Tag Archives: Netherlands

European Local Makers Network (ELMN)

Last Thursday we made a start for the European Local Makers Network (ELMN)! Let me tell you a little more about this initiative. I started a Meetup group a while ago with makers from the Amsterdam area. There is so much potential in this group! So when Makerversity Amsterdam hosted an open night for new members, we decided to tag along and speak about the things we could do as a group of enthusiastic makers. Psssst.. did you know that Makerversity Amsterdam membership is free for the whole month of April??

So we have lots of ideas for projects, knowledge sharing sessions and collective discounts now. I’m so curious what the future will bring!

We need some help in getting these things done. Do you want to co-host a session or help out with a certain project? Do let me know at annabel@annna.nl!

 

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 Café!

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 Bèta’. I’m telling you, it’s a must-read.

 

 

Pricing your handmade products – help!

Pricing products that you made by yourself can be very scary. Are you really going to charge this for something you made by yourself? It’s so easy to undervalue your own products and so scary to charge a higher price… I wanted to organize a meeting to support all of us around the city of Amsterdam who are going through this, and so I did, one event in Dutch and one in English:

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Facebook Event: Wat is het waard? – Prijs je product.

 

 

I figured it would help to all get together, bring our products, have tea and cookies, and I will set up a system where you can get everyone’s input about the price of your product. Hopefully you will feel better and more confident about your price, once you know what everyone else thinks of it!

 

Facebook Event in English: What's

There are many different ways to determine the price of your product; market research, determining your costs and adding a certain percentage, your own opinion, your moms opinion, etc. And there are so many values that customers attach to the price of a product! They think the price represents the quality of a product, if it is really handmade, and, if they will buy your product! Mostly, you are on your own, with your product, in your house. Let’s struggle with our prices together and help each other out here.

I hope to see you there!

Useful articles about pricing your products:

The Etsy Blog – A Simple Formula for Pricing your Work

Creative Live Blog – 5 Tips For Effective Wholesale Pricing

Anke Panke’s Blog – Wholesale (Nederlands)