Are online meetings reducing our collective intelligence [CI]? New research from Carnegie Mellon has been widely interpreted as concluding that, for example, “Zoom is actually less effective than a phone call”, and “Video conferencing can hurt collaboration”. Not so fast. New research about […]
What makes attending conferences worthwhile? As I described in Conferences That Work, the two most common reasons for attending conferences are to learn useful things and make useful connections. But there are numerous other ways that conferences provide value to stakeholders. […]
A recent Wired article argues that “Science Conferences Are Stuck in the Dark Ages“. Unsurprisingly, I agree — but there’s some light in the darkness!
The past It’s been a long journey becoming brave. Fifty years ago, I was a teenager who, after a single embarrassing moment, gave up dancing in public. For forty years. Twenty-five years ago I was a college professor who spent hours […]
Meeting planners try to minimize planning and execution surprises at events. Having no coffee available at the opening breakfast? Bad surprise! But not all meeting surprises are bad. Adrian shares three examples of how incorporating planned surprises into our events can be one of the best ways of improving attendees’ experience and learning.
I’ve just returned from a wonderful 48-hour whirlwind of experiments and play with 30 meeting designers in Utrecht, The Netherlands. We came from Europe, South America, Slovakia, and the U.S. (me) to learn, share, and connect at the first Meeting […]