ReinsteinD wrote:In response to Dr. Chuck--
I won't be at PACE, but I will be happy to pass along my notes/impressions to anybody who will be.
Boy, this thread has gone in an odd direction. I'm talking about this topic on the PACE NSC info thread... Hopefully the moderator will switch that block over... maybe to a new discussion here. (I caveat everything I've written for the last few days that I'm just speaking my own mind but with the advantage of retrospection with PACE.)
At any rate, no problem about notes and impressions. It's possible there will also be PACE folks at that meeting who would be interested in how such a national organization can help or hurt our causes. But I appreciate any and all sets of notes. The bad thing is that I really won't be in the mindset to tackle these issues as we get closer to the NSC date (and I approach my pending move date to DC). Of course, I'm in the mindset "now" before the major planning begins in early May.
Of course, I'm going to agree with one thing Romero stated: actions to make changes make a difference. There are a lot of people who are making those changes in our states, even if those are incremental. The people who have won the Benjamin Cooper Award are examples of people who volunteered their time and efforts to improving the circuit in their own way, and they have some proof of success or possible success that others really appreciate (locally or nationally).
So if there is any need for a national organization, it is really a means for many of these crusaders to meet and share ideas. This is why Samer and I formed PACE back in the day. We want to find those people and support them to expand quiz bowl and "quality" competition. This is what makes PACE the group it is, and we always want to identify more people who share our passion and vision to achieve these goals. Not everyone joins who we hope should, but those that do want to see our visions (individual and collective) realized.
Let it be also known, we don't always agree with our individual visions and beliefs for what constitutes good or quality quiz bowl. I value this diversity of opinion and background, and as long as we know that I want to keep the discussion to the point and not get too personal, we do pretty well seeing all sides of an issue. I personally am interested in innovations to the game that can draw teams to "higher quality" experiences in quiz bowl, and I have formulated many different game formats to test my own intuition about the game (to my surprise they have been successful). But I think this diversity of opinion and experience is what makes PACE the group that it is, and we seek further diversity and experience if we are to do more for the circuit.
Emil Thomas Chuck, Ph.D.
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