Gastautor(en)
Saturday July 31st, 2010

We Make a Lot of Noise for a Ban of Cluster Bombs

Our dear colleague Klaus Lukschik-Painter has been an InterFace employee for more than 25 years and is a member of the samba group. Like the “real” Brazilian Samba-Blocos, the “Münchner Ruhestörung” is also politically active. Wherever there is a good cause to defend, they play with extra enthusiasm!

Consequently, Klaus and his “Ruhestörung” have been supporting the work of Handicap International e.V. for several years now. Among other things, this international aid organisation wants a world-wide ban of land mines (Landminen) and  cluster bombs (Streubomben). They also attend to the needs of the victims.

That is why the “Münchner Ruhestörung” will make a lot of noise on the Munich “Marienplatz” tomorrow (August, 1st) at 12 o’clock during the  Aktionstag. Besides playing to rouse consciences, they also want to raise a little money for the cluster bomb victims. For every one of the estimated 30,000 drumbeats played on this day, they would like to donate one cent to “Handicap International”.

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Roland Dürre
Friday July 30th, 2010

Southern Post

Here is another story as an aside …

I am just leaving my house in Riemerling, Waldparkstrasse on this Wednesday morning. As it happens, I notice an old red “Model-Three BMW” going rather fast through Waldparkstrasse. It is the same model as the one I used to drive around 13 years ago. And then the car stops in front of my house.

A not-particularly-happy-and-trustworthy-looking person of female sex and an age group you would not call particularly young gets out of the car, messes around at my letter box, jumps back into the car and drives away at a speed I would call a little high, considering that this is a 30-kmph zone…

I get suspicious and turn around. The letter box lid I left closed is now open. I close it and open the letter box. What I discover is a rather unimportant letter from a mobile phone company. It has been delivered by Südpost.

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Roland Dürre
Thursday July 29th, 2010

Tweets on Twittering and Blogging #023

Here are my tweets of next week on

Blogging and Twittering – Wisdoms and Rules:

100805 We twitter and blog for tolerance and against violence. #Twitter #Blogging #Tolerance

100806 We twitter and blog for justice and humanity. #Twitter #Blogging #Humanity

100807 We twitter and blog for more, a direct and a better democracy. #Twitter #Blogging #Democracy

100808 We twitter and blog for the necessary social change. #Twitter #Blogging #Change

100809 We twitter and blog for minorities and the weak. #Twitter #Blogging #Minority

100810 We blog and twitter for common sense and enlightenment. #Twitter #Blogging #Enlightenment

100811 We twitter and blog in order to be doing something. #Twitter #Blogging #Activity

There is a new tweet each day. See Twitter and “follow” RolandDuerre!

Enjoy!

RMD

(Translated by EG

Again, this is not the end!

This magazine accompanied the presentation by Frau Fischer in our IF forum on July, 21st, 2010. The “brand eins” editing company kindly supplied us with a rather huge amount of the red brochures with the green button on the front page.

Incidentally, much happened in the world between November 2008 and August 2010. So what we have here is an old business magazine. It is almost two years old. You can almost call it press vintage.

In your dreams.

The magazine is surprisingly up-to-date. You would probably have no problem publishing it without major corrections this coming November. Perhaps that is what they should do.

I also find it interesting that the brochure was basically finished before the Lehmann Brother bankruptcy.

Incidentally, you can also read the magazine online: in the archive of brand eins. And if you prefer to have it on paper: as far as I know, you can still buy it from the editor.

It is worth the effort!

RMD
(Translated by EG)

In this series, I will comment on the written feedback I received after my presentation. Also, I will answer the online questions asked by students I had no time to amply reply to during said presentation

Lehren für Unternehmensführer – das Leben, das Wissen, die Informatik und die Ethik

(Lessons For Managing Directors – Life, Knowledge, Computer Science and Ethics)

„Innovative Entrepreneurs“/ Summer Semester 2010
Leadership in growth-oriented enterprises

Here is another item of feedback I consider very important

“I, however, do not agree with the speaker when he gives the prognosis that not much will happen in the future as far as the “object“ is concerned.”

