Based in Switzerland, “Social Collaboration” is a blog by Martin Geisenhainer, dealing with issues around new work and social collaborative learning.

There's no such thing like a happy Barcamp

There's no such thing like a happy Barcamp

What could be more fulfilling for someone involved in learning than an event where participants take full control of their topics and learning. In which they create the agenda themselves, get together in a self-organised way on the selected topics, and exchange their knowledge and develop new knowledge together without the guidance of a teacher, without any didactics or imposed discipline.

The Barcamp #Initiate19, which took place last Friday at the Tram Museum in Zurich, was such an event. 70 people came together under the theme of participative forms of learning and working, who recognized an enormous need for the present and future of learning and working in organizations.

In less than an hour, the agenda for the day consisted of theoretical discourses on emotions in class or psychological security in learning contexts. As well as practical topics such as Twitter as a learning tool, Liberating Structures as a method set for social collaboration or Working Out Loud as a method for building networking skills.

In the abundant breaks, the participants networked with each other, discovered common topics that could be followed up better together than alone, and thus learned on very easily and without any pressure, seamlessly.

I can tell you that I have rarely been so happy and satisfied after an event that was about learning and sharing knowledge. And in every respect I could only benefit from it myself. And that without having to plan and structure the day meticulously beforehand.

Start a real learning thing - a Learning Manifesto

Start a real learning thing - a Learning Manifesto