Our Final Idea Camp?
It all began with an idea…a simple idea…
The Idea Camp was created 2 years ago (Feb 2009) in hopes of facilitating space for idea-makers to learn best practices from one another and collaborate towards bringing more good into our world. I learned early on that great ideas don’t happen in a vacuum. We desperately need each other in implementing our passions.
We designed Idea Camp to be more about the people at our gatherings than the personality on the platform. Although we are big fans of inspirational speakers, we wanted our focus our attention on the implementation of ideas. We wanted the hallway conversations and networking that took place at conferences to reach the main platform and workshops. We believe that conversations aren’t really conversations until more than one person is talking. We have to learn from each other. No one is “there yet”.
Since the focus of our gatherings are on connecting and sharing best practices, we decided to keep our themes fluid. In other words, we decided to work harder on making the environment of engagement better rather than becoming the authority in one area of thought. So, we just began… Here’s where we’ve been and what we’ve focused on:
- Irvine, CA – Leadership, Compassion, & Idea-Making
- Long Beach, CA – Creativity
- Washington DC – Compassion & Justice
- Portland, OR – Being Present in the City (Caring for Cities)
- Orlando, FL – Church Planting & Missional Church
- Las Vegas – Sexuality & the Church
We have another Idea Camp that will take place next week in Northwest Arkansas around the theme of Orphan Care. I think this will be one of the most significant conversations I will ever have the privilege of being a part of. The things that will be birthed because of gathering this next week will change the lives of millions around the world (yes, millions!).
Is Idea Camp Really Coming to an End?
Several have asked lately about the future of Idea Camp, especially since it appears that the Idea Camp is gaining strong momentum as a network of idea-makers of late. The answer to this question is Yes and No.
Let me explain.
- I believe that ending Idea Camp in an official capacity and gifting the idea back to the public will be a great example of collaboration. In other words, we hope some of you will consider hosting Idea Camps of your own. (In fact, some people are already planning independently run Idea Camps later this year.) Feel free to use the idea, brand and the resources we’ve created online. Quite honestly, you have full permission to call it whatever you want. It’s always been about our participants anyway. In addition, I am more than willing to help you organize your Idea Camps. I want to be a support to your passions and dreams.
- I’m also exploring other creative ways of helping people implement concepts more effectively. Although I’m not ready to share these concepts with the public, I know most of you will be pleased with what our team develops this year. My heart has always been to create gatherings that not only inspire but move people towards tangible next steps. Our company is exploring new ways of gathering, connecting, and mobilizing people towards implementation…more coming soon!
- Our current projects in other areas (e.g., Ideation Conference, i2i Series, etc.) are keeping us fairly busy in addition to client work. My hope is that you will stay connected to us through some of these sister projects.
The greatest take away from leading the Idea Camp these past two years has been the incredible new relationships I’ve been privileged to develop. I have been inspired, challenged, and given new insights on how to better develop ideas and collaborate well. I am forever indebted to the thousands that have made Idea Camp what it is today! Thank you!
I had no idea that the Idea Camp would evolve into what it is today. Next weekend will be exactly two years from the weekend we started the Idea Camp. It will be filled with great excitement, sadness, and celebration of what God can do through us when we choose to work together towards a greater good for humanity.
Looking forward to Arkansas.