Comment 113779

By ItJustIs (registered) | Posted September 06, 2015 at 07:56:53

I attended the event.

Had a long chat with Bill before the event; super-nice guy.

He talked for about an hour. Very jovial speaker. Gave us all a lot to think about.

A few thoughts regarding the event itself And I offer these up not as harsh criticisms, but suggestions, seeing as I've attended almost every 'civic engagement' event this year (And will be attending the 2-day Vision Hamilton event in two weeks), and there are some things that work better than others.

-The middle of a Saturday afternoon immediately limits the potential audience. Especially a hot, sunny summer one.

-The facility...the basement of a church...was too hot. (Two ceiling fans, no air conditioning)

-Civic engagement events need to be highly valued, especially in respect to the audio-visual aspects. (Because of how the Internet has shaped our experiences in this regard, we expect high standards.) I felt that we really were in somebody's basement with an old slide projector, discussing some left-wing cause.

-Never underestimate the worth of a moderator/M.C. No offense to Bill, but the presentation would have been far more effective with Ryan hosting. Yes, this requires a script of some sort, but the focus would have been better. Had there been a suitable a/v setup in combination with a host, the event would have been of a higher quality.

Despite all of the above, a worthwhile event, so big pats on the back to all responsible for its production.

Comment edited by ItJustIs on 2015-09-06 07:57:55

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