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March 11, 2006

General Conference Feedback

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Posted by kimballs at March 11, 2006 12:32 PM

Comments

Overall, a wonderful, stimulating and satisfying conference, and I send congratulations and thanks to all of you.

I really enjoyed reading and posting to this blog—but am sad that only a handful of us are posting and participating. Perhaps occasional encouragement/reminder of URL from introducers would have helped. Would also have liked the ability to post topics.

Posted by: celia.white@gmail.com at March 11, 2006 11:10 PM

I enjoyed it quite a bit, and was very impressed with the enforcement of the schedule. In 20 years I've never been anywhere so punctual.

The one suggestion I have (passed on from my wife, actually) is something we first saw a few years ago at a "Complexity in Business" symposium at U-M: One of the host faculty in the audience was tasked with presenting, in 15 minutes at the end, a complete summary of all the events of the entire symposium. While it sounds like (and was) a challenge, it created a perfect framework for discussions, overarching ideas, and seeing the big themes that had been developed by all the diverse speakers.

I recommend that wholeheartedly for future symposia, regardless of subject matter.

Posted by: wtozier at March 13, 2006 09:24 AM

Celia, there are problems with how mBlog integrates with the U-M authentication system that prevented us from opening up the posting (as opposed to comment feature) to anyone. We did think of it, though.

As for common complaints about not being able to post HTML, it's an option in Moveable Type that was turned off by default. We thought we'd leave it that way for extra security but didn't think about people wanting to include hyperlinks (duh!). Since the blog will only have a short lifespan, I thought it would be confusing to change our policy halfway through.

Thanks to all for your participation.

Posted by: kshawkin at March 13, 2006 09:55 AM

Very well done! The quality of talks was uniformly high and extremely thought provoking.

Posted by: jmackrel at March 13, 2006 11:41 AM

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