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"Conversation. What is it? A Mystery! It's the art of never seeming bored, of touching everything with interest, of pleasing with trifles, of being fascinating with nothing at all. How do we define this lively darting about with words, of hitting them back and forth, this sort of brief smile of ideas which should be conversation?" Guy de Maupassant

Sunday, December 11, 2005

I enjoyed several things about this summit. The best really was meeting so many bloggers from all over the world - places I could never have imagined knowing people from - places I can now visit, even if virtually, through blogs, which I can now associate with faces. The summit was facilitated superbly by Ethan who was really busy running all over the room to ensure everyone got the chance to speak, and Rebecca, both of whom ensured there was warmth and transparency and energy and grace in the room. No powerpoint presentations, there was no stage or podium, no 'sales' pitches ---- we just had conversations, shared stories and experiences and were able to voice our visions.

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The other thing I liked was the fact that there were several people from mainstream media around and the conversations never once degenerated into an 'us vs them' - they were more constructive in building bridges towards a more symbiotic relationship between bloggers and journalists.

I've not really taken any active role on Global Voices, still I feel part of the family and I came away with this strong feeling that I'd like to do more! I also ended up feeling a little guilty that I haven't been doing enough within the Indian blogworld, in bringing new and interesting voices to the international stage. I have some thoughts on how we could do that - one of them is to profile a new bridge blog periodically, the other is to update the bridge blog index.


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