I'm hoping that looking over the program for the Marseille conference
will give us some ideas of the direction QG is going.
I copied the program of talks here a few posts back.
Loll's talk on Dynamical Triangulations is of course what Baez focussed on
but here are a few others with evocative titles:
J. Kowalski Gliksman (DSR as a possible limit of quantum gravity)
F. Girelli (Special Relativity as a non commutative geometry: Lessons)
E. Livine (Instantons in GFT and continuum limit)