"I will contribute US$100 to fund OxJam10 in Oxford, April 14th - 16th. but only if 99 other people will do the same."
— Ben Metz
Deadline to sign up by: 20th January 2010
61 people signed up, 38 more were needed
OxJam10 is being established as a self organising unconference, creating a space for the nurturing of social economy and social finance projects the world over.
If you are reading this - this is your event. Get involved and shape it as you see fit. Activities will be proposed by participants through a wiki in the weeks leading up to the event.
Running in parallel to the Skoll World Forum on Social Entrepreneurship in Oxford over 14th - 16th April 2010, OxJam10 is a human scale response to the opportunities for learning and development presented by the Forum. Time and time again, over the history of the Forum, attendees report the most valuable parts of the event are in the halls at Said Business School and the bars around the event. Oxjam10 extends and allows participants to shape this space before arrival. And it opens this space up to people previously unable to attend Skoll.
The venue has a 250-300 person capacity across five spaces and is one minute from the main Skoll venue.
Here's how it will work...
Step one - 100 people contribute $100 through this pledge - and then through justgiving. This will provide for basic staffing, materials and venue costs.
Step two - A steering group comes forward from these 100 people and we employ an intern/limited production capacity.
Step three - We set up a wiki, publicise to folk interested in contributing and attending the event and then we let people do their thing. The steering group keeps a level of 'editorial control' to ensure coherence but essentially, as is the way with barcamps and unconferences, participants co-create the agenda.
Step four - We all attend a fantastically successful event...
If you contribute financially to this event then you need to know all funds will be accounted for on an open book basis with details being published on the wiki. All funds will be placed through a UK registered charity so you can be sure they are being deployed only and directly for public benefit through the creation of Oxjam10. Full details of financial management arrangements will be presented before you hand over any cash.
For more information go to http://oxfordjam.wordpress.com/. This is a holding blog. A wiki will be established shortly.
One last thing. OxJam10 will be an event we are all proud to be associated with so let's start as we mean to go on. If you are planning to commit $100 it would be great if you could list your name on the pledge, rather than contribute anonymously.
Here's hoping to a 100 engaged people quickly committing to this pledge!
Ben Metz, the Pledge Creator, joined by: