Good things come in threes. Though I usually overlook anniversaries, I noticed one this morning. The first peer conference I convened and designed was held June 3 – 5, 1992 at Marlboro College, Vermont. So, as of today, the community of practice that eventually became edACCESS has enjoyed 27 years of peer conferences. [That’s 3 x 3 x 3. I told you good things come in threes.]
Twenty-three people came to the inaugural conference. At the time, I had no idea that what I instinctively put together for a gathering of people who barely knew each other would lead to:
- a global design and facilitation consulting practice;
- over 500 posts on this blog, which has now become, to the best of my knowledge, the most-visited website on meeting design and facilitation;
- three books (almost!) on participant-driven, participation-rich meeting design; and
- plentiful ongoing opportunities to fulfill my mission to facilitate connection between people.