[Pga_europe_process] A proposition about presentations in the conference

Aleksei itasitihki at tao.ca
Sun Jun 20 00:56:59 CEST 2004

Hi people, I have an idea how to organise
group presentations in the conference. This is 
a usual problem in the big events. for example 
in our East-European group in Leiden half of the time 
was spent on presentations of the groups, and easily 
one could end up hearing the same presentation
twice or three times during the conference in different
workshops. In other
hand, when people are presenting their group in 
a ring in the workshop, one for sure gets a really 
superficial touch (knowing ones country and name
of the group mean nothing), and maybe there will not 
be a chance to learn more during the whole event. 
Also many people consider that personal contacts
are most important result of such international
events, personally I consider "corridoor 
networking" problematic since it creates 
invisible hierarchies, but in other hand we 
should not deny realities and thus we should at least
to try to share peoples opportunities in making contacts
with people most interesting for them.

My idea is to have continuously running "presentations", 
where one room is continuously booked for 
this purpose only. If conference will be as big as Leiden 
was, each group would maybe have 20 or 30 minutes.
This would be much better than 3 superficial phrases
allowed by ring, it would even allow showing some video of past 
actions. People would announce their preferred time
of representation already when booking for conference, also announcing
if they need video or other such equipment.  Schedule
of the room would be ready in the beginning of the 
conference and added to program, so always if there
was no currently interesting workshops people would
go to hang to this room. In another hand, other workshops
would skip more elaborate introductions. 

What do you think?

Antti R.


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