Cutting down


Over the last couple years I’ve had the chance to get involved in many, many fantastic projects, initiatives, events and the like. I’ve been enjoying this enormously, but it’s also a bit much at times, things just tend to add up. That, combined with all my traveling lately, just makes it obvious to me that I need to hand over some responsibilities, no matter how much fun they are. So I’ll try to cut down on the extra engagements and side projects a little bit. Consolidate myself, so to speak.

What does that mean concretely? I’m not 100 percent sure yet, but I’ll have a closer look at both the things that are ongoing and those that happen sporadically, and then see what I can and can’t keep doing. For now, I think the most likely scenario looks something like this:

  • Likemind Berlin: Thomas and Henrik will keep it going. (Thanks, guys!) Henrik was the person who started it about three years ago, and now that he’s back in town he offered to go back to organizing it.
  • Awesome Foundation Berlin: I’m still not 100% clear about this one. I love the project, but I’m not sure I can keep it up. Might pass my seat on to one of the applicants. Either way, the Berlin chapter (or rather both of them) will keep going strong.
  • TEDxKreuzberg: I don’t think I’ll try to renew my license. The last two were a great experience, but I’m happy to make room for whoever would like to take over. Let me know if you need any help with the licensing process (the licenses tend to last for a year, so I’m not sure how the transfer works.)
  • Ignite Berlin: I’m very tempted to have another go at an Ignite, the last one was really good fun. Not sure yet, but don’t hold your breath. Again, if you’d like to set one up, I’m happy to give you a hand.

On the other hand, there’s of course other stuff that is, and will be, ongoing. There’s the Cognitive Cities Salons that we’re planning, and there’s Friday at Six (#FatSIX), which seems to become a nice little Friday after work tradition. The relative proximity of both events to my company makes it much easier to justify the efforts. Plus, I’m always drawn to do new stuff. (In fact, there’s a few things I’ve been thinking about recently, but it’s too early to tell if any of them will really happen.) Sadly, that sometimes means leaving the good old stuff, too. There’s so much going on, though, that nothing much will be missing, and I’ll be happy to help out wherever I can.

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