Some kerfuffle on Twitter about #localgovcamp charging people not in the public or voluntary sectors for tickets.
I used to run #localgovcamp, but I stopped. Everyone seemed to get a lot out of it except me.
Now other people are doing it, they are doing it their way. They stepped up to take it over. Others didn't. Those that did can do it their way. I can't tell them what to do - I gave up that right when I gave up organising it myself.
My personal view is that any unconference that I run would be free to attendees. I would worry that charging some people and not others would change the dynamic, introduce some kind of hierarchy. Of course, it might not.
It does immediately seem to create an us and them scenario though. Lloyd makes this point quite strongly. That's a bad impression to give.
I'd also worry that just because someone is a freelancer, it doesn't mean they are rolling in money. In fact, I'd wager that the best paid people at #localgovcamp are probably among the public servants who attend.
Finally, I run my own company. I'm a consultant. But part of my consultancy is with a non-profit. I'm also a charity trustee. I'm also a local councillor. So maybe I could get a free ticket on that basis. Maybe pretty much everybody could. Do school governors get free tickets? Lay preachers? Complexity, complexity.
However, it's worth pointing out that under my stewardship, #localgovcamp never broke even. I always had to pay for something. The lack of suitable free venues outside London means it's a tricky one to pull off.
My approach to this probably would have been to make 'micro-sponsorship' tickets available. If you want to pay, then do so, no matter what sector you are from.
But, I'm not running #localgovcamp, so it's irrelevant. I guess if people don't like the current arrangements for this year's event, then they can always organise their own. Nobody owns this thing.
I'm sad that there is this tension though. I hope it gets resolved.