Week 59

A week packed with Next Conference curation, a panel on the future of education, a Third Wave retreat, a blog series on the Quantified Self and some updates on Cognitive Cities.

Phew, what a week. What a month, really! Turns out November is easily one of the busiest months in the year, that much of a pattern is becoming obvious. Not that we’re complaining, quite the opposite. So what’s been happening?

Igor’s back

Igor had been over in New York and San Francisco for the better part of two weeks, to meet a whole bunch of awesome people and attend Science Hack Day. He summarized his trip in last week’s weeknote. Now he’s back, and we hardly had time to catch up before throwing him right onto a big pile of projects we’re working on. Good to have you back, buddy!

Next Conference

We’re glad we get a chance to curate and host two tracks at the Next Berlin Conference next May. On Monday, the curators met up for the first time, and I can tell you, it’s a good group of folks. More on our ideas for the program soon. But I can give you a tiny glimpse already: We’ll be featuring experimental, innovative topics ranging from the Quantified Self to digital alter egos, from Arduino hacks to the Internet of Things. Also, some hands-on stuff to tinker. And a best-of of the user votings of sorts. Speaking of which – you can still submit proposals here.

Research, research, research

We’re still digging deep into the inner workings of both our client, Postbank, and the ins and outs of the whole digital banking sphere. The whole sector is changing rapidly, and we really want to understand it from the ground up – of course, as always, with a focus on the digital strategy and social media aspects.

The Future of Education & Coworking

Wednesday night I was invited to join a panel on the future of education, and how coworking can learn from and inspire more traditional learning institutions. The panel was the first of a series of salons with an education focus, and quite good fun. I was baffled & inspired most by a school project that I hadn’t been aware of before – a school where the students learn very self-directed and autonomously, and are not treated like someone to watch, but someone to assist in their own endeavors. What better place to learn about education than while actually being on a panel about the very topic? Audio recording of the salon might be up on the salon page at some point.

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Third Wave Retreat

Sticking to our well-established tradition of going on regular retreats to think freely about the future of Third Wave itelf, we headed for a few days up to the Baltic Sea. We rented a cozy place up on Usedom to talk strategy, business development, optimization, vision – and which fish restaurant to frequent, of course. We’ll be talking more about this over the next few weeks and months, but the gist is: We’re still learning, and fast, and we’re headed in the right direction.

The future of Cognitive Cities

As for CoCities, we’ve been thinking hard for quite a while. Where to take the brand, how to further develop the topic? We’re all sure we’d like to dig deeper, to work in this emerging field, to keep thinking and exploring. Which shape this is going to take isn’t one hundred percent clear yet. Pending a number of very interesting conversations we’ve set up for the coming weeks, we might leapfrog the topic, or take smaller steps.

One thing is becoming clear: There isn’t going to be a big CoCities Conference in 2012. We simply won’t have the time to put it together in a way that would match or top this year’s CoCities Conference.

That said, over the next few weeks we will have some updates, which might be very exciting if things work out. Follow this blog and our Twitter accounts @thirdwaveberlin and @cocities for updates.

The Quantified Self

Today, we’ll kick off a series of posts about the Quantified Self and body tracking. Over the next few days and weeks, watch the list of posts grow here. Over the weekend, I’m also going to be at Quantified Self Europe Conference in Amsterdam.

Author: Peter

Peter is a digital strategist who enjoys connecting people, insights and ideas. Before founding Third Wave he worked as a freelancer with clients like ARTE, Wolters Kluwer, Bertelsmann Stiftung, Google, SPD, Tumblr and several public broadcasters. He organized events like TEDxKreuzberg, atoms&bits and Likemind. Peter holds masters degrees in Communications and Media from Freie Universität Berlin (MA) and The University of Sydney (MMP). Peter has lived in Berlin, Sydney and Washington, DC.