The Once and Future Conference

I noticed the other day that I hadn’t received a postcard for Emergence 2008. I didn’t read too much into it, but today I see that they’ve canceled the conference this year.

It’s too bad; they had two solid conferences under their belt and an opportunity to build on that success. A one year break doesn’t sound like much, but when you consider that this is a student-run conference and students are only at CMU for two years, a break like this causes a gap in institutional memory. By 2009, the students who helped with Emergence 2007 will be gone and the new students will have to start from scratch.


  1. As the director of Emergence 2007, and having just graduated, I completely agree that the institutional memory will be lost.

    However, the next conference will not be about service design. So it will be a struggle to build on the success of the previous two conferences regardless.




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