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 …

Hello World

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Here it is: the not-too-official Mindcamp Creativity Weekend planning blog. It’s your window into how the planning process for September’s conference is going and, in keeping with this year’s theme, we’ll give special attention to the banana peels we encounter along the way. Therefore this blog will be mostly about the things that make us wince, furrow our brows, fall …