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Coffee breaks and SciBarCamp

by Eva Amsen

I was reading the Incomplete Manifesto of Bruce Mau, and of the items reminded me of SciBarCamp:

39. Coffee breaks, cab rides, green rooms. Real growth often happens outside of where we intend it to, in the interstitial spaces — what Dr. Seuss calls “the waiting place.” Hans Ulrich Obrist once organized a science and art conference with all of the infrastructure of a conference — the parties, chats, lunches, airport arrivals — but with no actual conference. Apparently it was hugely successful and spawned many ongoing collaborations.”

update – Also, SciBarCamp is in yesterday’s National Post. (I’m going to add this quote from the author, found on Jamie’s blog: “Don’t blame me for the title!”)

update 2 – I have been asked by several people to write up something for the session about “Ten Things Everyone Should Know About Science” I did at SciBarCamp. I decided that the whole process of online and offline discussion was perhaps more interesting and informative than the actual discussion itself, so, yes, I am writing up something about the session, but it’s packed into a larger thing about the whole discussion. It ended up being ten steps, and the first two plus the introduction are neatly typed up already.  Here’s part one.

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Maria March 30, 2008 - 11:23 AM

It’s sounds similar to one of my favourite quotes: “life is what happens when you’re busy making other plans”… or when you’re on your coffee break.

Eva March 30, 2008 - 11:40 AM

I think it’s a little different: the “other plans” quote to me means that you can try really hard to plan something a certain way and it will never come out the way you want to, but unexpectedly things turn out alright and you didn’t even notice it because you were too busy planning. The “coffee break” quote (again, to me) is more about moments that are not planned at all, but turn out to be the most important.

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