13-06-07

Its only rock n roll, but I like it – part 1.

Hey all. Over the last weeks I have been doing pretty much 3 things: worked quite a lot, took care of Femke and went to great concerts. As you know I don’t talk too much about work on this blog, I’ll share family life things with you later – so today it’s about the music.

 

Tuesday 29th I flew into NY. After a short night, had 6 meetings in 1 day in different locations (everyone who has been to New York will agree it’s a great achievement!). However, a couple of hours before I took the plane, I bumped into an old boss of mine – Scott A, who had been a fantastic the President of the Skynet Board for years. Scott has not only been a strong chairman and leader, but has become a personal friend over the years, who I trust a lot. He learned me a lot about leadership but also how to get things done in large organisations. He is probably the Belgacom leader that is most in sync with the internet business and generation, and thus has stimulated much innovation and creativity. He suggested me to have lunch in the Spice Market, a restaurant in the Meatdistrict. I suggested this to my dinner partners, who fortunately agreed.

 

At the restaurant, I ran into an old friend, who invited me to a concert by Roger Walters (Pink Floyd) in Madison Square Garden that same evening. I had seen that there was a show but it had been sold out for a long time. How about that for great karma J A 3 hours incredible concert with an amazing set list. Part 1 is a bit of The Best of pink Floyd, part 2 is the complete Album Dark Side of the Moon, the encore is from The Wall. Here some highlight clippings:

 

Mother  -  On the run  -  Sheep  -  On the run  -  Time  -  Money  -  The Wall

 

Full set list

 

 

 

June 5, I was one of the closing keynote speakers at the good IAB Interact conference (everything is taped here if you have some free time). Together with my friends and colleagues Mark Bresseel (MSN EMEA) and Zapatero (Yahoo Europe) we ended the conference, but other great speakers I was able to attend were Esther Dyson, Jaap Favier (Forrester) and some others. See all videos at youtube.

 

My SBS Belgian colleagues had organised an event to see the Rolling Stones at Werchter, and were so kind to invite me too. I have seen the Stones quite often, but I enjoyed the evening a lot because of the different set than usual, but also to get to know some of my Belgian colleagues a bit better (Hi Sofieke, Fred, Jo, Kristof, …). Kinda first Babybecks concert.

 

What I liked at both concerts is that the audience was 18-81, and there was an intense happiness at both concerts. You could say life is music, but let’s keep it today at: it’s only rock’n’roll, but I like it.

 

Bart

03-06-07

Colleague sourcing - IAB Interact and EACD, Brussels

Over these last moths I had the pleasure of being invited to speak at many conferences: from LasVegas, to DLD in Munich, from Istanbul to Sydney, but also in Rome, quite some in Amsterdam, London, Budapest, and other countries like Spain, Austria, France etc. Most been about digital media, innovation and entrepreneurship, the convergence of media and telecom, future of advertising, the impact of internet on life, media and internet in Europe, etc. although the strangest was probably end last year in front of 30 or so 15-16 year olds in a technical school about my view on education, career and the link between both. Seeing so many talented speakers everywhere makes one feel humble, but also motivated and kinda happy…

 

But nothing yet in my beloved Brussels. My friends of Insites had organised a session on Youth Marketing, but I was unable to be there. So I am happy that I can finally be back in my beloved Brussels.

 

In the coming weeks I have a double treat:

1.     on 4 and especially 5 June, IAB Europe is organizing the European Interact conference. I look forward to being one of the closing speakers with Mark Bresseel – now Sales Director EMEA, Microsoft Digital Advertising Solutions, and former kinda competitor when he used to run MSN Belgium and me Belgacom Skynet - and Rodriguez Zapatero, who is Sales Director Yahoo Europe.

2.     on 12 June, I will be on a panel of the European Communication Summit. I will on a panel titled “web20 and the internet revolution: shared by everyone, owned by no-one) together with Dorothee Burkel (VP Marketing Communication AOL), Guy Nielsen (SVP corporate affairs from Aegis) and Ph Borremans (the new media lead for IBM EMEA).

 

Both conferences have amazing line-ups, programs and participants – so would be great if we see each other there.

 

And believe me, speaking looks like fun but it is week-end work. No time during the week to prepare the speeches and I am still in the conviction to give each one as if it was my last, so it takes some time to prepare. And the hours at the conference must be recuperated in the evening hours. But I love it.

 

You cannot believe how much I have learned. By speaking, because like blogging (and I do agree with Bruno Seghers here), it is getting your story straight and reflecting beyond day to day business. By listening, because there are so many bright people out there with amazing stories. But most by talking and exploring. So many people are willing to share, and this industry of internet and digital media have so much impact on nearly every aspect of our life that it’s impossible to stop speaking about it. And it is often the same rhythm: 1st time you say hello, 2nd time you say we met before, 3rd time how and what are you actually doing, and then you ask people opinion about – well – whatever.

 

We are in an era that we have no final answers or solutions yet, only explorations. But these explorations are needed more than ever to progress. Let’s call it colleague-sourcing for now.

 

bart

 

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