We considered that his failure to show up (we didn't find out where he'd been till after) might have been a performance-art style way of illustrating a potential individual response..
Like, how to work with a group. Our poster is.. progressing. Amazingly. I did some work over the weekend - last week's adventures showed me that there's no point me doing anything solid or finished on my own because it'll get changed a lot before going in. However I gathered a bunch of useful stuff together and made sure it was all referenced - I figured that any of it could go in anywhere to provide links and filler.
Meanwhile, unknown to me, the other two had got together to do work on it. Nice of them to let me know and see if I wanted to join in. Anyway, this led to another meeting this morning in which we were back to square one, discussing content and comparing notes on what we'd each come up with.
At one point I got frustrated with our recalcitrant group member and just said "Hey look, how about you just tell me what you're prepared to compromise on." All the while calculating how well I have to do in the essay and other parts of the assessment based in how well I thought our poster would do if I argued till I was blue in the face to make it better, or just let this guy have his way.
It worked! He realised he was being a "My way or the highway" type and started to compromise. Consequently our poster is looking a whole lot better. Sadly, when I went away to input the stuff onto the poster itself (I've ended up doing this because I'm the one that's not scared of Corel and I'm good at references), he had another go and when I got back after having done the work, there'd been some arbitrary changes made without consulting me. To be fair, the bit they'd done it to had not been finalised, but there was one bit we'd taken something out of for a very good reason, and he's put it back in. Which is not only annoying, it mucks up the order of the references. *gnng*
But, instead of arguing with him on the spot (our third member had gone home), I suggested we wait till morning and print the poster out so we can draw on it and move things around on paper where we can see the whole thing instead of the small sections we've been working on. I'm hoping by then we'll all have cooled off from our enthusiasm and can look at it objectively and holistically. I'm also hoping not to have the same arguments AGAIN.
So, um, can I have a diplomat's badge now?
This afternoon someone from MFAT gave a lecture about the dynamics of international negotiations in climate change. It was interesting, but not as interesting as I expected. Probably partly because we haven't had the psychology one yet, partly because I'm already familiar with a lot of the issues, and partly because I'm just getting a bit jaded by the whole thing and not taking it in as well as I could.
And partly because it's Joel Day on Saturday and my thinking about international policy negotiations keeps getting interrupted by mental pr0n. ;-/
Mature student? Me? Nah.