Why the lack of posts and tweets from WISE 09?

A few people have emailed me to ask why there hasn’t been much communication from me during the conference.

There are a couple of reasons. the primary reason is that I’m busy trying to learn as much as I can from as many people that I can.

The secondary reasons are that the conference is located in the opposite end of the city from my hotel and I’ve been unable to get any of the interviews I’ve requested.

Due to the location of the media hotel, I have to spend an hour each day in transport and my transportation windows are limited. I cannot return to my room during the day. In short, I’m unable to settle in for a long period of time and write.

What we have here is a clash between the new journalism and a public relations firm that is using the old-fashion media control tactics. They are trying to get the media to repeat their message and are minimizing uncontrolled interactions.

My apologies to all my readers for this.

I hope to make it up to you by writing great analysis pieces during my flights home. I’m in the air for about 17 hours to get back to Toronto and this should give me a chance to finish some pieces.

This afternoon, I’m interviewing Dr. Ahmed Dewidar, Senior Education Advisor & Monitor, Canadian International Development Agency (CIDA), Egypt. This interview should be interesting and offer insight into how Canada is making a difference in education.