Barcamp in Latvia, EdemocracyCamp

28. January 2009 – 11:59 by Citizens Network

After the summer TechTools workshop in Prague, organized by Transitions Online, which has gathered many organizations from the CEE region, dealing with transparency issues and the possibilities of new technologies, the second round of the workshop is boundled together with a Barcamp event, in Riga, Latvia in the begining of February, and the CEE CN in proud to participate on this event.

Barcamp, is something unique, that connects the virtual communities with the real ones.

Barcamps are about development and sharing, open spaces and techniques, cooperation and co-creation.

“Barcamp is an ad-hoc gathering born from the desire for people to share and learn in an open environment. It is an intense event with discussions, demos and interaction from participants.”

It worths to check at and to find out more - we do need more Barcamps in Europe!

How about organizing a local, regional E-participationCamp? I do think, that this task does fits PEP-NET schedule and role, that plans to play part in the diverse field of e-participation.

Another Camp sytle is Sicamp - which has an extreme focus on Social Innovation, and organized by Dan McQuillan (internetartizans)

Although, social focus is a trend, but in Canada and in the USA different, democracy related camps are happening. Changecamp and e-democracy camp is something, we have to keep our eyes open, and adapt at the early stages. Camps, are not only succesful forms for development and sharing, but representing the core idea of participation and learning by doing.

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  1. One Response to “Barcamp in Latvia, EdemocracyCamp”

  2. By Tim on Jan 28, 2009

    Thanks for the link to eDemocracyCamp (I’m one of the organizers and a sponsor). Our focus this year will be very much on the participatory aspects of e-democracy (with TransparencyCamp and Government 2.0 Camp covering some of the other angles).

    We hope to make a good portion of our sessions sharable with the world (e.g. video recording or live stream) so that non-attendees can benefit as well.

    April 5 is the Sunday right before Politics Online Conference ‘09, so maybe we’ll get a few Europeans to attend who are in town anyway (last year we had about a handful).

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