Adactio: Journal—border:none 2023

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In

2013
DATE

, I spoke at the border:none event in

Nuremberg
GPE

. I gave a talk called

The Power of Simplicity
WORK_OF_ART

.

It was a great little event. Most of the talks were, like mine, on technical topics; design, development, the usual conference material.


This year
DATE


Joschi
PERSON

and

Marc
PERSON

decided to have another border:none event

ten years
DATE

on from the

first
ORDINAL

one. They invited back all the original speakers, as well as some new folks. They kept the ticket price

the same as ten years ago
DATE

—just

thirty euros
MONEY

.

For us speakers from the previous event, the only brief they gave us was to consider what’s happened in

the past decade
DATE

. I played it pretty safe and talked about the web. I’ll post a transcript of my talk soon.

Some of the other speakers were far more ambitious. They spoke about themselves, the world, the meaning of life …my presentation was very tame in comparison.

I really, really admire the honesty and vulnerability that those people displayed.

Tobias Baldauf
PERSON

in particular took my breath away. He delivered an intensely personal talk on generational trauma that was meticulously researched and took incredible bravery to deliver. It was worth going to

Nuremberg
GPE

just for the privilege of being present for that talk.

Other talks were refreshingly tech-free. There was a talk on cold-water swimming. There was a talk on paragliding. And I don’t mean they were saying “what designers can learn from cold-water swimming” or “how I became a better developer through paragliding.” The talks were literally about swimming and paragliding.

There was a great variety of speakers this time around, include age ranges from puberty to menopause (quite literally—that was the topic of

one
CARDINAL

of the talks). I had the great pleasure of providing some coaching before the event to

fifteen year old
DATE


Maya
PERSON

who was delivering her

first
ORDINAL

talk in

English
LANGUAGE

. She did a fantastic job! And the talk she gave—about how teachers in her school aren’t always trusting of the technology they provide to students—was directly relevant to what we’re seeing in the world of work. Give people autonomy, agency and trust.

There was a lot of trust at border:none. Everyone who bought a ticket did so on trust—they had no idea what to expect. Likewise,

Marc
PERSON

and

Joschi
PERSON

put their trust in the speakers. They gave the speakers the freedom to talk about whatever they wanted. That trust was repayed.


Florian
PERSON

took some superb pictures of the event.

Matthias
PERSON

wrote up his experience. So did

Tom
PERSON

.

Valisis
PERSON

shared the gist of his excellent talk.

At the end of the event there was some joking about returning in

2033
DATE

. I love the idea of a conference that happens once

every ten years
DATE

. Count me in!