People in Beta: Gianfranco Chicco

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.

Some of Gianfranco's Instagrams using Betabook this fall.

About Gianfranco

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.

Early Stage

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.

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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

(in order of appearance)

Bernhard Herrmann
Rafaël Rozendaal
Bruce Sterling
Peter Kirn
Jorien Kemerink
Markus Kayser
Elske van der Putten
Vivian van Gaal
Toby Barnes
Mary Flanagan

Ghost Box

Concept and Design: KS12
Electronics: Philip Steffan
Manufacture: Günter Herrmann Lehrmittelfabrik
3D Prototype Modeling: Mendel Heit
Fabrication Consultant: Fons Schiedon

STRP Artworks

E‪dwin van der Heide‬ DSLE -2- (2011)
Marnix de Nijs Exploded Views 2.0 (2011)
Telcosystems 12_series (2010)
Digitale Werkplaats Bristlebots (2011)
Bart Hess Liquified (2011)
Fourcelabs Dance Engine (2011)


Excerpt from “sketch_111229” by stra.
© 2011 Shingo Inao

“Anaxagoras” and “MeeBlip Landscape” by Peter Kirn
© 2011 Peter Kirn

“Melted Rubber Soul” by Campfires
© 2011 Jeff Walls

Special Thanks
Bernhard Herrmann
Helmut Seefeld

Shot on location in Eindhoven, NL during the STRP Festival 2011 and in Hofgeismar, Germany at the Günter Herrmann Lehrmittelfabrik

© 2012 KS12

Transatlantic Influence: Exploring Different Views on Politics, Culture and Economics

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.

The World is Just Gonna Get Weirder: Ben Hammersley on the Future of Cities and Networked Society

We interviewed Ben Hammersley this weekend as part of an upcoming Transatlantic Network 2020 event at the British Council Berlin. Incidentally, Ben was the moderator at this past weekend’s Cognitive Cities conference.

You can join the conversation we’ve started with Ben on Twitter (#TN2020) or Quora:

What will make living in a city worthwhile in the future?
What new business opportunities will arise from the networked city?
Why are cities becoming more important than countries?
How can we overcome the generation gap in understanding of networked society?