This post could also be titled: How to avoid unnecessary risk. I encounter it with entrepreneurs more often than not: the willingness to take a leap of faith over doing the necessary ground work, or being reckless in the name of their “risk-taking confident” self-image. Eric Ries calls it “waste” in his Lean Start-up approach. […]
“You have to specialize in one thing!”, for years I have been hearing this from (mostly) ‘more experienced’ people. And I always struggled with it. I have many talents and interests. I do not have that intuitive feeling that I want to dedicate my energy on one thing only for the rest of my career. […]
Yes, there is! Is it a more convenient life? Well, no. Was it easy to get there? Hell no. More secure? Probably not. More privacy? Maybe. Feel Like a Boss? Oh, yeah! After years of wanting, thinking and hesitating: I am free of Google’s surveillance program. Maybe you can be too! In case you are […]
TLDR; Digital Social Innovation is innovation that is social in its purpose and digital in its solution. In other words: it makes the world a little bit – or a lot – better and ‘does something with computers’ to make it so. When people ask me: “What kind of work do you do?” I like […]
To make your social innovation succeed, you need to get these right: Value Viability Impact Scalability Feasibility The catch: I believe you need to figure them all out pretty much at the same time. If you leave one or more out, thinking: “I will figure that out later.”, you are probably heading for trouble. And […]
Are you a Social Entrepreneur or working on innovation at an NGO or Social Enterprise/Start-up? Then you know how important it is to get to ‘financial sustainability’, to make your initiative long-lasting, to go beyond grants and pilots and scale up. For you I created the Social Business Model Calculator! This Calculator lets you easily […]
A little while back one of my clients asked me to help them create a “solid project plan” for their innovative project. My simple answer: Don’t! Creating a “solid project plan” or any type of lengthy “plan” document will set you up for failure. It goes like this: you have had a brilliant idea for […]
What is the formula for successful digital innovation? How do we make sure that it delivers value, is (financially) sustainable, can scale up and has impact? And what exactly is ‘digital innovation’ anyway? To start with the last: I see digital innovation as developing a radically innovative solution that has a digital component for a […]
Do you want to work on stuff that matters? Since 2010 a group of people in Wellington, New Zealand have been organizing themselves to do just that. Now you can read how they did it!
This article originally appeared on thespindle.org about my presentation and workshop on Technology Trends, Open Source and Open Design for Humanitarian NGOs and other organizations: On November 27th 2018, The Spindle, in collaboration with HumanityX, organised a Future Session about global technological developments and open innovation & open design. Participants to this meeting came from various organisations, sectors, […]
Once we have come to realize that the Silicon Valley model of startup-based innovation is not for the betterment of people and planet, but is a hyper-accelerated version of the existing growth-based capitalist Operating System increasing inequality, destroying nature and benefiting the 1%, the question arises: is there an alternative?
Since June 2018 the state of Kerala in India has endured massive floodings, as you may have read in the news. This article contains a brief summary what the international Fab Lab Community has been doing until now (early September 2018) to help the people recovering.
Once upon a time hippies where roaming the world. They were a happy bunch, living in freedom and spiritual abundance. A small group of them lived in a place called California, or to be more specific, an area that had the appearance of a lush valley. In that valley life was good. A new kind […]
In short: yes, you should! If you are a regular user and can afford it. For the longer version: read on. In this article I will explain donating is not just “the right thing to do”, but also a practical way of supporting Open Source Software (OSS). I will show you a fair and pragmatic […]
Doughnut Economics is one of the best books I have read in the past few years. I believe it should be standard reading for any economics student and fills in a big gap in “normal” economics theory. Kate Raworth excellently points out how and why the traditional models and theories do not work (anymore) and […]
From time to time I come across news articles about Governmental bodies in Europe adopting the use of Open Source Software. This seems to be a slowly increasing trend. But if European Governments make software for themselves, or are having it made for them, do they publish that software as Open Source?
In short: wipe Mac OS and install Elementary OS. In some more words: read on. If you are thinking: “I am feeling happy using my MacBook, what is he talking about?”, then open your calendar and make an entry for in 2 years to come back to this post. See you then! Yes, in time […]
How are we going to feed 9+ billion people by 2050? Last week this question was at the heart of the Thought For Food Summit in Amsterdam and I had the honour and pleasure to be giving a Clinic on Opening Business Models and being invited to co-judge on the special Open Business Model Prize […]
In the past months I have started to explore and getting myself involved in Humanitarian Aid organizations (NGOs), from an innovation perspective. What I find striking is how many times I read and hear about the goal to “End Poverty”. Besides the problematic term ‘poor’, which can mean to have no money for a prolonged […]
Do you want to get rid of privacy-invading centralized Silicon Valley Cloud services like Dropbox, Google Calendar and Google Documents? Me too! However, that is easier said than done.
