Last couple of days have been a bit more hectic than usual, probably due to the holidays coming up (Happy Thanksgiving to those folks who may be celebrating it!), as well as myself preparing and getting ready for what’s supposed to be my last business trip of the year (And what a year!!!) and which will take place next week Monday for most of the week itself. This time around, and for the second time this year, I will be heading to Rotterdam, The Netherlands, where I will be arriving on Monday afternoon and be leaving on Thursday noon as well.
The purpose of my trip to Rotterdam this time around would be to meet up with a couple of customers to talk about Social Software and what IBM is doing in that specific area, both internally and externally, with a specific focus on the social and cultural changes happening in the corporate environment versus just a social software tools focus.
Then the other reason why I will be going to The Netherlands is to eventually take part in one of those special events around the world of Innovation that you know is going to have a significant impact and will leave you behind with too much food for thought. Yes, indeed, I am talking about the event that every year the Dutch Innovation Platform puts together around the subject of higher education, research and innovation. This time around with the title: "Above the ground level" ("Boven het maaiveld") and hosted at Van Nelle Ontwerpfabriek in Rotterdam itself.
You would be able to find more information and further details about the event itself over at its main homepage or, alternatively, you can also download the full agenda from here. As you go through it you would be able to see how at 15:30 pm local time, I will be presenting on what’s been one of my favourite topics as of late (And if you have been reading this blog long enough you would know already which one it is, right? 😉 ): "A world without mail", where I will be sharing my experiences on what’s been like giving up on e-mail for the last 10 months and a half in such a big (And e-mail driven!) corporation as IBM!
Needless to say that I am incredibly excited about taking part in this particular event, as I am sure you would be able to see from the quality of the actual agenda itself; and to be able to present a glimpse of the kind of impact that social computing is having within the corporate world as part of that Social Innovation that a few of us have been advocating for a little while now is probably one of the best ways of ending an unforgettable year. One that has surely changed the way I work, interact, connect, collaborate and share my knowledge with other colleagues, but not only that, also my life! Why not.
If you are going to be around that time in Rotterdam next week, and if you would want to get together for a drink or two to catch up, feel free to give me a shout and we will make it happen. I will be there from Monday afternoon, till Thursday afternoon, like I mentioned above, and after I get back I will go ahead and share some further highlights from the event itself. I am sure it would be one of those events hard to forget for a while! As usual!
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