It was unscheduled, and positive and supportive. I’ve never been to an event like that.
Y&YY was 3 days in Palm Springs at the Ace Hotel and you are already rolling your eyes at this because it sounds so earnest.
It was earnest.
We could use a dash of earnest.
Good people gathered about 300 humans from their community to share what they knew. The sharing was powerful, but not for the “alternative to SXSW” reasons I’d thought.
The sharing was powerful because I discovered my hunger, our hunger for human connection. These lighted boxes are no substitute for hugging, touching, eye-connecting late nights in person. The sharing was powerful because I met people passionate about this internet that has lately reflected the worst in people instead of the best.
Blogging conference evolve, tech conferences evolve and I really hope the spirit of this event affects other educational/networking events.
Yes, there was a decidedly hippy vibe, supported by their rules for engagement. Yes, I ate up the respect and positivity.
I also ate up a lot of this kale salad.
Apparently I’m one step away from shag carpets and encountering sessions.
Put a variety of chill people in a chill place.
Encourage them to share their expertise,
magic will happen.
And even though I didn’t return with a list of action-items, I came back with perspective that people can be great, that events can be rewarding and fun and that there’s hope for this great internet of ours yet.
This internet needs some hope.