One of the fascinating things abot last week for me was that the ahas for me mostly came outside of the formal sessions - talking with other folks grappling on the road to whatever. It is also a lot like that on blogs - so often the a-has come in the interchange, rather than the ranting or bloviating.
For an example of an extraordinary blogger spurring a great discussion, go here: What does Emergent want? Thinkers or celebrities?. Maggi spurs a wonderful conversation - osme of the comments that grabbed me included:
Trouble with celebrities is that we all flock to them - so maybe the problem is us. We want the easy to listen to stuff. And maybe the whole format needs to be different for the low key speakers so that they can engage in presenting things in a better format for them.
Everything seems so full of buzzwords, powerpoint presentations, rock bands and personalia that I have difficulty figuring out what it is they believe, whether there is anything not specifically labelled "emerging" that has value, and where if anywhere folks over 30 can fit in with this -- or if we should even want to (or try to).
The one I loved most was the admonishation to "slow bake instead of microwave" - resonates with the many times I foul up ny nuking rather tha using a crock pot.