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5 May 2015
Experientia designer Dohun YuLuck Jang 유록 in Design 4 Disaster

Design 4 Disaster features an engaging illustrated safety manual for ship passengers, a personal project by Experientia designer Dohun YuLuck Jang 유록. After the Korean ferry accident last year, Yuluck (who is Korean) wanted to find a way to make safety manuals more interesting to read. He spent one year designing an interactive safety guide […]

16 March 2015
Better Health and Wellbeing: Giving the elderly in Singapore sparkling golden years

Invitation: sharing session, Singapore, 30 March 2015   What are the hopes and fears of the elderly in Singapore? How can designers offer solutions that support the elderly in managing their health and wellness? What can healthcare professionals do to help them keep active? What role can technology play in the elderly’s daily lives? Design consultants […]

1 January 2015
Happy Playful New Year
21 December 2014
Experientia’s Twitter feed live

Experientia has now its own Twitter feed. Four months of Putting People First posts and other links have already been uploaded. If you followed Experientia on Twitter through the feed of its CEO, Mark Vanderbeeken, make sure to now also follow the company (but don’t unfollow Mark, who will keep on tweeting away). And while […]

19 December 2014
Putting People First blog redesigned

Experientia’s Putting People First blog has been redesigned. It is now entirely responsive, allows for easier browsing, searching, and filtering, and features larger images on the posts. The entire history of posts remains accessible as before. We are still tweaking things and welcome any feedback.

27 November 2014
Why the world needs anthropologists – an update

Why the world needs anthropologists – Coming out of the ivory tower Location: Padua, Italy, Centro Culturale Altinate/San Gaetano Date and time: Friday, 5 December 2014, 13:00 – 18:00 Padua, Italy, 5 December 2014 – The second edition of the international symposium of applied anthropologists attempts to erase the boundary between ‘pure’ and ‘applied’ anthropology, […]

3 February 2013
Nicholas Carr on taking Clay Shirky’s ‘cognitive surplus’ idea to its logical, fascistic extreme

Max Levchin [one of the Silicon Valley elite—computer scientist, cofounder of PayPal, buddy of Peter Thiel, Yahoo director, restless entrepreneur, big thinker, venture capitalist, angel] gave the keynote Iat DLD13 in Munich recently, where he argues that “the next big wave of opportunities exists in centralized processing of data gathered from primarily analog systems” (think […]

21 August 2010
Clay Shirky’s digital populism

In this review of the book Over the holidays, I read Clay Shirky’s new book Cognitive Surplus: Creativity and Generosity in a Connected Age and found it quite wanting. In an excellent review of the book, researcher and author Evgeny Morozov explains what is wrong with it and I support his analysis entirely. “Shirky’s digital […]

8 July 2010
Video interviews with Dan Ariely and Clay Shirky

Big Think is an online think tank, founded in 2007, that presents video interviews with major intellectuals from a wide range of fields. Recent interviews that caught my attention are with Dan Ariely and Clay Shirky. Dan Ariely [39:14] Professor of Behavioral Economics, Duke University and author of “Predictably Irrational” Dan Ariely is the author […]

11 June 2010
Clay Shirky’s Cognitive Surplus

Clay Shirky’s second book, The Cognitive Surplus, “picks up where his stellar debut, Here Comes Everybody left off,” writes Cory Doctorow in his Boing Boing book review, “explaining how the net’s lowered costs for group activity allow us to be creative and even generous in ways that we never anticipated and haven’t yet fully taken […]

20 October 2009
Clay Shirky and Stephen Fry on the digital revolution

The people behind Digital Revolution (working title), an open source documentary, due for transmission on BBC Two in 2010, that will take stock of 20 years of change brought about by the World Wide Web, have posted some more rushes online: Clay Shirky interview – USA (rushes) Clay Shirky teaches, consults and writes on the […]

1 June 2009
Clay Shirky on social media and the emotional dimension of news

Clay Shirky is this week’s guest on Nokia’s IdeasProject site. He talks about social media and the emotional dimension of news. “Clay Shirky says that the lightning-quick dissemination of news events via social media has heightened the role of emotion. The instantaneous manner with which users of platforms such as Facebook and Twitter are inclined […]

17 July 2008
Podcast: Hello everybody… Clay Shirky at Demos

Demos, the UK “think tank for everyday democracy”, hosted a conversation with Clay Shirky a few days ago. He was in conversation with Demos Associate and School of Everything CEO Paul Miller, talking around the ideas thrown up by Here Comes Everybody: The Power of Organizing Without Organizations, his book about the social effects of […]

