Have you read “The Power of Pull: How Small Moves, Smartly Made, Can Set Big Things in Motion”?
If you haven’t, rush to read this book
If you have, you’ll non doubt remember the sections “The Nature and Importance of Serendipity” and “Shaping Serendipity: Enhancing the Productivity of Attention” (in Chapter 3 : Attracting What We Need).
The authors explain how Yossi Vardi uses the “conference approach” to enhance the chances and the scope of serendipitous encounters, which in turn attracts (pulls) serendipitous possibilities… And he surely is a master in attracting serendipity!
For those who want a very quick intro or recall on the subject, I recommend visioning a section of John Seely Brown’s lecture at the Standord Technology Ventures Program on “Harnassing the Power of Serendipity”. In 2 min 21 seconds video you’ll understand what I’ve been referring to here.
This introduction is meant to “justify” my presence at the Open Knowledge Conference in Berlin.
And I am diffising it widely. Why? Because I hope that more serendipitous encounters will happen, also outside of the conference “boundaries”… In Berlin of course, a mythical place, with Berliners and non Berliners…
My first plan is to arrive Wednesday, late afternoon June 29th, and to leave on Saturday. July 2nd.. I will be joined by Ville Kenanen @bananadotfi from Finland, with whom I already experienced an incredible “Impro Learning Expedition” in the fall last year, meeting incredible people.
I’ve learned not to fix things however, so as to leave open to improvisation and chance…whatever wants to happen.
So friends from Berlin and surroundings, and visitors to Berlin during thes few days. This is my invitation to meet, to join, to visit, to ventures, to discover, to explore, to create, to discuss, to relate, to network, to party…
Let’s not get anything that can
for you, for me, and for betterment for the World at large…escape.
The Annual Open Knowledge Conference (OKCon) is a wide-ranging conference that brings together individuals and organizations from across the open knowledge spectrum for two days of presentations, workshops and exchange of ideas.
Open knowledge promises significant social and economic benefits in a wide range of areas from governance to science, culture to technology. Opening up access to content and data can radically increase access and reuse, bridge gaps, improve transparency and thus foster innovation and increase societal welfare.
This is a time of great change. In addition to high profile initiatives such as Wikipedia, OpenStreetMap and the Human Genome Project, there is enormous growth among open knowledge projects and communities at all levels and in many countries. Moreover, in the last year, many governments across the world have begun opening up their data.
And it doesn’t stop there. In academia, open access to both publications and data has been gathering momentum, and similar calls to open up learning materials have been heard in education. Furthermore this gathering flood of open data plus content is the creator and driver of massive technological change. How can we make this data available, how can we connect it together, how can we use it to collaborate and share our work? We will explore these issues, and more, at OKCon.
About the Open Knowledge Foundation
The Open Knowledge Foundation (OKF) is a not-for-profit organization founded in 2004 and dedicated to promoting open knowledge in all its forms. It is a leader in this field nationally and internationally.