The History Problem
I attended an event last month, and it’s been troubling me ever since.
Perfectly charming guest speaker. Completely adequate catering (you can ask no more in my experience) and a charming crowd out for a good evening.
So far all right.
At one point though I had one of those “tilt” moments when nothing looks the same again.
Diversion over. The thing that tripped me up was that the event I attended was in a prestigious establishment steeped in history and beautiful to behold. In these fine surroundings I saw that if the characters from Downton Abbey had shown up at the event nothing would have seemed strange to them.
So, here’s my question to you: How do we update the age old format for a more collaborative 21st Century version of the champagne reception; gala dinner; guest speaker; question and answer formula?
Once I’d had this thought things would not go back the way they were. It seemed to me that the objectives of the evening were not served particularly well, the whole thing seemed so inefficient, and no vale was added beyond simply “being in the same room” as the other participants. We are missing some tricks here.