Safe, Small, Tested In-Person Events for a Controlled Return to a New Normality

It looks like we’re in this for the long haul. I don’t want to rule out some geniuses finding creative solutions, but until then, everything will have to be digital. But really? No face-to-face for a year? That won’t work. We need safe, repeatable, small, expert-approved formats to help people socialise as little as necessary… Continue reading Safe, Small, Tested In-Person Events for a Controlled Return to a New Normality

Taking Events Online

I’m not the only one who has been thinking about what to do about events that have been cancelled due to the new Corona virus. The obvious answer seems to be “conduct them online instead”. However, there’s no guarantee that a successful in-person event will be successful online. Your “online event” is in a completely… Continue reading Taking Events Online

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To Stockholm by Train

Inky skies and blue-green fields at dusk. Warm light leaking out of thatched cottages, then bleeding into the twilight. A stop in Copenhagen. The harsh Swedish landscape. Travelling up north by train has its advantages, as I found recently when I choo-chooed all the way to Stockholm. I’ve been trying to travel by train a… Continue reading To Stockholm by Train

FOTAR 2020 – the State of the Transatlantic Relationship

I attended FOTAR – the Forum on Translantic Relations – on 30th January 2020. The topic: “The Transatlantic Security Partnership in Turbulent Times.” Three detailed expert discussions served as an excellent update on the state of NATO, how to deal with an ascendant China, and cybersecurity. Here are my notes – the intent behind which is… Continue reading FOTAR 2020 – the State of the Transatlantic Relationship

Rethinking Europe and Remembering Helmut Schmidt

If there’s one thing Helmut Schmidt wouldn’t have wanted, it would have been people constantly asking what he would have wanted or thought. But he’d have to forgive us, because on many occasions over the two days of #RethinkingEurope, his words and actions shaped the events. And that is the thing about Helmut Schmidt, the… Continue reading Rethinking Europe and Remembering Helmut Schmidt

The End of History: Sir Christopher Clark at the Korber Forum

By the time I arrived at the Körber Forum, the event had already started and the participants were talking about – appropriately – time.  Appropriately, I say, because my plan to arrive half an hour early in order to get a seat was foiled by having misremembered the start time. I settled for a place… Continue reading The End of History: Sir Christopher Clark at the Korber Forum