.…..was strewn with great company in the shape of Judy O’Connell and her colleague, Pat Barrett. I got my very first sight of the Pacific Ocean at the lovely little Clovelly Beach, followed by a cup of tea in a cafe on Coogee Beach nearby. Pat then drove us to lunch (where I met Gary Brown) via the Sydney Olympic Village — still very much a thriving and sustainable part of Sydney’s cultural and sporting life. Like all great projects, sustainability was built in from the foundations up. Lunch at a nice Lebanese restaurant and then onto the seminar venue.
It’s always more daunting, I think, speaking to a small group — there’s nowhere to hide!! But, as I fully expected, they were a warm, friendly and lively bunch of professionals. The discussion after I finished speaking was sharp and insightful, with some hard questions raised, ones that I’m no closer to finding the answer to than anyone else.
And joining the discussion was Al Upton, of mini-legends fame. Having followed his and Judy’s blogs for so long, it is a lovely experience to meet the real human beings behind their words and thoughts!
So — onto the Global Summit itself, which starts tomorrow (and to the GENIE — Global Exchange of Networks in Education — meeting beforehand). Looking forward to it all.…