[Summit] Language!

JC Brand lists at opkode.com
Thu Jan 24 15:50:03 UTC 2019


Thanks for bringing this up Guus and +1 for Daniel's suggestion to avoid having most of the discussion mostly at one edge of the table.

Live blogging the procedings in an etherpad is also a good idea.

JC


Am 18. Januar 2019 11:42:10 MEZ schrieb Guus der Kinderen <guus.der.kinderen at gmail.com>:
>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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