This blog is for all those people lucky enough to get a place at the next "What Matters Now" Fantastic Tavern on Thursday 10th February 2011 at The Mudlark. To those are on the reserve list or could not make it, fear not we are already planning the next one in April.
The thing about the Fantastic Tavern is that it’s a bit of a moving feast. I hatch an idea for an evening and then seek out appropriate content ideas and collaboration through the network of the community. I'm never entirely sure what we'll serve up until we serve it up. I like this rather haphazard approach to the future - never over-planning and reacting to circumstances as they unfold.
To that end, next week's Fantastic Tavern will be a bit like either a speed date (not that I know) or an open mic comedy session. It will be rapid, varied, highly entertaining and there will be audience participation. Speaking of which, if you all turn up, there will be over 130 taverners so make sure you're first to the bar!
An important point to mention here. This time I'm not going to make you wait to the end of the night or even the middle of the main event for food, unlined stomachs mean more heckling – although this is not a bad thing. It will be served like our speakers - hot - at 6.30 to 7. After that and it's a liquid diet I'm afraid :) A big thanks to EMC Consulting and Marcus Donald People for picking up the tab.
However unstructured the evening might feel when we experience it, there is plenty going on in the background to ensure we have a great night. Ten speakers are current chalked to do ten topical, thought provoking 'speed debates'. Each one will answer the question "What Matters Now?" - to us as professionals and practitioners, to people more generally, to society. It's a broad, far reaching question of course. So what's on the menu?
- New Philanthropy
- The Nature of Work
- Journalism at the speed of the network
- The role of education
- Living in the Now
- My Information - access and ownership
- Tribal identities
- New Skills Economy
- Productivity - did digital deliver?
- Money still makes the world go 'round
What I can promise you is that there will be a little bit of something for everyone and there will be some great people to swig a beer with. At least that's guaranteed.
If for any reason you cannot come please email firstname.lastname@example.org as we have a reserve list just waiting for their beer tokens.
Otherwise see you there
Details incase you have forgotten
Date: Thursday 10th February 2011
Time: 6:30pm until bar close
Venue: The Mudlark (Traders Bar upstairs), 4 Montague Close, London SE1 9DA