Last week I had the privilege and pleasure to do a talk at the Open Source Software and Hardware Congres (OSSH Event) in Den Bosch, The Netherlands. Since I got some positive reactions on this talk, I decided to write this Blog Post about it, containing the main points. The organization asked me to talk […]
I met Jesús Pérez, a friend of my wife, while on vacation on Tenerife. He invited to guide us on a trip on the island, driving up the 3000+ meters tall volcano El Teide. While enjoying the amazing Mars-like views up the mountains, we got talking about the things that really interest us.
CWI, the Research Center for Mathematics and Computer Science in Amsterdam, did a whole day of lectures on Quantum Computing and I was fortunate to be able to attend these lectures. This post contains some notions I picked up during the day, mainly from the practical applications and impact perspective, as these topics are most […]
Over the past years I have been using various models, methods and frameworks while developing innovative products and services with clients, for our own initiatives and as mentor or participator at hackathons. These have become like a ‘toolbox’ that I always have with me and can use whenever necessary. This post gives an overview of […]
Recently we applied for UNICEF’s Wearables for Good Challenge and I read some interesting pieces on NGOs and innovation. Since these gave me the impression that NGOs could benefit more from innovation and new technologies, I decided to offer my expertise and part of my time to help NGOs innovate, or at least to assist […]
By: Diderik van Wingerden and Mirjam Bekker While we are developing our own Open Products we also always keep an eye out for cool Open Products that are out there. And once in a while we like to get our hands on one of these products, test it and learn what we can. A few […]
What happened in a year of “free and open technology”? This post highlights the main “open” tech and digital moments in 2014 for you. This top-10 is the “open” alternative specifically to The Guardian’s “Top 10 tech and digital moments in 2014”, as well as to countless other 2014 top tech lists.
Being one of the partner organizations of the “Open Data Estafette” conference on Renewable Energy, my client Enexis together with Grid Operator Liander had the idea of organizing a hackathon on the subject. Meaning: going beyond the talks of the conference (mainly public servants) and towards creating innovative solutions with open data. For this idea […]
It is not hard to see that many things have fundamentally gone wrong in our world. Just think of how rapidly we are: destroying nature, depleting natural resources and using nonrenewable fossil fuels. Furthermore, so many of us are living in complete and increasing poverty, war, sickness and just utter misery, while so many others […]
Having witnessed the first Rockstart Smart Energy Accelerator Demo Day in Amsterdam, I can conclude only one thing. Are these guys (yes, not a single girl, how unfortunate) rock stars? Well, their stage performance can lead me to only one conclusion: no way!
Free software is a requirement for a modern free society. At least, according to the theme at the LibrePlanet Conference this year in Boston. I attended this excellent conference and had a great time, meeting lots of great people, listening to interesting speakers and learning a lot about what free software is about, and why […]
Do you want your laptop to free? Well, ‘free’ as in ‘freedom’ that is. If you looking for ‘gratis’, then this is not the article you want to read (or is it…?). But if you are fed up like me with Microsoft Windows and Apple Mac OS with their increasing restrictions, Planned Obsolescence, selling your […]
Are you becoming more and more aware and concerned about your on-line privacy and related security of your digital data? I have… Of course due to the media attention to Snowden and related news, but also because of some very good documentaries on Tegenlicht and documentairenet.nl. “it just not seems feasible to really be in […]
This post contains some of my random thoughts about a subject that has been going through my mind for quite some time now. It is coming from my deep inner conviction of optimism about our future as humanity, when we shed ourselves from our limitations and live up to our full potential. It is about […]
In just 48 hours we put together a working prototype of the “Ice Cream Ohmmeter”: an app that makes Energy Savings seriously fun. The Energy Data that is used in the app, is provided by the Ectual P1-device that we created at Enexis. The Ectual is a cheap device with an Open API that makes […]
As Technical Project Manager for Enexis I coordinating the software development of the Ectual, an electronic device that makes Smart Meter data available in the ‘living room’: on smartphones, tablets and computers through an Open API.
