Archive for the ‘work’ Category

Reviving my blog – again…

More and more, I feel like reviving this blog – again. Even though I am blogging at the Future Workspaces teamblog, it is also nice to have a space for personal views on work-related issues. I realize that reviving my blog would require a make-over, and time is a scarce resource at the moment. Anyway, […]

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Focus! The call for singletasking

As we described in this blog post, one of the key challenges for modern knowledge workers is being in flow: reaching the mental state needed to get work done for which concentration is needed. This

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Evaluating the touch screen applications

Today was a day of evaluating the use of some of the applications we created: Buzzcuit and the two applications for the MS Surface table: the concept game and create & combine. These applications are currently all being tested at the Rabobank Utrecht. I sat down with my laptop a bit away from the gadgets, […]

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Sharing great places to work "on the go"

While travelling, I’m always hunting for places with plugs, good coffee and preferrably wifi as well. How great would it be to have them as point of interest in my navigation system? If any of you know of such a database, please, please, pretty please, let me know. Anyway, today I found a great spot: […]

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Promoting the Triple-I Special Track on Knowledge Sharing using Social Media

As part of the Triple-I conference in Graz, Austria (3-5 September 2008), there will be a Special Track on Knowledge Sharing using Social Media. The special track focusses on real-world experiences with Social Media and tries to find answers to research questions such as: How is Social Media applied at the interface between enterprise and […]

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New Ways of Working & Social Embedding

Currently many organizations are experimenting with more flexible work arrangements for their knowledge workers. Well-known examples are Best Buy’s Results Only Work Environment (ROWE), and, here in The Netherlands, Interpolis. Although there are different visions of the New Way of Working, it usually involves more freedom and responsibility for the knowledge worker, more trust by […]

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A standard for avatars

Yesterday, I attended a talk by <a href=”http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Peter_Ludlow”>Peter Ludlow</a> at Twente University. After his talk we had a brief discussion on the need of a standard to represent avatars. In my opinion, such a standard is needed because of the following two reasons: More and more virtual worlds are being created. We already had Second Life, There, Entropia Universe, Active Worlds, Habbo, […]

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One man, one avatar

Recently, I had two experiences with avatars and the identity of the person controlling them that made me wonder. Here is what happened: When visiting the ABN AMRO island in Second Life, I had a talk with their virtual hostess, Amber Jung. We talked about some part of their presence in Second Life that I was […]

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Reboot 9.0 and new work environments

Please visit Ewan McIntosh’s blog (http://edu.blogs.com/edublogs/2007/06/reboot9_your_id.html) for a discussion on my session “Your ideal working environment” on Reboot 9.0. As I mentioned in his comments as well, I loved the stories people told about their ideal working environment and the fact that this seems to be not only very personal, but also depends on what […]

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Your ideal working environment

What does it take to create a working environment that stimulates productivity, collaboration and knowledge sharing? On this question I am initiating a conversation at Reboot 9.0. Looking from a human, organizational and technological perspective, what does it take to create a working environment where we feel happy, where we are productive, where we collaborate […]

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