As I have been encouraged to write a blog post (but when I went to a place where it said ‘blog’ I got an error saying that tag is only allowed for certain people) I will start one here with some reflections on the great festival!
I am very glad Winnie invited me, something that maybe should go without saying, but I will start with that anyway! Thanks!!
From the complexities of water presentation by Alberto Rey, to the super fun Urban Games (yay, Hippos!), to the open insulin work and the workshops and masterclasses, it really was so interesting. Of course I am sorry I missed out on Bernard M’s discussion and the details about data protection from the afternoon of the second day, but hope somehow (in these pages?) I will manage to catch up! It is incredibly cool that we finished with Matt M (who my daughters would also really love) and John C (so cool he is advising this group!) giving their take on things, and the final documentary, well I already talked about that elsewhere, but it was really great.
As I got on the plane home, I realised that my current book, Heureux les heureux, by Yasmina Reza, is also very applicable to these topics of open care, open sourcing and open science even - and esp knowing each other… There are even vignettes with people waiting in the doctor’s office, being brave and pathetic, all at once… The title is from Jorge Luis Borges, and I will quote: ‘Felices los amados y los amantes y los que pueden prescindir del amor. Felices los felices.’
Maybe we can all call ourselves happy just to have been together for those few days, but I am hoping that there will be more to come, even thought I know getting to Morocco to start off next year is certainly not going to happen for me!
Still I look forward to hearing about it all!
And seeing at least some of you (for real, not just in facebook) in the not too distant future!
Now, if I could just find out what those instruments were, that were played during the party (well, at least for one song, outside of the sound check… ;)!
Thanks again to everyone for their contributions and organisation!