“I was absolutely amazed how much we got done in just an hour”, one of my participants told me after the final round of workshops at last week’s strategy retreat for German digital rights activists. None of these workshops was prepared in advance or externally facilitated – instead, we went for structure.
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So many interesting projects and working groups that there’s hardly any time to tweet – padeluun
Net neutrality, data retention laws and privacy – Germany’s digital rights activists are a busy bunch in their efforts to protect civil rights online. They also value freedom of expression and democracy when working together in grassroots networks.
Ever been to a conference that followed this pattern? Opening words from the organizers, followed by a long keynote speech with confusing Powerpoint slides and a coffee break. Breakout sessions with more presentations from the panel followed by a Q&A session dominated by rambling questions and no common thread. I bet you have.
This classic “Talking Heads” pattern is popular with conference organizers because it is easy, predictable and flatters those on […]