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On MLK weekend 2010, a community of activists, artists, idealists and technologists gathered in the pursuit of collaboration with the common goal of social justice. It was Social Justice Camp DC. It was never about creating an annual event, but we've been hearing the question "Is SoJuCa happening again on MLK weekend 2011?" all year. So finally, we're excited to announce:
Yes! Social Justice Camp DC 2011 is happening!
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Social Justice Camp DC 2011 is a free two-weekend event gathering individuals interested in pursuing social justice in Washington, DC.
The first weekend, MLK weekend, Jan 15 & 16, will be a followup to the first camp, with an open call to anyone and everyone to talk about your social justice work and meet like-minded people. We'll gather at MLK library all day Saturday in an unconference format, then again on Sunday afternoon for a workshop style day of brainstorming and planning ongoing projects.
This time around we're excited to add a second weekend, an e-health focused weekend spearheaded by SoJuCa camper, the amazing Regina Holliday! She's bringing together the two circles of her patient advocacy work by focusing on the collaboration between public health, gov, HIT, health professionals, artists, students and activists. We'll meet at St. Paul's Lutheran Church on Friday evening Jan 21 for an Ignite session, then an unconference on Saturday Jan 22.
Goals: The main goals of Social Justice Camp DC are:
1) To gather people across sectors and professions to explore social justice issues in Washington, DC.
2) To build networked communities interested in addressing specific challenges affecting DC’s underserved populations.
3) To not only celebrate the achievements of MLK and the Civil Rights Movement, but also to channel our creative energies into projects that build on them.
Who: Who should come to Social Justice Camp DC:
- Activists and artists who want to learn more about using social media in the pursuit of social justice.
- Employees and volunteers with non-profits, public organizations, libraries, schools and government who want to learn from each other about problem solving the obstacles to social justice in the DC community.
- Visionaries and enthusiasts in marketing, business development, and the legal field who want to share their experiences and expertise.
- Anyone who is passionate about social justice and has a personal interest in volunteering time and resources to changing the world through collaboration, technology and creativity.
- Participants will be invited to brainstorm sessions as part of the pre-conference process on the website.
- The session agenda will be left open for attendees to create their own sessions on the morning of the event.
- All presentations and sessions at Social Justice Camp DC are on the record.
- Blogging, podcasting, tweeting, etc are all strongly encouraged, in conjunction with the tag #sojuca.
- Any presentation materials shared at the event must be released under a Creative Commons license so they can be used by other campers.
Attending: Social Justice Camp DC is free to attendees. With the first weekend, we're attempting to organize an event that doesn't cost anything other than human effort. **All sponsorship donations will go to support the second weekend and to provide childcare to participants. This is not an opportunity to focus on selling your product or service, but to participate as a valued member of the community.
When & Where:
9:30am - 4pm January 15th, 2011
Opening Session: Room A-5
A participant driven unconference, Saturday's Camp will have a format inspired by unconference/barcamp style events. Camp attendees will help create the conference agenda and drive discussion throughout the day. After wrapping up, we'll move to another location in Chinatown TBA for drinks, dinner, and socializing.
1pm - 3:30pm January 16th, 2011
We will meet in Room A-5
This day will be workshop-based and will focus on brainstorming and planning projects. After wrapping up, additional time and space may be available if needed--TBA.
Friday Ignite Sessions
7:30pm - 10:30pm January 21st, 2011
St. Paul's Lutheran Church
Using a structured presentation format (speakers get 5 minutes and up to 20 slides), presenters will showcase innovative, DC-based projects and topics in the patient advocacy space.
Ignite Talk Proposals:
If you are passionate about an issue that relates to patients' rights and social justice and would like to give an Ignite Talk Friday night, please tell us who you are and what you'd like to talk about by emailing Regina at firstname.lastname@example.org.
10am - 3pm January 22nd, 2011
St. Paul's Lutheran Church
A participant driven unconference, similar in style to the 1/15 event, but with a Health/Information Technology & patients' rights focus.
* We're offering a unique ticket type called "Virtual Participant" for anyone who wants to participate but knows attending in person isn't possible for one reason or another. You will be included in the emails and on the participant list. For all intents and purposes, it will be just as if you were there. We plan to post session notes on a wiki (link coming soon), and we'll encourage "live-tweeting" as much as possible.
** We're looking into the possibility of providing childcare for participants. If this is a determining factor in your ability to attend, please let us know by emailing us at email@example.com. If you're considering sponsoring, your funds will be used for expenses related to the second weekend and for childcare if needed. If you're curious about the value in providing childcare for arts/advocacy events like this, please watch this short trailer: "Who does she think she is?"