|Guidelines for Diamond Presenters|
In all Diamond format panels, presentations are seven minutes long and are organized around 21 slides that are set to advance automatically every 20 seconds.
This is the defining hallmark of the genre; all presenters are asked to stick to this format categorically. Experience in other settings has shown that this format works when presenters abide by its rules and fails when they do not. This format offers a number of specific advantages, and audience response has been very enthusiastic.
The advantages include:
Organizing the Panel
All Diamond sessions should be constructed with an initial seven minutes allotted for preparation and introduction of the session as a whole, followed by seven minutes for each Diamond presentation, with the balance of the available time dedicated to discussion of the full set of presentations. Though the formal presentation is concluded in seven minutes, the schedule allows at least 20 minutes for each. At the discretion of the session chair, the discussion time may be used for response by a formal discussant, open "full room” questions and answers, break-out time in which presenters can confer with interested audience members, or a combination of these discussion formats.
New in 2014: Based on feedback from previous meetings, more time will be built into the schedule to allow time for discussion after individual presentations, as well as for discussion of the panel as a whole. The chairs of Diamond sessions should make sure that this is observed.
Models and Precedents
For those who would like to know more about the sources of inspiration for this format, there is much discussion around the web of a variety of similar (but not identical) formats, including the format known as Pecha-Kucha, developed in the design fields in Japan. Some of these are associated with formally trademarked brands of presentation events. Also available online are videos and slidecasts of presentations made in these related formats:
A YouTube version of Jason Jackson’s AFS 2010 Diamond presentation on the Open Folklore project: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zBUfYuVlBZE
A YouTube version of Michael Dylan Foster's AFS 2010 Diamond presentation, ""The Fall and Rise of the "Tourist Guy": Humor and Pathos in Photoshop Folklore": filmed onsite, or screencast (slide and voice alone).
A Pecha-Kucha presentation on YouTube: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9NZOt6BkhUg
"Hate Long, Rambling Speeches? Try Pecha-Kucha" by Lucy Craft [NPR on Pecha-Kucha]: http://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=130698873
A discussion of Pecha-Kucha in anthropology with links to examples and information: http://www.antropologi.info/blog/anthropology/2010/pecha-kucha
The Pecha-Kucha Organization: http://www.pecha-kucha.org/
On Lightning Talks: http://perl.plover.com/lightning-talks.html
On the Ignite Format and Events: http://ignite.oreilly.com/
Search also "Pecha Kucha" in YouTube, "Death by PowerPoint," "Ignite," "Lightning Talks," and Wikipedia.
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