woensdag 28 januari 2009
The first ever Twitter Festival takes place in Amsterdam on February 12th. 80+ similar events happen globally on that date. Be the first to connect with Twitters you know or to catch up on the most cutting-edge developments in social networks futures!
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PortalToYourDreams will be hosting a scenario planning workshop that helps this exciting new technology application position itself in the greater context of "social/professional networking."
The Scenario Planning process will be a co-creation from this industry's pioneers and sponsors where participants will construct an axis based on the most influential driving forces in society and economy. Forces that effect us all will be fine tuned into an industry specific positioning model with four possible future scenarios.
Where does status seeking theory fuel technological innovation, how do issues of political and financial mobility play a role, how cultural specific should networking be, which business alliances and moral values should be explored? Will an economic recession transform the office space and help re-invent business activity?
Based on facts, intuitions and collective metaphor created with images, statistics and keywords this workshop is an experience to build on. Twitter is part of the emerging zeitgeist that embraces an increasing openness in business, social and political contexts. Let's invent the future together.
maandag 19 januari 2009
You were "inspired"! You felt "energised", "intrigued" and even "illuminated". You wanted more: more time, more theory on methodology and more on the impact and application of Scenario Planning!
PORTAL's taster on Scenario Planning as a tool for business innovation which officially launched our "21 Gifts Initiative" (read details below) was a great way for us to usher in 2009 at the HUB Amsterdam.
We were joined by a high quality group of participants coming from the worlds of management consultancy, economic strategy, NGO's, the fashion, media and entrepreneurship industries, as well as artists and freelancers. Do visit some of our audience's websites listed below to get a feeling for the mix of brains and hearts that rubbed shoulders last week at the PORTAL workshop.
At the start of a new year in which seasoned investment commentator Tom Stevenson for Fidelity International already urged the world to consider "what can be done in the longer term to create a better, more equitable and sustainable economic landscape" (Daily Telegraph 15.01.09), "Ethics" and "Harmony" ranked high on this diverse group's priority list, and so we had serious fun mapping out future worlds based on these two main axis.
The wealth of backgrounds and sectors represented at the workshop were also reflected in the first round of nominations for 21 Gifts we received on the night. They include:
AIESEC, GreenDesk, FLP Plower Label, EcoVillage Alminde, Young Sietar, Melika, MultiMediaLab and many others.
Would you or your organisation like to be on this list of nominations to receive a FREE Scenario Planning workshop in 2009? Please take a minute to read up on PORTAL's "21 Gifts Initiative" and send us a message: firstname.lastname@example.org
Those of you who give us permission to stay in touch will receive updates on PORTAL's activities from time to time.
Welcome to (y)our dreams!
Drs. Carl Kerchmar
Kwela Sabine Hermanns
Links of participants' websites:
Letter from the Moderator:
From an open invitation to help promote social and business innovation we created four future scenarios. Beginnings can be a bit confusing and vague and our start was no exception as we began to explore words and ideas that link our 'tijdsgeest' to the driving forces in our socio-economic reality. From a wide open start we pooled our ambitions and intuitions into some concrete perspectives on how to gauge our collective futures.
Ranging from strong to weak, an ethical / value oriented horizontal axis including key terms like sustainability, collective awareness, social agenda was co-created. This line was characterized by activities that we as a people can influence, in turn, the vertical axis had an externality emphasis. Coined as paradise, which measured the harmony of our relationship with nature and our also our neighbors, in terms of politics and war.
We are optimistic souls, and the plus plus scenario of high harmony and ethics was easiest to fill with adjectives and images. How can this experience remain useful after the workshop? I feel that our efforts created a a realistic framework for viewing the worlds flux into the future at large. Our axis were general yet detailed enough to be specific. We can now cut and paste our experiences into these imaged futures. When you hear the news, see images in magazines and catch headlines in the papers relate them back to the axis of ethics /values and paradise / harmony and try and place them... the placement is relative to our time so the more we monitor the more we contextualize the meaning in a reference point. Where we are heading as a society becomes monitorable and your position within that flux becomes navigatable.
zondag 18 januari 2009
F2P had a glamorous opening in Club BitterZoet, Amsterdam.
This collective of fashion designers link up their runway exposure with a business model that includes communication and marketing. Their event produced a full turnout with an energetic atmosphere. These young fashion entrepreneurs have had conceptual development from Andrea Wiegman, chief editor of Second Sight. To learn more about F2P and the designers involved check out:
donderdag 8 januari 2009
What does the deepening financial crisis mean for your business, do environmental changes effect real time planning, how can sustainability be the low cost alternative, and where is the role for corporate social responsibility? Scenario Planning gives your product/service a positioning model in uncertain times. This Free workshop taster is recognition of the 21st anniversary of Fair Trade and launches a series of 21 gifts that will be awarded to companies and initiatives that champion social business innovation and sustainability.
Portal To Your Dreams welcome's you in the Hub to get a co-creative experience into this powerful tool, scenario planning. Come get a taste in how to create the future and help Portal empower companies that can make our world more socially innovative and environmentally sustainable.