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Room #1 = Upstars, Main Room
Room #2 = Downstairs, Catacombs
Room #3 = Downstairs, Destiny (White)
Room #4 = Upstairs, Balcony
Morning Sessions
Time: 10:50 - 11:20 : Session #2
Postioning Yourself for a Green Career : Room #1
Social Media for a Career Networking : Room #2
You Have A Start Up - Now What? : Room #3
You Are Not Your Job (or Salary) : Room #4
Time 11:20 - 11:55 : Session #3
Coworking : Room #1
Inner Game /  Outer Game: Makring The Most of Unstructured Time : Room #2
Forming a Corporation or LLC : Room #3
Biotech Job Search : Room #4
Time 12:00 - 12:30 : Session #4
Booked F**king Solid : Room #1
Extreme Budeting : Room #2
Freelancing Tools : Room #3
Publishing Your Non Fiction Book : Room #4
Afternoon Sessions
Session #5
Venture Funding, and story of getting angel funding

Resume 2.0

Health Insurance for Independents

LIFE - Leaders in Financial Education


Session #6
Co-founder "Speed dating"

networking 101/personal branding

Leveraging Yelp

Selling on eBay


Session #7
Def Leppard guide to networking

Building your authentic brand

Unclasses and burning your idols

Emergency Services - how to get involved


Session #8
Legal rights after termination

Be a Yes (in this "no" economy)

You, Inc. - start your new job today

unbusiness model - how can we better work together


Session #9
Future of LaidOffCamp

Making money online - brainstorm

Recommendation technology for the masses


Here are some ideas we're thinking of. If you want to present, feel free to add your ideas.
Finance Stream
  • Affordable health insurance
  • Earning Short Term Cash
  • Living on a budget
Freelancing Stream
  • How to freelance / be a consultant
  • Getting Booked Solid
  • Coworking Connections:  Staying productive when you're on your own, at home and in shared offices, perhaps with panel of local coworking community organizers; possible bonus: walking field trip to nearby coworking community like Citizen Space. (Raines Cohen, Coworking Coach)
  • Building your personal brand
Networking Stream:


Startup Stream:

  • Finding co-founders
  • How to legally form and register a Corporation, LLC or Nonprofit startup
  • Once you have a company, how to promote and become known


The Job Search:

  • Getting into a green job: job search strategies from Bright Green Talent


To sort:

  • Monetizing Your Passion
  • Finding a job / work in this market
  • Learning for fun: (un)classes and microlearning
  • Volunteering between jobs


Things to do when unemployed and not looking for a job aka living it up

  • Great bike rides throughout the bay area


Session Format Suggestion:

In the spirit of keeping LaidOffCamp an ad-hoc, self organized unconference - it may be beneficial to learn about and implement the methods of "Open Space Technology" (OST) meeting facilitation to LaidOffCamp - or at least incorporate some best practices.


Open Space Principles and The Law of Mobility & Responsibility:


  1. Whoever comes is the right person
  2. Whatever happens is the only thing that could have
  3. Whenever it starts is the right time
  4. When it’s over, it’s over

The Law of Mobility and Responsibility (aka The Law of Two Feet):

“If you are not learning or contributing where you are, find a place where you can learn or contribute.”


Here are some links that will offer more information on OST:

Agile Open California (a good overview of OST used at this conference)

Comments (6)

Steve Vislisel said

at 8:10 pm on Mar 2, 2009

My partner and I would love to present something in the "Building Your Personal Brand" space. We're conferring later tonight and will update our topic proposal as we nail it down. We have both done a lot of coaching of entrepeneurs and business people in this realm as well as running on our businesses.


(account deleted) said

at 10:07 pm on Mar 1, 2009

I can speak in Startup Stream, topic: "Legally registering a Corporation, Nonprofit or LLC " , it's my 20 year specialty, as CEO of


Ian Griffin said

at 11:31 am on Feb 27, 2009

My report on a San Francisco meeting of the National Speakers Assn. where we successfully used Open Space Technology:


Edwin Fu said

at 7:48 pm on Feb 24, 2009

Hey Chris,

I can help out with the finance stream and freelancing stream. I left 2 years to become an independent consultant and ultimately parlayed into a profitable consulting business.

However, at the moment I am transitioning out of the business and focusing on forming a new startup.


Adam Metz said

at 5:58 pm on Feb 22, 2009

If you're really interested in the Getting Booked Solid session, pick up a copy of the Michael Port book "Book Yourself Solid," available on Amazon.

Adryenn Ashley said

at 11:27 am on Feb 22, 2009

I would love to present Monetizing Your Passion. As a way of curing unemployment, job seekers should have the skill set to generate their own incomes doing what they love. This session would offer practical tips and a visual guide to help them determine what they want to do and how to do it.

Or, for job seekers I could do Shameless Self Promotion. :) Check out for more ideas. I'm happy to present any ideas that will help the group.

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