Kenneth Cukier, the big data editor of The Economist, was invited by BrabantKennis to give a lecture in the Noordbrabants Museum in Den Bosch. I acted as moderator. In his book Big Data: A Revolution That Will Transform How We Live, Work, and Think he describes, with his coauthor Viktor Mayer-Schönberger, how big data is already changing everyday life.
The Netherlands will hold the Presidency of the European Union in the first half of 2016. EUrban is part of hEyU!, a talkshow series of the Public Library of Amsterdam (OBA). The OBA asked me to invite and discuss the urban challenges of today with six prominent thinkers, one a month from six cities in and around the EU in the live talkshow EUrban. Literature critic Margot Dijkgraaf 12 invites 12 of the best European writers for hEyU! Writers. Guests include Richard Sennett (London/New York), Stavros Stavrides(Athens), Marten Kaevats (Tallinn) and the mayor of Amsterdam, Eberhard van der Laan.