All posts filed under: Open

Behind the Scenes of the Internet: Julian Oliver & Danja Vasiliev

Digital Rights / Open

This week I was in the fortunate position to be able to attend a five day workshop at de Waag in Amsterdam. Julian Oliver and Danja Vasiliev hosted Behind The Scenes of the Internet. The workshop opened with a presentation on the influence of engineering on society. Julian and Danja refer to themselves as critical engineers and have a clear understanding of the deep influence of technology on how we relate to each other (“Look […]

MOOCs, Motivation, and the Mass Movement toward Open Education

Learning / Open

Curtis Bonk led a session about MOOCs at Learning 2012. His slides are available at TrainingShare (this is the direct link). His presentation must have been one of the most insanely paced sessions I have ever been to. That is a compliment by the way. What is a MOOC? Start here: Curtis’ presentation consisted of four parts. Part I. Past Year Recap of MOOC and MOOC Leadership MOOCs are very much in the news nowadays. […]

PICNIC Festival 2012 Day Two

Digital Rights / Innovation / Open

Today was the second day of the 2012 PICNIC festival in Amsterdam. My notes about the first day are available here. Below my notes and thoughts on day 2: Doc Searls – How the Old Bottom is the New Top Searls spoke at at SxSW earlier this year. I caught him there already and made some notes. His talk today was very similar and still relates to the new book he has written: The Intention […]

PICNIC Festival 2012 Day One

Innovation / Open

Today was the first day of the seventh edition of the PICNIC festival in Amsterdam (hashtag #picnic12. The festival’s goal is “to discover opportunities for transformation: processes, cultures, products, services, models and experiences”. The theme for the year is New Ownership: the shift from top down to bottom up. This is my first time attending the festival. I am on the lookout for interesting insights and connections around the topic of how to innovate at […]

Sensing Place/Placing Sense 2: Accountability Technologies


I am attending Ars Electronica: The Big Picture in Linz, Austria. This is a festival for Art, Technology and Society. If you are interested to know a bit more about the festival, then don’t watch this useless trailer: Look at the program instead or check out their newly launched and fabulous archive. One of the symposia I attended was titled Sensing Place/Placing Sense II. It consisted of three panels: Collect, Communicate and Compel. The session […]

LiquidFeedback: Interactive Democracy and Non-Moderated Proposition Development

Innovation / Open

A few weeks ago I attended a workshop about LiquidFeedback organised by Netwerk Democratie and Waag Society. LiquidFeedback is a piece of open source (MIT-licensed) software that is used by the Pirate Party in Germany to help them in their decision making process. The tool aims to deliver the following: Pure and representative democracy Non moderated proposition development process Indisputable results In the Netherlands we live in a representative democracy founded on the principle of […]

Moodle Changes its Approach to Mobile

Learning / Moodle / Open

I haven’t been blogging much about Moodle lately, but this news excited me very much, so I’ll do a quick write-up. Moodle HQ has decided to move away from native mobile Moodle app development and will switch to developing with HTML 5 and the open source mobile development framework Phonegap. This will allow developers to work on a single codebase and compile a release for all mobile platforms simultaneously. The important part in the news […]

Watching TED Global 2012 Streamed Live From Edinburgh

Innovation / Open

Today I attended a virtual TED session at Kennisnet in Zoetermeer. Kennisnet has a TED Live membership and hosted a few guests on their verdieping. I watched two sessions of about six talks each streamed straight from Edinburgh. Below my semi-live blog with the things that triggered me. Shades of Openness Chris Anderson kicked of this session on radical transparency (one of my favourite topics) by saying that transparency is a great driver of moral […]

Reflecting on South by Southwest (SxSW) 2012

Innovation / Learning / Open

It has been a few months since I attended SxSW in Austin. Time to do a bit of reflection and see which things have stuck with me as major takeaways and trends to remember. Let me start by saying that going there has changed the way I think about learning and technology in many tacit ways that are hard to describe. That must have something to do with the techno-optimism, the incredible scale/breadth and the […]

Learning from the Outside, How External Focus Can Help Learning and Development

Innovation / Learning / Open / Presentations

This presentation delivered on April 19 for the Irish Centre for Business Excellence Network tries to address why things are not changing fast enough in the (corporate) learning world by pointing out that we often fail to look to the outside. We rely on benchmarking without realising that this will never get us ahead of the game. We try to implement best practices rather than focus on emergent practice. Changing this requires finding our edge […]