Roland Dürre
Friday August 30th, 2013

Good-Bye Paradise

DSC_1659The vacation is nearing its end – on Sunday morning, we will go to the Patras ferry heading towards Venice.

Again, we had wonderful days. We have now been staying here for two weeks – and I feel two years younger.

Each day, I went for a swim in “our beach” in the morning. And once a day, we went into the dry heat of these altitudes by bike.

🙂 As always, I wore the Telekom outfit.

We climbed passes and mountains, enjoyed the fresh breezes and the tepid water of the Mediterranean Sea.

Our senses were captured by the aromas and sounds of the South. And all the meals were fresh and delicious.

So here I am, thanking all those people who, once again, have made it possible for me to enjoy this wonderful time.

(Translated by EG)

Klaus Hnilica
Thursday August 29th, 2013

What a Nuisance – This D..ed Trolley?

Carl and Gerlinde (XXXIII)

Well –  Dr. Osterkorn refused to let Carl take his vacation, even though he had already officially countersigned the application!

No –  in August, leading personnel had never been able to go on vacation: Carl himself knew well enough that TRIGA always came up with their new spring collection during those weeks. And this time, it was even going to be the entire underwear collection – not just the ladies lingerie and dessous, said Dr. Osterkorn.

ZEimg085Since Miriam Braun was still away on maternity leave, he, Carl, was, of course, doubly and triply in demand! The formerly countersigned application had been a misunderstanding and was void as of now, said Dr. Osterkorn, alias Bernie, Carl might as well stick it on his head, or wherever he wished!

”Why don’t you send your Gerlinde by herself, or with a girl-friend keeping a watchful eye over her”, he added with a wink when he saw the disappointment in Carl’s face.

”But you certainly cannot go anywhere right now, I need you!“, he whispered in Carl’s ear before sending him on his way with a hard yet friendly gaze into his blue eyes and a handshake during which Carl never showed any emotion on his face. After all, he knew that the numbness he would soon feel in his right hand would, as usual, disappear within the next two days all by itself…

And in fact, Carl was actually lucky! Hannelore agreed immediately to take over for him. Without a single second of hesitation, she hopped about with joy for having to sacrifice herself and fly to Mallorca with Gerlinde, there to stay in the comfortable Finca near Cala Mayor which Carl had secretly booked weeks ago as a surprise for Gerlinde. So this had not been a problem at all – which meant that Bernie actually had been correct in a dodgy way!

And this evening, they would both return! Carl was waiting for them at the Central Station, platform 1: arrival time 20 hours 05 minutes!

What a pleasant surprise – the S-Bahn train from the airport was only 22 minutes late! Apparently, the railway was now on the right path: just a year ago, he and Gerlinde had come in almost an hour late when returning from Mallorca.

God – but weren’t you glad if, during the summer months, there were any trains at all left to run through Central Station? And standing around waiting for between half an hour and 45 minutes was, after all, absolutely acceptable, wasn’t it? Basically, there was no huge difference between wasting time navigating between the potholes on the streets and getting lost on the draughty platform, was there?

Indeed, it was also quite interesting – when the railway planning team designed the glass-topped seats at the end of platform 1, they had actually done some useful thinking – that you were within visual reach of the video cameras if you were subjected to an attack in the evening! What a positive approach for a change!

Currently, a coloured person was sitting in the glass housing. He was reading a book! His black trolley was also standing next to the glass wall. Quite visible!

Other than that, hardly anyone was to be seen on the platform at this time of day: a young guy laboured with pushing his bike up the stairs from the underpass, and on the bank not far from where Carl stood, a pretty blonde with long, deliciously brown legs ate a hamburger which actually stood no chance against her energetic personality.

Carl aimlessly strolled along the platform. When he turned, he saw the coloured man get up and walk towards the stairs while still reading his book and continuing to read during his hurried descent of the stairs towards the underpass. He left the black trolley sitting there all by itself!

Well – what trust was this? – thought Carl and walked towards the trolley. Suddenly, he stopped! He looked round – but there was no longer any trace of the coloured owner; he had actually gone missing from his luggage!

Down in the underpass, there was no trace of him either, at least as far as Carl could see from the top of the steps. But then, maybe the luggage had not belonged to him at all, thought Carl. The trolley might well already have been sitting there when he came reading his book and sitting down under the glass protection. Now Carl was two metres from the trolley.

This was definitely some strange situation, wasn’t it?

He was wondering if he should tell some official about this unattended piece of luggage? But where? And whom?

