Tilburg is at the heart of a region in the southern Netherlands which has traditionally been very socially innovative. This tradition is celebrated annually during the European Social Innovation Week, recently renamed to the Dear Future week. The TilburgsAns open source typeface At the conclusion of this week, the annual Social Innovation Awards are announced. … Continue reading Tilburg Legend(s): what’s in an icon?
On October 8th, Michael Gurstein - founding father of the field of Community Informatics - sadly passed away. I first met Mike when I stumbled into the wrong" workshop room at the first Communities and Technologies conference in Amsterdam in 2003, the workshop being chaired by Mike. This was the first time I learned about … Continue reading Tribute to Michael Gurstein – founding father of the Community Informatics Field
Last year, Michael Gurstein, one of the "founding fathers" of the field of Community Informatics, interviewed me on Skype as part of a series of interviews he held with researchers and practitioners around the world. Here's part 1: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WSGwRHHOJpg As the connection was lost, we finished the interview a while later: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AW1-jdLTUfE
On April 3, I attended the Chi Sparks 2014 conference on human computer interaction, to present my paper on the Kids' Knowledge Base. I also attended a highly interesting workshop on "Future Interactions", hosted by Marco Rozendaal of Delft University of Technology. His group is developing a method to let groups design scenarios of future interactions. As the workshop … Continue reading Future interactions design: tapping the wisdom of the crowd
Today, the Web's been around for 25 years, hip hip hurray! In this excellent interview, founder Tim Berners-Lee makes some remarks that should be particularly close to the hearts of fellow community informatics researchers and practitioners, e.g.: - "I've been very satisfied with the international spirit. It's wonderful how the Web has taken off as non-national thing. I … Continue reading Happy 25th birthday, World Wide Web!
De Tilburgse Spoorzone (zie ook Co-Creatie Kerngebied Spoorzone, De:Werkplaats, Spoorzone site Brabants Dagblad en de Spoorzone Facebook groep) staat in het centrum van de belangstelling. Ruim 2,5 kilometer lang met een oppervlakte van 75 hectare ligt deze voormalige NS werkplaats bijna volledig braak, maar met een geweldige potentie in deze stad van creatievelingen, makers, doeners en denkers. Het is … Continue reading De Tilburgse Spoorzone als “Laboratorium voor de Maatschappij van de Toekomst”
On February 18, SIKS, the Netherlands Research School for Information and Knowledge Systems, organized a career day for Ph.D. students, with the goal of making Ph.D. students think about what are the career opportunities after they finish. It was a very inspiring day, with many interesting presentations and interactions. I was asked to present my … Continue reading Research consultancy: taking the plunge?