“All of us on the outside have suffered the ‘name-badge assessment’ where you try to talk to one of the Conference All-Stars, perhaps someone you’ve interacted pleasantly with via email or IRC just minutes before, and they stare at your badge for a moment (you can almost hear the mental checklist preceding the shutdown: Google? Nope. Yahoo? Nope. Press? Nope. A-List blogger? Nope.) before their eyes glaze over. It doesn’t happen every time, but often enough to discourage input from just the people from whom interaction should be encouraged.
(snip)
…If I were running etech, I’d make it a requirement that everyone organizing and running the event have to find and talk to at least 20 people they don’t know every day. Say Hi, give them a minute or two, and use their vast network knowledge to bring them together with others that share some interest, concern, occupation, or pre-occupation. And who knows, that single minute might turn willingly into ten when they discover that these quiet folks have valuable things to contribute.”
Chris Lott, writing about etech’s geek cliques
(Via Chris Carfi)

“All of us on the outside have suffered the ‘name-badge assessment’ where you try to talk to one of the Conference All-Stars, perhaps someone you’ve interacted pleasantly with via email or IRC just minutes before, and they stare at your badge for a moment (you can almost hear the mental checklist preceding the shutdown: Google? Nope. Yahoo? Nope. Press? Nope. A-List blogger? Nope.) before their eyes glaze over. It doesn’t happen every time, but often enough to discourage input from just the people from whom interaction should be encouraged.
(snip)
…If I were running etech, I’d make it a requirement that everyone organizing and running the event have to find and talk to at least 20 people they don’t know every day. Say Hi, give them a minute or two, and use their vast network knowledge to bring them together with others that share some interest, concern, occupation, or pre-occupation. And who knows, that single minute might turn willingly into ten when they discover that these quiet folks have valuable things to contribute.”
Chris Lott, writing about etech’s geek cliques
(Via Chris Carfi)