1. What was good about the workshop?
Apparently, I assumed some things differently than others did. “Workshop” means something different than “Panel” to me. A workshop, in my mind, is a gathering of people with a similar interest who are ready to share their perspective and actively learn from one another. It is likely they already have some experience with the topic, but they are still open to forming ideas and developing new insights. There is an interesting new synergy that emerges when everyone provides input and they learn from one another.
A panel, on the other hand, is a gathering of just three or so experts who *present* their experience/opinions to an audience to mull over. (When there is just one expert, the form tends to morph into an “Interview” or a “Presentation”). Maybe there is a Q&A period at the end of the Panel/Presentation when all manner of random questions and statements are posed by audience members and the panelists or presenter respond from the position of expert.
I love the idea of Cake Workshops where many people with similar interests are invited to come together and learn from each other—and “outsiders” can see it all, but don’t disrupt the synergy with comments/questions. It keeps the topic very clean while the participants can explore various elements that are of interest to *them.* It may be frustrating to those who can only watch—but my response to that is, “Hey, isn’t it cool you get to see the process the workshop attendees went through sharing their experience and perspectives?”
2. What could have been better?
I found the invitation-to-participate process to be a little unclear. (Hence my late entry into the discussion-heh.)
3. What CAN we do to make the next workshop even more amazing?
Clarify the format a little better?
Two thumbs up for this experience. I learned a lot, and hopefully contributed something to the conversation. Thank you @apm for being someone who stretches the boundaries while building bridges.