Thoughts on the Walled Garden

Last week I attended the conference Walled Garden that found place in the Lloyd Hotel in Amsterdam. Organized by the foundation Virtueel Platform. A very interesting topic as far as I’m concerned; I even presented a talk on Reboot last year on the same topic.

What is the Walled Garden? As the organization it puts:

WALLED GARDEN will address issues of identity, mobile communities and networks by focussing on the tendency towards online gated and closed communities. How does this affect the (in)accessibility of information and knowledge?

So what is future of communities in social media. As the networks become more popular and the use more personal, will we close then our community? And what kind of organization will emerge out of it?

The conference was divided in some plenary sessions and in depth workgroup sessions on of the aspects of the Walled Garden. My workgroup discussed about the future of cultural organizations, with aim to come up with a model for an organization that act completely in a virtual environment.

What did I think of the conference?

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Succesvolle eerste This happened

Maandag 3 november vond de eerste aflevering van This happened plaats. Deze uit London afkomstige conferentie probeert op een andere manier over interactieontwerp te praten. Niet het presenteren van het eindresultaat staat centraal, maar de weg daar naartoe. Kars nam het initiatief en organiseert deze Nederlandse versie samen met Alex en Ianus.

Deze eerste aflevering mag een succes worden genoemd. Goede mix van sprekers en een goede sfeer met veel discussie. Wat mij betreft zijn er een paar interessante inzichten te halen uit de vier sprekers. 

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Wrapping up Picnic after day 3

Today the last day of Picnic 2008. I can’t report on any highlights today, so I will take the change to do some overall wrapping up and drawing some conclusions of Picnic 2008.

Before doing so, I have to be honest; it was not all bad this friday. I had a good time at the service design lab in the morning and discovered the similarities between our work at Info.nl of designing online services and the design of service concepts in the broader – process driven – way. I think it is a good initiative to start the Service Design Network in the Netherlands and I will follow them closely.

The presentation of Metaio on augmented reality added some examples to the theme of thursday on the internet of things. And I should mention the talk of Jim Stolze on virtual happiness he is going to investigate; a real interesting topic.

But now for some wrapping up…

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What was unsaid on Picnic

The first day of Picnic was short, but I saw some interesting talks already. Aaron Koblin showed some great visualization-projects like the New York Talk Exchange and a great videoclip without cameras for Radiohead.
The closing talk of Itay Talgam was entertaining. He connects management theories to classical music conducting styles.

And there was an interesting discussion on the emerging real-time social web. On paper interesting, but in my opinion the real topic was not addressed.

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Op naar The Next Web

Een week geleden vond de conferentie ‘The Next Web‘ plaats in Amsterdam. Twee dagen lang sprekers en veel startups die hun nieuwe initiatieven presenteerden. De sfeer op de conferentie was erg goed. Geïnspireerd en vol ideeën. Nog nooit heb ik een conferentie in Nederland meegemaakt waar zoveel over geblogd, getwitterd, geqikt, geinterviewd is. Maar gaf de conferentie ook het antwoord op de vraag wat The Next Web is? Continue reading Op naar The Next Web