Network 11 is an unconference. According to Wikipedia - An unconference is a participant-driven meeting. The term "unconference" has been applied, or self-applied, to a wide range of gatherings that try to avoid one or more aspects of a conventional conference, such as high fees, sponsored presentations, and top-down organization.
So the Thursday night meeting when we get together at the cottage
hospital is important. It's then we decide on mini-sessions, mini
workshops and the radio schedule - and the management committees so
together we can ensure the two days run smoothly as possible.
The Food Committee has already been established: Joanie Cranston of the
Bonne Bay Cottage Hospital Heritage Corporation; Kate Power and Erin
McGee of VOBB, and Allison Eaton, Bonne Bay Marine Station. Incidentally, they are asking if anybody has dietary concerns. Allison
suggests people even bring their own mugs to help keep the unconference
as green as possible. We will need people to work with them to ensure food distribution and cleanup.
Another initiative already started is the Virtual Facebook committee.
Charlene has put a lot of volunteer work into getting Facebook set up
and she will be participating virtually in the event. Mallory McGrath
and Arlene Morrissey are also helping out virtually. Dan Murphy (leading
our Skype initiative) and Donavon Taplin will be taking part from the
We need to both report from the community to Facebook and report on-air
what's happening on Facebook. Joan did a fine job of that during the
Conche simulcast. Charlene will also be tweeting updates from the event on the Ryakuga Twitter
The third mechanism is the programming committee. Some programs are
predetermined such as the Benefit Concert; Harvest Festival; Rural
Secretariat Session, and the Thursday night introductions. Saturday
afternoon is youth programming - designed and controlled by youth.
But that leaves lots of time for specialty programming from the
different communities. We have recorded programs from earlier events and
live programs. Please come prepared to discuss your ideas. The
programming committee will begin on Thursday night to time slot the
The fourth group to choose from on Thursday is the Technical Committee -
we need people to operate the equipment throughout the event. (Although
Nicole could probably do it by herself : ) This committee will interact
with the photographers - to ensure documentation - and the
We will also need to archive and document all our programming.
We can all sign up for committees, mini-sessions, and mini-workshops
when we arrive at the Network 11 Unconference (or let Fred know before the