The conference vs. unconference drama continues

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Eric Norlin, the guy who is planning the Syndicate conference (where I'll be interviewing Richard Edelman) says "Not the same ole same ole."

Kevin Werbach defends his speaker list at the SuperNova conference.

Marc Canter says "let's do an unconference at the same time as Supernova."

Just to be an ironic old fuddy duddy I'm attending all three of these events. Same ole, same ole. Heheh.

31 thoughts on “The conference vs. unconference drama continues

  1. Dave: I don’t know. My boss wants me to cut back my travel to spend more time helping out On10.net and Channel 9, so it’s pretty clear to me the group I’m in isn’t paying.

    But, I’ll try to find out. One thing, though. You spoke at the first SuperNova and Marc spoke last year. How much did you pay to speak? I want to make sure Microsoft is getting a good deal for its money.

  2. Dave: I don’t know. My boss wants me to cut back my travel to spend more time helping out On10.net and Channel 9, so it’s pretty clear to me the group I’m in isn’t paying.

    But, I’ll try to find out. One thing, though. You spoke at the first SuperNova and Marc spoke last year. How much did you pay to speak? I want to make sure Microsoft is getting a good deal for its money.

  3. Sorry to bum you out. You’ll be alowed to come to our conference for $0. If you can’t see the difference in that then you need some new glasses.

  4. Sorry to bum you out. You’ll be alowed to come to our conference for $0. If you can’t see the difference in that then you need some new glasses.

  5. OK, maybe I don’t get out much.

    Not to the real world no, to techie/blogger blahther conference slash unconferences, yes, near jet-set there.

  6. OK, maybe I don’t get out much.

    Not to the real world no, to techie/blogger blahther conference slash unconferences, yes, near jet-set there.

  7. Oh, and Dave, you were cool enough to speak at Kevin’s event once and Marc was cool enough to speak at last year’s SuperNova. I assume Kevin just wanted to have some different speakers this time around. ;-)

  8. Oh, and Dave, you were cool enough to speak at Kevin’s event once and Marc was cool enough to speak at last year’s SuperNova. I assume Kevin just wanted to have some different speakers this time around. ;-)

  9. Dave: that part isn’t the drama.

    The drama is watching Marc Canter “officially complaining” and then watching everyone react.

    OK, maybe I don’t get out much.

  10. Dave: that part isn’t the drama.

    The drama is watching Marc Canter “officially complaining” and then watching everyone react.

    OK, maybe I don’t get out much.

  11. Sam: I say a lot of stuff that I don’t say in my book. The assumption that I don’t means you assume I haven’t learned anything in the six months since our book was finished.

    Not to mention that at Syndicate I’m not speaking. I’m interviewing Richard Edelman, head of one of the world’s largest PR agencies.

  12. Sam: I say a lot of stuff that I don’t say in my book. The assumption that I don’t means you assume I haven’t learned anything in the six months since our book was finished.

    Not to mention that at Syndicate I’m not speaking. I’m interviewing Richard Edelman, head of one of the world’s largest PR agencies.

  13. I don’t see why it’s a drama. What’s wrong with those of us who are not cool enough to make Kevin’s A-list having an event for other non-deserving people? Why is that drama? I don’t get it.

  14. I don’t see why it’s a drama. What’s wrong with those of us who are not cool enough to make Kevin’s A-list having an event for other non-deserving people? Why is that drama? I don’t get it.

  15. Robert I originally thought Marc was being very rude to organise an unconference at the sametime. Organising an event is a lot of unthankful time and stress.

    I originally thought that if Marc did not like the speaker roster then he could vote with his wallet and not pay attention/attend the event. But typically of Marc if you scratch the surface of the noise he makes he often has a good point. I agree with him – What are you going to say at the conference that we cannot read in your book, on your blog or on channel 9? Equally with some of the other speakers we know in advance what they are going to say because we can read their blogs.

    You blogged about this years CES being a bit boring and not worth attending. Exhibitions died when the internet arrived. I could find out what a company thought from their website. Maybe this is the start of the end of the conference as I now can read the speakers blog to find out what they think. What do you think Robert?

  16. Robert I originally thought Marc was being very rude to organise an unconference at the sametime. Organising an event is a lot of unthankful time and stress.

    I originally thought that if Marc did not like the speaker roster then he could vote with his wallet and not pay attention/attend the event. But typically of Marc if you scratch the surface of the noise he makes he often has a good point. I agree with him – What are you going to say at the conference that we cannot read in your book, on your blog or on channel 9? Equally with some of the other speakers we know in advance what they are going to say because we can read their blogs.

    You blogged about this years CES being a bit boring and not worth attending. Exhibitions died when the internet arrived. I could find out what a company thought from their website. Maybe this is the start of the end of the conference as I now can read the speakers blog to find out what they think. What do you think Robert?

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