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As I mentioned yesterday, Matt Davis, Gene Blishen and I are attending the 21st annual SXSW Interactive Festival in Austin, Texas. Day 2 was just as mind-expanding as the first day. We each split up and saw a variety of interesting and provocative sessions. We intentionally kept this wrap-up shorter than yesterday. Enjoy!
Once again, Matt Davis, Gene Blishen and I are attending the 21st annual SXSW Interactive Festival in Austin, Texas. "Part musical festival, part film festival, part tech-head confab, SXSW is a unique event in the pop-culture firmament, bringing massive stars and indie up-and-comers in music, movies, and tech together in the Texas hill country of Austin." – Entertainment Weekly
A few years ago, Brent Dixon taught me an ice-breaker exercise. He kicks off an event by having everyone draw a picture of the person sitting next to them. Then, participants are to stand up, show the picture, and tell the group about who they drew. The response is usually some combination of giggles, disgust, and “are you serious?” looks of exasperation. While the event is certainly funny for the facilitator, it can be downright uncomfortable for the participants.
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