|Re: Why come to the North American Conference this year?||<– Date –> <– Thread –>|
|From: David Mandel (dlmandelrcip.com)|
|Date: Fri, 22 Aug 1997 04:16:54 -0500|
I have decided to try hard to attend, work, family and finances permitting -- and I really hope everyone else who is wavering will decided to as well -- but I must say I'm very skeptical about the lack of any advance agenda, panels, etc. A panel in which certain people consult with each other beforehand and prepare presentations is not necessarily "academic" in the negative sense you seem to assume, Rob. The best sessions I attended (and, I dare say, some in which I participated as a panelist) at the previous two Boulder conferences and the Calif. regional one last year succeeded especially because volunteer panelists connected with each other beforehand, organized and divided the topic in a coherent manner and prepared succinct presentations with time alloted and flexibility allowed for other attendees to add their comments and even steer the discussion is some different directions. Some great written material was prepared in advance and distributed not only to those who attended the particular panel but also to others at the conference who chose a different panel at the same time but wanted to benefit from the one they missed as well. Yeah, there were a few crummy panels, mostly, I think, led by people who weren't connected to the cohousing movement enough to know what participants wanted. But these were the exception, and I think the lessons were noted by this year's organizers. Sure it will be fun to reunite with some of the old guard and meet the movers of newer communities and groups. And I really do hope I'm proven wrong in my conservative preference for more planning and organization. But I fear a lot of wasted time will be spent talking about what we want to talk about and then having discussions that are long on spontanaeity but short on practical useful information that will stick with us. Is it too late to try to organize some panels on topics we know are important to a lot of us? David Mandel
Why come to the North American Conference this year? Rob Sandelin, August 20 1997
- Re: Why come to the North American Conference this year? David Mandel, August 22 1997
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