Spring seems to be talk season. As in, we hit the road and do a lot of talking—at conferences and symposia, in workshops, and not infrequently on street corners or trams. After taking the winter off to research and recharge, a string of upcoming events have us back on the road to air some new ideas and hear yours. Here's a quick rundown:

  • People, Data, Power Workshop — 21 March — Amsterdam Institute for Advanced Metropolitan Solutions — Amsterdam (Scott | Roundtable discussion)
  • Internet Age Media Weekend — 7-10 April —CosmoCaixa — Barcelona (Scott | Talk and joint workshop)
  • NRC Moonshot — 13 April — Beurs van Berlage — Amsterdam (Scott | Talk)
  • Theorizing the Web — 15-16 April — Museum of the Moving Image — New York City (Natalie | Talk)
  • Media Future Week — 20 April —  Media Park — Hilversum, NL (Scott | Talk)
  • Innorobo — 25 May — Paris (Scott | Talk + panel)
  • DSummit — 26 May — Swedish National Museum of Science and Technology — Stockholm (Scott | Talk)
  • Futuro — 2-5 June — Ibiza (Scott | Talk) 

We'll also be doing several private workshops during the Spring, which we can say more about in time, and happily attending some events as participants (FutureEverything is one) . If you have any questions about these events, or want to connect in these locations or en route, get in contact and let us know. We're always happy to meet new people. 

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Phase Change

Happy 2016. We've been quiet on the blog recently as we have a number of different external projects running at the same time—no end of year respite at Changeist HQ. 

We will get back to normal blogging service, but one thing we want to draw your attention to is our new publication on Medium, which we've called Phase Change. The purpose of Phase Change is to provide a place where essays and speculations we've published in various places—Medium itself, on Thingclash, here or elsewhere—can have a single home and become more accessible (and more easily transmitted). We've also moved the Backchanneled feature that had been hosted in the lab section of this site to Phase Change as well, and shut down this portion of the Changeist site. 

As a result, you will see some content that has appeared here on Phase Change, but together with great writing from Susan Cox-Smith, Natalie Kane and hopefully other contributors. Much of the content on Phase Change will be new going forward. The idea is to take great conversations had over office tables, on trains, via various backchannels, or just over glasses of wine, and flesh them out on in a single visible location. 

We hope you will follow, enjoy, comment, engage and suggest new topics and ideas. If you would like to collaborate on a piece, let us know.  



A Peek Into Our Weekly Research Threads

This is just a public service announcement that we've recently rolled out a weekly email that provides a look into our ongoing research scans. Some of you already subscribe to our quarterly updates summing up writing, talks and other projects, but a combination of ongoing requests to get a better look at what we're finding interesting and the availability of a tool that allows us one-touch export of research links from different databases made this new weekly email a no-brainer.

Weeks 1 and 2 are already out, and the email drops on Saturday afternoons CET. Our plan is to provide a light bit of context at the top, updates on any articles, talks or workshops we're involved in, and a dozen or fewer links to interesting articles, papers, presentations or other datapoints that we've found interesting. We'll end with pointers to good things our network of friends and partners are up to. The idea is to keep it light, informative, and coming to you in time for Sunday morning reading, whether that's your day to stop and inhale, or the beginning of your work week.

Feedback is always welcomed. We'll continue both newsletters for a few months and see which one works best—frequent slices, or occasional deep dives.

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