"I was at a Kaufmann Foundation conference of economics writers late last week, and as usual at a good event like this I feel I learned a ton of stuff in informal conversations with people there and sharpened my own thinking on tons of points." [my emphasis]I think that's true and it's one reason why teleconferencing and similar alternatives to in-person meetings can only go so far. When dealing with people in the flesh, particularly people you've never met or don't usually deal with, you learn a lot. That logic is why, according to Walter Isaacson's bio, Steve Jobs was careful to design Apple's building to foster meetings. And a similar process occurred in Bell Labs.
Sunday, April 08, 2012
In Defense of Conferences
The lead sentence of a Matt Yglesias post: