Show Notes for Episode 3: Leadership in Crisis, A Panel of Event Chairs

In Episode 3 of Essence of Wonder With Gadi Evron, Gadi, Vincent Docherty, and Christopher J. Garcia hosted event chairs (Worldcon, World Fantasy Con, security conferences, etc.) with two-panel discussions on managing crisis situations. Karen Castelletti joined with a reading.

This was the show’s third episode and it was recorded with a live audience.

Video recordings

Part 1: Mistakes made, lessons learned
Part 2: Concellation 2020 and Karen Reads
Part 3: Adapting in the future

Clips from the episode:

– Karen Reads: “Garg and Moonslicer” by u/wanderingbishop.
– Concellation 2020 non-chair Christopher Ambler interviewed by Helen Montgomery, with Christopher J. Garcia and Gadi Evron.

Notes include
– Show guests, hosts, and production
– Readings
– News and upcoming works from Christopher J. Garcia
– Quotes
– References and mentions

Show guests

First panel: Mistakes made, lessons learned.
Moderated by: Vincent Docherty (Worldcon 53, 63).

  • David Kennedy (DerbyCon – Cyber security)
  • Patty Wells (Worldcon 69)
  • Colette Fozard (Worldcon 2021)
  • Randall Shepherd (Worldcon 71)
  • Stephen Kelner (leadership expert)

Second panel: Adapting in the future.
Moderated by: Christopher J. Garcia.

  • Ginny Patrick Smith (World Fantasy Con 2020)
  • Dragos Ruiu (CanSecWest – Cyber security)
  • Helen Montgomery (Worldcon bid chair, 2022)
  • Vincent Docherty (Worldcon 53, 63)
  • Patty Wells (Worldcon 69)

Special guest

  • Christopher Ambler (founder of Concellation 2020 Facebook group) interviewed by Helen Montgomery, with Christopher J Garcia and Gadi Evron.

Host
Gadi Evron

Production
Gadi Evron
Daria Medved
John Dodd
Patrick Maher
Ian Stockdale
Niamh Kearney
Karen Castelletti

Readings

– Karen Castelletti read “Garg and Moonslicer” [Reddit] by u/wanderingbishop.

News and upcoming works from Christopher J. Garcia

Quotes

“[Most important thing to ask is] What can I do to help the decision-maker in making their decision.”

— Colette Fozard on Essence of Wonder With Gadi Evron, episode 3, “Leadership in Crisis.”

“You can’t communicate clearly enough in a crisis.”

— Patty Wells on Essence of Wonder With Gadi Evron, episode 3, “Leadership in Crisis.”

“Be responsive to people, communicate so they understand what you know.”

– Stephen Kelner on Essence of Wonder With Gadi Evron, episode 3, “Leadership in Crisis.”

“Communicate that there are things you know and things you don’t know”

– Stephen Kelner on Essence of Wonder With Gadi Evron, episode 3, “Leadership in Crisis.”

“[There is] Value in people talking truth to you.”

— Randall Shephed on Essence of Wonder With Gadi Evron, episode 3, “Leadership in Crisis.”

“Have a person identified as a voice [of the event] rather than [speak with] a single unified voice.”

— David Kennedy on Essence of Wonder With Gadi Evron, episode 3, “Leadership in Crisis.”

“Respect the human side of the decision.”

— Colette Fozard on Essence of Wonder With Gadi Evron, episode 3, “Leadership in Crisis.”

“Say thank you to people, and thank them for what they have done”

— Patty Wells on Essence of Wonder With Gadi Evron, episode 3, “Leadership in Crisis.”

“Asimov set in place a structure for incident response. Build a plan to avoid incidents, hence psychohistory. Put good people in place to lead you through an incident, hence the Mayors. Be ready for something to break your plan, hence the Mule. And, have an incident response capability, hence the Second Foundation.

— Gadi Evron on Essence of Wonder With Gadi Evron, episode 3, “Leadership in Crisis.”

“Moderation should be done silently.”

– Christopher Ambler on Essence of Wonder With Gadi Evron, episode 3, “Leadership in Crisis.”

“You can’t be flexible, that’s far too rigid, you have to be fluid.”

— Dragos Ruiu on Essence of Wonder With Gadi Evron, episode 3, “Leadership in Crisis.”

“Your plan is not going to survive interaction with reality.”

— Vincent Docherty on Essence of Wonder With Gadi Evron, episode 3, “Leadership in Crisis.”

“Make the best decision you can at the time, and move forward.”

— Ginny Patrick Smith on Essence of Wonder With Gadi Evron, episode 3, “Leadership in Crisis.”

“Human beings are not big fans of change. [..] We’re going to see a lot of people wanting to go back to how things were.”

— Helen Montgomery on Essence of Wonder With Gadi Evron, episode 3, “Leadership in Crisis.”

“Some things in life are just so big, a black swan event, that you need to realize that your plan is not going to survive contact with reality. Give people time to adjust. Uncertainty creates an emotional drag, and that’s why communication is so important, even and especially if you’re uncertain, [you’re] being honest and showing you’re in it as well [is important].”

— Vincent Docherty on Essence of Wonder With Gadi Evron, episode 3, “Leadership in Crisis.”

References and mentions

  • AskReddit: People who worked at hotels during Furry/Anime/Sci-Fi/Comic/Other Conventions, what crazy **** did you see go down? [Reddit].
  • Articles recommended by Ben Yallow on force majeure [1, 2].
  • Fan funds [fanac].
  • Concellation 2020’s growth numbers (date, number of members), with thanks to Craig Glassner:

2020-03-12 87
2020-03-13 548
2020-03-14 1549
2020-03-15 3819
2020-03-16 6773
2020-03-17 10543
2020-03-18 14342
2020-03-19 17491
2020-03-20 19535
2020-03-21 20922
2020-03-22 22171
2020-03-23 23038
2020-03-24 23839
2020-03-25 24605
2020-03-26 25377
2020-03-27 26054
2020-03-28 26646
2020-03-29 27124
2020-03-30 27563
2020-03-31 27905
2020-04-01 28176
2020-04-02 28426
2020-04-03 28703
2020-04-04 28857
2020-04-05 29014
2020-04-06 29116
2020-04-07 29206
2020-04-08 29342
2020-04-09 29594
2020-04-10 29762
2020-04-11 29986
2020-04-12 30252
2020-04-13 30448
2020-04-14 30601
2020-04-15 30718
2020-04-16 30796
2020-04-17 30937
2020-04-18 31059
2020-04-19 31170
2020-04-20 31251
2020-04-21 31319
2020-04-22 31411
2020-04-23 31531
2020-04-24 31504

See you on Saturday for our upcoming episode with Malka Older.

Gadi Evron.

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