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Preparing for the Linchpin Summer Camp Director Book Club

February 26th, 2010 · No Comments · Blogs, Books, Linchpin

We have had a great response to the Summer Camp Director digital book club’s reading of Linchpin by Seth Godin. Be sure to sign-up online so we know who is participating. You can see the list of who is on board at the Eventbrite sign-up page. Also register in advance for a free Disqus account. It is the comment system I use on the blog. Also be sure to put in your avatar.

If you want some pre-book club material, check out Seth’s audio interview with Merlin Mann on Merlin’s blog 43 folders. It was one of the best interviews and discussions I have heard about the new book. I do love Merlin so I am biased.

Linchpin by CampTVDavid Betz from CampTV, took some great shots of the unboxing of his book.  Check out the series on flickr here.  Not only are the pictures great but he has tagged them and put in a link to his company web site.  Not enough people are taking advantage of the SEO features that flickr can give you.  David has a heart for camp and has been shooting and pr6ducing camp videos since 1993.  Very excited to have him in the club!

Do you have a picture of you with your book? Upload it to flickr or email it to me jennselke at gmail.  I would love to include it with a link back to your site.

On a side note, I told a friend of mine, Scott Porad, about the book club.  He is someone I have gotten to know at tech events and was one of the few tech people that didn’t look at me like I had two heads when I told him I was a summer camp director.  He is a long time summer camp guy but is now the CTO of the Cheezburger Network, the company behind the hugely popular I Can Has Cheezburger? and  When hearing about the book club he asked if I knew Seth Godin and if not, did I want to meet him.  Of course I nearly jumped out of my skin and could only think, “Heck ya I want to meet Seth Godin!”  Scott sent Seth a glowing note about our book club and introduced me.  You can imagine my excitement when Seth wrote back.  I doubt he’ll have time to join our club but Seth did say he did his MBA at Stanford on running summer camps.

Scott wrote a very interesting post, Thoughts About When Startups Grow Bigger than One Team, and the discussion we had in the comment section gave me the courage to start the book club on a blog. I have never been one that liked online teaching or learning. Oddly, I have been teaching an online class on social media and getting such positive reactions. Encouragement from my online students and a great comment discussion with Scott was all I needed to take a risk and make a place for all of us to talk about this great book, Linchpin. So subscribe to Scott’s blog and follow @scottporad on twitter – especially to thank him for his part in our club.

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