So I’m sitting in Midway Airport waiting for my two-hour delayed flight home thinking about how much fun the last 24 hours has been. The blog and wikivangelism at the IL-TCE conference was great, but the best part was going out to just a great dinner with Tim Lauer and David Jakes last night, and then getting to chat for a bit today with Steve Dembo, and getting a chance to spend a really quality 45 minutes or so just talking with David Warlick who is doing the keynote tomorrow. I am constantly amazed by how great all of the people in this community are when we happen to end up in the same place. And, on a personal note, it’s just really fun to have conversations about the tools with people who really live and breathe them. As always, I learned a lot.
The people who were at my sessions were by far the most Read/Write Web aware that I’ve come across so far. They asked great questions, especially about wikis. In both my wiki sessions, at almost the exact same moment, someone in the audience just couldn’t help but blurt out concerns about how wikis work. “Why on earth would we want to do this with our kids?” “How can you believe anything that’s on there [Wikipedia]?” The same reactions. But it made for a very pointed back and forth that I hope made the point: we have to deal with these issues because if we don’t, our kids are not going to have the knowledge they need to navigate all of the information they’re going to come across. (David blogged one of the sessions, btw.)
I realized just how connected I was when, during the car ride to the airport, I got on my Treo and read not only what David had blogged about my sessions but also what Tim had presented after I left. It was an interesting moment.
If you attended today and are reading this, please feel free to comment either here or on the wiki.
More tomorrow, assuming I get home sometime tonight…