You know the old saying “a day late and a dollar short”? This report on my experience at the Roche Social Media Summit, which I talked about in advance, is a month late and about 500 words short.
A number of my fellow attendees have given comprehensive reports on the Summit and their experiences. I just want to share a few impressions that have stayed with me.
- There is a lasting impression of pride in us as a community. One of the discussions the triggered this pride was one in which someone (I really can’t remember who)described having attended an international conference at which he or she learned that the diabetes online community is seen around the world as a model for patient engagement. I also felt pride at a group discussion with a number of Roche’s science and development folks as several members of the group were able to engage the science people in a very informed way. There were some very bright people on both sides of the table.
- I also have a lasting of the passion the attendees (and many, many others who did not have the opportunity to attend) bring to their advocacy, passion arriving from the desire to make their lives and the lives of their loved ones better. To me the most moving thing from the event involved my friend Wendy – I’m grateful that she’s chosen to tell the story.
- Finally, I have a lasting impression of the friendship I feel for the people I engaged with during the event. They (again, along with many others) have given me so, so much.
Please note that Roche paid for all expenses directly related to my attendance at the Social Media Summit, including travel, lodging, and most meals.