In this particular case, it was nowhere near as easy as it looked.

After all, these days there were no railway employees you could talk to at the station: they might even have made fun of him? The other passengers, too, did not seem to be worried at all by the deserted trolley. Mind you, now the platform got more and more crowded: even a few families with children came up the stairs. …

Carl decided to wait!

As a precaution, he not only increased the distance between himself and the black trolley, but also tried to get more protective mass between himself and this potential explosive. But all the mass to be found on the platform were a few display boards, banks and some beams holding the roof. That was all the mass you could get!

The way down the steps, however, was massive. You could reasonably look for protection there! But then, what if the trolley was going to explode at the very moment Gerlinde and Hannelore were arriving on their S-Bahn train?

It would arrive in ten minutes! What a pity that time flew so fast! They had never announced anything about another delay. Typical for the railway! Now of all times, they were on time! They always chose the wrong moment.

To be sure, Carl felt quite safe standing behind the descent building. But his worries increased as he saw how the platform filled up with more and more people.

This was definitely not the sort of protective mass he had been wishing for!

Why on earth did nobody steal this stupid trolley?

Where were the hordes of luggage thieves you always had to be afraid of? This here was definitely a place where they could have made themselves useful.

What about the video screening?

Why was there no reaction from the railway supervision?

There were true deficits in those anonymous public spaces of today – manifesting themselves quite distinctly, thought Carl. And time went by mercilessly: in no more than four minutes, the delayed S-Bahn train would be arriving – and then catastrophe would hit …

Carl grew more and more nervous. He chewed his lower lip and had to wipe the saliva from the corners of his mouth several times. Beads of perspiration were building up on his forehead and his hands grew sticky.

Maybe he should call Gerlinde on her cell phone and advise her to continue on her way, under no circumstances to exit at this station?

But how to give a reason without looking totally stupid? Apparently, nobody else on the entire platform shared his suspicions. Was he really the only far-sighted person here?
The only one foreseeing the catastrophe?

Two more minutes, and the S-Bahn train would arrive!

Carl quickly ran down the stairs. Since there was nothing he could do anyway, he wanted at least to bring himself to safety. The underpass provided excellent protection. That was certainly why the coloured Djhadist had run down here with his Koran. Naturally!

All of a sudden, the scales fell from Carl’s eyes! Within seconds, everything fell into place and Carl was in the middle of the infernal events: in fact, he already tripped over numerous mutilated dead and injured persons, he took notice of the bodies, so torn you could no longer identify them; they were thrown through the air like catapults. He ducked away from this grizzly hill of broken arms and legs that wriggled about like greedy fish in an ocean of blood, snatching after severed heads which bounced back from colliding concrete lumps like cracking tennis balls. – And only afterwards – when an eternity had gone by – the ear-splitting detonation of the all-triggering explosion shattered his ears. What followed was an eerily resonating clang of breaking iron beams, along with a ghostly white dust cloud which covered everything, transforming it into a beautiful white winter scenery…

Carl ran the last metres towards the exit of the railway station – after all, he was in shape, wasn’t he? From the outside, it was also far easier for him to give sensible assistance in this chaos when it came to disposing of the corpses and injured bodies. That would give him the opportunity to devote all his strength to helping with the cleaning work that would soon begin …

At this very moment, the S-Bahn train must be arriving!  God, what an eloquent silence!

Motionless, Carl stood near the exit! He was incapable of even the slightest movement. Pale as a corpse, he stared at the concourse, fearing to be sick at any moment.…

Apparently, the first passengers from the S-Bahn train, too, were already reaching the exit area! Then, suntanned and giggling, Gerlinde and Hannelore came with their black trolleys. …

Carl felt something explode in his chest! Totally exulted and breathless, he flew towards them, embracing them, kissing them and pressing them to him among thousands of apologies for the terrible traffic jam he had been in …

(Translated by EG)

Here are my tweets of last week on:
Blogging and Twittering, Wisdoms and Rules:

130905 As long as the wise appreciate your efforts, do not complain if the unwise will scold you – just like when twittering and blogging. #Twitter #Blogging #Wisdom

130906 The monkey who is feeling too adventurous will go on the ice and break his leg – careful, twitterers and bloggers! #Twitter #Blogging #Wisdom

130907 A full stomach will make your brains stupid – also true for blogging and twittering? #Twitter #Blogging #Wisdom

130908 The broom that has no hair left must go in the oven – also true for blogging and twittering? #Twitter #Blogging #Wisdom

130909 If the head hurts, all other limbs will suffer – something I know from twittering and blogging. #Twitter #Blogging #Wisdom

130910 Where the lion roars, the forest will tremble – also true for twittering and blogging? #Twitter #Blogging #Wisdom

130911 When the master comes, the would-be master must leave – also true for twittering and blogging! #Twitter #Blogging #Wisdom

There is a new tweet each day. See and “follow” RolandDuerre!


