Most conferences still follow the 1st Industrial Revolution model

Have you ever been to a conference and felt it was a waste of time because the keynote speaker and/or panelists did not do justice to the subject at hand?

How many times have people in the audience at a conference been better off discussing the issues by themselves instead of listening to som "authority" on the subject?

We need to leverage the willingness of people to share knowledge and technology to make sure that we move away from the traditional confeence configurations that were fashioned after the 1st Industrial Revolution information production, consumption and distribution model.