Well, I started out blogging in French, about the influence of Web 2.0 issues on society. Guess I would like to do the same in English...

Cab Drivers, Uber, And The Costs Of Racism | Racialicious - the intersection of race and pop culture
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BeerBergman's insight:

Uber as an anti-racist, but expensive service… ? Read the experiences of some. In this “the times they are a changin’ ” period, nothing seems to have changed. #missedopportunities

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I shouldn’t have to pay for premium service to get a racism-free ride experience–yet that is often the choice that I am faced with. All my years of being carless taught me that this type of racism, like street harassment, is often part of the landscape when you rely on mass transit options to get around. And yet, there isn’t much of a choice here. Uber is simply not affordable for anything but the occasional trip.”


I use Uber. I’m black. Lets just say I’ve had my share of trying to wave cabs down and not have them stop, while they stop for someone white further down the street. It doesn’t matter how I am dressed. And I only use cabs a few times a year.”

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— 4 hours ago

The Oversharing Economy
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Airbnb, Sidecar and their brethren give me the creeps. Just because you’re sharing a service, do you have to get so…close?

BeerBergman's insight:

Excellent tale of the unwritten rules of equilibrium: between intimacy and boundaries, sharing economy actors have to learn to balance. Forget oversharing, since it will harm the sharing.



Yet what I appreciated most about HA was her ability to leave me alone. She never waited for me to come home, she never hovered, she never overshared. Let it be known: Hippie Abuela is a master of the sharing economy. She managed to cajole someone with mid-century reservations about mingling commerce and intimacy into something kind of like…. friendship.”

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— 8 hours ago

This Week in the Sharing Economy: The Move to Professionalism
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This week, the demands of growth and venture capitalism drive leading sharing economy companies ever further from actual sharing.

BeerBergman's insight:

Reading more of Tom Slee’s postings, and continuously intrigued. I suppose that moving into venture capital will allow for new players to occupy the periphery… if users (travelers and hosts) will get unsatisfied with the airbnb policy. 


On the other hand, professionalization is a unavoidable way, the same way you cannot block evolution in your own homes (things get better and you will not be able to stop it). 


Some excerpts:


Interesting for the hospitality industry: “The other big announcement came from Airbnb, at a press conference at their very fancy headquarters. In addition to announcing new versions of their mobile apps, CEO Brian Chesky stepped away from his “our hosts are regular people” line to tell them ”You’re in the business of hospitality”. “ 


And an interesting comment of Tom himself: “hanks for the comment. To my mind, this movement needs to (1) give up the venture capital drug, and (2) move away from seeing itself as a technology movement. Technology has a role to play in solving social problems, but not when its proponents see it as the central and defining feature of the movement.”

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— 8 hours ago

Shared City — Life Learning — Medium
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Imagine if you could build a city that is shared.

Where people become micro-entrepreneurs,

and local mom and pops flourish once again.

BeerBergman's insight:

Your input on Airbnb’s “shared city” initiative: spin, authenticity or a real proposition?

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— 8 hours ago

No True Airbnb Host…
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As Airbnb and New York head to the courts, Airbnb’s arguments have become increasingly vague and bordering on cynical.

BeerBergman's insight:

Reading Tom Slee (@whimsley) is an experience, that I recommend to all of you who read English. Read his decomposition of the airbnb vs. the State of New York case. 


I fear I have to admit the fact that the arguments of sharing economy have become thinner and thinner (“spin”) in recent times. Then again: I am a Airbnb host and traveler myself, and I love both activities. So the central question becomes: how to keep the essential (added value) without losing the values, mission and sustainable objectives? 

Perhaps it is not Airbnb that is going to answer to this request. Who’s next?



Airbnb’s evocative but meaningless cheap talk (for more, see their Shared Cities initiative) is cynical. I fear that, instead of promoting any realistic idea of sharing, Airbnb will pollute the whole idea as a consequence of the high-return venture capital model it has pursued.”

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— 8 hours ago

Uber’s Algorithmic Monopoly: “We are not setting the price. The market is setting the price. We have algorithms to determine what that market is.”


That’s a remarkable quote from the CEO of Uber.

Uber of course is a cab service that lets you order a cab from your smartphone via an App. It’s really neat, you get to watch the cab approach on a map, the payment is automatically applied so you don’t have to even deal with the transaction itself. The company is now taking its approach to logistics, and moving to ‘disrupt’ the delivery industry as well, competing with courier services, UPS, Fedex, and the Post Office. It’ll be interesting to see what happens there.

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Right now Uber is wringing a lot of inefficiency out of the taxi industry. But eventually it will have so much power that it will introduce problems of its own.”

