The three of us spent the past days in Tuscany for a very dear friend’s wedding. Was his best man, as well as officiating, at the Dutch language civil ceremony, with 45 family members and friends attending (after the Italian official one).

Stunning views over the olive and grape covered hills. The incredible smell of the abundant rosemary bushes after a bit of rain.

Visited other dear friends both on the way down and the way up, half-way in Switzerland.

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  1. We have returned from our summer hiatus, spending three weeks in France and a week in Tuscany, with 2 weeks at home working in between. This week the focus is on the Smart Stuff That Matters Unconference, next Friday, followed by a big bbq party Saturday. In honor of Elmine‘s birthday. Looking forward to welcoming many people in our home. Next week regular blogging will recommence.
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  2. Summer hiatus is over. In the 8 weeks since the previous Week Notes we camped in France for several weeks, returned home for two weeks (in which I reconstructed a report for the Serbian government I assumed done before I left), spent a week in Tuscany to see a dear friend get married (and visited friends in Switzerland on the way), and prepared for our birthday unconference and bbq “Smart Stuff That Matters”. The past week was almost exclusively dedicated to the event, after returning from Tuscany Monday evening. Friday and Saturday the unconference and bbq in honor of Elmine’s birthday took place. It was a total whirlwind of interaction again, which left me thankful and inspired. The last guests left this afternoon, and from tomorrow a more regular schedule will recommence.

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  3. It’s the end of December, and we’re about to enjoy the company of dear friends to bring in the new year. This means it is time for my annual year in review posting, the ‘Tadaa!’ list.
    Eight years ago I started writing end-of-year blogposts listing the things that happened that year that gave me a feeling of accomplishment, that make me say ‘Tadaa!’. (See the 2017, 2016, 2015, 2014, 2013, 2012, 2011 and 2010 editions). I am always moving forwards to the next thing as soon as something is finished, and that often means I forget to celebrate or even acknowledge things during the year. Sometimes I forget things completely. Although I have worked on improving that sense of awareness over the past few years, it remains a good way to reflect on the past 12 months. So, here’s this year’s Tadaa!-list:

    The Smart Stuff That Matters unconference and bbq party in honour of Elmine’s 40th birthday was an awesome event bringing together so many great people from our various contexts. Thank you to all who were there, from right next door to halfway across the globe, and so many different places in between. It is a great privilege you came together in our home. So much fun having you all at STM18! Of course we had the mythical German sausages again….Peter made a sketch of our house, sitting in the garden

    Being witness and officiating at our dear friends’ Klaas and Amarens wedding in Tuscany.
    Dinner al fresco / Thirty years of friendship (images by Elmine)

    Presenting Networked Agency during a keynote at State of the Net in Trieste. A great opportunity to create a better narrative to explain Networked Agency, and present it to a much wider audience. Also great to see Paolo and Monica, as well as many others again. Our friend Paolo opening State of the Net, enjoying the beautiful city of Trieste

    Working in Serbia, Italy, UK, Germany, Netherlands, Belgium.
    Creating a measurement framework for open data impact, that allows for different levels of maturity, embraces complexity, and aims to prevent gaming of measurements.
    Getting tremendous feedback by the funder of a client project last year, that it was the most exciting thing they funded.
    Getting asked back by multiple clients
    Joining the board of Open Nederland, the Dutch Creative Commons chapter as treasurer
    Joining the board of Open State Foundation, the leading Dutch advocate for open government, as its chairman, after having been one of the initiators of the very first event in 2008, that later turned into this great organisation
    Taking the time to just hang out with other geeks at IndieWebCamp in Nürnberg

    I spent every Friday at home to be with our daughter. A joy to watch her develop.

    Giving the opening key-note at FOSS4GNL. I especially enjoyed writing the narrative for it, which ties local data governance to geopolitics and ethics. the Dutch open source geo community, and during the keynote (images Steven Ottens)

    Got to be there for friends, and friends got to be there for me. Thank you.
    Sponsoring the Open Knowledge Belgium conference with my company The Green Land, and participating in the conference with our entire team, and providing two sessions.

    Finding my voice back in blogging. I’ve written more blogposts this year than the preceding eleven combined, and as much as the first 5 years of busiest blogging combined. As a result I’ve also written much more in-depth material than any other year since I started in 2002. This has created more space for reflection and exploration, useful to shape my ideas and direction in my work. It was inspiring to renew the distributed conversations with other bloggers. As a result I am revisiting much of my writing about information strategies and the workings of human digital networks.
    Working with a client to further detail and document both Networked Agency and the ‘impact through connection’ project we based on it.
    Making day trips with Elmine and (not always) Y, e.g. to BredaPhoto, Eddo Hartmann and Fries Museum. Making good use of our more central location.
    Started to make better use of the various spaces our house offers, like the garden, the attic studio, and my own room. Room for improvement in the next year though.
    Avoiding feeling hurried, while keeping up the level of results.
    All in all it was a rather unhurried year, with more time for reflection about next and future steps. I worked 1728 hours, which averages out to about 36,5 per week worked. This is not yet getting closer to the 4 day work weeks I actually have, compared to last year, but at least stable.
    I’ve read 69 books, at a steady pace. All fiction, except for a handful. I’m looking to create the space to start reading more non-fiction. That likely requires a separate approach.
    Elmine gave me an amazing sculpture for my birthday, called “Strange Bird Totem”. The artist Jacqueline Schäfer’s work is described as “showing a positive vibe for life in a complex modern society“. That sort of feels like a great motto for the next year. Ever onwards!

  4. This week was the first full working week in the new year and I had to get used to getting back into a rhythm.
    This week I

    Worked on finalising a data governance project
    Worked on a transparency benchmark framework for a client
    Worked on procurement conditions regarding data sovereignty for a client
    Sat down with Elmine to see how we can augment each other’s work

    Arranged a variety of meetings and conversations across my network for the coming weeks
    Had a lovely dinner at Klaas’s and Amarens’s with the other witnesses and their partners of their marriage last summer in Tuscany

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