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Practicing What I Preach

Reclaim Open was a total delight. So many things about this conference were exactly what I needed: a first day unconference, that encouraged everyone to get talking to one another right away and to get a ton of ideas on the table for continued discussion over the two ensuing days; meeting back up with a bunch of people that I've known in various contexts but haven't seen in eons; exciting, thought-provoking presentations.

I was honored to have the opportunity to deliver one of the keynotes -- We Have Never Been Social: Web 2.0 and What Went Wrong (NB: once the slides load, hit S and you'll get presenter mode with my full script, but you can also see the video including Q&A on the Watch site) -- but was even more delighted to get to hear the other two keynotes, by Rajiv Jhangiani and Bryan Alexander, and to get to discuss the opportunities for making a better web with such amazing folks.

I noted at some point in the Q&A, I think, that I was sort of preaching to the choir about the open web and the damage done by its enclosure, but I don't mean that phrase -- "preaching to the choir" -- as a form of dismissal. In fact, sometimes the choir can use a good revival, not least so they can take the word with them and pass it along.

So this post is in several ways driven by my own determination to practice what I preach, to get myself back to more regular blogging practice. It's hard -- it takes real work, and it's often the thing that gets scrapped when I've got deadlines looming over head and challenging projects ahead of me. But I'm going to try to keep myself at it, and see whether I can reclaim my own energy and time in ways that help me reconnect with the work I most want to do.


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