It cannot be taken for granted that merely arranging for an assemblage of knowledgeable people in an appropriate place within a given time span will produce effective results. Regardless of the quality of the individual participants and their skill in articulation, the ultimate success of most conferences will be related to the effectiveness of the conference leader. It is his responsibility not only to arrange for all the physical appurtenances of the conference, but also to ameliorate conflict, abrasion, and disagreement, while effectively intergrating a variety of points of view toward the desired goals of the conference. When it happpens that a leader becomes aware of his inabily to cope with problems precipitated by overly animated interaction, he shies away from encouraging participation to an increasing extent, thus sharply reducing the value of the conference.
Lord Manners was a rich and famous banker. When he died, he was given a magnificent funeral which was attended by hundreds of famous people. The funeral was going to be held in Westminster Abbey. Many ordinary people lined the streets to watch the procession. The wonderful black and gold carriage was drawn by six black horses. The mourners followed in silence. Lord Manners was given a royal farewell. Two tramps were among the crowd. They watched the procession with amazement. As solemn music could be heard in the distance, one of them turned to the other and whisper in admiration, "Now that's what I call really living!"