— 9 hours ago with 74 notes

#sharing economy  #économie de partage  #uber 
Russian social network founder fired
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BeerBergman's insight:

Internet et la démocratie… le dernier mot n’est pas dit. Dernière acte en date : la récupération du site VKontakte par des proches de Poutin en Russie. 

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— 23 hours ago

Meet Frederik De Wilde, The Artist Behind “Blacker-Than-Black”, The Darkest Color Ever
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Art is a fickle thing: when it happens, it takes place on multiple levels. Even when it doesn’t, it’s still every bit as invisible. And art that you can’t even see with the naked eye? Don’t even get me started—I’d rather let a nano-artist do the talking:

Frederik de Wilde is a creator working at the microscopic vanguard between science and art, an area he describes as “the post sublime.” His work with carbon nanotubes (CNT’s) has yielded a color known as “blacker-than-black,” an all-absorbing, nano particle-based lab creation that has simultaneously rendered our prior understanding of the color spectrum insufficient and opened massive avenues of exploration in art, science, and everywhere in between. Featured everywhere from TED to the Belgian Art Museum, the fruits of his labor, provide the sort of shakeup at the intersection between chemistry, physics, and artistry that could change, well, everything.

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— 1 day ago

Design thinking for designing and delivering services
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Workshop delivered for LeanUXNYC 2014. New iteration of slides.

BeerBergman's insight:

Belle présentation sur les principes du design thinking, appliqué sur une bibliothèque : quels services pour l’avenir, quels enjeux, quelles perspectives ?

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— 5 days ago

A major step forward in Paris and France — Une avancée majeure en France - The Airbnb Public Policy Blog
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English | Français  Earlier today, the President of France signed into law “Bill ALUR”—new national housing legislation. This new law is great news for the Airbnb community in France, and a great example for other jurisdictions around the world. The law clarifies that wherever you live in France, you can rent out the home in which …

BeerBergman's insight:

En effet, le gouvernement semble prendre la mesure de l’impact de l’économie de partage avec cette nouvelle loi. 

L’article cite trois autres exemples de validation des démarches d’AirBnB, notamment à Amsterdam :

  • Le Conseil Municipal d’Amsterdam vient de valider une nouvelle législation dans le sens du partage de sa résidence principale pour faire d’Amsterdam une ville pionnière de l’économie collaborative”

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— 5 days ago

"What’s the difference between Human-Centered Design and Design Thinking?"

Charmaine and I are currently part of the Human-Centered Design for Social innovation course put together by IDEO and Acumen.

We’ve only had one session so far and it was mainly a get-to-know-you-and-design-thinking type of day. One of the main points that struck me that day was our discussion based on the question you see above. 

We see many terms like HCD, Design Thinking, Lean UX etc. All these terms seem to me to have it’s own definition. But after viewing many talks and lectures and being part of the same processes myself, I find that it all ends up being the same way of thinking, doing and creating. 

Perhaps we are a little bogged down on naming and details when we should really focus on the best way for a team to work. For example, it’s always good to examine the best way on how the team should move forward. I’ve been in teams where our roles are clearly defined and they never really intersect. Or others where they use the Six Thinking Hats Method - where I’ve gone through situations where it has worked and it hasn’t. 

No matter what the process, it will always be different. So we must learn how to be adaptable and be open and be willing. To change to fit the team, to focus on creating the best product/idea/system we can and to always be mindful.

We should always be mindful of the end user. Not putting them on a pedestal. But formulating an empathetic relationship and understanding that we are sometimes also part of that user group. That solutions to problems don’t need to only come from you but you are a mere facilitator for solutions to be pushed forward to get done. 

Interesting day so far and already looking forward to the next session where we will go out and poke people for answers. :)

"Call it anything!" (Miles Davis)

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— 5 days ago with 7 notes

#design thinking 
The art of negative space: 20 amazing examples | Illustration | Creative Bloq

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Negative space is, quite simply, the space that surrounds an object in a image. Just as important as that object itself, negative space helps to define the boundaries of positive space and brings balance to a composition.

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— 1 week ago

L’entreprise, version « nomade »
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Les salariés doivent pouvoir choisir leur lieu et leurs horaires de travail, estiment les étudiants d’aujourd’hui. Et les experts leur donnent raison. Grâce aux technologies numériques, cette révolution est en marche.

BeerBergman's insight:

« Les entreprises doivent anticiper, accompagner ces bouleversements si elles veulent éviter que ne surgissent des places Tahrir dans les entreprises », prévient Daniel Kaplan, délégué général de la Fondation pour l’Internet nouvelle génération (FING). “

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— 4 weeks ago


Whoa. My phone does way better than that.

I feel old.

In the good old days :-)

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— 1 month ago with 2301 notes