They say those who can’t do, teach. But those who can do neither? They attend conferences.
Harsh as this claim may seem, anyone who has attended a global development conference in recent years could attest to the growing degree of uniformity among these meetings: their format, their speakers, their methods of audience engagement, the depth (or lack thereof) of their dialogue, the inevitable badge-gazing as attendees stroll through lobbies and hallways, eyes glued to nametags and lanyards. Isn’t it time these conferences were held accountable for serving a purpose commensurate with the goals to which they so loudly and so often aspire?