Reflections on ORGCon

ORGCon was outstanding. Massive props and congratulations are due to everyone who made it happen. I had a great day though I was exhausted by the end of it and I didn’t get to take part in even a third of the sessions in which I was interested. Most were videoed though so I’m looking forward to catching up with the talks I missed as they become available.

My highlights:

  • Being in the company of my kind. Renewing old acquaintances, making new ones and putting faces to names from the internet.
  • Laurence Lessig’s keynote speech. Brilliant. Inspiring. Right.
  • The truth2power session on how to lobby your MP.

My one regret is that the schedule was so hectic, I didn’t get to see any of the stalls or spend more than the odd five minutes here and there chatting, scheming and thinking with the other delegates. Next time I think I’ll plan to stay overnight so I can join in with the after-party (and so I won’t have to set off at 06:00 to arrive in time for the opening talk!)

I took notes in a few sessions. I’ll tidy those up and blog them separately.

I’ve returned to Sheffield proud to be part of such a great community and inspired to renew my digital-rights activism – and no, this is not a party political broadcast, I mean that whether or not I’m elected to the ORG board (the field of candidates for which seems very strong!)

2 thoughts on “Reflections on ORGCon

  1. So are you starting an ORG local group for Sheffield, the Sheffield City Region or South Yorkshire?

  2. It’s true – I’m starting a local digital-rights discussion group in Sheffield. Anyone who can get to it is welcome to join in. If other groups start up nearby, they’re welcome to overlap, and I’ll probably go to their meetings too if I can get to them. I see no need to create a monopoly!

    I’ve made an announcement on the ORG-Discuss mailing list. I’ll advertise it in a separate post on here soon and I’m planning to approach other local groups and individuals who might be interested as I hear about them.

    Please sign up on if you want to be involved – and pass the link on if you know of others who might want to join us 🙂

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