In this series of video interviews we highlight our Betabook alpha testers: professionals who have been using Betabook prototypes for several months.
Gianfranco Chicco has been a Betabook alpha tester since October 2014. In this Skype interview he talks about his personal workflow with Betabook which combines digital tools like Evernote and Wunderlist. He also talks about his love of analog interfaces for human interaction and the limits of digital writing technologies.
Gianfranco Chicco is a marketer and digital strategist who focuses on creating people-centered experiences to tie together the physical and the digital world. He’s passionate about innovative technology and design applied to brands, products, services and cities, and how they can provide value to users. A professional nomad, his work and personal interests keep him traveling around the globe (Americas, Europe, Asia). Gianfranco is the Chief Dreamer Officer at Taiken Lab and the Executive Director of Social Media Week London.
Why is Portland an interesting place to create a startup?
How can we understand entrepreneurs and software engineers to be a new creative class?
What roles do story and performance play in the creation of an enterprise?
Following the true story of a group of aspiring startups in the Portland Incubator Experiment (PIE), in the context of Portland’s creative and technology ecosystem, KS12 presents Early Stage, a Video Sprint in collaboration with PIE which starts a conversation on these topics and invites your participation.
The digital settles in as background. We remember less and query more. Our identity play would be considered schizophrenic in the last century. We have more friends than ever before yet know new frontiers of isolation. The quantification of our experience haunts us in the form of a persistent history. And we are distracted more than we ever knew possible. These circumstances are paradoxically a description of the near future and a diagnosis of the current state of affairs. The truly timeless is redefined – it has transcended that which is classic; it has become that which is never finished.
a video essay / design fiction by KS12
Directed and Edited by Gabriel Shalom
Designed by Patrizia Kommerell
Produced by KS12
Producer: Karen Cifarelli
Commissioned by MU, Eindhoven
Curated by Angelique Spaninks
Production Assistant: Rob Versteeg
Tonight’s workshop at the British Council resulted in a lively discussion, in no small part thanks to the telepresent participation of Ben Hammersley, Philip L. McKenzie and Jón Þór Ólafsson. We hope you enjoy these Skype interviews as they whet your appetite for the results of our video sprint (coming soon).
We’ll be tweeting some updates along the way during the editing process under the #influence #TN2020 and #smwberlin hashtags if you want to follow along. If the interviews inspire you, think about contributing any photos that you think relate to the issues discussed to our Flickr group. Over the next days we’ll also be adding a number of questions to Quora which came up spontaneously during the workshop.
One of the new key topics which was raised: privacy on social networks.