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Chancellor Helmut Kohl in front of the Brandenburg Gate, 25 years after the launch a process that led to the reunification of much more than Germany (@bild). The above photo is incredible. But how will it be viewed in 25 more years? Of course it’s supposed to be a celebration, and it is. But I… » read more

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Tackling corporate memory loss and innovation failure requires a different paradigm than that offered by social media. My previous post (Plus ça change) was, I realise now, about more than just EC corporate memory loss, but it took a comment from a reader before I realised it. Which neatly demonstrates how sharing leads to innovation.… » read more

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What happened when 60 odd people had a go at the Participation mindmap? The Europecom session went well yesterday, judging by the Tweets. I’d never even been to an event run on World Café lines, so thank goodness the others knew what they were doing. In the end the mindmap – which started out as… » read more

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After months plagued by unresponsive servers (and their administrators) and crashing hard drives, results from the first tests of applying the ConTEXT semantic engine to the BloggingPortal reboot are in, just in time for EuropCom 2014 this Wednesday. Ron Patz (@ronpatz) will present our findings – and the reboot project in general – at a… » read more

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On October 15th Anthony Zacharzewski (@anthonyzach) of the Democratic Society and I will facilitate an EuropCom 2014 WorldCafé session on improving citizens participation in EU affairs. This post is my personal Call for Ideas – if you have good or bad examples, ideas of what works and what doesn’t, I want to hear them. [Update:… » read more

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#B2B4ME: Back to Blogging

B2B once meant ‘Business to Business’. After the first online bubble popped, it became ‘Back to Banking’ (alongside its close cousin ‘Back to Consulting’), as legions beat a retreat to the safety of corporate life. And now, perhaps, it means Back to Blogging, and apparently not just for me. After experimenting blogging on Google+ and/or… » read more

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For BloggingPortal’s 5th birthday, a short report from those of us who want to see its 6th. Last Saturday a handful of Editors – Macarena (@MacarenaRG), Andreas (@kosmopolit), Alia (@Eurocentrique), Jon (@JonWorth), Stefan (@stefanhapper), Ronny (@ronpatz), Ralf (@RalfGrahn) and myself – got together in the offices of Transparency International to discuss the reboot ideas I’ve… » read more

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It’s not strictly necessary to rebrand bloggingportal, but everyone I’ve spoken to thinks it’s a good idea, so why not have a little competition? This is more about coming up with a neat idea than holding a design competition yet. For example, here’s an idea sketched out on the metro using my trusty Note2: Got… » read more

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Data from bloggingportal.eu, extracted by BrusselsBlogger, gives some idea of the dominance of English as a blogging language on EU policy. It is actually probably lower than most in the Brussels Bubble would guess. The headline figures and a graph follow, or just grab the data (Google spreadsheet). Total blogs currently followed: 1116 Of this… » read more

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