This is one ambassador’s reception where a handful of Ferrero Rocher is about the best the guests can hope for. I have agreed to become an “AQR Ambassador” – hoping it will be more like “Ambassador to the United Nations” than “Austin Ambassador”. Thanks Rose Molloy and Andrea Higgins for suggesting this, though Andrea explained there are no actual benefits to doing it. I think the idea is just to be general AQR helper. It sounds like a good way for me to start getting a bit more involved with the AQR. I strive not for glory, riches or immortality but for more sitting down opportunities at conference buffet lunches. Join my struggle.
Needless to say, my vision for this role will take a week or two to crystallise, so may have start properly on my return from this summer’s Mediterraneo-Adriatic wanderings.
Interesting Q Festival on 16th June. Sod’s Law operates on my diary after any learning event and, true to form, I hit a busy period immediately after it – so I’m only looking back over my notes now. I will post some thoughts, perhaps on the behavioural economics or semiotics talks, shortly. That last sentence was an example of the behavioural economics of self-control: by “publishing” this commitment I increase the chances of me doing it.