Gross from time to time asks her interview subjects to "redeem this," and I think that's a great question for a group of panel speakers. Here's how it works: Ask each speaker to pick an unpopular practice, item or tool that they happen to like a lot, and redeem it--telling the audience why they think its charms have been unfairly overlooked. As moderator, you also could choose the item or practice to be redeemed and ask the panel to defend it.
What would that look like? Here are a few examples I can think of:
- An IT specialist might redeem a much-hated piece of software
- A food critic might defend the street hot dog or similar fare
- A television producer might justify a famously bad sitcom
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