21 August 2009

The Idea Camp DC - One Week Away


A week from today I will be in Washington, DC to attend The Idea Camp DC - A Collaborative Movement of Idea Makers.

The Idea Camp is a FREE, open source hybrid conference designed to help people move from the realm of ideas to implementation.

We are gathering some of the most innovative and creative leaders from around the country (this means YOU!) to share ideas, intentionally network, and move collaboratively into idea-making. Whether your passion is church leadership, non-profit work, social entrepreneurialism, technology, media, creativity, culture making, church planting, spiritual formation, compassionate justice, etc., this is the conference for YOU.

The theme of the DC Idea Camp is "Justice and Compassion", and what I love about the concept of the conference (besides the fact that it is FREE), is that it is a collaborative effort. Just as much value is placed on relational connections made in the hall between sessions as is placed on listening to someone speak from the stage during a session.

Along with attending and collaborating with others who share a passion for issues of justice and compassion, I also have the opportunity to facilitate one of the workshops at the conference - Macro and Micro Views of Compassion & Justice.

I'm looking forward to meeting and interacting with people who I have respected and followed from a distance, like Don Golden of World Relief, Dave Gibbons of NewSong, Dave Ferguson of New Thing Network and others. I am looking forward to learning from representatives of organizations I have a lot of respect for, such as, Mission Year, ONE, Leadership Network, and charity: water. I'm looking forward to meeting Eric Stowe, from A Child's Right, in person for the first time (Eric was our primary contact through our adoption agency when we adopted our daughter, Miyah, from Nepal).

I'll be making the drive to DC with my friend, Chris Marlow of H.E.L.P., who is also my new neighbor. And I'll be meeting up with Lemonade International board member, Ray Strecker, and my good friends, Donnie Long and Damon Reiss, who will also be attending the conference.

This should prove to be a great time. If you are able to... please join us in DC.

It will be well worth your time.

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