Last week I had the extraordinary opportunity to spend time in the company of some very smart, interesting and generous university innovators when ...
If we want our institutions of learning to be learning institutions, we have to make room for staff and faculty to have access to deep learning, mentoring, networking, contemplation and sense-making. That doesn’t happen on the trade floor of a large commercial conference.
I also really like how the author checks privilege in the piece.
Now I have to acknowledge my privilege. I have access to budgets that enable me to attend multiple meetings of various kinds, and I seldom have to provide a specific justification. I know there are many who can’t travel at all, or who must demonstrate that when they attend a meeting, conference or training that it has quantifiable benefits for their institution.