It's been a while since we've sent a newsletter issue. So it's time to catch you up to what has been on our minds and before our eyes. A bit of traveling, a couple of talks and lots of work. Enjoy.
Manchester and New York
We went on a sort of Bildungsurlaub (educational trip) at the end of March. First up were Manchester and the FutureEverything conference. We heard brilliant talks by Madeline Ashby and many others. A big part of going to Manchester was also about breaking bread with some friends that form our version of the Eastern Standard Tribe (these days on Slack, of course).
A week after Manchester we flew to New York to attend the Theorizing the Web (TtW) conference and meet some friends and make new acquaintances. TtW might have been the best conference we've ever gone to. Two days packed with 12-min talks of researchers from all sorts of fields. We can highly recommend spending some time with the TtW-YouTube channel (our favorite panel). If you have the chance next year, we highly recommend attending this conference.
Third Wave on Medium
We now have our own publication on Medium at medium.thirdwaveberlin.com. A couple of our favorite articles from our blog made it there. And now we're adding new content.
First up is Igor who reports back from his recent trip to Odessa for a talk about startups and why they shouldn't try to emulate the Berlin or Silicon Valley model: Being in Odessa.
Johannes' trip to the snowy mountains of Oberfranken (somewhere around the middle of Germany) was at the beginning of the year. But he's only now found the time to publish the full text of the keynote that he gave at the conference of German insurance company. It's one of those fundamentals talk that argues that just because you are on Facebook doesn't mean that you've mastered the digital transformation. It also features a car that broke down through a Spotify-update and the sleepless nights of Zuck. He invokes good ol' Peter Drucker with the title â€œCulture eats Strategy for Breakfast.â€ The full text in German is here: Kultur verspeist Strategie zum FrÃ¼hstÃ¼ck.
Johannes also went back to republica this year to moderate a panel on big data and employee surveillance, a topic often overlooked in the discussion around automation and futures of work.
Panel at republica 2016 (in German): Big Data und Arbeitnehmer
Third Wave on Instagram
Looks like we've gone full social media. You can also follow us on Instagram now.
The summer months are great opportunity to slow down a bit from the spring hustle, take a step back and look again at the bigger picture before the pace picks up again in autumn. We're bursting with fresh insights and new ideas from our trips and studies. We're happy to do a talk or a workshop for you and your team our your clients to show you where things are heading.
Right now, we see a lot of teams and companies drowning in the perceived speed of a real-time world. A headless frenzy keeps everyone busy to make sure nobody asks the dreaded why-question. We think this summer is an excellent opportunity to start the countermovement. The complexity of the digital world gave the impression that long-term planning is moot. But we're proposing an adapted version that considers multiple futures and prepares accordingly. We say that it's time to stop just reacting and to know again where to go. Let's have a conversation and find out how to best apply this method to the context of your company, your team or you personally.
And if you know somebody who might be interested in our advice, why not forward them one of our Medium stories with the recommendation to get in contact with us? We would appreciate it.