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Tuesday, October 02, 2007

Can Member Meetings be effective Online?

I just closed down and collected the feedback from the Members meeting held recently in Chicago. One particularly well thought out comment noted several reasons why they beleive travel to the USA is not ideal, and then noted:

[meetings] could be held on-line just as effectively as "being there"

I strongly disagree. One of the key responsibilities I have to the ecosystem is as a mediator -- to make connections between people and organizations that otherwise would never happen. To try to get people to see different sides to problems and opportunities that they wouldn't otherwise see. I just can't imagine how to do that over an online forum, even in some of the more marketing-honey interactive-type worlds like second life. I understand the comments from an "information push" perspective, but I beleive more value comes from the networks that get established.

What are your thoughts? As with my position on Apple, I'm willing to admit I'm missing something.

- Don


  • At 12:23 PM, Blogger pombreda said…

    You are missing something.
    I would have joined the meeting in a combination of online and vox if it had been available.
    And many committer members could probably join the party that way too.
    It is not as good as face to face, but open source developers are used to that.
    And some interaction is better than no interaction.

  • At 1:27 PM, Blogger Donald Smith said…

    ...we have quarterly members meetings -- twice are vox and twice in person.

    - Don

  • At 12:55 PM, Blogger pombreda said…

    Sure, but having an online/vox option for all meeting would be *very* nice.
    A little is better than nothing.

  • At 12:17 PM, Blogger willson said…

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  • At 2:02 PM, Blogger PAWAN KUMAR said…

    This is a great post Dmitry. I just had one of the ‘Doh!’ moments and ran back to correct my own site before publishing my comment. You see my own comment form did not match what I’m about to advise. I get less comments than you, so never noticed any problem. I’ve changed it now anyway so here goes.



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