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Reflecting on GovCamp Cymru

GovCamp Cymru

Even though I had never experienced an unconference, I still had a few preconceived ideas of what I might expect from GovCamp Cymru. I was intrigued as to how it might differ to what I call traditional broadcast conferences, where a few speakers share their views of a particular topic as part of a predetermined agenda.

My previous experience was turned completely on its head in a positive way. It was quite a liberating experience, watching and listening to a few people pitching a particular issue and then, the attendees making a decision with their feet as to which pitch they wanted to attend, and to help shape and share potential solutions.

I was also pleasantly surprised at the distances that some of the attendees had come from, with attendees in Wales travelling from as far west as St Davids and as far north as Bangor, and with others travelling from across the border from Liverpool and London.

At the beginning of GovCamp Cymru, attendees were asked who was attending a GovCamp event for the first time. By the old democratic process of a show of hands, about 70% of people were attending for the first time. So my preconceived idea that the event would be full of the usual suspects was blown away.

Have a listen to the experiences of a couple of other attendees.

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There was a lot of sharing of ideas and different approaches. There certainly was a lot of ‘what’s your twitter handle, I’ll send you a link to what we were talking about’ kind of conversations. So the sharing was very instantaneous.

So, if you think of GovCamp Cymru as the coalition of the willing, I was quite intrigued as to what difference this event would make when we got back to our day jobs on Monday morning. One attendee even said ‘there’s Sunday first, and social media will enable some new conversations to start, others to continue and gain traction.’GovCamp Cymru

The following morning I read all tweets under the #gccy14 hashtag, where there were people thanking the organisers and sponsors of the event, evidence of attendees sharing more information and ideas, and people asking questions about certain sessions.

And that’s where I picked up more information about of the sessions I didn’t attend. Jo Carter of The Satori Lab had pitched about March Madness. She had already blogged about it and shared the very useful outputs.

So as a result, we’re going to share Jo’s blog to help promote her simple but very useful approach to the annual issue of end of year spend in public services. Several other attendees thought so too, so we’ll share those through our blog, which is evidence itself of GovCamp Cymru’s impact.

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Edrych nôl dros GovCamp Cymru

GovCamp Cymru

Er doeddwn i byth wedi bod yn rhan o anghynhadledd o’r blaen, roedd gen i ychydig o syniadau o beth byddai’n digwydd fel rhan o GovCamp Cymru. Roedd gen i ddiddordeb i weld beth fyddai’n wahanol i beth rwy’n galw yn gynhadledd darlledu draddodiadol, lle mae siaradwyr yn rhannu eu barn am bwnc arbennig fel rhan o agenda sydd wedi cael ei benderfynu o flaen llaw.

Cafodd fy mhrofiad blaenorol ei droi yn wyneb i waered mewn y ffordd gorau posib. Roedd gwylio a gwrando ar bobl yn pitsio syniadau yn profiad da, ac roedd hi’n grêt i weld mynychwyr yn penderfynnu gyda’u traed am ba sesiwn i mynd i, ac i helpu i lunio a rhannu atebion.

Fe wnes i gael fy synnu ar yr ochr orau ar ba mor bell roedd pobl wedi trafaelu i fod yn bresennol, gyda mynychwyr o Gymru yn teithio o Dyddewi yn y Gorllewin a Bangor yn y Gogledd, ac roedd eraill wedi teithio o Lerpwl a Llundain o’r ochr arall i’r ffin.

Ar ddechrau GovCamp Cymru, gofynnwyd pwy oedd wedi dod i ddigwyddiad GovCamp am y tro cyntaf. Trwy ddefnyddio’r hen broses ddemocrataidd o godi llaw, roedd hyn yn wir am tua 70% o bobl. Felly cafodd unrhyw syniad bod hyn yn ddigwyddiad i’r un hen bobl ei chwalu’n llwyr.

Gwrandewch i brofiadau rhai o’r mynychwyr eraill.

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Roedd yna lot o rannu syniadau ac ymagweddau gwahanol. Gofynnodd lot o bobl i mi ‘ydych chi ar Twitter? Fe wnâi anfon dolen i chi ar beth ni’n siarad amdano.’ Felly cafodd gwybodaeth ei rhannu mewn chwinciad.

Os ydych chi’n meddwl am GovCamp Cymru fel ymgynulliad o bobl sydd eisoes o’r un ewyllys, roedd gen i ddiddordeb am ba wahaniaeth byddai’r digwyddiad yn gwneud pan fyddem ni gyd nôl wrth ein desgiau ar fore Llun. Fe wnaeth un person hyd yn oed dweud bod yna ‘dydd Sul cyntaf, a bydd cyfryngau cymdeithasol yn galluogi sgyrsiau newydd i ddechrau, ac eraill i barhau a ffynnu.’

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Y bore canlynol fe wnes i ddarllen y trydar o dan hashnod #gccy14, ble roedd pobl yn ddiolchgar i drefnwyr a noddwyr y digwyddiad. Roedd yna hefyd tystiolaeth bod pobl yn rhannu mwy o wybodaeth a syniadau, a gofyn cwestiynau am sesiynau penodol.

A dyna ble wnes i bigo fyny mwy o wybodaeth am y sesiynau wnes i ddim mynd i. Fe wnaeth Jo Carter o’r Satori Lab pitsio am Wallgofrwydd Mawrth. Mae hi eisoes wedi blogio arno ac wedi rhannu’r allbynnau defnyddiol iawn.

Felly o ganlyniad, rydyn ni’n mynd i rannu blog Jo i helpu i hyrwyddo ei dull syml ond defnyddiol ar y mater blynyddol o wariant blynyddol. Roedd nifer o fynychwyr eraill yn meddwl hynny hefyd, felly byddwn eu safbwyntiau nhw trwy ein blog, sy’n dystiolaeth yn ei hun o effaith GovCamp Cymru.

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