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Thursday, July 9 • 2:30pm - 3:30pm
The Guild Decided Something Stupid, and It Isn’t OK

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The Guild Decided Something Stupid, and It Isn’t OK
Constance Steinkuehler, Andrew Phelphs

At the very first (or was it the second?) GLS, two young assistant professors hung out and swapped stories about leading guilds in MMORPGs, and the lessons and experiments that might translate to academic politics, tenure cases, and random bits of academia, chief among them the role of emerging and established leadership in situations that are at once both democratic and executive.  When does the guild leader accept the counsel of their senior members? When do they act to appease a particular consistency (the tank, the healers, the @)#($*) quest-monkeys?)  The democratic vote of all their members?  When do they throw it all aside and exercise executive power?  And when/why/how do they know the difference?  And what does this teach us – what do these training grounds mean?  How are they useful?  And if those same professors were to be told that GLS firesides weren’t a ‘thing’ anymore, given the voice of the membership, what would they do?  Join Constance and Andy as they reflect on a decade of running guilds, programs, centers, departments, and organizations, and the nuanced balancing act of trying to figure out when to listen, where to bend, how to act, and the intricate dance of leadership.  Plus, there will be a fire.


Thursday July 9, 2015 2:30pm - 3:30pm
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