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I am the logistics queen; aka, we’re hosting a conference.

Posted by quirksalight on September 15, 2010

This week, Embassy Seoul hosted a DPRK Watchers conference in conjunction with USFK. Basically a chance for people to get together, iinteragency, and just discuss the issues at hand.

Awesome idea, execution was a bit complicated. There were several other major delegations around this week, and this week is the week before Chuseok, the Korean Thanksgiving. Chuseok is one of the biggest holidays, and because this year it’s almost a week long (more on why it changes later), many people are taking most if not all of the week off.

This means that people are trying to cram things in, meetings, visits, etc, around Chuseok, as no one in Korea is really working during that time. You’re supposed to go hang out and pay respects to your family and the deceased.

This complicates planning. A lot.

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One Response to “I am the logistics queen; aka, we’re hosting a conference.”

  1. bradandlindsey said

    Thanks for your post about hosting a conference. I just recently wrote a blog post about that very thing (http://bradandlindsey.wordpress.com/2011/04/05/common-mistakes-to-avoid-when-hosting-a-conference/). What have you learned about hosting conferences or events involving multiple cultures?

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