Maarten, posted On January 29, 2016
So, it's a couple of years later now, time for a final post.
Did I learn anything from all these adventures? Well... Maybe one of the most important things is to ask yourself why you do what you do. Even when trying to make the world a better place, if it comes from a place of anger, frustration or fear, it might not have it's desired result, it might not be done with the peace that it needs, without full understanding of the issues at hand. If you do anything, do it out of love. Out of love for yourself, for the world around you. With compassion for all the suffering that's inside and around us.
I will continue my journey, not sure yet where it's going.
Hopefully we'll meet again!
Maarten, posted On February 28, 2013
In case you haven't seen in on the social intertubes... on the 16th of March I'm organising a beatiful day to finish off this eventful year...
I invited a lot of inspiring people that I've met the past year to come, share and talk about their experiences, projects etc... And I will as well of course :-)
You can check the program out here: http://www.abetterplace.io/16-maart/ (in dutch)
Maarten, posted On February 5, 2013
A couple of months ago I spoke on TEDxYouth@Delft, just found the material online now... (it's in Dutch)
Maarten, posted On January 9, 2013
As you probably all noticed, it's quiet around here! No new ideas, so no discussions about being vegan, education, or if orgies actually make the world a better place. And I miss it a little. Because it made me think, reconsider concepts, change my mind. And eventually made me execute these ideas :-)
So now what? Well, this website I build for myself, to enable me to live this year like this. But now I want to build a website not only for me, but which makes it possible for everybody to set their goals (for instance: live without garbage), let other people join, and show everything what you find out along the way. Because what are some of the things I learned which help create a movement around a topic?
- Communicate your goal (the more idealistic it is, the more people will feel connected to it)
- Enable people to join you (and welcome them as equals, nice TED talk about that)
- Show what you actually do and make it easy to share and/or for people to do the same.
- Give and receive positive feedback, loooveeee....
How are we building the platform?
Last month Emile Bosch contacted me asking if I needed a developer, so after a nice meeting all of a sudden we were a team of two! I think it would be great if there are even more people joining, so if you're a developer, graphic designer, user experiencer etc who is looking for a nice project making the world a better place. Let me know! We'll be meeting every now and then to work together (currently in Rotterdam or Amsterdam) so join in for a day!
I'm currently busy making wireframes and Emile started setting up the backend.
We're developing it with node.js, bootstrap, less, jquery and more. Some of these techniques are also new to us, but it's fun to learn something new :-)
I created a little project website to communicate what the plan is, and connected a blog to it where all the updates specific to abetterplace.io will be posted. And that's the new name. abetterplace.io (io stands for input/output)
I'm organising an event to finish of this beautiful year somewhere in February/March... You can read more about it on the abetterplace.io website. It will be fun! Slacklining while free hugging a dancing tree :-)
- Maarten, posted On January 6, 2013
- Maarten, posted On January 4, 2013
Maarten, posted On January 4, 2013
Currently busy closing off certain months while starting the new one... Soon I'll share how everything is going!
Maarten, posted On January 1, 2013
Looks like the site just went one year back in time and you can vote for february 2012 again... Will fix that soon! Now on my way to a family new year event... Yes! Happy new year everybody!!
Fixed it!! On the ideas page you now see all the ideas that were added in 2012... Funny to see everything together on one page because some ideas that won in one month, had less votes then ideas that didn't win in other months...
- Maarten, posted On December 31, 2012
- Maarten, posted On December 29, 2012