1 May 2008
Clay Shirky’s talk about the cognitive surplus

Clay Shirky, author of the book Here Comes Everybody: The Power of Organising without Organisations (see also these posts), was one of the presenters at the Web 2.0 conference: Mark Ury, chief experience architect for Blast Radius, was there and wrote about it on his blog “The Restless Mind”: “His thesis is that in order […]

1 April 2008
WorldChanging interviews Clay Shirky

Last week I wrote about Clay Shirky’s new book Here Comes Everybody: The Power of Organising without Organisations. Now WorldChanging has published an extensive interview that Jon Lebkowski did with him: Clay Shirky is an influential writer, consultant, and teacher focused on the Internet as a social platform. He’s one of the smartest thinkers I […]

5 June 2010
Does the Internet make us smarter or dumber?

Clay Shirky and Nicholas Carr post contrasting video’s in the Saturday Essay of the Wall Street Journal Amid the silly videos and spam are the roots of a new reading and writing culture, says Clay Shirky. “The case for digitally-driven stupidity assumes we’ll fail to integrate digital freedoms into society as well as we integrated […]

2 April 2010
The impact of the Internet on institutions in the future

The latest Pew Research Center Internet & American Life Project report is out: “The Impact of the Internet on Institutions in the Future” surveys 895 tech experts on the way that technology will change institutions (government, business, nonprofits, schools) in the next ten years. Technology experts and stakeholders say the internet will drive more change […]

8 February 2010
Microsoft Research Social Computing Symposium 2010

For the past four years, Microsoft Research (MSR) has sponsored a symposium on social computing that “brings together academic and industry researchers, developers, writers, and influential commentators in order to open new lines of communication among previously disconnected groups.” The theme of the 2010 symposium, held at ITP at NYU, was “The city as platform”, […]

27 October 2009
Irene Cassarino: A reflection on energy efficiency and behaviour

Irene Cassarino, an Experientia collaborator, reports on the First European Conference on Energy Efficiency and Behaviour, which took place in Maastricht last week: What role do objects play in our life and culture? It depends on their embedded scripts. Like actors on-stage, they tell us a story, influence our feelings, enrich our knowledge and at […]

25 August 2009
Ideas for thought from the Symposium for the Future

The New Media Consortium is hosting a Symposium for the Future October 27-29 that will explore actual and potential applications of technology that could impact issues of global importance over the next five years and beyond. To generate dialog and discussion around the topic, and to help prospective proposal writers to frame their ideas about […]

23 June 2009
Technology is for revolution (and repression)

Far from being a tool for oppression, as often portrayed in old science fiction, technology has become a means of liberation, argues the Financial Times. “Technology gets a bad rap in the old media. In books and films, it is often the machinery used by governments to crush individuality. […] A funny thing happened on […]

13 May 2009
Us Now

Watch this excellent 1 hour documentary film about the power of mass collaboration, government and the internet. “In his student flat in Colchester, Jack Howe is staring intently into his computer screen. He is picking the team for Ebbsfleet United’s FA Trophy Semi-Final match against Aldershot . Around the world 35,000 other fans are doing […]

13 March 2009
What Matters at McKinsey

Consulting firm McKinsey has just launched a new website, called What Matters, that is an extensive collection of essays and interviews with opinion formers around the world. The content is categorized into ten big topics: Biotechnology, Climate Change, Credit Crisis, Energy, Geopolitics, Globalization, Health care, Innovation, Internet, Organization. “We began last summer by asking researchers, […]

31 January 2009
35 Picnic conference videos

On Vimeo you can find no less than 35 videos of the Picnic conference. They are great. My personal favourites (quite a few): Jim Stolze: The virtual happiness project “Virtual Happiness” is a research project that aims to provide insights on the relationship between internet usage and happiness. – Jim Stolze specializes in new thinking […]

24 January 2009
The Publius Project

The Publius Project is an initiative of Harvard University’s Berkman Center for Internet and Society, with the cryptic byline: “a collection of essays and conversations about constitutional moments on the Net”. “The project brings together a distinguished collection of Internet observers, scholars, innovators, entrepreneurs, activists, technologists and still other experts, to write short essays, to […]

26 September 2008
Experientia’s Jan-Christoph Zoels at Picnic /2

Experientia’s senior partner Jan-Christoph Zoels is this week at the Picnic conference in Amsterdam and is sending regular updates. Here is his second one, covering the Thursday morning sessions: Group actions just got easier! – Clay Shirky jump-started the second day of PICNIC 08 with stories about the problems and challenges of social media. In […]

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