The relief of submitting a complex writing assignment

Being overly empathetic, I have a tendency to engage a little bit too strongly in my writing assignments. Sometimes, it may seem that my life hangs in the balance. And the more complex the article is – regarding e.g. facts, connections, background as well as social, professional and political considerations – the more I attack it like a sinewy prizefighter in an MMA tournament.

I’m a bit ambiguous here

On the one hand, my personal doctrine is to go all the way in, no matter what assignment, mission or relationship is handed to me. This virtuous and emotional commitment is well illustrated by an extraordinarily passionate performance of this certain (extended) Canadian band.

On the other hand, it may put some stress on my system. People keep pointing out this to me, but either I have not understood it yet, or I have decided not to listen. Something in me believes that you and I are gonna live forever.

Anyway, it’s always a joy to press Send and hand over the tamed and managed complexity to the editor.

Silence falls in the study.

And so I feel safe and alive for a while in the ”vacuum created by the arrival of freedom”.

Illustration: Writer by Ivan Koulikov (1875–1941)

Cognitive dissonance, as demonstrated in a Stockholm hotel.

Waking up in a hotel (I will not tell you which, but it is the First one that comes to mind), I found this little fellow in my bed, carried it down to the lobby on a paper card and showed it to the clerk.
“I found this in my bed,” I said to her.
She looked at it, made a small disgusted sound, took the card and threw it in the bin. Looking up, smiling and completely ignoring the insect issue, she proceeded with the checkout.
Denial as a maintainer of status quo. Human nature in all its miserable glory.

“The Attackers” (Russian tv series) gets me hooked

I’ve enjoyed the Russian tv-series The Attackers immensely (on Amazon Prime, Sweden).

A bit sentimental, patriotic and over-simplified, of course (and with sometimes cheesy CGI effects). But still a very good reminder about life during The Great Patriotic War and the hardships of the Eastern front. And the actors are top-notch. It illustrates things as the ruthlessness of the Commissar system, the intense and short-lived love relations in the shadow of death, the tension between civilians and combatants and – last but not least – that war chisels out the true character of people. Are you decent or are you an asshole? Life during wartime will tell.

Stockholm & Bosön, 7 August 2018

Hi guys!.

Always great to meet the IoT influencers of tomorrow at KTH and Bosön! Good luck with your projects in the intersection between business and R&D. Feel free to connect on LinkedIn, and don’t hesitate to get in touch if you want to have a discussion about practical case stories where skillful communication plays an central part.

O.

olle@bergman.com
se.linkedin.com/in/ollebergman/en
instagram.com/generalblom

My slides

2018-08-07_IOT_compressed

Information design

Presentations

Famous statue in Stockholm – perhaps a metaphor for the entrepreneur in you who want to break free? (Instagram: generalblom)

Hillerød, 8 June 2018

Thanks for a great day in Hillerød. Below, you will find my PPt slides as well as some links which may be useful.

Good luck with your research & feel free to email me for feedback on your PPt slides or any other communication questions.

O.

olle@bergman.com
se.linkedin.com/in/ollebergman/en
instagram.com/generalblom

My slides

A PPt for scientific presentations

This template is based on chapter 16 in Matt Carter’s Designing Science Presentations. Matt is an assistant professor of biology at Williams College, Massachusetts and a great guy!

Information design

Presentations

June evening in Råby-Rekarne socken, east of Eskilstuna. In the distance, two cranes were dancing in the marshy fields.

 

Rays*, Strängnäs, 3 juli, 2018

Hej allesammans!

Tack för en trevlig kväll i Strängnäs! Jag var imponerad av responsen på övningarna där grupperna gav många genomtänkta och kreativa svar. Massor av bra frågor fick jag också!

Att tänka på när ni förbereder er presentation:

  1. Sätt inte igång med att göra föreläsningsbilder i PowerPoint. Fundera istället över hur ni ska lägga upp alltsammans. Stå gärna gärna vid en whiteboard-tavla och spåna med pennan i hand. Post-it-lappar är också ett utmärkt hjälpmedel: skriv en sak på varje lapp och strukturera sedan innehållet så att det får
    • en motiverande och intresseväckande början
    • ett par delavsnitt som tar åhöraren från där de befinner sig kunskapsmässigt till en ny plats.
    • en avslutning (som gärna får anknyta till inledningen).
    Nu, när ni har en tydlig plan, kan ni sätta igång PowerPoint och börja producera bilder.
  2. Tänk visuellt! Bilder och rekvisita är mycket intressantare än punktlistor.
  3. Ha hela tiden målgruppen i tankarna. Ta gärna kontakt med någon som kan vara testpublik via Skype och återkoppla. (Förslagsvis någon som inte har tid att gå på avslutningen på Tekniska Museet!)
  4. Balansera det seriösa och det underhållande. Humor och effekter är bra, men kom ihåg att de roliga och spektakulära inslagen ska vara verktyg för att få fram det vetenskapliga innehållet, inte tvärt om.

