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What sessions do you want to offer, collaborate on, attend? Please put new entries at the top of the page. If you see something that appeals to you, leave a comment so the organizer knows you're interested, or add +1 as a thumbs-up.
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* '''Forgetting''' - How do we build the process of forgetting into our applications and, probably more important, a culture of openness?  Forgetting is fundamental to human behavior, and we chip away at it with every new database and service that somewhat-permanently keeps (and possibly uses) things we share. There's research into "voluntary repression", and I'm not saying we should necessarily base a design on the biological process, but it may be a good start for a discussion. I heard that @moot is coming, and figured 4chan is a perfect case study. As is FluidDB's original intended purpose. -@selenamarie
* '''What's the future of the corporate IT department?''' - If everything goes to the cloud, and all users can install their own apps and get online and collaborate, will corporate IT still exist? Sure, they have to enforce "standards" or whatever, but these are things that employees with their own laptops and 3G cards can just ignore. So what's the role of corporate IT in the near future? @brianmadden
* '''What's the future of the corporate IT department?''' - If everything goes to the cloud, and all users can install their own apps and get online and collaborate, will corporate IT still exist? Sure, they have to enforce "standards" or whatever, but these are things that employees with their own laptops and 3G cards can just ignore. So what's the role of corporate IT in the near future? @brianmadden

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What sessions do you want to offer, collaborate on, attend? Please put new entries at the top of the page. If you see something that appeals to you, leave a comment so the organizer knows you're interested, or add +1 as a thumbs-up.

  • Forgetting - How do we build the process of forgetting into our applications and, probably more important, a culture of openness? Forgetting is fundamental to human behavior, and we chip away at it with every new database and service that somewhat-permanently keeps (and possibly uses) things we share. There's research into "voluntary repression", and I'm not saying we should necessarily base a design on the biological process, but it may be a good start for a discussion. I heard that @moot is coming, and figured 4chan is a perfect case study. As is FluidDB's original intended purpose. -@selenamarie
  • What's the future of the corporate IT department? - If everything goes to the cloud, and all users can install their own apps and get online and collaborate, will corporate IT still exist? Sure, they have to enforce "standards" or whatever, but these are things that employees with their own laptops and 3G cards can just ignore. So what's the role of corporate IT in the near future? @brianmadden
  • Knowledge vs Wisdom. How come we get out of school/college with our heads full of facts, and then spend the rest of our lives learning many important lessons the hard way? Can those hard-learned lessons be learned without having to experience them? How can we communicate them? Maybe an open, crowd-sourced version of TED talks? @jamespentaho +1 @tobyjoe +1
  • Ethics of transmedia. One of the hallmarks of transmedia storytelling is using the real world as a narrative platform. But this can go horribly wrong when the boundary between real and fictional is poorly signaled, or even invisible. On the other hand, slapping a "this is just for pretend" banner everywhere can sharply devalue the quality of the experience. What's a responsible transmedia artist to do? @andrhia +1
  • Free Software vs Open Source Software Within the world of FOSS there are philosophical divides between these two groups, to the point that they won't collaborate on what appear to be common goals. Does this matter? Is this hurting the adoption of FOSS? Will one of these groups become dominant? Are there lessons here for other domains trying to adopt transparency, openness, and distributed collaboration? @jamespentaho +1
    • I held a related session: 'free software fuck yeah: advocacy without being an asshole' at KiwiFoo. We focused on what positive advocacy is (regardless of license), the value of diversity in advocacy and I'd love to have this related discussion. Although, I'm pretty sure the domination question has been answered. :) - @selenamarie
    • "versus" is an antagonistic word. why use it? there are opposing views, but no rule says that one view must "win" over another. both views are equally valid, so why is it necessary for one/other to become "dominant"? ... maybe I'm misunderstanding your discussion proposal? @gstein
    • I will email you but am going to propose a short talk The Ethics of Peer Production in Debian aka If Crowdsourcing is a hot, dirty and quick sex, Debian is a long ass marriage) that would go well with this @BiellaColeman
  • What's going to happen to the software industry? What are the potential equilibrium points between proprietary software and Free/Open Source Software. What happens to IBM/Oracle/Microsoft etc, do proprietary software vendors go away? How? When? What replaces them? @jamespentaho +1 @tobyjoe +1
