I really respect the long term engagement that Forum One has had in this space – convening events about online community for over 8 years – yes this was before “Web 2.0″ existed. They support a community of professional online community managers and companies who have online communities as part of their businesses coming together that rich and deep one.
This is how they describe the event:
The Online Community Unconference is a gathering of online community practitioners – managers, developers, business people, tool providers, investors – to discuss experience and strategies in the development and growth of online communities.
Those involved in online community development (and social software in general) share many common challenges: community management, tools, marketing, business models, legal issues. As we have found with our past events, the best source of information on all of these challenges is other knowledgeable practitioners.
They have a great unconference FAQ.
I will be facilitating and also convening a session about the emerging identity tools similar to the one that I gave at Net Squared last week along with talking about the proposal being put forward about relationships being nodes not just edges.
If you are a ‘face to face’ facilitator kinda person but want to explore what is going online with people and groups this would be a great friendly place to come and explore.