My Favorites of July: Product Onboarding, Design at GoPro & Bulambuli Valley

bulambuli valley crowdfunding videoTechnically speaking, a chicken is an ancient and highly efficient 3D-printer. That’s one of the fun facts of the “Bulambuli Valley” video to raise funds for Uganda through an Indiegogo crowdfunding campaign.

Find this hilarious video and 9 other links, most of which relate to user experience and design management, in the July digest.
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Immigration, Religion, Sex… Some Of My Favorite @Intelligence2 Debates

Image via robertleeming.com (click to read his interesting post about IQ²)

Image via robertleeming.com (click to read his interesting post about IQ²)

I love debate, even when I face stupid or irrational arguments. It’s stimulating your mind, makes you work on your self-discipline, entices you to find smart arguments, and encourages dialog which is healthy for any stable society. Recently I found out about Intelligence Squared, an organization that stages debates held in the traditional Oxford style around the world, and which broadcasts these debates on YouTube. I’ve watched dozens of them, from business to politics, sex or religion. Here are some of my favorite Intellgence² debates, as well as my positions to the motions that are being discussed in them. Continue reading →

My Book Review of @AneeshChopra’s “Innovative State”

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Aneesh Chopra was the first Chief Technology Officer (CTO) of the Unites States government, and served in this position from 2009 to early 2012. Since then, he has run for the office of Governor in Virginia (but has not succeeded) and created Hunch Analytics, a company which crunches public and private data to “help executives and industry leaders in health care, education and energy to make smarter business decisions.” But this post is not about the latter, it’s about Chopra’s experience as the USA’s very first CTO, and his vision of how technology can improve governments.

I enjoyed reading Innovative State very much, not only because it mirrors some of the phenomena I study in academia, but also because it reminded me of Gilles Babinet‘s book about his experience as a digital champion in France (disclaimer: Gilles Babinet is co-founder and board member of eYeka, where I work part-time). While Babinet had a much more consultative role, Chopra was leading the action in the White House – which also shows how seriously digital technologies are taken in France (not a lot!) compared to the US. Anyway. His views on how new technologies can transform government, shared in Innovative State, are highly interesting. According to him, four priorities (open data, impatient convening, challenges & prizes and attracting talent) should drive the US’s agenda toward becoming “a 21st century government that elevates the role of everyday Americans.Continue reading →

My Favorite Readings in June: Tough Academic World, Corporate Tweeting & Wikipedia Across Cultures

The very first IKEA catalog. One of my favorite reads this month is about IKEA (image via ikea.com)

This month, many things caught my eye and attention. Here’s a selection of news, events and articles that I enjoyed this month. A couple of them deal with academia, again, including people who complain about the toughness of the job. Others relate to social media, the internet of objects, consumer creativity or American politics. Just browse through it and see what catches your eyes.

Also – self-promotion is your friend – make sure to read my latest blog post which I published on Medium. Medium is a sleek-looking new publishing platform, very easy to use, and highly aesthetic. Continue reading →

How South Africa’s Freedom Charter (1955) Was Inspired by Citizen Input

Image via sahistory.org.za (click on the image to access article)

Image via sahistory.org.za (click on the image to access article)

I’m currently reading Nelson Mandela’s autobiography, “Long Walk to Freedom,” published in 1994. I’m only half way through the book, but as today is Mandela’s funeral, I wanted to share an excerpt about the creation Freedom Charter, which was inspired by ideas of thousands of South-Africans, and therefore relates to my current topic of interest, crowdsourcing. In 1955, the South African Congress Alliance indeed invited citizen to submit their ideas for a statement of core principles for the country, and they gathered thousands of ideas. Continue reading →

“You have been crowdsourced” – When academics get busted for plagiarism

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In the German newspaper Welt Am Sonntag, I recently stumbled upon a very interesting article which discusses a very hot topic: trust (or not) in the academic world. The title, which could be translated by “Hunting plagiarists per mouse-click“, indicated that we’re again talking about a web-related subject; and indeed the article is all about the wikis that allowed to reveal serious frauds in thesises of highly ranked German politicians. The most famous one was GuttenPlag Wiki, which is closed today… now that the former German Minister of Economics and Defense Karl-Theodor Zu Guttenberg resigned. Who are the people who read thesises to reveal fraudulous passages? Why do they do it? Continue reading →

La Mondialisation : Emergences et Fragmentations, Pierre-Noël Giraud, éd. Sciences Humaines

 

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Il y a quelques mois, un lecteur m’a conseillé ce livre de Pierre-Noël Giraud sur la mondialisation. Je vous avoue que j’en ai lu beaucoup, des livres sur la mondialisation, et que j’ai appréhendé de relire les mêmes constats, les mêmes exemples et les mêmes propositions… mais celui-là a effectivement le mérite d’être synthétique et clair. Les thèses du bouquin sont intéressantes : parmi elles, j’ai notamment retenu que l’avenir “[de l’Afrique] repose fondamentalement entre les mains de ses habitants” et que les systèmes politiques et économiques actuel doivent être réformé s’il nous voulons un développement durable. Une croissance durable, je veux dire. Continue reading →