  • How do we create a new sense of mixed-reality, layered communities that unite people across geographical barriers? @RitaJKing
  • How do we make an -ism-free culture? How can we change people's mental conceptions of the neutral person - a stick figure - so that it is no longer white, male, thin, young, able-bodied and middle-class? And why does it even matter - what are the consequences of living in a society where you're always the exception to the default? @andrhia +2
  • What's going to happen to the entertainment business? Publishing, cinema and television are all under tremendous market pressures because of new technologies and new cultural behavior patterns. What's the field going to look like when the dust has settled, and how does transmedia fit into this puzzle? @andrhia +2 @poplifegirl
    • Similar pressures in software industry (both digital distribution)
  • Interactive fiction is an amazing medium that's been hiding out in the indie-game community for 20 years, but has had a recent resurgence. I want to re-introduce folks to the state of the art -- the latest games, the amazing tools, crazy things authors have done. It's truly a booming new art/science with closeted fans all over the world, and it's pushing the boundaries of storytelling. @sussman +3
  • Who's @ Foo. Bios, blogs, Twitter streams and three word intros don't necessarily convey excitement and passion very well. In addition previous experience at Kiwi Foo has taught me that it's usually on the last hour of the last day that someone says "Did you meet XXX - they were incredible!" With that in mind I'd like to run a session as early as possible in the Camp schedule along the lines of "12 months in 120 seconds," otherwise known as "what interesting things have people done in the past year". Simple 2 min talks that expand the 3 word intro to encompass what you think was the highlight of your year and allow people the chance to say "I really want to chat to that person." Roger Dennis +1 sussman +3
    • This would be great thing to do before FOO. Why not set up a website and let people post 1 minute "my highlights of the year" or "why you might want to talk to me" videos. Bundle them up the week of FOO, and people can watch them on their laptop (skipping the ones they find dull in 10 seconds, which you can't do in a FOO session) on the flight down. Problem solved without consuming lots of FOO time. @berkun
    • Each attendee has a user page on this site. Filling those pages up would be a great start.
    • I agree we need to parallelize this somehow. It'll take 8 hours if we all do 2 minutes. @jamespentaho
    • I was only thinking of a standard session (1 hour?), and "army volunteering" unsuspecting candidates to see if they would be willing to talk. I'm sort of thinking of a "cross section" approach rather than aim for everyone. Doing it before Foo would be great, but considering that most Foo Campers are frantically busy, I'm not sure that people will have the time to film a short video, let alone fill their user pages. I also think there's still something powerful about seeing someone talk about their passion in person. Roger Dennis
    • What about the shortest lightning talks ever? 15 seconds each. About one hour and it would help put names to faces. @jamespentaho (Would that make the session name become "Greased Lightning Talks"? Roger Dennis)
  • What is radical transparency? Can/should it be achieved in the public sphere? Would public transparency help to the private sphere sacred, or erode it? -@RitaJKing +2 @tobyjoe +1
  • Does Technological Progress really drive Social Progress? Much of our rhetoric claims it does, but the U.S. revolution, the civil rights movement, the work of Gandhi, Mandela, etc. happened before the net. Twitter told us what was happening in Iran, but what real effect did that have? Is there a unified and vaguely-objective theory of progress that accurately relates the two threads of progress (tech vs. social) together? - @berkun +3 @tobyjoe +1
  • Theory: most of our "new" stuff is really just writing. Blogging, tweeting, texting, facebooking.. it's all just writing. And mostly we're lousy writers (Possibly because we're lousy thinkers). Why isn't anyone noticing how bad most writing is, and perhaps, always has been? And if that hasn't changed much, isn't finding/making better writers more important than making better/faster pipes to shove all the crappy "writing" through? -@berkun +4
  • I'd be curious if other people are interested in "quantified self" or other ways of digitizing their life (Fitbit wireless pedometer, Withings wireless scale, GPS/MyTracks/Latitude to track my movements, Mint/Blippy to track personal financial analytics, Scrobbler plugins to track what music I listen to). As storage prices drop, how long until aR substantial number of people record every meeting they attend? How should we store/save that data, share it when we want, and find more value in it? @mattcutts +5 (@jewelia is very interested in this too)
  • Anyone interested in brainstorming/sharing ideas around the paperwork parts of what we all do? Many of us run startups or otherwise have a business of ourselves. And we are creative and innovative and busy but we still have to somehow pay taxes and have insurance and keep our lives organized in some way. And one of my bigger struggles is figuring out how to manage that part of things because all I really want to do is travel around being involved in fun projects, get things done, write interesting stuff, etc. And the answer is more than just getting a good accountant and assistant, because I have those and I still have two months of mail to go through and I just got a ticket for having expired tabs on my car. Note: I don't know what the answer actually is. -@vanessafox +4