Late last year I bought a new Apple MacBook Pro. An amazing device that I love to work with every day. The design, the feel of the keys, the clarity of the screen are simply great. Mac OS is pretty good as well (not as good as it was apparently, but that is another story). […]
We won 2 prizes again at The Next Web Hack Battle. This time with “Bring Your Own Music”: personalized Spotify Music Cards using NFC and RFID. We used a network-connected Arduino coupled with an NFC Reader, a custom Spotify App, the Spotify API, a PHP front-end and Apigee for the data back-end.
For my client BLiS Web & Mobile I did Project and Technical Management of DordtSport.nl, the new on-line platform for sports in the city of Dordrecht area. Besides the overall management of the project and coordinating with the client, the ‘Sportbedrijf’ Department of the Municipality of Dordrecht, I made the Software Architecture of the platform. This […]
In this post a crash course in business networking: 10 tips and tricks I have learned over many years and that still help me in every networking opportunity I get!
Egon Berghout, Peter Schuurman and I wrote a paper called “Benchmarking IT Benefits – Exploring Outcome and Process Based Approaches” for AMCIS, the Americas Conference On Information Systems in San Francisco. The paper was accepted in the Proceedings and we were invited to present our research at the conference.
For Pebble Smartwatch (former inPulse Smartwatch) I created a proof-of-concept of their new user account front-end and back-end, using the messaging and data persistence API of Parse.com, Ruby on Rails and native Android.
Together with 11 Housing Associations Marnix van Welie and I created an industry-wide Enterprise IT Reference Architecture (in Dutch) called “CORA” (Corporation Reference Architecture).
At M&I/Partners and together with NetwIT and Futura, Pim van den Broek and me surveyed 34 Housing Associations and performed two case studies on Sustainable Business and Green IT. Our research report is in Dutch and is called “Van ambitie naar actie – Duurzame bedrijfsvoering en groene ICT bij woningcorporaties” (“Ambition to Action – Sustainable […]
The idea: a really original business card that people would remember.
For the young professionals at ‘Jonge Veranderaars‘ (part of Railforum, Nederlandse Spoorwegen), I held an introductory talk about co-creation, crowd sourcing and social media. And how these concepts relate to each other. I created the presentation in Prezi (in Dutch).
This post is in Dutch. You can use Google Translate to read it in English. *** Update van de initiatieven in Nederland dankzij David Demper van Snappcar.nl op 12 maart 2012.
At the The Next Web conference’s Hack Battle we won 2 prizes with a prototype of the social game Electric Vampires. The game is aimed at children, helping them understand ‘energy’ and energy savings. Our team won the ‘most creative project’ and the 3rd overall prize.
For the voluntary organization KinderKunstFABRIEK I created a website, for free. The design was made by a hired freelance designer, the HTML and CSS by coders in India (elance.com) and I implemented the back-end in PHP and the Expression Engine Content Management System.
Pim van den Broek and me published another article on Green IT and Sustainability in Dutch called “Van ambitie naar actie“ (“Ambition to Action”). This time in CorporatieGids Magazine, edition 1 2011, p 8-9.
After performing a survey and doing qualitative research on Green IT and Sustainability in the Housing Associations Industry Pim van den Broek and me published an article in Dutch called “Vragen over groene ICT” (“Questions about Green IT”) in Aedes Magazine 3 2011, p 14.
Together with Antoon van Luxemburg and other colleagues at M&I/Partners we created the Social Media Maturity Model (S3M). This was published on the website www.socialmediamodellen.nl.
For several years I did a guest lecture on “Information Economics in Practice” for students in Economics & Informatics at the Erasmus University Rotterdam.
Together with Peter van Dijk and Jos Smits I wrote an article on the costs and benefits of IT partnerships for Municipalities. The article is in Dutch and is called “De zeven valkuilen van shared service centra bij gemeenten“ (“The Seven Pitfalls of Municipal Shared Service Centers”) and was published in TIEM 2.0 Magazine, July […]
Together with Ies van Rij I created a ‘Quick Reference Card‘ (in Dutch), summarizing the benchmark results of 10 years of IT Costs and Benefits Benchmarking in the Housing Association Industry.
After having made a Business Case for the implementation of a hospital-wide EMR, my colleagues and I at M&I/Partners did an after-go-live measurement of the outcome. We published the results in a Dutch article called “EPD levert een besparing op van 10 procent” (“Efficiency gain of 10 percent with EMR”) in Magazine Zorgvisie (ICTzorg).