Archive for October, 2006


Thursday, October 12th, 2006

Peter just launched Geektogether, a wiki-based platform for people in Germany to schedule and organize mini-gettogethers around the topic of their choice. The first meeting is scheduled for November 15 and will be on “the future of blog ranking systems.”

This looks like it might be a good opportunity to stay connected in between barcamps or in case Web Monday doesn’t always give you enough in-depth coverage of your favorite issue. Check it out!

Headed back to the States

Tuesday, October 10th, 2006

At Cologne-Bonn Airport, about to board my flight to Newark, NJ.

It’s been a fun and very insightful trip (some pics here). Thanks to everyone with whom I was able to share my ideas and who so openly gave feedback, especially those of you who challenged any initial assumptions or conclusions I may have had.

I have a much better idea now of how some of these things could be tackled, and I look forward to maybe taking it to the next level. We will see.

What the citizens of Europe care about

Saturday, October 7th, 2006

As the final part of my little research tour across Europe, I’m at the agenda-setting event of the European Citizens’ Consultations in Brussels today.

Here’s the preliminary list of 25 issues which the participants — a randomly selected sample of 200 citizens from all 25 member states of the European Union — care about:

  • Agriculture and food
  • Culture and heritage
  • Diversity
  • Economy
  • Education and study
  • Energy
  • Environment
  • The Euro
  • Free Movement of Persons
  • Sports
  • Global role
  • Social welfare
  • Immigration
  • Institutions
  • Integration and Enlargement
  • Jobs
  • Family
  • Outside borders
  • Peace and security
  • Policy-making and citizen communication
  • Regulation
  • Science
  • Solidarity and equality
  • Transport
  • Values

Very interesting to watch how the final agenda will take shape.

One hundred reasons I love Europe

Saturday, October 7th, 2006

So many reasons one can be fond of Europe:

#37 — The cute French and Dutch female voices and their most charming announcements on the Thalys express train from Cologne to Brussels.

What’s your reason?

Web Monday Silicon Valley

Thursday, October 5th, 2006

If you ever wondered where are all the German web 2.0 startups you may soon get a chance to learn about two of them at the upcoming Web Monday Silicon Valley (Upcoming). We’re still working out the details but it looks like there is a chance we may have Spreadshirt and Qype presenting (one live and one via the web).

How to achieve positive return on civic engagement?

Thursday, October 5th, 2006

One of the questions I’d like to discuss at the informal research dinner tonight. We still have a couple of seats available so ping me if you’d like to join us.

Web Monday Second Life, October 23

Wednesday, October 4th, 2006

Join us for the third Web Monday Second Life, October 23 at 11am Pacific Time (that’s 8pm in Germany). Some topics have already been suggested: we may talk about architecture and prototyping, e-democracy, the German SL scene and what not.


Wednesday, October 4th, 2006

I signed up for Facebook last week now that it has opened its doors to the average Joe. Seems like it’s a really busy platform. You can find my profile here (login required).