The four elements I saw coming together more than I have done at other events are People People, Geeks, Capitalists and Philosophers.
People People - who focus on the social nature of collaboration, what it means to us as individuals and as groups of people
Geeks - who focus on technological facilitation of collaboration, what machines can do for us
Capitalists - who focus on making new businesses, how to make more money out of collaboration
Philosophers - who focus on the ideas and constructing theories about what this all means for the human race
Having contributions from all of these, rather than just one dominant group was one of the things that made the conversations on the day all the more interesting and productive. Thankfully most of those who came were aware of their shortcomings and there weren’t too many know-it-alls (my prejudice is that this is a geek trait - people people, capitalists and philosophers are willing to admit that they could know more about the tech, but some geeks insist that they also know everything about people, money and ideas) [ducks for cover]
You can find reports from Lloyd Davis on the event site, and through the nestauploading tag. There I found Deborah Khan reflecting on why one group was significantly under-represented:
Yes, it was full of blokes. Charming, fascinating, (sure Steve will correct this) overwhelmingly over 90% of participants were men. I'm not complaining. Just observing and asking a few questions.
I'm fascinated. Is it the concept of innovation? Or social media? Or web 2.0? Are women reluctant to engage with the technology or at least debate the merits and potential impact of the possibilities of connection?
Or did Steve just not invite many? And should it matter? And, if so, what am I going to do about it?
All I know is that many of my professional women friends remain cynical. They would love to engage but lack the skills, time and find it still a bit geeky and blokey. Lucy’s question “does web 2.0 make the kids lunches” kind of sums up that eternal tension. We’d love to but it’s not right at the top of our priorities now.
What happens next is essentially our call.