When is an Unconf Not an Unconf?
By oracletechnet on Aug 12, 2008
To which I replied: Why not? In fact we already did one, at last year's OpenWorld conference.
For whatever reason - perhaps because unconferences can only be organized by those with purity of spirit - @yinchang wondered aloud whether "corporate sponsorship" and "unconference" cannot be reconciled, as if unconfs are typically held in the wilderness, away from corporate things like meeting rooms, lunch buffets, and hotels. Her next step, rightly, was to crowd-source the Twittersphere:
...with His Appleness @guykawasaki himself replying matter-of-factly (and correctly):
I, of course, duly referred both of them to the OpenWorld Unconference page, which is fairly self-explanatory in its openness. (Hey, even SAP presented last year.) All's well that ends well:
I don't mean to pick on @yinchang personally; her semi-rhetorical question was a sincere one. My point rather is to illustrate the fact that communication will trump cynicism, and thence move on to building trust, every time.