How much time do well paid executives spend sitting in meetings? Have you ever considered how much a single meeting can cost in salaries?
In the age of technology there are a lot of time and travel saving ways of sharing ideas. Wikis and other collaborative software are a great ways to share ideas with colleagues without needing to take a lot of time for everyone to meet.
Government IT departments often restrict or limit the use of this type of tool, however. It's time we cut through some of that red tape and begin encouraging the use of tools that will allow idea sharing without needing to gather people into time consuming meetings.