Lycka till & så ses vi på fredag nästa vecka då jag kommer och hejar på er!

O.

olle@bergman.com
se.linkedin.com/in/ollebergman/en
@OlleBergmanSE

Mina föreläsningsbilder

2018-07-03_RAYS_compressed

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Här följer lite av varje som kan vara värdefullt om ni är intresserade av kommunikation av vetenskap.

Beta versions (i.e. work in progress) of some online documents

Please feel free to distribute and send feedback!

Useful stuff

LinkedIn

Rhetoric

Books on scientific peer-to-peer communication

Some recent pieces by yours truly

TEDx talk, Poland 2017

Crastina

I currently put a lot of effort into Crastina—a networking platform for the exchange of knowledge, skills, experience, and opinion regarding scientific communication and science dissemination. The primary target group is early career scientists, but here you can find stuff which is useful for everybody with an interest in communication. (The name comes from Scientia Crastina, Latin for ‘The Science of Tomorrow’)

There are several ways to engage in the Crastina network activities – please get in touch if you’re interested.

 

A cultural heritage of Sweden: the wooden houses painted in Falu rödfärg, based on a unique pigment of finely divided hematite.
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Solna, 7 Juni 2018

It was great to meet you, this warm June day in Stockholm! Below, you will find my PPt slides as well as some links which may be useful.

Good luck with your summer projects. As I said: feel free to email me for feedback on your PPt slides or poster design.

O.

olle@bergman.com
se.linkedin.com/in/ollebergman/en
instagram.com/generalblom

My slides

A PPt for scientific presentations

This template is based on chapter 16 in Matt Carter’s Designing Science Presentations. Matt is an assistant professor of biology at Williams College, Massachusetts and a great guy!

Presentations

Posters

June evening in Råby-Rekarne socken, east of Eskilstuna. In the distance, two cranes were dancing in the marshy fields.

 

Karolinska Institutet, Huddinge, 14 May, 2018

Hi everybody,

Thanks for a great morning in Huddinge. I’m looking forward to your presentations.

O.

olle@bergman.com
se.linkedin.com/in/ollebergman/en
@OlleBergmanSE

My slides

2018-05-14_KI_nutritionists

Beta versions (i.e. work in progress) of some online documents

Please feel free to distribute and send feedback!

Useful stuff

LinkedIn

 

Rhetoric

  • (EN) I recommend this audiobook which you can download for free from Audible (if you’re a new customer): A Way with Words.
  • (EN) Another good book in English: You Talkin’ to me?
  • (SE) UR har sänt intressanta program om retorik, bland annat Tala ut (pdf-handledning).

Books on scientific peer-to-peer communication

Some recent pieces by yours truly

TEDx talk, Poland 2017

Crastina

I currently put a lot of effort in Crastina—a networking platform for the exchange of knowledge, skills, experience, and opinion regarding scientific communication and science dissemination. The primary target group is early career scientists, but here you can find stuff which is useful for everybody with an interest in communication. (The name comes from Scientia Crastina, Latin for ‘The Science of Tomorrow’)

There are several ways to engage in the Crastina network activities – please get in touch if you’re interested.

 

Kvällssol i Mesta skog, Eskilstuna.
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Kræftens Bekæmpelse, Copenhagen, 10 April, 2018

Hi everybody,

Thanks for a challenging, but extraordinarily interesting day with two workshops and one lecture, addressing some very qualified people. As I always need ”news from the front”, please feel free to get in touch if you’re preparing a poster or talk, or have questions about your communication strategy.

Thanks for having me & på gensyn!

O.

olle@bergman.com
se.linkedin.com/in/ollebergman/en
@OlleBergmanSE

From the workshops & lectures

Beta versions (i.e. work in progress) of some online documents

Please feel free to distribute and send feedback!

Useful stuff

LinkedIn

Rhetoric

Books on scientific peer-to-peer communication

Some recent pieces by yours truly

TEDx talk, Poland 2017

Crastina

I currently put a lot of effort in Crastina—a networking platform for the exchange of knowledge, skills, experience, and opinion regarding scientific communication and science dissemination. The primary target group is early career scientists, but here you can find stuff which is useful for everybody with an interest in communication. (The name comes from Scientia Crastina, Latin for ‘The Science of Tomorrow’)

 

 

There are several ways to engage in the Crastina network activities – please get in touch if you’re interested.

 

A cultural heritage of Sweden: the wooden houses painted in Falu rödfärg, based on a unique pigment of finely divided hematite.
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