(Translated by EG)

I took the proverbs from Alle deutsche Sprichwörter.

Roland Dürre
Wednesday August 28th, 2013

barcamps and PM Camp (5) – Rules

Here is the last of my articles on barcamp in general and PM Camp in particular. So far, I wrote how I first started with barcamps (1), why they – and in particular the PM Camps – are such a success (2), what typical types of sessions there are (3) and how social media such as twitter and barcamps go together (4).

Today’s article is about a few finishing comments.

What do I have to be careful about?

Well, there is not much. Of course, remembering the manners your parents taught you will not do any harm at a barcamp. At a PM Camp, this goes without saying. Also, it is always a good idea to stick by the rule you all know from Metaplan: “everybody is everybody’s butler”. Other than that, a barcamp, as well as the PM Camp, is an open event; nobody has to do anything they do not wish to do.

As always in life, cooperative behaviour is more helpful than trying for complicity. Every participant will decide by himself to what degree he wishes to integrate himself in the process. There is no obligation to chair a session. When attending their first PM Camp, many participants are totally silent, just listening – until the spell is broken and all of a sudden “consumers become producers”. Mostly, the time for this comes surprisingly fast.

There is also something I would like to say about planning a session:

If you are a first-timer or very shy, I would advise you to try your own session early on, even if you yourself see the topic as not yet well-enough thought-through. Mostly, showing courage early will be rewarded. On the other hand, I would ask the “old hands” to wait as long as possible before filling up the last slots. Some participants just take a little longer to find the courage. And it is always a pity if there is no room for new contributions, just because someone else was unnecessarily impatient.

Similar to twittering, there are a few things you should also keep in mind.

As a general rule, the organization team of a PM Camp will propose that the participants thou and thee each other. This creates closeness and facilitates the communication. It makes sense for a community where everybody wants the same and you all wish to share openly and honestly your most precious commodity: experience and knowledge. For me, a PM Camp is like a soccer match – and in sports, thou-ing and thee-ing each other comes quite natural. Most quick matches and co-working experiments will run smoother for it.

If one participant, however, prefers to be addressed in the formal way, this is, of course, accepted. But no matter how you address each other, you should always keep in mind that respecting the party at the opposite end is the central value. Violating someone’s honour cannot be tolerated, not even in the thick of things. And if it happens, you have to correct it immediately.

Thus, PM Camp will force its visitors to show a healthy degree of empathy and “altero-centrism”. With this, I mean that you should push your own person a little to the back while opening up for the values, expectations, interests and needs of others.


Participate and bring some courage. Accept the joy and humour, add to them and hand them on! There is no need to wear a “mask”, because on a PM Camp, this is not necessary. Respect and honour each other like yourself. Give and receive knowledge and experience. If all this happens, nothing can go wrong!

(Translated by EG)

In my little series of articles on barcamp and PM Camp (#pmcamp), I described some models for three kinds of sessions in the last instalmnt. Today’s article is about twittering and some behavioural rules directly related to it!

Can you twitter during a barcamp in general and during sessions in particular?

During a PM Camp, you not only can, but actually should (must) twitter. In fact, twittering is a very important part of the Camp. Incidentally, you are also permitted to play on your mobile phone in the middle of a session and to leave the room in order to attend another session.

As a general rule, you have a minimum of one “Twitterwall” at a PM Camp. On it, all tweets written in twitter and marked with the tag of the event will run there in real-time (for example #pmcamp13ber for the next PM Camp in Berlin). Thus, you get a central theme which actually can be taken as first documentation and comments on the entire event. You will know what happens on the PM Camp, how other persons feel and what their experiences and thoughts are.

Naturally, all participants can also take a look at the twitterwall on their individual devices. And they will often see that many persons who are not physically present will actually take part in “real-time” in this way. For instance when I first went to the Dornbirn PM Camp in November 2011, I could not come before noon of the first day. Sitting in the train on my way out, I read the barcamp tweets (#pmcamp) and was absolutely enthusiastic – I was literally driven towards getting to Dornbirn as fast as possible.

