Last night my wife arranged for about 20 of our friends to come to the local computer club to get a two-hour overview of the Read/Write Web and some of the more interesting tools out there. The weather was awful, and only about eight showed up, but the reaction was pretty much unanimous.
The reason we did this was because we knew they didn’t know much about what was going on “out there”. There was a board member from a local district, a few local businessmen, a brother in-law, and a couple of teens in the “audience.” We created and published an agenda/list beforehand using Writely, which I’m starting to like more and more. (Who needs Word?) And the pace was pretty fast and furious. Just a couple of observations:
“You know, this is like swimming. We can hire all the lifeguards we want, build big walls around the pool, hang life jackets and those long poles within easy reach, but the absolute best way to make sure your kid doesn’t drown is to teach him how to swim.”
Amen to that.