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Calling all church IT geeks! This is an interest survey to see if any other church IT staff would be interested in getting together spring 2006 for an IT roundtable.
I really enjoy hanging out with other church IT folks ... and truly believe some really awesome stuff would come from us gathering for a time of peer learning, dreaming, collaboration, and discovery. I've been kicking this around in my head for a while and tonight decided to put it out there for feedback.
I had the opportunity to be involved in 2 church web roundtables led by Mark Stephenson from Ginghamsburg Church. I hope Mark doesn't mind if I use his definition below:
DEFINITION OF A ROUNDTABLE
A roundtable is a peer-learning event where the participants are both teachers and learners. A roundtable is:
o Small enough to emphasize interactive learning
o Led by a facilitator and peer
o Includes participants who have an affinity with each other
o Does not include a strong agenda beyond sharing knowledge
Roundtable members are selectively invited with less than 25 per group [I'm skipping the selective invite at this stage]. The participants set the agenda and interaction among participants takes precedent over presentation by “experts.” In fact, in one-way or another, most of the roundtable participants are already experts.
PURPOSE OF THIS ROUNDTABLE
1. To meet other innovators
· Encouragement - "I am not alone." "Here I am understood."
· Confidence - "I'm not so crazy after all."
· Relationship - Develop on-going friendships
2. To advance the diffusion of innovation in a given topic area
· Sharing knowledge, lessons learned, and experiences
· Sorting out the big picture. How does it all fit? Where are we= going?
· Synergy of new ideas, new perspectives, and new dreams
3. To facilitate collaboration
· Explore opportunities for teaming up to accomplish common goals
· "Network" - Learn who knows what and who is doing what
If you're interested please leave a comment or shoot me an email. If there's enough interest I'll start putting the wheels in motion.
Geeks for Jesus!