BarnCamp 2015 worksop ideas scratchpad

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Workshop proposals for BarnCamp in June 2015. Book on-line.

Contents

Microslots (5-10 mins)

Oxford Geek Nights do these 5 minute things called microslots. Propose to have these once, or maybe twice, during the event. Format would be: stand up for 5 - 10 mins with slides if you wish and tell us about your self/project/org/thoughts/need for cash.

Proposals for Microslots:

Workshops (1-2 hours)

These are workshops/talks of between one and two hours in length.

Radar.squat.net

Show our new international event calendar https://radar.squat.net We can explain how it works, how to add new groups and events etc. but we can also see together with some people what can be improved to make it even more usable and useful.

Proposer
clara
Format
Presentation and discussion, followed by hands-on session to add groups to the calendar
Duration
1-2 hours
Level of technical skill
none
Nerd factor
low
Required
projector, ideas of how you like to use an events calendar

Rendering OpenStreetMap

OpenStreetMap - https://openstreetmap.org - is a great to add lots of places that are relevant to activists, but in the default rendering not all of that shows up (such as squats), or is bundled together (such as bike shops, bike workshops and bike diy repair places) I would like to discuss, list, draw up on paper what would be relevant for an activist rendering of OpenStreetMap data. We can also see how it would look like online by making some Mapbox maps. That part then would also double as a hands-on workshop on how to use Mapbox to make your own maps.

Proposer
clara
Format
Pen & paper brainstorming, followed by workshop with (learning how to use) Mapbox
Duration
1 hours brainstorming, 2 hours map making
Level of technical skill
none for the first part, low for the second part
Nerd factor
low
Required
Projector, internet, big papers & pens, ideas on how what makes a good map for aktivists for the first part, a few (shared) laptops for the second part

also possibly related to the above...

Transformap

http://discourse.transformap.co/t/transformap-a-short-description/289

Proposer
sam
Format
Introduction to project & challenges faced.

Almost every mapping initiative is mapping in non-connected layers – we have collected here around 200 maps connected to ideas of socio-ecological transformation. That is, for each field (e.g. urban gardening) we have scores of maps that are developed in parallel, in each region anew, based on different taxonomies TransforMap is a collaborative answer to this challenge and its complexities. It aims to co-develop with users (common citizens as well as representatives of the different movements) the necessary tools and standards for free and open crowd mapping that allows for aggregating all those mapping initiatives in one map. Approaches: Open Street Map editing, Linked open data, Semantic web

Duration
10 min introduction, 1 hour open-space
Level of technical skill
low to moderate
Nerd factor
Medium
Required
Laptops or LTSP terminal?

Your blog and on-line communities with Wordpress Networks

The idea of this workshop is to look at running your own blog running Wordpress' software whilst avoiding corporate providers, such as Wordpress.com. The workshop will have a special focus on a network of Wordpress sites, such as Network23.org, and how to build a community around this. We'll look at the differences between Wordpress.com, the commercial company, and Wordpress.org, the open source software; how to register your domain and set it up; an overview of managing your blog, with a focus on audio, video and networking tools; and finally a discussion and proposals for how to build a better community.

The workshop will be based around both a local install of multisite Wordpress so that people can create and play with their own blogs, as well as the online Network23.org service, where people are invited to bring their own domains with them to see how to link their web site address up to their blog. We'll use the FLOSS Manual pages for Wordpress and have some networked computers available to use.

Proposer
adelayde
Format
Hands-on workshop and discussion
Duration
2 hours
Level of technical skill
beginner
Nerd factor
low (all though it is computer stuff)
Required
projector, local web server, Bristol Wireless computer suite, internet, bring yourself and your computer, and your own domain if you have one.

Is the net effective, inefficient or even harmful to social and cultural movements?

Proposer
adelayde
Level of technical skill
beginner

Re-using computers in our communities

Many of us have experiences of re-using equipment in ways that challenges ecocidal consumerism. But what are the limits to this? Just how old does a machine have to be before you give up, and when does it make sense to buy new low-power kit? These and many more questions will be up for discussion. Participants are invited to talk about a re-use case they've been involved with recently.

Proposer
MaRk
Format
Facilitated discussion
Duration
2 hours
Level of technical skill
medium
Nerd factor
medium
Required
experience of reusing computers and be willing to talk about it

Zylum

I would like to share ideas for the development of https://zylum.org - a new service from Peace News to help the technophobic to get their campaign online. The code for the custom CMS which runs the site is released under the The GNU Affero General Public License. We are looking for anyone who would like comment or contribute via https://github.com/peacenews

Proposer
Benjamin

Basic Electronics - going from the physical world to the digital world (and back again)

I'd like to introduce people to some basic principles of digital and analogue electronics through the use of sensors, raspberry pi's / arduino's and actuators. We'll be using a range of sensors to find out things about the real world, process them with some low cost computing and then making something happen back in the real world (flashing lights, moving things with motors etc).

I'll be providing a wide range of sensors - everything from temperature to light levels to pulse rates. Please bring your own pi's or arduino's if you have them - I've got a few but probably not enough for everyone.

Proposer
gareth
Format
Practical workshop with no soldering required.
Duration
1/2 - 1 hour chatting, and hour or two (or six) getting it to work!
Level of technical skill
none required, apart from an interest in making something happen
Nerd factor
low
Required
Ideally a raspberry pi or arduino, ideas for what you'd like to do

Efficient wood stoves

A look at different types of stoves with a particular focus on stoves that produce biochar. There will be a demonstration of stoves and discussion and kettle boiling - bring a tea mug.

Proposer
Darren
Format
Demonstration / discussion
Duration
2 hour
Level of technical skill
none required,
Nerd factor
low
Required
tea mug

Understanding soil microbiology - soilhack

An explanation of soil microbiology. How changing our growing practices to work more hand-in-hand with soil microbes holds huge potential benefits. Some discussion about techniques for improving soil microbiology-

  • use of biochar
  • how to make great compost
  • making aerated compost teas - microbe multiplication

Includes a live microscope session (digitally projected) looking at the life in the soil.

Proposer
Darren
Format
Demonstration / discussion
Duration
2 hour
Level of technical skill
none required,
Nerd factor
low
Required
projector

Access to land

Discussion about ways to access land for growing/woodland/living projects.

  • co-operatives
  • Community Land Trusts
  • Hacking housing
  • Community food projects
  • Community supported agriculture
Proposer
Darren
Format
Discussion
Duration
1 hour
Level of technical skill
none required,
Nerd factor
low
Required
nothing

Self Defence / Violence Awareness workshop

I can talk about the psychology of aggression and violence, avoiding escalating situations and teach some basic self defence techniques (for example escaping from people grabbing your wrists, hair). These are techniques derived from jiu-jitsu.

Proposer
Marcus
Format
Workshop
Duration
1-2 hours
Level of technical skill
none
Nerd factor
none
Required
Large open space


Talks

Privacy and the Dark Side of the Net - talk

In light of the revalations by Edward Snowden in 2013, what's the state of play with our privacy? Should we be concerned? What are we hiding and who are we hiding from? Are we better off on activist run services or in the commercial domain?

This is a revamping and updating of the workshop TTFA gave at Shambala in 2013 and the Bristol Anarchist Bookfair in 2014. Materials from the original workshop are available: Click to download a handy crib sheet of useful URLs or Click to download a PDF of the slides from the talk.

Proposer
adelayde
Format
Talk, discussion and debate
Duration
90 minutes
Level of technical skill
none
Nerd factor
low
Required
projector and speakers
Personal tools