[okfn-be] Great ideas deserve to be spread

Kat Braybrooke kat.braybrooke at okfn.org
Mon Dec 5 11:39:54 UTC 2011

Hello Xavier, and welcome to the OKFN network!

Your message peaked my interest because I'm currently in the process of
booting up an international OKFN working group (ie, a virtual gathering of
people interested in projects and ideas around these topics) centered on
open design/hardware with some folks from Helsinki and London. It would be
great to get your insight (and perhaps involvement from Belgium's side) on

Nice to e-meet you :)


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On Sun, Dec 4, 2011 at 1:10 AM, Xavier Bertels <student at xavierbertels.com>wrote:

> Hello Everyone,
> Allow me to briefly introduce myself: my name is Xavier Bertels and I am a
> twenty-four year old Graphic Design student at the MAD-Faculty in Genck,
> Belgium. I also work full-time as a Web Designer at Netlash-bSeen<http://netlash.com>in Ghent, Belgium.
> To obtain my master’s degree this year, I have some time that can be
> allotted to what our professors like to call a “Social Project”. What
> better way to spend that time than to offer my help to an organisation that
> does something I really believe in?
> Having great ideas is one thing. Spreading them in a concise message so
> that everyone can understand their personal benefit from that idea is
> another. Last week, I had a lengthy conversation with Pieter Colpaert and
> Lieven Janssen. We talked about open data, music, science fiction, graphic
> design, strategy and whisky. I will be here to listen to ideas and focus on
> the last three of that impressive line of subjects.
> Next steps? Yes. A presentation is coming up with some of the ideas we
> have discussed. And a roadmap of how I see things evolving strategy- and
> graphic design-wise. Those things won’t be written in stone and everything
> will of course be open for discussion. But, more on that later.
> So. Hi again. And I will hopefully hear you soon!
> With kind regards,
> — Xavier Bertels • Grafisch Ontwerp • xavierbertels.com
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