CenPho Camp

Yesterday, Tyler Hurst announced that the PodCamp concept is coming to downtown Phoenix on the afternoon of January 23, 2010.

This is an opportunity for downtown and central Phoenix residents, community organizations and businesses to get together and share information about social media and how it can help improve our community; whether it be through fostering relationships, sharing information or improving business sales.

“The characteristics of all successful communities: broadly shared, accessible set of opportunities, a shared sense of responsibility for the success of the common enterprise, and a genuine sense of belonging.” – Former President Bill Clinton, TED2007

For those of you unfamilair with the PodCamp concept, it is basically an ‘unconference‘—that 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 who are the main actors of the event. People of all skill levels and experiences are encouraged to participate..

Basically If you’re interested in blogging, social media, social networking, podcasting, video on the net, or if you are a business owner, non-profit manager, artist, musician, desiogner or other creative type looking to expand your customer base, or a resident or downtown denizen who is curious about social media or somebody who is just looking for ways to get more involved in your community, this event is for you.

CenPhoCamp will be an afternoon of one-hour presentations about specific issues facing local businesses and the community at large. Presentations are open to any business owner, customer or resident. The application process will be announced very shortly.

ASU's Cronkite School of Journalism

ASU's Cronkite School of Journalism

The event will be held at ASU’s Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication. form 2-8 pm on January 23rd.  Alas the Cronkite building isn’t free, but it’s cheap. So if you’re an interested business or individual willing to help sponsor the event, please let me know.

As Tyler noted in his post, planning is just getting under way so stay tuned for more details.  in the meantime if you want to be involved in any way shape or form, whether it be as a planners, presenter, sponsor or volunteer, please contact me or Tyler.

Thanks and see you on January 23.

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Yuri Artibise

Yuri Artibise is an experienced policy analyst, community engagement practitioner and social media specialist. I have a Master of Public Administration degree with over 10 years of public policy research, analysis, and advocacy experience.