Lyz Liddel is answering questions about the Reason Rally. It’s been off to a slow start, with only a small number of speakers, so there have been some concerns about what’s going on behind the scenes. But she still can’t give out any names.
I wish I could give you specific names right now! Alas, we’re still negotiating contract details and I have been sworn to utmost secrecy until those contracts are finalized (because leaking that information at this point could cause the speakers to back out, and that would be no fun).
What I can say is that if even a few of the speakers we’ve received preliminary “yes” responses from come through, our lineup for 2016 is going to knock the socks off the 2012 rally. We have mainstream musicians (in two rather surprisingly different genres), nationally known celebrities, and some very high-profile politicians who are interested in speaking.
Ooookay. It’s still a little odd. I was in the first one, and there were no “contracts” for many of us, I couldn’t imagine on insisting that the organizers hold off on naming me once I’d agreed, and I especially couldn’t imagine changing my mind if I were listed on a program before my “contract” was signed.
Maybe they’re signing really big names who live in a different kind of world than peons like me, but none of this rings true. Say there are some people who are more demanding than I was; hold off on them, but there must be lots of others who are eager to see this thing take off. I’ve been holding off on committing to attend because I want to see more reason to go to the Reason Rally, and I’m sure I’m not alone.