Through your own tweets, you also can and should make your own evaluation known to others as soon as possible. In this way, becoming part of the whole is even better guaranteed and you can again inform others. Taken together, all tweets are a nice retrospective report of the event. Later, you will enjoy looking at them and mentally reviving the camp.

Incidentally, there is no “official” documentation of a PM Camp, such as proceedings or the like. This is absolutely intentional! Because the documentation, too, is voluntary. It is organized and determined quasi automatically by the participants. This works quite well and thus you get a thorough multi-media documentation which, above all, is also correctly weighted. It contains text, images and videos and covers everything important, on top of being available centrally on openPM and inter-linked.

Of course, in twitter and on barcamps in general, the same rules should apply as in normal life:

You cannot make others small or hurt them. Personal attacks must be avoided, even if there are times when you are very disappointed. And if it happens that you really did something inexcusable, you have to apologize.

When all is said and done, it is particularly true for the internet and open communities that all you do will reflect upon yourself.

So, please, do also accept weaknesses – and if there is something that annoys you very much, you will just have to leave.

The only thing you cannot tolerate on a PM Camp is intolerance. But intolerance, in particular, is something you should address personally, rather than talk about behind people’s backs.

In this article, I only referred to twittering. Of course, you may also write in facebook or in Google+ during the Camp. You might even wish to create a community there – ideally after coordinating it with the other parties concerned. Twittering is very open and my personal favourite medium, because it is very short and thus will not distract you for too long. And after deducting the day, you have 100 characters left with which you can formulate quite much and with quite a high precision.

(Translated by EG)

Roland Dürre
Thursday August 22nd, 2013

Tweets on Twittering and Blogging #181

Here are my tweets of last week on:
Blogging and Twittering, Wisdoms and Rules:

130829 Where there is too much happiness, you have to fear disaster – is that also true for twittering and blogging? #Twitter #Blogging #Wisdom

130830 When the water has reached the limit, it will overflow – is that a good motto for twittering and blogging? #Twitter #Blogging #Wisdom

130831 A full horse is a lazy horse – also true for blogging and twittering. #Twitter #Blogging #Wisdom

130901 If salt is stupid, then what should we use instead – also when blogging and twittering. #Twitter #Blogging #Wisdom

130902 When the game is at its best, you should end it – something I also know from twittering and blogging. #Twitter #Blogging #Wisdom

130903 After the game is finished, you will see who is the winner – also true for twittering and blogging? #Twitter #Blogging #Wisdom

130904 As soon as a word has been spoken, it belongs to someone else – also true for twittering and blogging! #Twitter #Blogging #Wisdom

There is a new tweet each day. See and “follow” RolandDuerre!


(Translated by EG)

I took the proverbs from Alle deutsche Sprichwörter.

Roland Dürre
Wednesday August 21st, 2013

barcamps and PM Camp (3) – “Session Typology”

After having described in my last article why barcamps and PM Camps are such a great success, I will now introduce three exemplary model sessions in my barcamp and PM Camp series:

Type 1 – Sharing Knowledge!

The initiator of this kind of session believes he knows something that is important for him and wishes to share it!

Maybe someone had an extraordinary experience, learned something totally new or came to a basic understanding …

And he is assuming that, maybe, others also could be interested. Consequently, he will announce a session, telling people in advance what he will be talking about. Naturally, he will not want to bore his audience with a long presentation. Perhaps all he is going to do is come up with a few theses and then describe shortly what he experienced. And then the debate and discussion will start.

Type 2 – Make Use of Other People’s Experience!

The initiator finds himself in a new situation and is looking for help!

Perhaps someone would like to ask a question he has spent a lot of time thinking about already. Or maybe something happened in his life and he does not really know how to cope with it. He might even be facing a huge problem, wishing to talk about it with friends.
And then he will announce a session and see who is coming.

Of course, with this type of session, we need particularly “good” listeners. I mean listeners who try to first listen as carefully as possible and are then capable of mirroring what they understood with as little distortion as possible.

Most importantly, the participants should be capable of empathy and be persons who do not immediately wish to “know everything better”, wanting to make a good impression with “uncalled-for advice”.

If you get this kind of group, this type of session will often result in something really great. And I am surprised at how great the “participants” of these kinds of sessions behave.

Type 3 – New Experiences!

The initiator wants to do something active, play or try something out!

