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A note from our executive editor: Despite the news simply not stopping, the 36-person Conversation U.S. team did just that (or at least tried to!) when we recently held our annual retreat in Boston.

It was a fabulous time for bonding, brainstorming and planning for the future, and a poignant reminder that despite the remote and hybrid work world so many of us − at The Conversation and beyond − live in, nothing beats seeing people In real life.

We bowled, took walks and more importantly pondered the state of The Conversation: new editorial formats, branding, our loyalty to our university partners and new ways of building a close-knit team. We are excited to roll up our sleeves on many of the ideas that sprang from those two special days. And we’ll be sharing them with you in future months.

In the meantime, please read on for what we do best − contextual, smart coverage from true experts.

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Beth Daley

Executive Editor and General Manager

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