Hey,

I was at the amazing beyondtellerrand conference this week again and every single time I come home and try to understand our industry, and our society better. There’s so much input and inspiration around, I see a lot of friends and people I see only once per year, I hear great talks. People tell me how frustrated they are with their job, we hear amazing stories of people who seem to have an amazing life, we hear people moaning about bad players in the web like Facebook but rarely do we hear real insights or solutions.

What we don’t hear is that a presentation is highlighting the good parts in life, except when you hear the story of Rob Draper. I’m glad there are amazing people who believe in humans and share how we all as individuals can do something to have a better job and life: It might be as Stephen Hay suggests to trust your own ideas, building your own website and social system or seeing my good friend Andy building an non-profit initiative to build schools in Africa in which he invests not only a lot of time but money as well and forwards 100% of all donations to the project. It’s great to see these visions of a better world and it feels like a good community to be in. The web is so much more than just a space to build technical solutions and write code — it’s a place to build helpful, meaningful and beatuful, individual things.

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