It was great to arrive at the MCN in Pittsburgh and set forth to unveil the very first Listening Lounge for the MCN conference experience.
Have you ever attended a conference or trade show, and felt so inundated with information that you actually stop being able to meaningfully connect to the people around you? All of the sights, sounds, sessions, and networking opportunities leave little chance to process, absorb, and form truly meaningful connections.
There is a great place out on Pier 17 on the Embarcadero in San Francisco, right across from the Exploratorium that I’ve discovered recently. It’s called Swissnex and it’s adjacent to the Swiss Consulate; it’s actually part of Switzerland. Swissnex is a gallery and art space fostering swiss artists, scientists and thinkers. I got the opportunity to work there with my dear friend Juanita Schapfler-Miller, who now lives in Switzerland and works as a “science storyteller.”