TED Amsterdam?

Today TED announced a new brilliant extension to the TED-experience: TEDx. Where x stands for “independently organized TED event”. It’s my pleasure to announce TEDxAmsterdam! Together with some other Dutch TED-izens I’m planning this event on October 23 November 20 of this year. It will be `a full day of inspiration, top speakers, all time favorite TED talks, food, people and music.` For me

The future of the Internet

Well, isn’t that nice: the Web turned 20 this week! And of course, the Internet is much older, but when we speak of “the web” we need to go back to 1989 for a rather techy -immaculate- collection by the web’s father, Tim Berners-Lee: Then CERN (Switzerland) was the largest Internet node in Europe, and Berners-Lee saw an opportunity to join hypertext with the

Getting ready for TED 2009

I can’t believe it has allready been a year since I had my first TED-experience. Only a few days from now and the whole circus will start again. This year in Long Beach, instead of Monterey. With well known speakers like Bill Gates and Tim Berners-Lee, but also with TED-favorites like Barry Schwartz and Seth Godin… this is just a fraction of the extraordinary

Can you do without the internet?

Yes, it’s true: I am going offline. I’m going to cut my digital lifeline: no surfing, no email, no google, no facebook and no Twitter. Why? Well, it’s part of the research project “virtual happiness“. In that project we try to define the different forms of internet usage and how they are related to certain aspects of happiness. Does being online make you happier?

Twitter @ TED 2008

Inspired by the blogposting from Emily McManus on “Who’s blogging at the TED-conference”, I came up with the idea to do the same on the questions “Who’s twittering at TED?” Twitter? If you don’t know what Twitter is, you may have missed one of the most exciting new tools on the web. It’s social, it’s relevant, it’s realtime, it’s sometimes useless, it’s fun, it