My Ignite Sault 3 talk: Change the Room

Last night I had the opportunity to share my passion and experiments with building community with an electrified audience at Ignite Sault 3. Ignite talks are 5 minutes long, 20 slides, 15 seconds a slide auto-timed. It took me about 5 days(!) to compress a detailed subject with lots of moving parts into the format. Not for the faint of heart. I hope the other presenters had an easier time of it. The talk starts with my experience of a small group creating its own future and building it, through a work-based coaching circle, then moves on to talk about the potential we have here in Sault Ste. Marie, if only we can better connect and support each other. I share my experiences of launching Ignite Sault and Soo Podcamp, ending with a passionate pitch for ChangeCamp Sault, a movement one year in the making. In fact, Ignite and Podcamp were planned as smaller steps to make ChangeCamp possible. For now, here are the slides. Later on I’ll have the talk on video to share. http://www.slideshare.net/gerrykirk/ignite-talk-change-the-room»>

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Social Media @ Scrum Gathering by the numbers

Last week I attended my first ever Scrum Gathering in Orlando. A big part of my voluntary duties was to enhance the experience through use of social media. Just for fun, I tabulated some numbers on social media throughput by myself and conference goers: 1500+ Twitter posts with #sgus hash tag 100+ Flickr photos (and…

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Scrum Gathering: Let it flow

The Twitter / Flickr fountain is now flowing for the Orlando Scrum Gathering 2010.

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What people are saying online at Orlando Scrum Gathering

We’ll be projecting this in the Dialogue Room at the Scrum Alliance Orlando Scrum Gathering. It’s a collection of Twitter posts and Flickr photos happening in real-time. For now, enjoy tweets and photos from the Olympics. Soon I’ll change the tags to #sg10us, the official tag of the event:

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Secret map unearthed for Dialogue Room at the Scrum Gathering in…

Secret map unearthed for Dialogue Room at the Scrum Gathering in Orlando, FL in March. If you can’t have fun here, you’re doin’ it wrong. 🙂

The Dialogue Room is the heart beat of the Scrum Gathering. Come experience a lightly structured, free flowing environment where impromptu and spontaneous conversations and activities can take place. It is intended to be a space for those who want to explore Scrum beyond the formal sessions. Anything goes; no formal workshops or talks here. The Dialogue Room coordinators will provide craft materials and games — that will spur the creation of new structure. Explore and contribute to a gallery of questions and other artifacts. Peruse the live Twitter / Flickr wall.

Got a Scrum ailment that needs diagnosis? Come visit the Scrum Clinic at the Dialogue Room. Sign up for a 20 minute session of private 1-on-1 coaching. Doctors wanted.

Are you going to the Scrum Gathering? What do you think of the Dialogue Room? What would you do differently?

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Community and Sacred Spaces within the Agile community. This is…

Community and Sacred Spaces within the Agile community. This is a topic close to my heart and one that I am considering proposing for the Agile 2010 conference. I don’t have a format figured out yet. I’m looking for like-minded souls to say a) this is a good idea and b) help me flesh out the concept. I’m open to co-presenting with anyone.

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Making traditional Sunday pancakes. Can you spot the…

Making traditional Sunday pancakes. Can you spot the blueberries?

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Another perfect morning for skiing. Beautiful sun, quiet….

Another perfect morning for skiing. Beautiful sun, quiet. Standing at Pinder Lookout.

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Gorgeous morning on Red Pine trail with Rowena (and no kids)….

Gorgeous morning on Red Pine trail with Rowena (and no kids). Haven’t been there since the kids were born > 5 years ago.

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Polls Suggest Somebody Did Something Stupid

Polls Suggest Somebody Did Something Stupid:

Classic Rick Mercer: “See this is what I love about Canada. Yes, we are apathetic. But the minute anyone tries to use our apathy against us suddenly we start to care big time.”

Let’s keep the momentum going, beyond protest and towards building a better future by re-connecting with each other. That’s why I am a part of the Changecamp movement.

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