i'm in orlando at elliott masie's learning2005. thus far it's living up to the promise of being a very different learning conference. with the small exception of the odyssey of trying to get from the airport to my disney resort hotel, it's been a comfortable and interesting experience. a couple hours from the official opening of the conference, i've had several educational conversations, dialogued on an interest section white board, and interacted through the conference wiki.
even before i got here, i had arranged two meetings about possible employment situations and interacted with a dozen fellow attendees through the conference social networking site.
nobody who know me believes this, but it takes me a long time to warm up to events like conferences that are filled with strangers. at it's most extreme, i'd even miss the first few sessions and avoid the crowds. i have to say, the social network, the wiki and the general atmosphere that elliott and the folks from the maisie center have created have me engaged and raring to go already.
bravo! (and thank you!)