I’ve recently been asked multiple times why “one” should attend !C//Orphan. I thought I would take a moment to share why I think EVERYONE should go! But, I do realize I’m biased!
My friends Charles Lee started The !deaCamp roughly two years ago. The heart behind The !deaCamp is simple: how to bring ideas alive through collaborating and partnering together.
Each “camp” has one single focus. So far, we’ve had camps focused on Idea’s in general, justice, Church in the City, Sex (trafficking, prostitution, etc.) and some others!
No superstar speakers. No large compensation and no talking heads. The focus was simple: everyone is involved. Speakers (guides) were meant to facilitate conversation on certain topics with the crowd.
Also, the hope was this: that you would actually SKIP sessions, connect in the hallways or go eat together with a new or old friend’s, and find ways to partner and collaborate. This was intentional and communicated often.
It was never really about a conference, as much as it was about creating space to gather like-minded people and connect some key organizations, who could help make the world a better place.
On top of that, the focus (for the most part) would be on right-brained creative expressions. This created a beautiful niche that I felt was much needed in the conference space!
I was on the phone a little over a year ago with Jason Kovaks. Jason helps lead the Together for Adoption Conference. A great conference in its own right. Jason was encouraged by what he has seen with the !deacamp, and thought it would be great to have one focus the orphan. He wanted to make it happen.
A year later I was hanging in NW Arkansas with Mike Rusch. After a key conversation, we decided to connect with Charles and see if he was interested – he was!
!C//Orphan is really a creative expression that is connecting a tribe of passionate people who care for the plight of the orphan and want to do more about it. Some of these people are experts, some are “normal” people who are doing amazing work and others are just now entering this space and realizing how connected the heart of God is to the poor.
We have changed this !deacamp a bit, we’ve added some creative expressions such as some more up-front-speaking (EX:Ted Talks – short and sweet), numerous panels to facilitate conversation, some amazing breakouts, a concert and, oh by the way…we’re offering childcare!
Here are some organizations and leaders that are involved.
Children’s Hopechest – Tom Davis
Love 146 – Rob Morris
Artist Panel w/ Esther Havens, Aaron Ivery and Jonathan Olinger.
A Child’s Right
Christian Alliance for orphans.
Jason Kovacs and Dan Cruver
Gladney & Bethany Adoption Agencies.
I’m extremely excited about this !deacamp. It’s a one-time-only conference, there will be no future !deacamp’s focused entirely on the orphan!
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