There is an unlimited number of possibilities for these kinds of sessions to be a success. Every PM Camp will give you a surprise. It can have something to do with movement or make people thoughtful. New experiences are actively made and relevant things are experienced playfully. Novelties and well-tried strategies are tested. More often than not, we discover “new frontiers” together. And if you try something new in one of these sessions and find out it is not a good concept, then it is not a problem if you just tried it during a PM Camp.

All you need is the courage to take part and also be prepared to leave your own shadow behind. And before you even notice it, something extraordinary will happen. There can be a regression and many creative and wise concepts are suddenly set free.

More Types …

Of course, these three types are just examples out of many. They are only three patterns for sessions you will often remember for a long time!
In my next article, I will write about PM Camp rules.

(Translated by EG)

Roland Dürre
Tuesday August 20th, 2013

Living in Paradise !

DIGITAL CAMERAIn fact, I was going to write:

In our small paradise near the Porto Ageranos in Vathi, Mani in the south of the Peloponnes, on the middle finger, everything is as it always was.

Well, it is true for the food, for the ocean and the weather and for how we feel really comfortable. It is also true for the people we meet and the quiet atmosphere we enjoy.

But actually, many things have changed.

DIGITAL CAMERAMy “Morning-Swim” is now longer than it used to be. And also, in these last four days, I rode my bike to Gythio every morning.

In Gythio, I bought a Süddeutsche Zeitung for the “kids” every morning, drank a cup of Greek medium sweet in a coffee shop on the harbour, read a little and then went online with my Nexus. Because they also have a free WLAN “touristiko”.

And then I was on my leisurely way riding back those 14 kilometres to the campground under the hot Greek midday sun.

DIGITAL CAMERASitting in the coffee shop, I saw an MSC cruiser in Gythio harbour. It seems like the cruisers, too, have re-discovered Gythio. Also, the ferry from Gythio again has a stopover at Crete. That means time will probably get better for Gythio. This beautiful little harbour town certainly deserves it.

It is also a surprise that none of our children starts an argument about who (with one small exception) has to do the dishwashing. On the contrary: the volunteers seem to be competing for the job! Naturally, for us parents, this is a little unusual.

And yesterday night, the children all of a sudden wanted to go to bed earlier than the oldies. This is a totally new and sensational experience.
This is how the world changes for parents when the children become adults.

(Translated by EG)

Elwood P. Dowd
Monday August 19th, 2013


harvey&friendThe poor not only deserve our sympathy; we should also be prepared to help them. If you refuse to do that, you are an anti-social philistine.

One might be tempted to conclude that anti-social philistinism only happens in the middle and upper classes. Well, here is news for you: this social mildew is also common among the lower classes. In their case, poverty becomes a privilege, because it produces no obligations, only rights.

Hartz IV dynasties flourish on the fertile soil of moneys paid by a public hand that is both a caricature and charitable. Food and accommodations are provided for. The only requirement is that you have to use every trick in the book in order to “qualify” as poor – and tax money will flow your way. You are never expected to do anything in return.

Children as “the capital of the poor man” are not a workforce in the classical sense; instead, they trigger additional subsidies. Their education is delegated to the provider of public education – at zero cost.

As soon as there is the slightest pain when you relieve yourself, you go and see the doctor. After all, it is free!

This is how you can flee the embarrassing rat race of daily similarities in this ruthless achievement-oriented society of give and take. Welcome to the paradise of demands.

Relief organizations and hard-working volunteers add to the display of goodies.

Clever marketing brains discovered the potential of those “poor ones” a long time ago. See: the “Mäc Geiz” chain.

Well, it had to be said by one who is socially very active.

My Friend Harvey Says:

Dowd, you are a fool

You lost control of your perspective management.

You accuse the poor of desires they do not have at all.

These are your own concepts, which you project to the poor.

You are offended, because the banner carried by the middle classes: Achievement=Income is not carried by the poor, as well.

Incidentally, the rich do not carry it either, their riches come from capital.

The truly dissocial are the poor and the rich.

Both are provided for by the state.

By you, true middle-class hard-working man, who, each year, works exclusively for them until the end of July.

Your taxes protect the money of the rich after their best assistants, the banks, have blown it.

Your tax money enables caritas and other charities to care for the poor with one million employees.

Do you really believe your words will make a difference?

You fool.

Who other than you yourself would be interested?

The poor enjoy remaining poor, because then they need not do anything for others, instead of having done something to them.

Which is exactly how the rich see it.

And the same is true for the assisting economy and the financial business.

