, this month presents so many great events, it is hard to choose between them.
Tomorrow there will be the funeral for Connecticut State Trooper First Class Kenneth Hall in Hartford. I am not planning on attending the funeral, however, I am concerned whether it will create traffic problems for my wife or other friends that work near the Capital.
The weekend starts off with the The 2010 Connecticut Folk Festival & Green Expo in Edgerton Park, New Haven, September 10-12th. This includes the CT Folk Songwriting Contest Hosted by Vance Gilbert and a concert by Red Molly Saturday afternoon, and Susan Werner, Gandalf Murphy and the Slambovian Circus of Dreams, and Kathy Mattea all playing in the evening. These are all performers we've come to love from our frequent trips to the Falcon Ridge Folk Festival.
Also taking place this weekend is the 39th Annual Antique Fire Apparatus Show and Muster at Eisenhower Park in Milford CT from 10 to 5 on September 11th. I used to love going to Firemen's Musters when I was a kid and this year, there are musters across the country on September 11th. I can think of few better ways to remember 9/11 than attend a Firemen's Muster. Of course, one better way just might be the Interfaith Prayer Vigil. Gathering to pray with Christian, Jewish and Muslim brothers and sisters is another great way to honor those who lost their lives in 9/11.
Also on the 11th, the band Spuyten Duyvil will be playing on Long Island
Next week starts off with Digiday:Mobile and Digiday:Social. These are going to be two good conferences and I need to see if I can fit them into my schedule. Yet there is also Back To School Night for my daughter on Tuesday.
Then, on Wednesday, the 15th, CBIA will host Integrating Social Media into Your Business Strategy with Brent Robertson. For those who aren't up on social media and business, it is probably worth the $75 for CBIA members and $135 for non-members. However, if you are interested in attending, you need to act fast. I'm told it is almost sold out.
On Thursday, the 16th the United Way of Greater New Haven will have its Campaign Kick Off Celebration.
Also on Thursday, there will be an e-democracy meeting in San Diego which sounds interesting, but is too far for me to travel to.
UN Week is September 20-24th. Mashable will sponsor a Social Good Summit and a Digital Media Lounge as part of UN Week. This sounds especially interesting, particularly the focus on the millennium development goals.
Also during UN Week is the New York Games Conference on September 21st. I've covered this in previous years and I'm trying to decide if I should try and fit it into my schedule for this year.
Immediately after UN Week is the National Conference of State Legislatures National Redistricting Seminar in Providence, RI. Redistricting is an extremely important issue and NCSL runs great conferences and seminars.
I am sure that as soon as I post this, I will find half a dozen other events that I really should try to attend.
So, what do you think? What events should I attend? What events would you like to see me write about? Are there other events that you think I should have on my radar?