Great day for up

Sita and I have another joint event under our belt. Sita and her colleague Alicia did their magic, synthesizing countless conversations into a spectacular mural, the two working seamlessly together. They did more than scribing, seeing patterns, distilling nuggets and then advising me on how to sequence the closing session. All through the day people practiced what they preached about knowledge management. The high energy never dropped down even after lunch. The sessions were unhurried and we ended even before the time was up. It was a great day.

We dismantled the large foam towers that held the collective wisdom of the group, all captured digitally to put on the website of the global health knowledge collaborative. And so we passed another milestone, better equipped to move on.

We had a beer and a light dinner before splitting up, Alicia to Wilmington, Sita back to Boston and me across town to another hotel. After a very long rush hour drive and a very high taxi fare I was dropped off at a corporate lodging place – an apartment building mostly inhabited by well earning millennials, with a few suites for corporate hire. It was a most impersonal place, more impersonal than a hotel. I could not imagine paying hard earned money to live in such a soulless place.

I was registered as Riesendorp which took a while to sort out. And then, when I discovered there was no after-hours support for anything, including IT, I checked out again – an evening without internet was a problem. With no hotel rooms available in the neighborhood I took the fast train to Baltimore and checked into a hotel half the price and with internet, near my next meeting. It solved tonight’s problem but not tomorrow’s as I forfeited my room in DC.

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