Sure, some summit meetings can turn out like this, where you…
… convene the stakeholders, let them vent about the problem, give a shout-out to those already engaged in efforts to address the problem, get at least one member of the “establishment” that caused the trauma to attend and be contrite, define a vague action plan, stress the need for the whole community to get actively involve, break into small groups to discuss the issues, put people’s thoughts on flip chart paper, have the break-out groups’ scribes report back to the larger group, be sure everyone signs their names and contact information on a clipboard, and then schedule a few interviews with the local media to exaggerate the outcomes of the event
But –trust me– the Hummus Summit will be of a higher order.
I mean, I won’t deny kinda lookin’ forward to my break-out session with Charlize Theron and Carrie Underwood, gettin’ their contact information and all. But for one thing, we aren’t gonna have clipboards. Not with some of the other folks we got comin’. The Mamouds, Bibi, Hillary, Sarah, Andrew Sullivan, like that.
You ever been hit with a clipboard?
Let me tell ya, those things can leave a crease.