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European Local Makers Network exhibtion on the Amsterdam Maker Festival

Ohhh I am really looking forward to this weekend when 20 beautiful makers and artists will join the ELMN exhibit at the Amsterdam Maker Festival. I am especially impressed with all the people who volunteered to help out! It feels like teamwork!

Sarah designed the very first ever logo of the European Local Makers Network, tadaaaa:

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Thank you for the great design Sarah Evers! Get your website online so we can link to your beautiful products! ūüėČ

 

We have six volunteers who will be the exhibition supposts and give information to the visitors. And some of them do a live demonstration of their maker-skills when they’re there. Here is the schedule for the live demonstrations:

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Ohpopup cards in the making

I know that you want to know who is ¬†in the exhibit, well, here’s the list!

Zwartkapje
Magan McNulty
Coloured Things
Miontas
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Anna Treurniet
Roses are Red
Studio Koekoek
Joor Creates
Elvira Krick
SB designs
TOEPAS creaties
Whispering Paper
Made by Mirjam
Sweet and Mellow
Charis Felice
Sara Meijer
Woldernis
Labour of Art
Swearhouse

Want to see these designs in real life? See you at Makerversity at Amsterdam Maker Festival!

Super soft party cat toy.
Party Cat by Megan McNulty

 

And you know what! I’ll be doing some extra things at Amsterdam Maker Festival. I’ll host a short talk¬†(Pecha Kucha) on the different Pop-Up shops I co-organized to help people who want to start a shop with some more information. That’s Friday the 19th at 4 PM.

Even before that, on Friday the 19th at 1.30 PM, I’ll host a knowledge sharing session on Copy Cats. Together with all the participants who are there, we’ll do guided group conversations about copy cats and how you can deal with them. How to deal with Copy Cats.

Lastly, on Saturday the 20th of august, I’ll sit at a table and host a ‘First Aid Ideas’ session. This session/table is about Selling at Live Events. That’s from 1.30 to 3.30 PM, and as soon as I know where it is, I’ll let you know!

Hosting at the Beyond RCT Conference

Last Monday I was the day host at a conference about citizen-driven research called Beyond RCT. RCT’s are Randomized Controlled Trials, a method that is often used in medical research. The goal of the conference was to expand the scope of research, and to find ways to include findings by patients and non-medical professionals into research. In this way, by sharing more knowledge and understanding each other better, we should be able to find new ways of helping patients to feel better faster.

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Me, Nicole from Inspire2Live and Floortje as the stagemanagers/facilitators of the seminar. In the background you can see a bit of the beautiful decor of the Van Lanschot building, offered to the conference by the Van Lanschot bank.

I was just the host of the day, I announced the speakers, held the space, and with the help of my co-host Floortje van der Linden we guarded time and tried to keep all the activities within the time limit. In the afternoon Floortje and me organised a World Café session to facilitate knowledge sharing and discussion between participants. But although my task was small and mostly facilitating, I felt very proud and happy to be able to help out these ambitious, hard-working and brave people in their quest for better wellness and health for everyone.

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That’s me! During the wrap-up / final part of the conference. Thanks Floortje for the photo.

The conference was organised by Inspire2Live, Platform for patients and food and the Dutch research institute TNO. Want to know more about this subject? Read this article in de Volkskrant about patients as researchers of their own illnesses.

Unfortunately I was too busy to make some good pictures from the World Café Process, but in general I can say that I was once again surprised at how well this method works. We had 10 tables, and because the audience was so diverse (consisting of about 80 patients, scientific researchers, entrepreneurs, healthcare professionals, and more) we were able to have very rich knowledge sharing sessions. Because the organisation of the conference had appointed table hosts for all the tables, we  will get a rich harvest from all the discussions. The organisations will send out summaries of all the tables & other conference outcomes to all participants.

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That’s my one picture of two of the ten tables for World Caf√©!

I’m really proud to have been part of this movement for one day. I expect many ambitious outcomes for this tribe of people! It reminds me of the talk and book of Seth Godin about Tribes:https://embed-ssl.ted.com/talks/seth_godin_on_the_tribes_we_lead.html
I feel like I was present at the start of one of these tribes. Fabulously led by Gaston Remmers of Inspire2Live & Platform Patient en Voeding. I expect many great things of this group.

Oh yeah, and I want to say that I found out about Tribes through the book of Martijn Aslander and Erwin Witteveen, called ‘Nooit Af, Permanent B√®ta’. I’m telling you, it’s a must-read.

 

 

Unlocking Creativity

Yesterday I saw an amazing TED Talk by Stanford Professor Tina Seelig. Now there are amazing TED Talks all over the web, and one of my students even told me that watching TED Talks makes us stupid. But I’m telling you, this talk was a-ma-zing.

Professor Seelig indicates several different possibilities to grow creative abilities and thereby innovation, and gives examples of how to stimulate these factors. It struck me that all of them, the internal “imagination – knowledge – attitude”, and the external “habitat – resources – culture”, are separate factors that a person or organization can actively work on. You could make any of these a focus area of a meeting, event or policy if you want to improve your creativity & innovation skills as an¬†organization or even as a freelancer.

Because I am fascinated by Dr. Seelig and because¬†she stated so many interesting concepts at once, I chose to make a drawing of the talk:Summary of the talk of Dr. Tina Seelig at TEDxStanfordYou¬†will only be able to understand some of the analogies if you watched the talk (like the shoes with little umbrella’s on them), so watch it! But it will hopefully help you to remember the talk and the concepts in a clear way.¬†In any way, it helped me!

I started to practice to actively draw out concepts and brainstorming sessions after I followed an Art of Hosting training in the summer of 2015. I love drawing, it helps me to understand and remember, in Art of Hosting they call it ‘harvesting’. I know that I still have a lot to learn and to develop my drawing, and I am excited to share my progress in drawing interesting concepts on this blog.