Mostly so that I won't forget - I'll post snippets of good conversations from Wiscon -
talked with Cynthia White in the hall v. intensely about panel format, doing more roundtable or at least going quickly once around the room for everyone to speak. we both very much liked Laura Quilter's moderation technique of using the last 5 minutes of the panel to create a list of points made by everyone. It sums up some key ideas to take away, and also, I think it lets people who brought up those ideas know that their ideas were at least heard. I was saying to cynthia that I found myself, in transcribing, typing, "audience" and then hating the word - it's inaccurate & rather nauseating especially in this context. A panel of people who have thought about a topic having a focused discussion without much interruption is often very cool, but more variety in format would be nice. Also: whiteboards or large pads of paper. So, what about having a bit of an Un-conference track or brainjam track, or u CR, or whatever. cynthia was full of ideas and I think she has vastly more experience in that kind of organizing/discussion than I do. I had something of a variant on this train of thought with Susanna Sturgis in the hall after the Think Tank panel.