Last Monday’s Feminism 2.0 conference was a whirlwind of different kinds of experiences.
As a “twitter dropout” the heavy emphasis on twitter was strange to me. In twitter, for instance, there are different kinds of identities:
- @Kim_Gandy — pretty clear who she is
- @blogdiva — spoke enough at the conference that I’ve put a face and name to that nickname – and her name is in her twitter profile
- @fem2pt0 — I still don’t have a face/name for that twitterer
So, as someone used to Facebook where you’ve got all kinds of context about your “correspondents,” twitter seems so context free that it’s hard (for me, at least) to use it to make connections with folks I don’t aleady know in real life.
Given that, I skipped last night’s twittercast on next steps. I did, however, review the transcript and have pulled out a few points that resonate with me:
Where are we now? Darned if I know. Something more robust than twitter is needed –discussion forum, wiki, ning maybe or even a conference call/webinar. The one line agendas that have been used for these meetings (e.g. “can men be feminists”, “next steps”) are about all that a twittercast can handle — but to make real progress I think we need to tackle a few more parts of the puzzle at a time.
Some good notes from Ananda: http://kiamshacom.blogspot.com/2009/02/for-fem-20-conference-participants-my.html — including a reference to the way the unconference “she’s geeky” pulled together. That is, I think, on target, but I guess I never articulated the question — “Unconferences aren’t so brand new. This feels like one, but it isn’t organized like one. Why not?”
So, yes, I’m the one who is looking first at the technology platform. I honor all you folks who are writing the manifestos, the poems, and visions. But good meetings come from more than that.
I’m still not sure what this de facto community is trying to accomplish — but I’ll hang on for awhile longer with the assumption that we’re all in this together and looking for ways to support each other.