NEW in 2021: FIRESIDE CHATS - next event: 20 April

The Digital Enlightenment Forum would like to invite you to an online ‘Fireside Chat’

What is this about?

A Fireside Chat is an online informal chat of 1 -1.5 hours. Participants are 6-10 young, promising PhD or masters’ level students/researchers or young professionals and a senior person from the world of policy, politics, industry or academia.

The senior person as a host will kick-off on a theme, followed by an open discussion. You will also exchange on the professional life experiences of the host. And get to know some new people!


Upcoming fireside chats

You can register your interest for these fireside chats:


20 April 2021 at 15:00 CE(S)T -  Frits Bussemaker on Business Community Builder & D1G1T4L C0NN3CT0R

4 May 2021 at 16:00 CE(S)T - Jimmyn Parc onThe Digital Transformation of the Korean Music Industry and the Global Emergence of K-Pop

Date tbc  -  Prof. Dr. Ulrike Felt on Trust, Solidarity and Ownership: Why cocreation matters in building successful health data platform


What can you get out of it?

  • Hear interesting insights about a theme that is close to your heart.
  • Pick up practical ideas from an experienced politician, policymaker, academic, entrepreneur, etc.
  • Meet people at the same stage of their professional and academic life as you
  • Perhaps continue staying in touch with them.

   Sounds interesting isn’t?


How can I register?

Simply send an email with a few lines on who you are, what you do, and mentioning the chat(s) you are interested in, to


All the information:


Upcoming fireside chats, content

We especially invite you to register your interest for this upcoming Fireside Chat:


20 April 2021 at 15:00 CE(S)T  

Bussemaker has a passion for bringing people together in the Digital Age. He has initiated and helped run a number of (international) communities focused on linking Information Technology, Innovation and Impact. He is furthermore a coach and Program Director and supports organizations on business community building.

 He is currently the chair of the ‘Institute for Accountability in the Digital Age’. An association instigated by UNESCO aimed to help define instruments for, and manage accountability in the Digital Age. Furthermore, he leads the Dutch Government’s Innovation Community.

 He has been working in the International ICT industry since the 80s. He started with a Dutch Start up and has since then held various marketing and alliance positions with consultancy-, software firms and associations including: CIONET

where he was the Secretary General International Relations a community of over 7000 CIOs where he represented the community with international institutes like the European Commission.

 He does (pro deo) work for number of (international) organizations, conferences and communities including: founding member and vice-chair of the outreach committee of the ITU ‘AI for Good Global Summit (Geneva) with over 35 UN Agencies involved, YPO’s European Impact Summit and iPoort an association to discuss digitization with members of the Dutch parliament. He is a regular speaker and chair at international events. He has an MSc from Delft University.

 Community Building in the Digital Age

Bussemaker has been working in the international IT industry for over 30 years. Virtually from the beginning he has been setting up and managing business communities. He will present his personal experience in Business Community Building and discuss why it is becoming more and more relevant in today’s society. Examples will cover various organisations ranging from local companies, to associations, European Commission and UN organizations like UNESCO and the ITU.

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