My “conversation” with Chris Heuer of Social Media Club fame says it all:
Wow. what do u think? RT @chrisheuer: Connect to #Badgeless2012, FB on.fb.me/xrP9zC and the Web bit.ly/AuxLXb #eventprofs
@michellebruno a great thing about this country is the freedom to associate / assemble. Doesn’t mean we dont respect events, just a reality
@chrisheuer here’s the difficulty 4 me tho–SXSW folks spent 25 years building and promoting an event that you will now take advantage of
@michellebruno very similar to the challenges many face trying to sustain associations. People can use socnet group features for free…
@michellebruno I am part of a non-profit association, its tough to realize people can just create their own groups too. #WorldHasChanged
@chisheuer nonprofs make up a large part of our profession so totally understand but still intrigued by your logic
@chrisheuer can you rationalize the rewards with no risk practice as freedom to associate?
@michellebruno hardly taking advantage of, we’ve, and I’ve been a big supporter for years. making $500 to support a non-profit cause…
@chrisheuer perhaps a better Q 4 you is could SXSW have done anything to bring you into the “tent”?
@michellebruno the reality is there is a community of people that exists who are #badgeless2012 already
@chrisheuer not blaming you for the “movement” just wondering if you’ve considered what sxsw did to provide you with the oppty
@michellebruno its truly not against anyone, it’s for and about the alternative. we cover & promote the conference extensively, globally
@chrisheuer I come from the industry of event organizers and such a practice is difficult for us to swallow
@chrisheuer We are not all behemoths like sxsw–lots of entrepreneurs who makes lots of sacrifices to bring an event to fruition
@michellebruno I’ve invested plenty in putting on exceptional events which barely break even, I understand, doesn’t negate the power of tech
@chrisheuer I am more interested in how “we” could bring folks like you into our group so we could profit/exist together
@michellebruno that’s easy. don’t be antagonistic to community organizers, think of event as a platform & create pseudo API’s #badgeless2012
@chrisheuer as an org of exceptional barely breakeven events–do you have some understanding of how we feel?
@michellebruno we’re part of the event too, actively promoting it globally and encouraging people to come, covering it as media/journalists
@michellebruno make it easier for the related communities the event serves to participate, maybe #EPI not #API, Event Programming Interface
@chrisheuer pseudo APIs love the idea–explain.
@chrisheuer totally get your contribution–I am a blogger/journo too. BUT do you feel that your coverage is = to the investment of the org?
@michellebruno never said that. not the point. It’s at a much lower level of intention and organization, only an idea that connects people
@chrisheuer love the #EPI idea. What wld that look like? #eventprofs you following this?
@michellebruno dont have time or space here to elaborate. as a community organizer, have lots of insights into what is possible, necessary
@michellebruno only thought and spoken over the years, not my primary focus really, though it was brief
The Takeaway: Maybe what the event industry needs is a good community organizer.