  • Non-visual Augmented Reality with GPS and SMS. -@caseorganic +2
  • Slow technology movement. We have gotten to a point where there is so much content to be shared and so many ways to do it that we are constantly two steps behind the never-ending information stream. I would be interested in discussing how we can promote slowing down through technology so as to promote higher quality of information & delivery (values of the slow food movement, for example.) If not, my fear is that those of us immersed in the media will end up just talking to the same small circle (at events like foo camp!) - @cynthialawson +5
    • I think you need to have a little chat with @mattcutts, given his topic above :)
      • Could make for a good debate. Those who want to quantify the self vs. those who want to slow down and disconnect. Or this there a possible in-between? (@cynthialawson)
    • You could extend the topic to become a "slow thinking" session that debates considered thought. Roger Dennis
      • Yes, and it could even extend to "slow writing" which connects with @berkun's proposal above (@cynthialawson)
  • What happens when games take over the world? More then just a passtime, modern games - from Warcraft to Bejeweled - are optimized algorithms for repeatedly slamming on a giant red button in your brain labeled "GRATIFICATION". Foursquare is the tip of the iceberg. So what's the iceberg? And what happens when we hit it? @danshapiro +2
    • Make sure to talk with @avantgame (Jane McGonigal) about this or watch her TED talk
    • More background for discussion: the infamous Jesse Schell DICE talk
      • Perhaps if we lead something together, I could deliver the rant "Bad news: Everything you think you know about how games are going to take over the world is wrong. Good news: The reality of what's possible (and already underway) is SO MUCH BETTER than that." (@avantgame)
  • I'd like to create a massive/passive social network health study. Think millions of subjects. It would be so easy. Link a social web to electronic medical records. How do we make this happen? - James Fowler web +1
  • an article today on Entrepreneur.com suggests that many entrepreneurs have undiagnosed ADD. As an entrepreneur with diagnosed ADD I'd love to do a session on "disabilities" like ADD and pathological introversion :-) that, in fact, might be advantages in the modern world. We can discuss how we've adapted to our various limitations and how they help us. For my part, ADD has been a big part of why I chose broadcasting as a career and ultimately started my own Internet business. Oh and I'd love a session from Dave Recordon on what the hell Facebook is up to. Leo Laporte +1
    • +1! I never knew that, Leo. I look forward to talking with you. On a related note, there is a long history of assistive technologies (developed for people with disabilities) that have changed mainstream technologies. Look at the iPhone/Adroid: screen magnification, word prediction and onscreen keyboards are key to their success and all started as assistive technologies. I like to look at the current research in inclusive technologies to predict future innovations. Wendy Chisholm
  • Related to @berkun's social progress -- how do we encourage people to engage with their neighbors, government and not-so-organized groups locally? Events like CrisisCamp highlight how we help each other and come together in emergencies. How do we use the tools that we have (and which tools work the best) to enable connections, and encourage pro-social behavior over the mundane? -@selenamarie +3
  • What models do you use to understand the world? Every few months I learn some powerful new principle that helps me see clearly and choose better. The fundamental attribution error. Kyriarchy. The Overton Window. Cargo-culting/magical thinking. The career Venn diagram. Arbitrage/efficient markets theory. Status play. A 10% UI improvement doubles the number of users. That sort of thing. Let's share ours. -Sumana Harihareswara +1
  • Open source software and terror - FLOSS & Al Qaeda. The core of each movement is radical young men trained in engineering, working over the internet in small groups loosely joined, hoping to take down dominant powers. Big ideas, inconsistent execution. What lessons can we take from this parallel to fight terrorism intelligently -- and promote FLOSS better? -Sumana Harihareswara
  • Barriers to open source contributions at for-profit companies -- share your experiences! What policies, misapprehensions, miscommunications, or other obstacles got in the way when you wanted to upstream a patch? How can we fix them? -Sumana Harihareswara
  • Collaborative Consumption How communities are sharing resources (information, money, goods, services, etc.) to live more economically and environmentally sustainable lives. How is this trend transforming our economy, our goals and our personal happiness? @Mickipedia @monstro
  • Physical Computing, Open Source Hardware, DIY Electronics - "show and tell" your projects, talk about resources and new tech for hardware hackery. @hypatiadotca
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