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    • We're looking to hire someone(s) to help us kickstart panels because I swear they have enormous potential.

      That is awesome news!

      I am hosting my panel on Saturday on the topic of “How do you make maths fun?”

      Question: How do I make sure that this is an amazingly positive experience for the panelists?

      I’ve gotten a few yeses already from my panelists. Although I wrote a small book on using online math games with students on the spectrum, my panelists are heavy hitters who have appeared in major news publications and at national conferences, who are successful authors and game inventors, and who are genuinely amazing people who I want to do right by them with the panel.

      They are also reading this thread so any suggestions you can provide for me or for them is much appreciated.

    • That's SO GREAT! In my experience, there are a few practical issues:

      1. The word panel conjures being in front of a camera with a live feed of video. A few of our panelists were initially thrown by the idea of panels being like this post — text with optional embeds like photos, links and YouTube videos.

      2. When panelists follow the link to arrive on the panel, if they are logged into Cake, there should be a blue bar at the bottom of the page. A few people have overlooked that bar:

      3. The 50,000' view is the internet is the only venue on earth where there is an expectation that anyone can join the conversation. It's very powerful for giving voice to movements like MeToo. The trouble is it can also give voice to Nazis, trolls,& noise.

      In the physical world we've had amazing success with panels for centuries because the expectation of the audience is we all benefit by letting the panel speak. It's how millions of us hear from amazing people and get great signal in a noisy world.

      Cake panels remove the requirement of having cameras, a sound system, a stage, an auditorium or to be in the same place at the same time. They are public for anyone to read by simply sharing a link, and they're discoverable by searching Google.. The audience is unlimited.

      They can also extend over time. Perhaps a group of climbers will let us follow their expeditions on Cake panels one day.

      Good luck! I can't wait to see this panel. I read The Reason I Jump by Naoki Higashida and loved it.

    • I linked this conversation via email to someone who is joining us and she replied:

      You should say you're on boarding someone soon to help with panels!
      (I'm excited!)

    • @yaypie I want to stay out of the doghouse by not assigning the wrong topics to Saturday’s panel on “How do you make maths fun?

      What do you think of these five:

      Cake. I’m assuming that followers of this topic would like to be informed of new panels.



      Problem Solving

      Entertainment. We used entertainment on a previous conversation about recreational maths and magic.

    • I would remove the "Cake" topic.

      The "Cake" topic is for conversations about Cake, not just conversations that are on Cake (that would be every conversation! 😄). So unless your panel is specifically discussing Cake, it's not a relevant topic.

      People who are interested in seeing conversations (including panels) about math or education are more likely to follow the "mathematics" and "education" topics than the "Cake" topic.

    • To add to what @Chris said. Here is a diagram of the steps that the people you are inviting to the panel need to go through:

      1. Get an email with an invitation.

      2. View the panel conversation. Click the button in the email to see the panel and accept the invitation if they choose.

      3. Start posting.

    • Thanks for chiming in to help make my panel an amazing experience for everyone!

      Everyone on the panel is actually signing up for Cake so I will be entering their Cake handles into the invite list, not their email address. (I will be DMed their handles by Friday evening.)

      When they log into Cake on Saturday at the TBD start time, will they get a pop up to join the panel? (The how to pictures that your team have been sharing are EXTREMELY helpful, thank you 🙏.)

    • As soon as you publish the panel conversation with your first post, the email will be sent out to everyone you’ve included as a panelist. From the email they’ll be able to join anytime.

    • Okay now I’ve got it, thank you! I’ll send out reminders on Friday to be on the lookout for the panel join emails.

      A lot of thought was clearly put into making this a great vehicle for fascinating conversations.


    • Thanks again for all your help in setting up our panel. Drew was hoping it brought in some new maths enthusiasts to Cake!

      😁 0 = 😡

      🐴✖️✔️-1 = 🦄

      🎅✖️🦄 = -1 ✖️🐴

    • it was a wonderful experience, I don’t think I’ve finished reading everything yet.

      I’m completely new to cake and it’s panels but found it brilliant.

      Sharing videos worked particularly well.

      Thank you 😊