A Big Plug from OVO Innovation

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OVO Innovation is Jeffrey Phillips’ organization. Jeffrey devoted part of his latest monthly newsletter to us and how wonderful Mindcamp was. Clearly he’s a deeply perceptive and intelligent man! Here it is quoted in full. Here’s a link, too, to sign up to get Jeffrey’s newsletter on a regular basis. from OVO newsletter by Jeffrey Phillips/OVO Innovation, October 2009The Innovation …

What a Great Mindcamp!…. and the To Do List

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Awesome Mindcamp! You’d think our job would be done, but now there’s a great big to-do list, including, in no particular order: collect, read, and share evaluations among the planning team share evaluations with presenters when requested (and appropriate) organize storage for the Mindcamp supplies, previously stored in Kristen’s basement but she’s moving next month go back and drop off …

Absent Friends

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Inevitably, some of our favourite Mindcampers can’t make it every year. And when they don’t they are missed! Two of them just touched me deeply today by sending something special. One is Jonathan Brown, who can’t make it this year as he’s travelling in Europe. But here’s what he sent me: “In your last e-mail you sent me, you challenged …

Oh, Dear, What Will the Weather Be?

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Starting 10 days before Mindcamp, my morning ritual includes looking the weather forecast and publishing the current predictions for each Mindcamp day as it draws closer. Starting with the wild-and-wooly 10-day forecasts — this year I’m using weather.com — I work my way to the more dependable 7-day forecasts from Environment Canada who refrain from longer-term predictions. In doing so, …

What’s in a Nametag?

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In keeping with our voluntary, low-cost, every-penny-counts, environmental approach, we’ve always shied away from Swag — you know, the T-shirts, bags, caps, pens, and other booty one gets at conferences. We even have people make their own nametags — that is of course all about creativity, but isn’t it nice that it saves money and printer ink. Last year, however, …

Hard Times

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This year we felt it important to be able to offer subsidies to help people with no disposable income attend Mindcamp. Because we operate exclusively with volunteer labor and with very thin margins over our hard costs, we included an “ask” on the registration form for small donations to go towards subsidies for other Mindcampers. Our plan was exciting: we …