There weren’t a million puppets there, and while there was a portion of the event that involved people taking sides (including, most notably, the media, if you read Regina’s blog post, as well as many people who weren’t there, if you read this blog post.), this is not what I experienced. Instead, I saw a celebration of life and art and communication, that’s so different than what I’m used to. She was right about it being a photographic paradise as well.
I happen to be taking a course in social network analysis and in it, I’m learning that simulated networks that are “totally connected” arrive at solutions faster, but are lower performing in the long run, compared to networks that are not connected and have gaps in them.
I’ve never been a puppeteer or communicated using puppets. Fred Holliday was a willing and enthusiastic one, as Regina showed me her muppet labs originals (I learn something new about her every day…). To foreshadow our TEDx talk, what we’re supposed to learn is that bouncing a ball alone in a closed network is not a pathway to winning in the long run. Thanks, DC, and Regina, for the opportunity to break things in the right places.