Archive for June, 2006

Web Monday Trier, July 10

Wednesday, June 28th, 2006

My friend Ole, founder and CEO at Trier, Germany-based alta4 Geoinformatik AG, is organizing the first Web Monday Trier. He just returned from a visit to the Bay Area where he attended Google’s Geodeveloper Day as well as O’Reilly’s Where 2.0 conference. Web Monday Trier is scheduled for July 10, topics will center around geo information systems (GIS) and location-based services (LBS) among a few other things.

Just in case you’re interested, Trier is one of the oldest cities in Germany but may well become one of the first German virtual cities on Google Earth.

Identity Open Space in Vancouver, July 20-21

Tuesday, June 27th, 2006

If you’re into identity, the Identity Open Space in Vancouver (July 20-21, 2006) may be an interesting event for you:

This Identity Open Space is being jointly produced by Liberty Alliance and a group of people who are leading participants in the Internet Identity Workshop. We hope to provide attendees with a highly interactive format in which to explore the topic of user-centric identity. (((It is not an Internet Identity Workshop - the next one will likely be in November.)))

The goal of this support a face-to-face space to continue the emerging, ever changing conversation around identity. Not every one can be everywhere. It is our hope that it will provide an opportunity for those in the northwest (Oregon, Washington State, British Columbia) from a variety of fields - socially good techies, Web 2.0 innovators, Identity Gang participants to meet face to face and dialogue.

Topics likely to be discussed at the conference represent the many identity issues experts are working on today including:

  • technical standards and specifications,
  • use cases for a range of industries
  • applying existing or emerging applications or platforms,
  • Social and policy issues.
  • Your Topics Post on the IOSVan Suggested Topics.

I’ve always wanted to travel up north (Tomales Bay is the furthest I’ve ever been) so this might be a good chance.

Full disclosure: I am married to a Liberty Alliance employee.


Tuesday, June 27th, 2006

Adam Sandler’s new flick isn’t stellar, but it’s better than the reviews have you think. It’s not entirely a comedy and maybe that’s something many critics can’t handle or aren’t used to anymore.

First time I’ve been to a drive-in theater in ages. Fun!

Germany 2, Sweden 0

Saturday, June 24th, 2006

Look who’s playing soccer now! Very nice game by a dominant team Germany today, with Lukas Podolski scoring two goals in the first half. I guess now I’ll get to watch at least one game on home turf: Friday afternoon it will be us against either Argentina or Mexico.

Things at the world cup are going well so far: the weather has been considerably awesome (if you’ve ever lived in Germany you know what I’m talking about), I hear breweries are having a hard time keeping up with demand, the fans seem to get along well, and public parties have indeed drawn such huge crowds that police had to shut off certain areas of town on some instances. Oh, and German flags are practically sold out.

Can’t wait to join the action. In the meantime, Univision is doing a great job at capturing the atmosphere.

Go Ghana!

Friday, June 23rd, 2006

I’m so rooting for Ghana now that they have advanced to the second round of the world cup. They are the underdogs, sure, but what struck me most was the fact that I don’t really know anything about them. Nothing. Zilch. Do you? Ok, Ghana is located somewhere in Western Africa. But other than that I’m ashamed to admit I don’t know a lot about the country, the people, the history or their relations with the rest of the world.

What I do know is they seem to enjoy their performance in the world cup so far (as seen on this short video on YouTube): Ghanaian Fans

Note to self: Give Africa some respect. Brush up on the basic facts. Read a book maybe. Start here.

Thanks, Simon, for the link.

2006 National Conference on Dialogue & Deliberation

Thursday, June 22nd, 2006

I’ll be attending the 2006 National Conference on Dialogue & Deliberation in San Francisco, August 3-6.

