March 30, 2012
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January 19, 2012
I had a fabulous farewell retirement party on 18 January 2012 by IRC in The Hague . A party centre turned into an Amsterdam Jazz cafe, with a DJ with jazz on vinyl, a couple of nice speeches, and an All that Jazz publication from colleagues with their music choices for me. I had my mother (turning 88) and sister (turning 70) dancing! My daughter Mirjam and brother in law where also there.
I have listened all afternoon to Cor’s “Dick de Jong Tribute Eclectic Top Twenty” that was in the publication. He also emailed me his selection from Youtube with fantastic films. He is the one and only able to link all this music clips with his highlights from my career, even with links to my sabbatical leave blog from 2004 and 2005.
The playlist has great variety from all over the world, with some classic performances and events. I you are interested you can access it from You Tube.
Enjoy, comments are welcome!
January 5, 2012
Cleaning up my archive I came across a special issue of the Journal of Communication, Winter 1996, Vol.46, No. 1/ISSN 0021-9916 that triggered me rereading six academic peer reviewed papers under the theme: Symposium: The Net.
Within three pages of the review section I was flabbergasted to read the denunciation of the communication guru of my younger years (at the first School of Journalism in Utrecht, 1966-1969) Wilbur Schramm. First by Howard H. Frederick (then Emerson College) and second by Canada’s communication guru Dallas W. Smythe. Read the rest of this entry »
September 17, 2011
The sanitation project that I sponsor in Bangladesh is now fully funded.
It is from The Max Foundation that seeks to prevent child mortality with small-scale water projects in Bangladesh. Micro-sanitation, the combination of providing wells, latrines, and hygiene education is the most effective and efficient way to fight simple but lethal diseases like diarrhea and give children a future. The Max Foundation provides micro-sanitation in Bangladesh together with the local community.
Through a really simple reporting system I’ll be getting occasional news on progress in pictures and short films.
If you are interested to follow my example check out http://www.akvo.org and pick a project. Akvo is Esperanto for water.
January 17, 2011
At my office we have lots of discussions about how we can share our free WASH content on water sanitation and hygiene water with Africa, with mobile phones spreading rapidly out there. I am always saying that most of the subscribers to our paper Source Bulletin newsletters do not have access to internet. Oh sure, I have come across the occasional NGO activist in Ghana and engineer in Nigeria that tell me to go to an Internet cafe each weekend to get our newsletter and download other relevant stuff from our site www.irc.nl. We all believe that mobile phones provide the chance for most Africans to get access to relevant content on the internet.
At the HIVOS/IICD Fill the Gap conference http://www.fill-the-gap.nl/ in Amsterdam last Friday we had some sobering news on this from Estelle Akofio-Sowah from Google in Ghana. The costs for internet access in Africa are coming down, but still costs 135 Euro per month. Google Ghana provides universities with free broadband internet access. They are introducing their android mobile phones at a price of around 38 euro.
Other challenges identified by Estelle included:
- lack of local content
- many local languages.
The free Friday afternoon was my first free time in my effort to reduce my workweeks in my retiring from work year.
January 13, 2011
I just finished three days of work at IRC in 2011, my last professional year before retiring. Various colleagues applaud my idea to start a blog with weekly posts. I call it IRC jewels then and now, sharing what I do and with what outputs, based on relevant lessons from my 30 years experience of newsletter writing and strategic marketing, communication and media work.
Part of this and my more personal observations on how I experience the gradual breaking away from my job I’ll also publish here. Today at 16:30 we had the first IRC drink with a few words for the New Year. This was the first event this year on which I can say: this was the last one for me.
January 11, 2011
I just finished three weeks holiday at home in which I devoted a lot of time in writing a brochure on the life and paper cutting work of my great-grandfather Bram Bosch, who was a skipper on a boat doing inland transport all his life (1865-1943).
So far I completed 44 pages with text and some 25 of his paper cuttings. It will be published later this year by the W. Tj. Lever Foundation. Mr. Lever was the most famous among the Dutch artists who do paper cuttings.
Here is an example of his style, a boat cut from a letter.
For a preview on other interesting paper cuttings of my great grandfather look at my new web site that I am experimenting with on my Mac.
January 11, 2011
I had my first working day at my work today 11 January 2011, at http://www.irc.nl. Funny, because I started my last year before retiring at 65 in December. It made my Christmas and New Year holiday different. I twittered already if I should start a blog on my retirement year to make it special and interesting. I am still thinking about what and where I could write about a last official professional year, on this blog, or at an IRC blog? Is it interesting enough for outside?
It means I have only four more Source Bulletin features to write. I will try to take my free days this year in such a way that I make in practice working weeks of three days, already preparing for my pension.
Advice and reactions on this are welcome.
December 21, 2010
As early adaptor I have already quite a few CDs from new artists that received $50,000 from ‘believers’ in them on the Sell a band site . Good stuff. It brought me also two nice concerts in Amsterdam. One in Toomlers and one in Paradiso. I am still a member there.
A break away group is Africa Unsigned that focuses on selected African musicians to record music funded by fans. Through “crowd funding” artists raise $10.000 for the recording, distribution and promotion of an EP.
I have decided to put another $500 in artists on this site. Just now $30 in Victor Kunonga from Zimababwe
Kunonga’s lyrics reflect the voices of the voiceless in contemporary Zimbabwe, emerging from crisis and social inequity. His songs and their popularity derive from a profound sense of dignity and social awareness; songs that address and confront issues of poverty, dispossession, and the rights and needs of ordinary people.
I also put $30 in Neema.
December 19, 2010
19 December 2010 is a special day for me and my family. Today my father would have become 100 years. He passed away in 1974 at 64.
My daughter and I wanted to visit my 86-year old mother in Soestdijk today. But the Netherlands is snowed in. The car and train drive from Amsterdam were too risky today. So we were on the phone to exchange memories.
After having paid into a pension fund for 41 years my mother gets only 117 Euro pension per month on top of her old age pension from the Dutch state.