This is how you answer criticism…

Loic Lemeur posts a long and passionate post. Won’t appease everyone, but didn’t leave a stone unturned in last week’s Le Web 3 controversy, and had me cheering for Loic by the end.

Last night I was listening to Teresa Williamson at a neighborhood party where she was sharing her life’s passion: helping women travel (she runs Tango Diva and has a book coming out on that topic). She should be on Oprah. Seriously.

But she and Loic are coming at this from the same point of view. For us to really move forward we’ve gotta get outside the little boxes we all put ourselves in. Teresa wants to do it by taking women to places unusual. Loic wanted to change the Web by bringing in politicians and seeing if he could get a conversation going.

Heart is in the right place, even if mistakes were made (and Loic admits some were, and shares his learning with the world).

I like hanging around folks like Teresa and Loic (and it’s why I like having harsh critics here too).

It’s good for us to change our scenery and start conversations with people we wouldn’t otherwise talk with.

On this topic I wish I were at the Global Voices Online event. I rarely link to that blog, but learn so much from it and it forces me out of the Silicon Valley geek-centric bubble I live in and love talking about.

Anyway, I’m taking the rest of the day off, gonna go have dinner at Dave Winer’s house. Hope you’re having a great weekend.