wonderful, here ya go:
- What did you really like?
I liked the Unconference way more than I thought I would. Kudos to all the organizers, encouragers, prompters, facilitators, trouble-makers and the hanger-ons.
I also really like(d) the idea of procuring and cooking food. Not only is this way cheaper than a fancy but almost-always-boring meal, it actually achieves many of the meta-purposes of the workshop. More on this below.
- What would you do differently?
At this point, I am almost thinking that I would shorten the presentations by 5-10 mins each, and use the freed up time for even more unconference/hands-on workshops. Perhaps the speakers on specific topics could introduce themselves followed by a 5 mins overview of their concern/topic, and then remain available to talk to whoever cares to follow-up one-on-one. If enough people are concerned about that specific topic, follow the intro up with an unconference session.
- What would you add?
I would add more discussion around building a lobby for citizen science, particularly to represent the interests of the citizens to the institutional scientific-industrial complex.
I would also add more hands-on sessions. In my view, the purpose of these sessions would not be so much as to learn how to do something specific but more to learn to work with people I barely know. Just from helping in the kitchen to rassle up food for 50+ hungry people, I know that working with a crew really helps me establish a much closer relationship than I could by just chatting with someone in the hallway.
But, I can’t add something without taking out something. So, in my not so humble view, I would take out the more academically oriented sessions such the role of STS/critical studies, etc.
Finally, my unstinting thanks to all those who made the event possible: @Bruno, @sabgaby, @dusjagr, @gaudi, the back-office staff, IdeaSquare, and whoever else played their part in this. My utmost gratitude for causing my life to intersect with a most fine set of folks.