Conference where anyone can speak? Nope.
Dave Winer tries to organize conferences this way.
http://www.bloggercon.org/III/newbies Think of the discussion leader as a reporter who is creating a story with quotes from the people in the room. So, instead of having a panel with an audience we just have people. We feel this more accurately reflects what's going on. It's not uncommon for the audience at a conference to have more expertise than the people who are speaking. Not exactly Open Space.
Would this work best if it follows the Open Space model?
How cheaply could this be done?
how cheaply would a university let you use a few classrooms for 2 days?
how about group food? University cafeteria?
how about renting out a floor in a dorm? Don't you want to see Doc Searls walking to the bathroom in a towel?
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