Something to chew on this Sunday afternoon, from gapingvoid
Enjoying the aggravation over at the NY Times small business blog with Bruce Buschel

The Glance for Sept. 20, 2010: John Seely Brown on power of conferences to spur new innovative insights

John Hagel III, John Seely Brown, and Land Davison: The Power of Pull, 2010:

We need serendipitous encounters with people because of the importance of the ideas that these people carry with them and the connections they have. People carry tacit knowledge. ... As edges arise every more quickly, all of us must not only find the people who carry this new knowledge but get to know them well enough (and provide them with sufficient reciprocal value) that they're comfortable trying to share it with us. This helps to explain a contemporary pattern taking place in new areas of human endeavor: Conferences spring up to accommodate the desire of participants to share stories about their experiences with like-minded people.