Goals for the 2006 NCDD Conference

Build community & foster renewal among dialogue & deliberation practitioners, scholars, & activists.
NCDD conferences are designed to unite and strengthen the dialogue & deliberation community by providing a space for renewal, reflection and connection. Our primary goal is to provide opportunities for conference participants to engage with one another about their work, their struggles, their innovations and their vision, so they may leave the conference with new, collaborative relationships and a renewed sense of inspiration.

Provide opportunities for individual and collective learning and skill-building
It is our hope that the 2006 NCDD conference will empower conference participants to employ dialogue and deliberation models & practices more effectively, and to equip them with tools to share these skills with others. We intend to create a space where collective knowledge can be built about the power and challenges of applying D&D to foster participatory democracy, conflict resolution, learning and collective action.

Address key issues facing the field
Although we are a young community of practice, we face some common challenges that can only be addressed if we work together. We aim to make the most of our time together by addressing some of the issues that hinder our potential as a field, a movement and/or a community of practice. Issues such as the accessibility of dialogue & deliberation—whether some of our own practices & beliefs are preventing us from being inclusive, accessible and effective—and issues such as the need to demonstrate & evaluate the impact of our work so that when it’s not up to us, we may be given the chance to make a difference.

Chris will run a one-day BrainJam. He writes about it here: NCDD Pre Conference Planning Report.

I will attend the pre-conference session on Taking Dialogue & Deliberation to Scale, hosted by AmericaSpeaks, which I first learned about in 2000 at the National Civic League’s 106th National Conference on Governance in Washington D.C. titled “Wired for Civic Engagement: Using New Technology to Build Community” (press release still available on

I look forward to hearing what Todd has to say about Community Engagement and Online Deliberation (scroll down) where he’ll probably talk about Deme. Hopefully, other attendees of last year’s ODDC face-to-face meeting in Minneapolis will attend as well.

The conference workshops look interesting. My goal is to learn as much as possible about ways to “bubble up the good stuff” in large-scale citizen engagement environments. I’m sure there’ll be plenty of food for thought, which I plan to apply towards Startupgermany, a citizen think tank (at least that’s one of the longer-term ideas) about the future made in Germany (not much there to see yet besides the blog).


Thursday, June 22nd, 2006

Get this. When she was in elementary school, people in Germany still celebrated the Emperor’s birthday (Kaisers Geburtstag). At the time World War II started, she was already slightly older than I am today. She retired around the time I was born. I remember both her 80th and her 90th birthday. Today, my grandmother turns one hundred years old. Wow! I won’t get to celebrate with her until next week but I was glad to hear she enjoyed the cake and the glass of champagne with the family today. Happy birthday, Omi!

Germany 3, Ecuador 0

Tuesday, June 20th, 2006

That makes it three wins in an admittedly not so difficult group. Next up is Sweden, who tied against England today.

Web Monday Second Life kick-off

Monday, June 19th, 2006

Web Monday reached out to the virtual world today and held its first meeting on Second Life (more info on the wiki, inkl. a few links to screenshots on Flickr).

Thanks to Rainer/Ted for initiating this, and thanks to Markus/Pham for letting us share the excellent Kasteel Verloren. With its library with fireplace, standing clock and cozy interior it was the perfect place to get started and make us feel right at home. Also, thanks to Ethan Linden of Linden Labs Germany for stopping by at the beginning to answer our newbie questions (and hand out some nice freebies).

Last but not least, thanks to the half dozen or so pioneers who attended. We will definitely schedule a follow-up soon. Hopefully we’ll all have become a little more acquainted with Second Life by then and will be ready to come up with all the cool things we can do here. Watch the wiki for details!

Teleport to the Mainland

Monday, June 19th, 2006

I’m leaving Help Island:

Now that you’ve learned many of the skills you’ll use in Second Life, you’re ready to join the Second Life community! To do this, you’ll have to teleport to the mainland where you will find activities you can enjoy such as shopping and games or meeting places where you will meet others to socialize with and just hang out.

I’m running late for an appointment at 11am this morning.