The unconference started out with a fishbowl. Half a dozen of us sat in a circle in the middle of the room and discussed potentially controversial topics. Audience members were able to chime in to some degree.
Because I was in the fishbowl, it’s harder for me to talk about what happened – but I can say that it wsa fun to hear about differences of opinion. I’ll track down video of the event later.
Topics that came up include:
- How much structure do you need for online discussion? How strongly do you need to enforce structure?
- Do the growing online communities leave the real world community weakened?
- Will newspapers be around in 10 years?