What Scientology has to do with pizza delivery and ten other things I learned from re:publica11 Berlin

I recently embraced my inner streber or geek by heading to re:publica, one of, if not the, leading European conference on society, social media and the internet. It was fascinating to meet with and hear from a range of presenters speaking on topics as diverse as the hacking organisation,Anonymous and hear a panel discussion on…

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‘Tis Sakura Season – Nature and Catastrophe in Japan

Two years ago this week, I happened to be in Tokyo and went to Ueno Park,cherry blossom central. I marvelled at how nature’s wonders are so appreciated and revered – office workers, seedy homeless people, school kids all united by saki, plastic blue groundsheets and neatly arranged lines of removed shoes banding together as part…

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