A couple of comments with an eye toward future such gatherings:
Even you saying this puts a smile on my face. Future Get-Togethers! Hooray! :)
Arg! Those chairs you folks had to sit in look like they can't be comfortable for more than a few minutes. I imagine that having to sit in them for hours is sufficiently uncomfortable to substantially inhibit thought process and the free flow of ideas.
Somehow I didn't notice any discomfort or feeling like I needed to get off the chair any time soon. I was mesmerized the whole day.
You know in most cities of any size, there will be at least one church or temple with a meeting room with lots of old stuffed furniture... big comfortable chairs, loveseats and couches and informal group meetings that occur in such places tend to be much more relaxed and flowing in my experience .... they are generally available to rent for a very modest fee ... or generally many colleges have a good many such rooms where people can just flop out, relax and interact.
Ok when you put it THAT way, yes, a church sounds much nicer. K&D, is there a Unity Church near Matthews or Charlotte?
Another thing: That flourescent lighting... too bright and too nasty! Next time everyone bring a big candle to light and kill the overhead stuff! Conversations had by candle light are, as a rule, superior.
But what quality of video would the non-attendees get? Montana, as a non-attendee yourself (right?), how did you think the video turned out light-wise? Would candlelight suffice?
Another possibility is to meet out of doors somewhere, should the weather be clement... a state park or community garden, or by the shore of some body of water ... again for reasons of light, not during the middle of the day but more toward the edges ... from dawn to 10 AM,and then from say 4 PM to after dark.
Dear God i LOVE This IDEA! Outdoors would have been great this year had it been normal weather for NC at the end of March. To my understanding, that rainy cold Saturday was an anomaly.
I hope so! Paul wants to golf next year!
In general, it is hard to overstate the sensitivity of group process to ambient conditions.
I thought we did ok despite the fluorescent lighting and somewhat firm (now that I think about it) chairs.
Also please review the post On Group Dynamics: Structure, Process & Outcome viewtopic.php?f=5&t=6023
Thank you, I skimmed it quickly last week but didn't have time to digest or assimilate anything. Damned forty-hour-a-week-plus job! Thank Goodness for some well-earned time off :)