My dear Harvey, I might have known that you know what the snag is.
The dissocial are provided for by the state. The same is true for the retired persons and civil servants. Consequently, the dissocial are catapulted from the margin existence into the majority and to normalcy.
Society is anti-social.
Who would have thought so (Elwood P. Dowd).

Being one of the initiators of PM Camp, I will start by writing a series of articles with information and advice on barcamps and PM Camps. Simply because PM Camps are such a great thing and such a huge success. And because I will be truly happy if their number continues to grow!

I already told you how everything started for me with respect to barcamps. Today, I will tell you why I enjoy them so much.

Why are barcamps such a huge succes?

During a barcamp, everything depends on the people attending it. The realization and the success of the barcamp, the joy and delight, the quality of discussions and of the results, the degree of knowledge increase, the development of consensus, the experience of meeting new persons and the building up of new contacts – all of these things and much more cause people who attend to share their experience and knowledge.

All participants together take responsibility for the success of the “Camp”.

The same is true for the PM Camp. That is how we call our barcamp for Project Management (PM). “Project Management” is metaphorical for leadership, management and entrepreneurship. Actually, PM Camp wants to reach out to people who are prepared to take responsibility and to shape our social future together with other persons.

We have now come to the stage where PM Camps already take place in many locations. This September, there will be one Berlin #pmcamp13ber. The November PM at Dornbirn of 2013 will already be the third of its kind after 2012 and 2011. And this year we also already had PM Camps in Stuttgart #pmcamp13str, Vienna #pmcam13vie (this was the second time there) and in Bad Homburg #pmcamp13rm. And there will probably also soon be one in Hamburg.

Each PM Camp is organized by a local “organization team”, usually consisting of between three and five persons acting as honorary hosts. Together with the PM Camp protagonists and friends of openPM, they plan, communicate and prepare the event and try to organize everything as best they can.

The ideal number of participants is said to be between fifty and a hundred. You have to look for suitable locations, which is not always an easy task. In order to avoid collisions, the date must be coordinated with the other PM Camps. You have to find sponsors who pay part of the cost, yet do not wish to dominate the entire event. Thanks to these sponsors, the price for the participants can be kept low and still the PM Camps remain independent.

Where it makes sense, the organization team will also invite the rare impulse speaker, keeping in mind that the major part of a PM Camp must remain free of speakers. After all, the participants are supposed to shape “their” conference.

Organization teams also like giving their PM Camp a “motto”, thus communicating their “mind-set”. In Stuttgart, the message was “Humans Are Not Resources”   and in Bad Homburg it was “Enterprises, Responsibility, Knowledge“. In my opinion, these are all very beautiful statements.

Once a year, the representatives of all organization teams meet with the PM Camp core team protagonists. These are the persons who organized the first PM Camp at Dornbirn in 2011, thereby initiating the PM Camps.  Currently, the core team members are Eileen Hörtreiter, Dr. Eberhard Huber, Dr. Marcus Raitner, Roland Dürre and Dr. Stefan Hagen.

The Dornbirn PM Camp of 2011 was planned for DACH (Germany, Austria, Switzerland). It turned out to be a very nice experience, thus motivating many friends – as well as ourselves – to repeat the event on a yearly basis and transport it to as many regions as possible.  We never dreamed that this one PM Camp might have so many other PM Camps following in its wake in so many more locations.

On the whole, PM Camp wants to be a face2face movement supplementing openPM. Besides the virtual platform #openPM, we also organize meetings “where you see each other”.

Usually, a PM Camp will be two days. During the day, you work hard, in the evening of the first day, you party hard. Some participants meet as early as the evening before the PM Camp starts for a walk&talk or cosy chat – simply in order to meet old friends and get into the mood for the PM Camp.

Then the day comes – and the PM Camp actually takes place. You meet at the agreed time and place, perhaps do a little “ice-breaking”, remind everybody of the central barcamp rules (“what happens is right”, “over is over”, “law of steps”, “freedom”,…) – even though most of the participants already know them. And then we start! “Consumers become producers” and in no time, you have a wonderful session schedule.

Here is another summary note: PM Camp and barcamps are such a success because they actually are self-organized and self-determined, both with respect to content and timing!

These sessions are the central piece of all PM Camps. For the participants, it may well be beneficial if they prepare in advance by thinking about topics important for them. That would enable them to have their own session as early as their first PM Camp. In order to give you a little help, my next article will describe what happens in a session.

(Translated by EG)