@Anneke, I was really excited to meet several people in person whom I had only interacted with online up to that point. Just seeing people in real life moving around, having voices and handwriting and facial expressions, instead of text on a screen—made my heart swell. That was my favorite part.
It was also a lot of fun seeing how an Open Space conference works. I thought I'd be too shy to instigate a conversation, but I did so on the last day of the conference and it was really fun. We talked about the role story plays in all our rewilding efforts. About 15 or 20 people participated in that particular conversation, with about 10 people doing most of the talking, and everyone seemed really engaged. I'm hoping to pick up that thread again at next year's conference.
Any chance you'll make it to next year's conference?