This is absolutely correct. I am afraid I failed to make it clear in my presentation that I meant this prognosis to refer to the traditional goals “further, faster, higher” in the “physical” (old) technologies. As I see it, the “further, faster, higher” is probably at the end if its rope. What I see as a future scenario is for the classical engineering disciplines to be about “more economical, lighter, easier”.

In this context, I like to refer to the term “Cheap Design” as introduced and made public by Rolf Pfeifer in his interview. Rolf Pfeifer is the founder and director of the Artificial Intelligence Laboratory at the Department of Informatics/University of Zurich. He gained a reputation through, for example, his cheap robots. Using totally innovative approaches, these robots show new ways in robotics and Artificial Intelligence. I recommend that you read his book: “How the Body Shapes the Way We Think: A New View of Intelligence” (Bradford Books).

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In this series, I will comment on the written feedback I received after my presentation. Also, I will answer the online questions asked by students I had no time to amply reply to during said presentation

Lehren für Unternehmensführer – das Leben, das Wissen, die Informatik und die Ethik

(Permanent Link to Lessons For Managing Directors – Life, Knowledge, Computer Science and Ethics)
„Innovative Entrepreneurs“ / Summer Semester 2010
Leadership in growth-oriented enterprises

Here is another item of feedback I also consider quite important:

“The speaker tends to put market leadership on the negative list among the enterprise goals”

In my opinion, the motto “An enterprise should aim at becoming the market leader” is based on an antiquated understanding of entrepreneurship. It sticks to the following doctrines:

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Roland Dürre
Monday July 26th, 2010

A Follow-Up on My Presentation – Comments #2 Growth:

In this series, I will comment on the written feedback I received after my presentation. Also, I will answer the online questions asked by students I had no time to amply reply to during said presentation

Lehren für Unternehmensführer – das Leben, das Wissen, die Informatik und die Ethik

(Lessons For Managing Directors – Life, Knowledge, Computer Science and Ethics)

„Innovative Entrepreneurs“ / Summer Semester 2010
Leadership in growth-oriented enterprises

Another item of feedback I consider rather important was

“The speaker states that growth as a business goal should not have top priority. That is a contradiction to what we learn.”

I absolutely stick by this, both intuitively and rationally:

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Focus ANIMALISTIC!
or
A Change of Perspective.

What a coincidence! On Wednesday morning, the new “brand eins” copy was in my post box – and in the afternoon, I welcomed Frau Fischer in Unterhaching, where she gave her great presentation (Vortrag): Keine Panik von Frau Fischer im IF-Forum” presentation  on panic.

As always, there was hardly any time for reading on the weekdays. But yesterday, Saturday night, after my return from the “Hachinger Sportpark”, with me feeling rather lowly because we had lost our first game of the season in the Third League against Wehen-Wiesbaden, I sought solace in the “ brand eins”.

Incidentally, the friend of ours you see on the cover page, too, looks like he had just returned from the soccer game.

In the August edition, the subject matter is “perspective”. Well, we of the Haching soccer fans, too, could do with some perspective! If you take a closer look, what the current edition (and also the Haching soccer team) is all about is a change of perspective.

But let me return to what I was going to talk about: the magazine…

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A Short Theatre Show

Time:
Friday (July, 23rd, 2010), rather early in the morning.

Place:
Basement garage at InterFace AG.

Actors:
Olivier (nice colleague from France at InterFace), Roland (yours truly).    
Plot:    
German-French dialogue between car-driver and biker.

Scenery:
In front of the open bike parking space in the basement garage. Roland pushes his bike into the bike parking space next to the exit. Olivier has just parked his car (an Audi). Outside, it is rainy (not too much, but still), in here, it is dark but dry.

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