Kate WilletteThe October issue of NEW MOBILITY included a 12-page section sponsored by Unite 2 Fight Paralysis that previewed the organization’s annual Working 2 Walk conference. The pandemic forced the conference online for the first time in its 15-year history … but the event worked.

No airports, no hotels, no over-air-conditioned ballrooms — and yet the experience was familiar and motivating. I’d been anxious that they wouldn’t be able to reproduce the sense of power and excitement that comes with gathering our tribes, but I needn’t have worried. Over October 22–24, 245 people from 11 countries showed up for the presentations, which were crisply organized into compact and sensible groupings.

If you wanted exposure to both the big picture of the state of research and a sampling of how each aspect looks from down in the weeds,