I'll be in Kennington Park London, on Sunday 5th July
To refine and generate some of the intellectual content, and perhaps some of the participants for Parade, Critical Practice are planning to convene a PubliCamp in Kennington Park – a former common, scene of a huge public Chartist gathering, enclosed (with Royal sponsorship), and now a ‘public’ park.
We intend to explore different conceptions of the publicness - historical, cultural, political, social, architectural and digital. We aim to develop a shared ethic towards the notion of public goods and will not be deterred by the disagreeable, contentious, messy, inefficient, live, improvisatory and provisional nature of Being in Public. Public, common or shared resources are like muscles, they become stronger with exercise.
PubliCamp will use a barcamp structure, something we have experimented with before.
BarCamps are an international network of user generated unconferences — open, participatory workshop-events, whose content is provided by participants.
They work like this: presentations are proposed in advance, or on on-the-day by attendees. We then try and build themed 'sessions' or groups of related presentations. All attendees are encouraged to present and share their expertise. At the moment we are thinking of 10 minute presentations, with 10 minutes for questions/discussion. We try and keep lots of notes and everyone is encouraged to share information and experiences of the event, both live and after the fact, via blogging, photo sharing, social bookmarking, wiki-ing, twitter, etc.
I'll be talking about some of the issues raised by Michael Sandel's Reith lecture on Markets and Morals. Maybe I'll see you there.
Paula Roush's live tweets
Stefan Szczelkun's participant observation