Category Archives: Professional Conferences

When is an unconference better than a conference?

Since last weekend’s Gov 2.0 Camp New England “unconference,” there’s been a bit of meta-discussion about the format. A couple of bloggers have dwelled on the shortcomings. I want to offer a contrasting view. Brian Keaney weighed in early with a critique, saying he found the sessions rife with questions but thin on answers: I…

Getting to Yes

At yesterday’s Gov 2.0 Camp New England Unconference, the final session of the day I participated in was, “Getting to Yes,” led by Brad Blake and Jess Weiss. The obvious premise of the session was that social media enthusiasts usually face significant barriers to employing social media in their workplace. There were several good takeaways…

Twitter at conferences is here to stay

In what may only be a sly little bit of linkbait, Joseph Jaffe calls for a ban on Twitter at conferences. It’s an issue that’s been bobbing around since the Great Keynote Meltdown at High Ed Web 2009 in October and danah boyd’s hard time at the Web 2.0 Expo last month. Jaffe complains that…