The four of us came over to Denmark a couple of weeks ago now, as I have a very short assignment in Copenhagen for work.
Last week I was actually in Berlin, while the family stayed in Copenhagen, for the Web2.0 Expo as part of IBM’s internal social software enablement program. So after getting used to moving to one country I was off to another with the knowledge that I have also been asked to go to Turkey in three weeks. For someone that only takes a month off once a year and goes to one country and stays with family it has been quite a lot to take in.
One of the things about going to Web2.0 Expo is that being with a group of people means you have to be “on” for just about all your waking hours, which makes me very tired. I enjoy a nice bit of quiet time at home. That is not to say it wasn’t enjoyable, it was. I just which I had more stamina to deal with it – or even a couple of hours in the afternoon/evening to chill-out. Meeting all those people that until now had been a handle on Twitter or a 115×115 image on Bluepages was quite something. So great to be around people that are into the samethings as you – and you don’t need to explain what BlueTwit is everytime you open your mouth.
OK, back to Denmark and in the office for one day – then on the same day to another office to meet up with the Denmark HackDay6 peeps in Alleroed. Turned out we had a great conversation about social media, communications and Denmark with people that I had only met through Twitter and IBM’s internal Facebook-like Beehive.
Denmark is lovely, quiet, chilled and laid back. Everyone seems friendly, the bread and cakes are lovely. Children are more than welcome everywhere – unlike London where unless you go to a Chinese restuarant, children are often looked at as a problem.
Only one thing I have to mention, the lifts in train stations. OMG. I have never smelt anything like it. They double as public toilets which never get a clean. Having a pushchair for our youngest means we have to use the lifts in the stations. The trains however are fantasticly clean, fast, efficient and regular – I keep expecting to hit crowds, something like you get at Waterloo but it never happens.
As a cyclist it is also great to see proper facilities for them on all trains. It seems that here at least the trains are organised around the people and nothing else, like shareholders. They provide transport for everyone, rather than excuses.
Tomorrow back in the N91 office and get ready to organise some training for the local Comms team on social computing. We will also have a meeting with the local social media ambassadors to help drive some of the program at grassroots level. The time is going to go past too fast here.. may be I can stay for another 12 months?
What to do in this rain today though?