Greatly enjoyed the talks! I took part in the data, reputation & wallet rings. Some observations / comments:
Structure / guidance (wallet ring was great) from a ring facilitator means that topics get addressed accurately (props to @ligi) even with larger groups.
Many participants but little structure > means loudest voices get heard most, topics drift, hard to get to actionable items / address subjects properly.
Rings forming around a new topic take (quite) a bit of time to self-organise, structure and define. Data ring had a lot of interest, but the broad subject of ‘data’ meant that we needed more time to specify.
With lots of new participants, people new to do-mocracy, lots of people new to one another; means time is also spent on adapting to a lot of meta.
Smaller groups & smaller rings joining up (bottom up instead of bottom down) can probably speed up communication and ‘formation’. Maybe flash introductions before going into bigger ring(s) would facilitate this.
There was incredibly good support and preparation from volunteers and organisers. There has been a great deal of knowledge transfer from previous participants to all new participants and hopefully that also contributes to scaling/decentralized scaling of the Magicians.
I second Ethernian’s suggestion that a big room where you can easily move between rings may be super helpful. At least at the beginning of a day it would create more dynamism between rings/participants & make it easier to create smaller specialised sub-rings. Less structure from the beginning makes it easier for some emergent structures to come up, more playfulness.
Really looking forward to see how we/this revolves!
Edit: I’m also noticing often things get lost / it’s hard for people to figure out where to look / find notes etc. I can imagine a front-page for ethereum-magicians.org with some links to hackmds/wikis/githubs/forums would benefit many people.