Archive for the 'Europe' Category

Soy Rebelde (Jeanette, 1971)

Monday, February 15th, 2010

Yo soy rebelde porque el mundo me ha hecho así
porque nadie me ha tratado con amor
porque nadie me ha querido nunca oir

Yo soy rebelde porque siempre sin razón
me negaron todo aquello que pedí
y me dieron solamente incomprensión

Y quisiera ser como el niño aquel
como el hombre aquel que es feliz
Y quisiera dar lo que hay en mí
todo a cambio de una amistad

Y soñar y vivir
y olvidar el rencor
y cantar y reir
y sentir sólo amor

Yo soy rebelde porque el mundo me ha hecho así
porque nadie me ha tratado con amor
porque nadie me ha querido nunca oir

Y quisiera ser como el niño aquel
como el hombre aquel que es feliz
Y quisiera dar lo que hay en mí
todo a cambio de una amistad

Y soñar y vivir
y olvidar el rencor
y cantar y reir
y sentir sólo amor

lalalalalala…
lalalalalala…
lalalalalala…

Performed by Jeanette, composer Manuel Alejandro.

Heimatsafari

Friday, April 24th, 2009

I’ll be going on a trip to Germany next week to visit the family (been a while).

Remote chance I make it to PolitCamp ‘09 in Berlin first weekend in May. Otherwise staying near Cologne for the most part.

Holla if you wanna meet up.

Camp Méditerrané 2010

Tuesday, March 24th, 2009

Summer 2010.

A series of conversations, meetups, barcamps all around the Mediterranean.

A collaborative journey in between places, worlds, cultures.

A North-South, East-West, Orient-Occident cross-pollination.

Some travel required. No shortage of topics.

Anyone game?

PS: Thanks for the inspiration, Cem!

PolitCamp Graz: May 30-31, 2008 in Graz, Austria

Friday, January 18th, 2008

About PolitCamp Graz (in German):

Das PolitCamp soll eine Unkonferenz zum Thema Politische Kommunikation im Web 2.0 werden, wobei die detaillierte inhaltliche Vorbereitung Sache der Teilnehmer ist. Dazu ist dieses Wiki da. Wir hoffen, dass viele Besucher kommen, für die Unkonferenzen dieses Typs neu sind: z.B. politisch Aktive, PR-Leute und Journalisten.

Bei einer Session auf dem letzten Wiener BarCamp haben wir Ideen für das PolitCamp gesammelt. Sehr gut hat mir dort die Formulierung gefallen: zeigen, was mit Web 2.0-Mitteln in der politischen Kommunikation heute möglich ist. Ein wichtiges Thema wird sicher auch der long tail der politischen Kommunikation sein: Wie kann die unbekannte Expertin das Web zur politischen Kommunikation nutzen, wie können die Betroffenen der Politik öffentlich kommunizieren?

I’ve taken the liberty to add the event to Upcoming.

Meet me at SXSW Interactive, March 7-11, 2008 in Austin, Texas

Thursday, January 17th, 2008

Just signed up for SXSW Interactive 2008.

Last year was a lot of fun, so looking very much forward to going again this year. SXSW 2007 was when Twitter really took off. See a list of Twitterers attending this year’s conference here: http://sxswtwitter.pbwiki.com. Given their recent performance issues during Steve Job’s keynote at Mac World, it’ll be interesting to watch whether the service will be as reliable and fun as it was last year. And fun it was, with half of Twitter’s then-userbase congregated in the same city (in a way, it almost felt like a location-based service). So here’s to hoping they can figure things out.

Also, if you’re coming to SXSW from Europe, I’m organizing Kraut by Southwest, a little get-together for the German and European community on Monday, March 11 (see Upcoming or Facebook for details).

SXSW will be my third event on this trip, following eDemocracyCamp (provided it actually happens, sign up on the wiki, Upcoming or on Facebook if you’re interested) and Politics Online Conference 2008, both of which will be held in Washington DC.

If all goes well, I will be able to share more details on a little project I’ve been working on over this past year, and which seems to finally be gaining some traction.

BarcampUKGovweb: January 26-27, 2008 in London (UK)

Wednesday, November 14th, 2007

BarcampUKGovweb looks like it’s shaping up to be a great event, with 50+ people already signed up (some of the UK’s e-democracy heavyweights among them):

This barcamp is about creating a shared understanding and commitment to the vision for UK government web activity and helping establish the UK government Digital Network to bring together the community of webbies within central government and the wider public sector.

Unlikely I will make it myself, but if you’re in the area and into this kind of thing, definitely check it out.

Facebook's impressive growth in Germany

Tuesday, November 13th, 2007

According to this piece by Jeff Pulver, Facebook in Germany grew 30+ percent in just the past two (2) weeks: Facebook: Experiencing Viral, Rapid Growth outside of North America

That’s a lot of new members year-over-year.

At this rate, it’s not unlikely they’ll out-grow everybody else, namely StudiVZ and Xing. And keep in mind they haven’t even localized yet.

iPhoneDevCampGermany

Sunday, August 12th, 2007

I don’t know when Apple’s iPhone will officially launch in Germany (I know a few people who bought one in the US to get their hands on it early). Apparently, an official ship date hasn’t been set yet.

The good thing about *camps, though, is you can start organizing one even when you don’t have a clear date yet: iPhoneDevCampGermany

Via Gernot: iPhoneDevCamp Germany

And via Franz: iPhoneDevCamp German

n2eu — NetSquared Europe shaping up?

Saturday, July 7th, 2007

Dan McQuillan, the web manager for Amnesty International, is working on the idea of launching NetSquared in Europe: UPDATE on Netsquared - the European Remix

About NetSquared:

Our mission is to spur responsible adoption of social web tools by social benefit organizations. There’s a whole new generation of online tools available — tools that make it easier than ever before to collaborate, share information and mobilize support. These tools include blogs, wikis, RSS feeds, podcasting, and more. Some people describe them as “Web 2.0″; we call them the social web, because their power comes from the relationships they enable.

They are the makers of the annual NetSquared Conference, which was great last year and which I was unfortunate to miss this year.
More information about the n2eu initiative can be found on their wiki.

Via NetSquared: Net2EU: Join the NetSquared Europe List Serv and Wiki

Barcamp Alsace 3, April 13-14, Strasbourg (France)

Saturday, April 7th, 2007

If you’re in the neighborhood, check out Barcamp Alsace 3 next week.

So many reasons why it’s probably a good idea to go:

  • Location, location, location (ok, I’ve only been to Strasbourg and the surounding Alsace region once but would go back in an instant — great food, excellent wine, among other things!)
  • World Cafe training (find out about World Cafe here, you’ll be hooked once you give it a try)
  • There will be a planning session on a possible BarCampRhine — a cross-border, cross-country (France, Switzerland, Germany) barcamp to connect innovators from various fields.  I first heard about this idea at Barcamp Berlin last year.  Glad to see this is moving forward.

Now, I obviously very much like the idea of European collaboration, especially between France and Germany.  And without sounding too melodramatic, I think it is well worth remembering every now and then that not too long ago there was a time when instead of working together we used to shoot at each other.

So yes, Barcamp Alsace, BarCampRhein, WineCampFrance — come one, come all!