Most people think a blog is about printed words. And it is. However, what you might not know is that the lifeblood of a blog is human relationships. There is more going on behind your computer screen than meets the eye.
This dynamic might be obvious to those of you who spend most of your days online (like me). Others might appreciate a few insights into how this works – and how you can take part.
nowEurope is devoted to reporting on innovation in Central Europe. We offer insight on a variety of topics including business innovation, e-commerce and e-government and venture capital, as well as case studies of successful local companies.
One goal of the weblog is to identify active players in the ICT and research within the CENTROPE region and bring them together to share knowledge and contacts. The project’s ultimate goal is facilitate the transfer of new technologies from the region’s universities and research labs into the business environment.
NowEurope is written by a circle of contributors from Austria, Hungary, Slovakia, the Czech Republic and abroad who work actively in the field of technology innovation. This is thanks to a partnership with the Centrope ICT Technology Transfer project (CITT), funded under the EU 7th Framework project.
As a reader, you can engage with the nowEurope contributors in a number of ways.
1) You can comment on nowEurope posts
Our contributors watch the comments closely and will usually respond to your comment within a day or two. Other readers might also join in the discussion. Some of the most interesting and useful interactions at nowEurope take place within the comments.
2) You can email the nowEurope contributors directly
The nowEurope contributors page provides profiles, photos and the email address of each contributor. A good part of the behind the screens interaction at nowEurope takes place when people connect by email, as well as by phone or even in person.
3) You can become a nowEurope contributor
We’re always interested in expanding our circle of expertise. We’re particularly looking for people with experience in Central European Internet business, technology transfer and European Commission funding initiatives.
If you have something to contribute, please contact the moderator (me): steve (at) noweurope (dot) com. Please tell us about your professional background (do you have a LinkedIn profile?) and include a sample of your writing.
4) You can follow nowEurope on Del.ico.us and Flickr
We’re using the popular Del.icio.us bookmarking service to build an archive of links related to nowEurope topics. If you’re also on Del.icio.us you can link to us and share.
We also use Flickr to share photos taken at CITT-related events, and we encourage you to join us on Flickr.
Our challenge is that researchers and business people don’t often talk to each other – at least not in this part of the world. In Silicon Valley they do.
The magic of Silicon Valley is that interaction that takes place between researchers at facilities such as Stanford University, entrepreneurs that create new businesses and the investors that provide the capital. Silicon Valley is, in effect, a web of human relationships.
nowEurope offers an online collaboration platform to researchers, ICT business people and investors within the CENTROPE region. If that sounds like a worthy aim, please visit nowEurope frequently to see what it’s all about.
And don’t forget to say hello!