SNS: FiRe 2011 in Review: Part I

SNS: FiRe 2011 in Review: Part I


Volume 14, Issue 20
Week of June 6, 2011

In This Issue

Feature: Fire 2011 In Review: Part I

  • Mark’s Top Five Takeaways
  • FiRe 2011 in Review:
  • Tuesday Evening, 5/24
  • Wednesday Morning
  • Wednesday Afternoon

As in past recent years, I have asked Berit Anderson and Sally Anderson, our SNS blogger and Editor in Chief, respectively, to write about what really happened at FiRe, for those (many) of our members who were unable to be there personally – and perhaps as a useful aide-memoire for those who did attend as well.

The fact that so much of substance transpires at our FiRe events is proven in the writing itself, and is an increasingly stark comparison to the many content-free conferences we all attend during the year.

This year FiRe really seems to have moved out on its own: not only did many of the participants again say that it was the best ever (an always-higher bar for staff), but also that the content was even more substantial. I like to say, if you want to know what it feels like to have a stroke, go to TED. But if you want to cure the stroke, go to FiRe.

On that path, we worked on solving and understanding an unprecedented number of technical, scientific, and social problems during our week at FiRe this year. And I’m pleased to announce that this must be a rewarding process, because a record number of paid participants have already signed up for next year.

I hope you enjoy this discovery process as much as we did at FiRe. We seem to have found a new way of exploring together.

My special thanks to Berit Anderson and Sally Anderson for the large amount of work that goes into preparing these FiRe reviews.

And thank you to our partners, sponsors, and supporters, who make FiRe possible.
– mra.

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