Sharing Great Ideas Wiki

Let's put our heads together and pioneer the next wave of disability policy.

Welcome to 'Sharing Great Ideas'[]

Let's put our heads together and pioneer the next wave of disability policy.

The National Council on Disability is an independent federal agency committed to disability policy leadership. This unofficial website is devoted to helping all of us as citizens self-organize our Spring 2014 quarterly meeting in the San Francisco Bay area. Please help us make the meeting a success.

This web page is a publicly editable page called a 'wiki .' Popularized by Wikipedia, this form of asynchronous and nonlinear communication is (like our quarterly meeting) a self-organized way for large groups of people to communicate, and a great alternative to 'reply all' emails, where information quickly disappears from memory. Please ask for help if you need it. Basic instructions explain how to edit a page (even this one!), and there are more instructions if you want to try more, or even create your own wiki. Note that there is an 'edit' button at the top of each page, as well as after each section heading. While confusing if you see the edit button for a particular section and you wanted to edit a different one, this feature was added with users with visual impairment in mind, keeping an edit link available near where the editable text is actually located. Note also that the larger text is created by changing the font to a heading using the pull-down menu above, with "normal text" as the first option.

May 4-6, San Francisco Bay Area

NCD's quarterly meeting will be held Sunday through Tuesday, May 4 - 6, 2014. The meeting will be held at the Ed Roberts Campus, a "universally designed, transit–oriented campus located at the Ashby BART Station in Berkeley, California." We've chosen to add a west coast flavor to the meeting to encourage more community involvement, and more interactive and free-wheeling than a traditional meeting. This community-editable wiki is designed to help all of you help us create a successful meeting by self-organizing the conference and creating most of the sessions and conversations yourselves. We're shamelessly plagarizing a lot of the structure of the conference itself and the content of these pages from the O'Reilly Media "Foo Camp" conferences and the wiki pages that they have used to organize the very successful Sci Foo , Health Foo , and others. 

Be Prepared to Demo or Speak[]

This conference will be as good as the participants make it. Be prepared to lead or participate in a session, ask interesting questions, show off what you're working on, and generally leave your mark. Like Burning Man, our goal is that there be no spectators, only participants (hopefully with less dust). 

Unconference Sessions

We'll kick-off "Sharing Great Ideas" together on Sunday evening. After our welcoming remarks and the fast-paced IgniteAbility! presentations, you'll have your first chance to sign up to lead a session. We'll save some slots on Monday afternoon and Tuesday morning for those who arrive late or get inspired as the event proceeds. We haven't finalized the conference room selection, but will try to encourage a variety of sizes of discussions, as well as open areas to encourage dialogue between participants. While we've already been getting requests from various groups to be part of the agenda, note that as of right now there is no one with a pre-assigned slot (even for the Council Members who are organizing the conference!).

Ignite Ability!

In addition to the traditional public comment period during our Council Business meeting Tuesday afternoon, we've also scheduled an Ignite talk session for Sunday evening. Ignite is "a geek event...[where] presenters share their personal and professional passions, using 20 slides that auto-advance every 15 seconds for a total of just five minutes." The motto of the series is "enlighten us, but make it quick." Please submit your own Ignite talks and encourage groups and individuals who want to engage the Council and our community to do the same. The guidelines for Ignite have some examples and explain how to submit a talk. 

Marketplace of Ideas

All day Monday, we'd like to offer interest groups and others with something to show and tell the public and the council the opportunity to provide information in the Atrium of the ERC. Please use the Marketplace of Ideas Page  to add your group and request this opportunity. 

Schedule, Sessions, and Activities[]


If you choose, please let us know that you are attending, and provide links to your projects, twitter handle, etc.

Making the Most of the Unconference Experience[]

  • Blogging/Tweeting Guidelines

Accessibility Plan[]

As you may note above, this type of conference is an experiment for NCD, and one that potentially raises many questions around accessibility. In the past, such questions have occasionally pointed toward not doing something as a solution to the difficulty in carrying it off and making it accessible. We're determined not to let that happen here, and we believe that an unconference experience is one that can be a very positive one for everyone, despite our various challenges. One of the challenges is budget, and with an acknowledgement of that constraint, we'd like to present some proposed solutions to the various accessibility issues that accompany trying to hold four or more simultaneous conversations on different disability issues. Please check out the NCD Unconference Accessibility Plan , and contribute if you find it lacking.

Latest activity[]

Looking forward to everyone's participation! Lynnae Ruttledge