AJUG Open Space Conference
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Thu Apr 5 14:49:23 EDT 2007
The Atlanta Java User Group is pleased to announce "The Practice of Java in
Atlanta", the first Open Space meeting for the Java programming language in
our area. This is a meeting for passionate Java practitioners to discuss
the state and direction of Java development in the Atlanta area. Please
forward to all Java users you know.
What: The Practice of Java in Atlanta - an Open Space event
When: Thursday, April 19, 2007 - Friday, April 20, 2007
Where: Holiday Inn Select (where AJUG regularly meets)
Who: The first 200 registrants
Why: See below
How: Pay $75 registration fee at the event site:
What is Open Space Technology?
Open Space meetings allow a group of persons passionate about a topic or
issue to organize their own agenda in a way that is efficient and effective,
yielding exceptional results. The following excerpt from the Open Space
World wiki briefly describes Open Space Technology:
"Open Space Technology is one way to enable all kinds of people, in any kind
of organization, to create inspired meetings and events. Over the last 20+
years, it has also become clear that opening space, as an intentional
leadership practice, can create inspired organizations, where ordinary
people work together to create extraordinary results with regularity.
In Open Space meetings, events and organizations, participants create and
manage their own agenda of parallel working sessions around a central theme
of strategic importance, such as: What is the strategy, group, organization
or community that all stakeholders can support and work together to create?
With groups of 5 to 2000+ people -- working in one-day workshops, three-day
conferences, or the regular weekly staff meeting -- the common result is a
powerful, effective connecting and strengthening of what's already happening
in the organization: planning and action, learning and doing, passion and
responsibility, participation and performance." 
Why Open Space?
Open Space meetings have been around for 20+ years, and have begun to make
their way into technology circles. In the past year, Bruce Eckel's
Programming the New Web , Dynamic Web Frameworks Jam, and the Java Posse
Roundup 2007  have been a few of the Open Space meetings that have people
talking. Members of our AJUG community have attended these meetings, and
the consensus has been that these are among the most engaging, beneficial
gatherings in which they have taken part.
Our Theme - The Practice of Java in Atlanta
The Java presence in Atlanta is a significant one, and AJUG makes that
evident. Our monthly meetings and mailing list include Java champions,
authors, committers on key Java projects, and seasoned Java veterans with
deep experience and insight. Our desire is to hold a meeting about what we
are doing and should be doing with Java. What's working? What is not
working? These are the conversations we wish to have, passionate
discussions about where things are going. We hope you'll join us.
 - http://www.openspaceworld.org/cgi/wiki.cgi?AboutOpenSpace
 - http://www.artima.com/weblogs/viewpost.jsp?thread=153596
 - http://mindview.net/Conferences/JavaPosseRoundup
Please direct questions to Barry Hawkins at barry at alltc.com
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