BookCamp Launch FAQs

Since we started to tentatively promote the launch of BookCamp for March 2011, people have asked for more juicy details. Let me oblige.

Is there a booklist?

In an attempt to make the choice of books objective and contemporary, I’ve decided to select from the New York Times Business Best Sellers list.

That way, BookCamp doesn’t collapse into a “let’s all study the books Allen likes best” club.

Once things get up and running, I want attendees to vote on the books we read. But until that glorious day when democracy kicks in, I’ve picked the first four. Here they are:

  • March – Outliers: The Story of Success by Malcolm Gladwell
  • April – Switch: How to Change Things When Change Is Hard by Chip and Dan Heath
  • May – Freakonomics: A Rogue Economist Explores the Hidden Side of Everything by Steven D. Levitt and Stephen J. Dubner
  • June – Drive: The Surprising Truth About What Motivates Us by Daniel Pink

So now you know what to request from Santa this Christmas.

What about great books that aren’t on the NYT list, or have been but aren’t there now?

Good question. Maybe there’s a book that has shaped or helped you in some significant way that you’d like a chance to discuss with others. Or a well-known book that you detest and demand an opportunity to publicly mangle (constructively, of course). So what I plan is this.

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The majority of our time will be taken up discussing the selected book. However, I will provide a slot where one person has an opportunity to talk about a book of their choice. The only stipulations are that the book falls within the general parameters of books with business applications, and that you have strong views on it.

I’ll fulfil this role on the first night to model the format. After that, its over to you.

Is there any sort of study resource available before the event?

A brief, downloadable study resource will be made available for attendees on registration.

It will provide information about the author, a summary, definitions, key concepts, web links, and further reading. It will also provide space for you to jot down some thoughts and notes to take with you. So attendees are advised to print it out and bring it with them.

If you don’t have the book, or haven’t read it, are you barred?

That would be harsh. So no, you aren’t barred. However, I will be giving a chance for all participants near the start of each evening to say what they think about the book in a few sentences. If you haven’t read it, you can’t do that, obviously.

Therefore, I would ask that those who haven’t read the book don’t come and ask questions like, “So what’s this book called again? And what’s it about?”

I will facilitate discussion on the assumption that everyone has read the book and knows what it is about. So if you haven’t had time to read the book but want to listen to the informed discussions of others, come along to learn and enjoy the networking. You are very welcome.

Is there a dress code?

Yeah, right. As long as your vital statistics are covered, I literally do not care. However, wearing Man United sportswear will demean you in my eyes. ๐Ÿ˜‰

If you have any other questions, please ask.

The strap-line for BookCamp is Read to Lead. I hope you’ll find the time to take up this challenge and opportunity with us. And that you’ll have a safe and relaxing holiday season.

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