Week 45

A week of straight work and the announcement of our PICNIC workshop.

There are these weeks, where you put some dope music on and jump head on into work. No time for big thoughts, just full concentration on the work at hand. Last week was one of those.

Peter and Igor started the research work Igor mentioned in the last week notes. It’s one of the nicer aspects of this work: diving into a new client, learning about the products, the culture, the office politics, the communication etc. Everything is interesting when you’re developing long-term strategies.

My week was focused on the pitch we’re currently involved in. It’s the first pitch I’m working on since leaving Neue Digitale / Razorfish. This time I’m calling the shots and trying to learn from past experiences. So I’m taking a much more planned approach, not starting in Keynote, but creating the storyline before with post-its, scribbles and notes. It’s not really an agile approach but it avoids the presentation being shaped by Keynote too much.

In more exciting news, we are collaborating with the great David Bausola (@zeroinfluencer) for a workshop on Quantified Cities at the PINIC festival in Amsterdam in September, which shapes up to be an amazing event on everything cities.

What we’re planning:

There are two bodies of data in a city. The physicality and the people; both are generating huge amounts of data that is being shared publicly.
Using methodologies from the Quantified Self community and city planning to examine this phenomena, we shall be blending the self and city together in a special hands-on workshop to produce a working model of this situation.

Author: Johannes

Johannes is a strategist and consultant for digital communications. His work is informed by his experience of working with brands like Deutsche Telekom, MTV, Postbank, Maggi and Nike and by his insatiable appetite for finding the bigger patterns behind current developments in technology and science. Holding a diploma in Media System Design, Johannes is a regular speaker at web and marketing conferences like Republica and the Social Media Summit.