Learning Fast

As you know if you have been following my (somewhat incessant, sorry about that) twitter feed recently, I am attending the World Summit on the Information Society Forum 2013 in Geneva this week. I am trying to use it as a learning experience and as an opportunity to help out an organization (the Association for Progressive Communications) that does some interesting work on development, women’s rights and Information and Communications Technologies (what the international set call ICTs). Their mission, more specifically, is:

…to empower and support organisations, social movements and individuals in and through the use of information and communication technologies (ICTs) to build strategic communities and initiatives for the purpose of making meaningful contributions to equitable human development, social justice, participatory political processes and environmental sustainability.

Looking forward to meeting their reps and getting my hands dirty.

There will be more policy/law/creativity oriented posts in the next few days but, here in the downtime between sessions, I thought I would take a moment to put down a few of my initial thoughts which have not much to do with communications, internet and the law and a whole lot to do with being a neophyte at a large, international conference of this type:

1)      When I say large I mean large.  I don’t think there are that many delegates (less than a thousand?) but, the International Telecommunications Union’s campus is pretty big.  In fact when I got lost trying to find the opening ceremonies this morning, I ran into another gentleman who had also lost his way.

“Where you from?” I enquired.

“Here, I work for the ITU,” he replied;

2)      When you’re looking for a bathroom in an emergency, sometimes it’s useful to speak more than two languages;

3)      UN cafeterias are some of the most affordable places I have found to eat in Switzerland;

4)      Unfortunately, upon eating the food in a UN cafeteria, it is very easy to see why they are among the most affordable places to eat in Switzerland.

More to come.


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