Ross Gardler


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Interesting talk, speaker was polite and confident. Well delivered talk and well chosen topic.

Anonymous at 00:15 on 21 Aug 2012

I found this talk quite patronising. It seemed to espouse the speakers' own choices as being the most correct when I suspect the real situation was very much more complicated.

A tedious repetition of "I do this to feed my kids", and even a comment along the lines of "even if you don't have kids now, you will one day" to which someone shouted out, "not everyone will have children!" only to receive the reply, "I agree, some people are unable to for whatever reason".

Anonymous at 08:38 on 24 Aug 2012

An interesting talk. The main message was find your own expertise and stick to it. Find other people's expertise and compliment one another. Personally I fined this much more effective than the "I can do it all" approach.

Perhaps the session was too focused on the speakers own experiences, but this approach did provide a context for the position being taken and the arguments made. Less context would certainly have worked and would have seemed less self-indulgent. At least there were admissions of mistakes as well as successes along with lots of credits to many others work.

I should point out that I think the previous commentator misunderstood the "kids" point. It was used to emphasise the need to do more than "the right thing". The response I heard to the "I won't have kids" argument was not the one suggested above, but an assertion that everyone's lives change and while an individual might choose not to have kids there will, for most people, be a reason why compromises have to be made on occasion. The speaker felt being in a position to compromise in the areas of choice was more important than trying to change the world all in one go.