[Summit] Language!

Guus der Kinderen guus.der.kinderen at gmail.com
Fri Jan 18 10:42:10 UTC 2019

That's not a bad idea, Daniel. It can be slightly improved upon by not
clustering around the center either, but sit well apart from each other.
What I've seen happen is that people tend to arrive in groups, and
naturally sit at the first few available places. That automatically creates
clusters. It'd help if the first few people that arrive spread themselves
over the room, I think. Similarly, people that worry about missing part of
the conversation (you also know who you are) should consider asking people
to trade places (coffee/lunch breaks are good for this).

On Fri, 18 Jan 2019 at 11:35, Daniel Gultsch <daniel at gultsch.de> wrote:

> Hi
> on the topic of engaging / better integrating new comers / shy people
> / what ever you want to call it. I noticed in previous years that most
> of the discussions happen on one side of the table because this is
> where the active people sit (for what ever definition of 'active').
> The problem is that the room is large enough that you can potentially
> have two completely different discussions on both ends (as evident by
> the fact that we did do this in the past when we split the group into
> two different topics/ interests groups) and this tends to 'exclude'
> people just by the nature of how big the room is. I think that this
> problem could be avoided if the 'active people' / 'people who have a
> lot to say' / (you know who you are) move to the center of the table
> instead of clustering on one end. This has also been brought up last
> year by someone but was quickly dismissed (mostly by said 'active
> people')
> cheers
> Daniel
> Am Fr., 11. Jan. 2019 um 10:55 Uhr schrieb Guus der Kinderen
> <guus.der.kinderen at gmail.com>:
> >
> > Hello everyone!
> >
> > As we're preparing for another summit, I'd like to share some feedback
> that I received last year.
> >
> > Our group is diverse: attendees come from different backgrounds. Not
> everyone masters the English language to the same degree, which is
> something that we should probably be more aware of.
> >
> > Last year, some of the attendees were not able to follow some of the
> discussions, as the level of English used was to high for them. Sadly, I
> wasn't aware at the time. I was very sorry to hear that people felt they
> were left out a little.
> >
> > I would like for everyone to be able to participate fully. I'm confident
> that everyone shares this feeling. I'm asking you to try and avoid complex
> use of the English language, to make sure that everyone can follow.
> >
> > Although I understand that someone might be reluctant to bring this up
> in public, I urge everyone to do so if this affect you (if you prefer, you
> can do this to me in private).
> >
> > I'm looking forward to meeting everyone again in a couple of weeks!
> Regards,
> >
> >   Guus
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