ZN Life

What you don’t know about the power of networks

There’s a reason why humans don’t thrive in isolation. We are social beings and we seem to fare better with others and in groups. While there’s nothing new about networks and how it helps us in our day-to-day interactions – from work to recreation – what has changed is the way we can create, build,[…]

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Crucial things I learned as a blogger for an online initiative

Seven countries, six months, and a number of planes, trains, and automobiles (or whatever passes for a vehicle), that was my life as a blogger/collaborator of an online initiative called Break Dengue.Break Dengue is an online platform that aims to connect patients, doctors, researchers, and all people involved in the dengue issue – striving to[…]

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A day in the life of a digital reporter

Get up, have breakfast, tweet. Brush teeth, tweet, coffee, tweet. By the time I get to my desk in the morning, I’ve usually scanned through my emails, checked Twitter twice, scoured the news and approved a few blog comments. (This morning I asked one of the kids if they have “brushed their tweet” – maybe[…]

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Explore The Territory & The Map @ TEDxBrussels with us!

There seems to be absolutely no shortage of guides, manuals, and maps to help businesses identify their mission, navigate in a known territory, and reach their final goal. But even when you put all that theory into practice in the real world, the digital territory can be tricky to navigate. And that’s where acting smartly[…]

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ZeN session: growing a smart and healthy company

In a smooth and trustful tone of voice someone says: “So, how do you feel about this?” We’ve listened and repeated this question quite a few times during the past several days. Why? Because when we learn something, we want to apply it quickly… and asking someone how he/she feels fits perfectly with the coaching[…]

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Dealing with growth at the office…

Andy Rooney once said that “Everyone wants to live on top of the mountain, but all the happiness and growth occurs while you’re climbing it.” At ZN, we’re looking forward to going on that journey and enjoying all the adventures and surprises along the way.

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Can you outsmart the digital deluge? Dave Coplin thinks so

How exactly do you cope with the digital overload? On June 11, Microsoft UK’s Chief Envisioning Officer Dave Coplin talked about the influence and pitfalls of big data in our hyperconnected society and how humans need to cope more intelligently with the flourishing spread of technology and the growth of the app industry.“Our future lies[…]

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Winning the Shorty Awards: Dengue won’t be a neglected disease for long

This morning I had woken up to fantastic news – ZN won the Shorty Industry Award for Best Use of Social Media for Healthcare with our work on Break Dengue.Held every year, the Shortys is like the Oscars of social media – it honors the talented agencies, brands, and industry leaders who are behind the[…]

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Behind the scenes: making the Hyperthinking MOOC

The Massive Online Open Courses (MOOC) movement is revolutionizing how we learn. I was lucky enough to be involved in a number of MOOCs and to see how thousands of people, from different parts of the world, were organizing themselves in groups to come up with brilliant ideas. The Stanford Venture Lab or Coursera, are[…]

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The impact of great online event coverage: our experience at TEDxBrussels

Another successful edition of TEDxBrussels has come and gone. This year’s event, dubbed Ex Nihilo, brought together over 1,500 people at the BOZAR.Being one of the co-founders of TEDxBrussels, ZN helped bring this extraordinary event to life. This year, we were at the helm of social media coverage.Here are some interesting facts about the online[…]

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ZeN session – Think Big!

A few weeks ago the ZN team gathered for two beautifully sunny days at a cottage in the east of Belgium for our annual ZeN session.With the right balance between work and fun, we participated in team-building exercises, discussed ZN challenges and opportunities ahead; and celebrate another successful year of growth. In one seminar we[…]

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Getting to Know You: The Shifting Concept of Privacy

The recent revelations (and consequent outrage) around the “news” that the U.S National Security Agency (NSA) has been gathering intelligence on our use of electronic communications has brought the whole concept of “privacy” into sharp relief. In the age of ubiquitous, “always on” connection, is there truly still such a thing as privacy? Does our[…]

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Embracing paradox to develop clear strategies

In my previous post, I talked about how important it is for companies to find their excellence and how people expect authenticity.To help companies (and this applies to individuals as well) find the source of their excellence, Jan Ardui (a recognized NLP trainer) and I have created the Archestasis Model. The model, along with a[…]

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In search of authenticity

As a brand, identity and communications strategist, I’m someone whose livelihood is derived from helping organizations initiate and manage change. But, I have what on the surface may look like a contradictory obsession with “the past.” There is many a quoted variation on the theme of not junking one’s history in favor of one’s future,[…]

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