This week I organised a workshop with Paul Clifford, expert in digital creativity, open source hardware and learning differently. It was the first workshop in a series on cultural, institutional innovation. We built keyboards out of fruit, a dance-machine with post-its and a robot that made Pollockian drawings. In the wrap-up, one of the participants mentioned he found that hands-on workshops like these are a great tool to talk about

Of the 17 books I’ve read in 2015 so far, I scored seven with 5 stars. Of the past seven, six. Only Ashlee Vance’s thorough biography of Elon Musk missed a few eloquent eye-openers to reach the level of 5-star biographies. Lawrence in Arabia, Scott Anderson’s biography of T.E. Lawrence, did score 5 stars. H is for Hawk, Helen Macdonald’s profound autobiography, deserved 6. Perhaps slightly biased, I also gave

My old friends from the Museum of National History (actually my former bosses) Erik and Dennis together with designer Robin, photographer Patrick, editor Charlotte and an army of Dutch designers, artists, cooks, architects and other creatives last week launched De gulle ekster (‘The generous magpie’). I’m writing blogs for them as well as doing some online marketing and public relations for the new start-up. De gulle ekster is a website

Last year I wrote an essay for Schreef, the magazine of the Dutch Foundation for Literature where I am on the advisory board, about new business models for writers. This article sparked a journey that reached a new highpoint last night and which, to some extend, serves as a personal poster child for the value of giving and receiving in the social media age, as well as how this can

All heritage content, in one way or another, is about stories. Grand histories, personal anecdotes and everything in between. Making a connection between heritage content and audiences either via outreach or engagement on traditional or new media is then an act of storytelling. In a lightning talk on the popular website TED in 2012 Kevin Allocca, a YouTube trend manager, explains succinctly what is needed to tell successful stories online

In his book The Long Tail, former Wired editor-in-chief Chris Anderson makes a compelling case for the large number of things that don’t happen in the ‘head’ or most popular part of any distribution. For example, when given the opportunity and a virtually unlimited audience, much more books of the 99.99% not in the average top-10 dominated bookstore  will be sold that of the 0.01% (both numbers are made-up stats)