Teach meets began in a small pub in Glasgow, I leave you to Google its origins in your own time. To me what made teach meets different was:
- It was run by practitioners for practitioners with practitioners needs in mind
- It was not dominated by experts
- It was an open floor
- It encouraged mass and virgin leadership
- Vendors where purposely excluded
- It was local solutions to local problems
- It reinforced human connectivity in the flesh
- It dis-established conferences
- It was the “Occupy your conference” we all wanted
So why is history repeating itself?
I don’t want another edu-conference, putting a “Teach meet” brand on it like a dodgy restaurant puts up “under new management” it’s demeaning to me and my intellectually informed peers.
Or are we so addicted to the traditional conference consumption model that we will subvert higher learning just to get some more?
I do not want this….