I am involved with organizing a conference for November.
The experience is reminding me about the power of group energy. We are a team of people working to make it happen. Everyone brings something different to the group. Most folks I didn't know very well or even at all before this project. We haven't put a lot of constraints in place around who is on the team; if you are passionate, committed to the project and have something to contribute, we welcome you.
It is amazing to see the energy we are generating so far. It is a great reminder for me of the power of group, and also the power of something organic. Magic is possible if you don't try to control everything, and instead allow something to develop naturally.
The conference is on Open Government, and we will be continuing to post information here about it as it unfolds.