The first REBarCamp was held in San Francisco in 2008. Andy Kaufman wanted to bring the idea of the "unconference" to the real estate industry and pulled off the first REBarCamp as a great success. Soon, buzz built around the concept and since then, REBarCamps have been held all over the country (and in Australia). The idea is simple: bring together folks from the real estate industry and let them be the education. Instead of pre-packaged presentations and a parade of social media gurus that don't even have a Twitter account, the people who work daily in real estate can get together, learn, share, and grow together.
Often called an "unconference," REBarCamp is designed to shed the "I am the teacher, you've paid to hear me speak" vibe of traditional conferences. Here, everyone is equal. If you have an idea or an area of expertise you'd like to share and discuss, then by all means step up and lead a session. Even the phrase "session leader" is a bit too strong - the focus here is on discussion and interaction. Participants in any session should get involved and offer response, feedback, and their best ideas. It's a two way street.
The Law of Two Feet.
One of the most important aspects of an REBarCamp, The Law of Two Feet, is defined by Wikipedia as:
If at any time you find yourself in any situation where you are neither learning nor contributing: Give greetings, use your two feet and go do something useful. Responsibility resides with you. – Wikipedia ,wikipedia.org
REBarCamp San Antonio is what you make it - if a session isn't working for you, go to another one or join a small conversation amongst some of your peers wandering about. Most conference attendees typically agree, some of the best conversations happen in the hallways. Since no one is getting paid to speak, egos are left at the door and the people who lead sessions genuinely want to contribute and share their knowledge with you, as well as discuss your ideas and thoughts.
It's all about collaboration and communication...so join us for REBarCamp San Antonio won't you?
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What happens when agents gather to learn from each other in a thought provoking, comfortable setting - where everyone is encouraged to share their best? REBarCamp San Antonio happens.