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on #themeword

One of the highlights of LifeCamp was the discussion about theme words and what our theme word for 2008 would be. (Mine was “create.”) Chris Messina posted his to twitter, and thus a meme was born. See Chris’s recounting: Kicking off 2008 with a themeword

I wondered if there were any interesting patterns in the #themewords, so did a quick tweetscan search for themeword hashtags, scraped the data, and dumped it into Excel (with some nominal de-duping). I noticed that there were only a few words that were used by multiple people, but that the overall tone was amazingly positive.

I thought this would look interesting as a tag cloud (an overused visualization technique, yes, but still sometimes useful) so looked for and found a nice way to create an on-the-fly tag cloud at tagcrowd.com. The tagcrowd CSS got mangled by the WordPress template CSS, so I did a screen capture and posted the image to flickr.

#themeword tag cloud

Beautiful, eh? Here’s to a happy 2008!

LifeCamp 2007

The inaugural LifeCamp was held in San Francisco Dec. 30 and 31. Tantek ?áelik and I concocted and organized this new flavor of BarCamp to provide a venue for thinking thoughtfully, strategically, and collaboratively about life planning and decision-making.

LifeCamp was a two-day event, with the first day focused on reflection (what did you accomplish and learn this year?) and the second on projection (what are your goals for 2008?).

The two days were pretty incredible — intense, hilarious, and cathartic. The group decided to meet quarterly in 2008 for one-day check-ins, with another two day event planned for the end of 2008.

Many thanks to all of the LifeCamp 2007 participants: Silona Bonewald, Eddie Codel, Leah Culver, Erica Douglass, Tara Hunt, Chris Messina, Matt Mullenweg, Noelle Murata, and Mark Trammell (with special thanks to Mark for organizing the New Year’s Eve party and to Silona for traveling from Austin for the event).

One of the primary goals of the first LifeCamp was to document resources and planning processes on the LifeCamp wiki so that others can plan LifeCamps of their own.

Day 1
LifeCamp SF

LifeCamp SF

Day 2
LifeCamp day 2

Additional photos at http://flickr.com/photos/tags/lifecamp