Face to face still best

For generating ideas.  So it makes sense to sit down together in the same place to plan a conference.  From Successful Meetings.

Face-to-Face Meetings Generate Most Ideas, Scientific Study Finds
The best brainstorming sessions take place in person during face-to-face meetings, according to a new scientific study. 
Conducted by the IMEX Group in partnership with the Meetology Group, the study involved an experiment that was designed to test the question, “Does meeting face-to-face improve creativity compared to virtual meetings?” As part of the experiment, pairs of participants engaged in brainstorming sessions face-to-face, over the phone and via video chat. The results showed that face-to-face sessions generate more ideas, a “marginally” higher quality of ideas and a greater variety of ideas than either phone or video chat. 
“A face-to-face meeting between two people who do not know each other resulted in more creative ideas than the other two methods,” says Dr. Paul Redford, a consultant psychologist who led the experiment. “The statistics show there is a significant difference in the number of creative ideas generated, a marginal but notable difference in the quality of those ideas and also a greater variety of ideas produced. These results were all the more notable given that the participants didn’t always share the same language and did not necessarily know each other before the experiment.”


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