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ASegar

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I design & facilitate #meetings that become what people want & need
🔸 Love to #facilitate #connection, #sing, #dance, & #meditate
🔸 Author of 3 books on meeting design
🔸 14 years of 800+ posts on #MeetingDesign #facilitation #consulting #LifeLessons #FacilitatingChange, being trapped in an elevator with a Nobel Prize winner & other #stories at https://conferencesthatwork.com
🔸 Brit living happily in #Vermont USA since 1978
🔸 #Nonprofit board member junkie
🔸 Recovering #academic

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ASegar, to random
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Appalling air quality on this Spirit flight. My wife and I are the only folks masked.

ASegar, to Kurzgesagt
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How can we help conference attendees satisfy their curiosity? With these three questions I use at the start of every peer conference.

https://www.conferencesthatwork.com/index.php/uncategorized/2010/02/helping-conference-attendees-satisfy-their-curiosity

ASegar, to random
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Here's a facilitation tip to improve breakout gallery walks — simply add this small step before they start.

https://www.conferencesthatwork.com/index.php/tip-2/2023/01/improve-breakout-gallery-walks

ASegar, to Creativity
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Do you know what to draw? Pablo Picasso said: “To know what you’re going to draw, you have to begin drawing.” In other words, just start!

https://www.conferencesthatwork.com/index.php/life-lessons/2020/12/know-what-to-draw

#creativity #drawing #Picasso #process #product #starting

ASegar, to geopolitics
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We are becoming a patron economy. In the future, content creation will be increasingly supported by the subsidy of patrons.

https://www.conferencesthatwork.com/index.php/event-design/2011/03/the-new-patron-economy-and-its-impact-on-events-part-1

ASegar,
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@ernie Thank you 😀. I have a good track record predicting future trends (which, incidentally. has served me well when investing). For example, I was telling my clients in 1994 that the internet would change everything and they should get in early. I was ignored. Several CEOs told me later they'd wished they'd listened to me.

What I don't try to predict is the speed at which the trend will occur. And I'm pretty suspicious of anyone who claims they can get the timing right.

stpaultim, to random
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@ASegar

Can you point me at some material or ideas for helping introverts at the kind of interactive events and unconferences that you facilitate?

ASegar,
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@stpaultim Sure! A search on my blog for “introvert” — https://www.conferencesthatwork.com/?s=Introvert — will turn up posts that should be helpful. And my book “The Power of Participation” includes a comprehensive toolkit of tools for designing meetings that don’t privilege extroverts. (You can buy the ebook and/or paperback from my website, which includes 30 free minutes of my time, or pick up the paperback anywhere.)

ASegar, to random
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ASegar, to Health
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A long detailed article in the @TexasObserver about the devasting effects of on millions of Texans.

“We are living in a mass disabling event—don’t ignore long COVID.”

"We lifted the stopgap, and we didn’t develop the permanent solutions, and I think that’s really one of the major failures of the pandemic.”

“We must have this national conversation. How are we going to deal with long COVID?”

https://www.texasobserver.org/long-covid-texas-clearing-the-air/

ASegar, to running
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What's the most important thing to wear for winter running? Here's my friend Lois's must-have choice for running safely on ice and snow.

https://www.conferencesthatwork.com/index.php/running/2020/01/most-important-wear-winter-running

ASegar, to random
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We need less perfection and more risky learning at our events, to avoid meetings that are invariably safe at the expense of effectiveness

https://www.conferencesthatwork.com/index.php/event-design/2015/07/recipe-for-better-meetings-less-perfection-more-risky-learning

ernie, to random
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Always find it intriguing when I get a large amount of traffic and I can’t determine the source of said traffic. My no symbol piece got a couple thousand pageviews today, not that I can tell you where the hell it came from.

ASegar,
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@ernie Is there any way of learning where traffic comes from without filling SM URLs and web pages with intrusive tracking cruft?

ASegar,
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@ernie I am also intrigued when I get traffic spikes—while feeling a little frustrated that I don't know the source and/or the why. On balance, I prefer that one is relatively anonymous when visiting places on the internet unless somebody's being sneaky.

ASegar, to skateboarding
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Are you old yet? I'm not. I agree with Nobel Prize winner Rosalyn Yalow, who said: "As long as you're learning, you're not old."

https://www.conferencesthatwork.com/index.php/life-lessons/2020/10/are-you-old-yet

ASegar, to Health
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Proud of my sister who created the innovative Vermont Language Justice Project which works to deliver critical health information via informational videos to immigrants in 18 languages.

Such important work!

https://www.sevendaysvt.com/news/a-video-project-delivers-critical-health-information-to-immigrants-in-18-languages-40420245

ASegar, to Medicine
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ASegar, to science
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The German polymath, geographer, naturalist, and explorer Alexander von Humboldt was a meeting designer way ahead of his time!

https://www.conferencesthatwork.com/index.php/event-design/2023/11/alexander-von-humboldt

ASegar, to random
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“Unlike Jared Kushner, I’ve never received money from a foreign government,” [Hunter Biden] said. “When Jared Kushner flies over to Saudi Arabia, picks up $2 billion, comes back, and puts it in his pocket, OK?” He continued, referring to Mr. Trump, “And he is running for president of the United States. You guys have any problem with that?”

…Mr. Biden pushed on. “Do you guys have any problem with that? I’m asking.”

Republicans shifted the interview to another topic.

https://www.nytimes.com/2024/03/01/us/politics/hunter-biden-deposition.html?unlocked_article_code=1.Zk0.EhPb.pVp9HoqYdxYJ&smid=url-share

ASegar, to random
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ASegar, to random
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Conferences are containers for ideas. Especially when they're places where participants share and co-create ideas, rather than just listen.

https://www.conferencesthatwork.com/index.php/event-design/2013/08/conferences-are-containers-for-ideas

ajsadauskas, to fuckcars
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What can you get to within a 15-minute walk of your house?

A recent YouGov survey asked Americans what they think they should be able to get to within a 15-minute walk of their house.

Of these choices, I can currently walk to all of them from my apartment, aside from a university (no biggie, I'm not currently studying, although there is a Tafe within walking distance), a hospital, and a sports arena.

How many can you get to with a 15 minute walk from your house?

@fuck_cars

ASegar,
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@ajsadauskas @fuck_cars

This is such a city-centric question, that I doubt many rural folks bothered to answer it.

46 years ago, we moved from London, where these things were available, to a rural Vermont town where none of them are except an elementary school (well, I can step outside and be in the woods; better than a park).

It's beautiful, quiet, and cheaper than city life.

When we drive, we combine visits to many of these amenities in one trip.

We don't regret our decision a bit.

ASegar, to random
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Don't keep me a secret! My clients will tell you that hiring me is the most effective and cost-effective way to improve your conference.

https://www.conferencesthatwork.com/index.php/event-design/2024/02/dont-keep-me-a-secret

ASegar, to productivity
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ASegar, to running
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What's the most important thing to wear for winter running? Here's my friend Lois's must-have choice for running safely on ice and snow.

https://www.conferencesthatwork.com/index.php/running/2020/01/most-important-wear-winter-running

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