What’s up with TEDx in 2010?

This week at a partnermeeting I had the pleasure to announce that the second edition of TEDxAmsterdam will take place in the Stadsschouwburg in Amsterdam. On 30 November 2010, the stage of this beautiful city theater will be reserved for the new ideas of revolutionary thinkers and innovators in the field of technology, entertainment, design, art, science and business. For one day, this monumental

Five stories about our new fixations

This week I was invited to give a presentation at Social Strategy Talk in Amsterdam. The theme was “bizarre stories” and I was amazed by the inspiring (and personal) stories that were shared by my fellow speakers. I chose to tell 5 little anecdotes and then end with a worry. The five stories obviously had to to with my favorite topic “Living with or

TED2010: my presentation about TEDx

This morning I presented at the morning session of TED University. Lots of people asked if I could mail them the presentation. So I decided to upload it and make it available for download. A little transscript is below the slides. Transcript: 8 ways to create a succesful TEDx When you’re part of this community that strongly believes in “ideas worth spreading” and you

When Twitter turned mainstream (actually on 9 December 2009)

A few years ago I had the pleasure of spending some time with Biz Stone, one of the founders of Twitter. In 2007 his biggest concern appeared to be hardware: “How can we keep on growing like this when everytime we plug in another machine the website is down?” Few years later it’s amazing to see how fast the website has grown and how

Thank you!!

Last night I slept well for the first time in weeks! What a relief that TEDxAmsterdam could live up to the (mega) high expectations. It was an amazing journey and a fantastic climax with warm words, splendid people and perfect ambiance. Right now we’re releasing one talk each day (first one from Frans Timmermans, about ‘fear’) and I will give you my personal take-aways

A PicNic in Amsterdam

This week I’ll be hanging out in “The Westerpark”. Not because I’m choosing a new career as a street musician or as a re-born fisherman. But because I’m attending one of the best conferences in the World: PicNic ’09. This 4-day conference started out under the name of “Cross Media Week”, but covers a lot more subjects than just media and creativity. I’ve been

New York – New Amsterdam

Deze hele week staat in het teken van de 400-jarige relatie tussen Nederland en New York. In september 2009 gaat het in en rondom New York om één man: Henry Hudson. Met tal van activiteiten herdenken de Amerikanen (en Nederlanders) dat 400 jaar geleden deze Engelse zeevaarder als eerste Europeaan de baai van New York binnenvoer en hiervan verslag uitbracht. Omdat Hudson onder Nederlandse