At Mindcamp we want more: more kinds of people, that is. We want to be able to welcome people of a range of ages, backgrounds, professions, and from all walks of life, including those with little or no disposable income.
Of course Mindcamp is a great deal. Most conferences cost more, because they usually have paid staff to take care of participants and presenters. At Mindcamp, we just take care of one another (with Banana help of course). We like that model, and think it works well. However even our meagre prices are a hurdle for some.
Thus we have established a Bursary Fund, and we raise money for it every year — you may have noticed the “ask” registration form. Money raised in this way goes toward registration subsidies for other Mindcampers.
Over the years we have been able to welcome dozens of registrants who would not otherwise have been able to come: registrants who do not necessarily fit the socioeconomic profile of the “typical” Mindcamper. We think — no, we know — that the Bursary Fund helps us increase our social and economic diversity, and that an increase in diversity is an increase in value for everyone.
This year we have had many subsidy applications, and would very much like to be able to cover them with donations. Please, if you haven’t yet given to the Bursary Fund, consider doing so. Even $25 will help. And even if you have given, consider giving a little more.