Digital Transport event feedback

by Justin Souter on July 9, 2009

I recently helped organise the “Where do you think You’re going” event that was held by Newcastle University at Hoults Yard. This post is a quick bulleted list of my feedback, and also a highlight of material from James Burke.


  • Content
    • Eclectic and genuinely thought-provoking
    • Presenters were clearly experts in their fields [well, from my lay perspective!]
    • Forward looking and thinking differently, not just extending ‘today’
  • Organisation
    • Teamwork – well done Hannah for pulling it off (and various others…)
    • Online as much as offline – see this post for the WDYTYG social media strategy
    • Before, during & after = important to follow up afterwards
  • The Day itself
    • Good grub via the ‘pyromaniacs lunch’, aka a barbecue ;-)
    • Good chairing & summarising by Eric Sampson and Jenni Borg
    • The venue worked well at Hoults Yard

James Burke presentation

I thought James was right on the money with this presentation, which probably isn’t as good as it was in the flesh:

I’ve also looked up the following elements from James’ presentation, which were particularly strong:

Conversation Prism

The Conversation Prism by Brian Solis and Jesse Thomas


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