Presentation held at hunting lodge St. Hubertus

Yesterday, I took a ride to De Hoge Veuwe Park, more specifically jachtslot St. Hubertus (Hunting lodge St. Hubertus, formerly owned by the couple Kröller-Müller). Although I’ve seen the building before – park De Hoge Veluwe is an amazing park to hike – I’ve never been inside the building before. Designed by famous architect Berlage, it’s a beautiful building.

Lake At Park De Hoge Veluwe
Lake At Park De Hoge Veluwe

The reason for being there was being invited to talk about media and democracy. The group of invitees for the discussion consisted of people from politics, business and science. My talk specifically was about the tone on social media during the 2017 lower house campaign. We started at 17:30 and it ended at 23:00, and have very insightful discussions over an excellent dinner.
I won’t go into details any further, for two reasons. First, the presentation will find its way in a publication some time in the future. Also, the meeting was held under the Chatham House Rule, which states that …

When a meeting, or part thereof, is held under the Chatham House Rule, participants are free to use the information received, but neither the identity nor the affiliation of the speaker(s), nor that of any other participant, may be revealed.

This is an interested format, allowing participants to express their opinions freely.
This is one of the reasons I really like my job: It brings you to exciting places and in contact with interesting people.
So, again, if you are in the neighborhood of the Park de Hoge Veluwe, any season, go visit it.

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Political leadership and social media, conference at Banff, Canada

“Really Maurice” (this is me talking to myself), “the first time in Canada?” I just returned to Calgary after a couple of days in beautiful Banff in Canada. Be sure not to miss it when you’re in Canada. I was in Banff on invitation by Professor Richard Davis and Professor David Taras for the meeting on Political Leadership and Social Media. There was a nice group of colleagues from Canada, the U.S., the U.K., Germany and Switzerland. It’s really nice to meet such a fine group of people in such a nice surroundings.

The Canadians themselves are extremely nice people. Always making jokes and in for a laugh. Imagine entering Canada at the airport, the passport control official specifically requesting me to get Donald Trump to the conference and stop his Twitter rants. Then half way the conversation, he started talking Dutch, being the son of Dutch immigrants (probably after WOII in search for a better life). A real unique experience. A similar experience happened on the way to Calgary: a woman next to me in the shuttle bus turned out to be Dutch as well, having immigrated to Canada over a decade ago. The Dutch seem to be everywhere: Japan, Korea, Indonesia, Canada, the Caribbean, and I’m sure I’ve left out other countries.

Anyhow, a big thank you to Richard and David. Looking forward to continue the collaboration.

And now back to work … OK OK just a brief look at some pictures then 🙂

Banff Banff
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Lecture series at University of Pisa on social media, political communication and journalism

A big thank you is in order. Last week I visited the department of political science, University of Pisa. Professor Roberta Bracialli invited me to give a number of lectures for her students about social media in politics and journalism, as well as to have some discussions with PhD-students. I really enjoyed doing the lectures, having the discussions on- and off-campus. Roberta Bracialli and her team do interesting stuff. Looking forward to seeing more of their output, and I hope we’ll be able to further our collaboration.

This visit was made possible by the Erasmus Plus program. So, if @CW_RU students might want to study at the University of Pisa, we have an exchange agreement. The city and student life in Pisa, from what I’ve seen, is very vibrant. Good food, nice bars, hanging out in the streets until late and nice concerts. Close by to excellent Florence. All in all, I really enjoyed my time in Pisa.

Thanks to Roberta Bracialli (@braccialer), Antonio Martella (@Vot4ntonio), Cesar Crisosto (@cesarcrisosto), Chiara Visentin (@ChiaraVis13) and Luca Corchia (@Luca_Corchia).

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