Arranging good social events
I spent the last two weeks in Wellington and Auckland, New Zealand -- and, for a significant amount of time, on board various aircraft. The occasion was attending the ICANN meetings in Wellington; I'm currently involved with ICANN as a member of its Nominating Committee. Unfortunately, much of what goes on on the NomComm is unbloggable. Much of the rest of the meeting didn't strike me as particularly note- or blog-worthy.
One important part of these meetings is the social event (or, rather, are the social events). ICANN is, fortunately, joining the club of those who hold these in nearby major museums: We were served canapees at the Te Papa Tongarewa, the Musem of New Zealand, and had access to (most of) the exhibits there. After the IETF's visit to the antisocially good Musée d'Orsay last summer, this is one of the better social events I've experienced, and I very much hope that other groups will start to join this trend.
Another tradition that is evolving in ICANN Social Events is the sports evening; this time, bowling. Besides being a clever marketing event for Auda (they were clever enough to give out free baseball caps for the first strike -- people were actually wearing these, despite the incredibly ugly and Cheney-safe color combination), these ones help to bring the rather diverse and fractioned ICANN community together.
Kudos for both of these choices to the local organizers.
(And yes, it is a bit sad that the social events were the most bloggable thing that happened all week. Besides Mike Palage leaving the board, maybe.)