Roland Dürre
Sunday August 18th, 2013

Written in Paradize ?

DIGITAL CAMERAI am currently living in paradise. Already, the tent directly near the ocean has become my cherished home. Everything is fine and makes me feel fine.

The journey was comfortable, the Krti2 was only 30 minutes late (which is almost record time). There is no longer a stop at Korfu – and landing at Patras, too, did not take long, perhaps because at the time the ship was already rather empty. After all, most of the vehicles left the ship when we stopped at Igoumenitsa, which is where the motorway to Istanbul begins and where all the traffic is headed.

When we started entering Patras harbour, the first forest fire on two summits above the town already welcomed us. And when we continued our journey towards Corinth in the dark, the fire-fighting helicopters we are already so familiar with kept flying over us. Until later the sun rose in the east.

Now we have made ourselves comfortable. Again, it feels like home. Our thoughts go in all directions and our discussions are about things that move us. Two weeks from now, we will go back home. Then there are elections in Germany. But who to give your vote? And is it a good idea to vote at all?

Both in politics and with all political parties, the discourse about all the relevant problems of our society is sadly missing. There is no attempt at finding a social consensus in our political world. The party programs are full of empty phrases, there is no concept of shared values. Our problems are those of the 21st century, yet the parties – depending on their colour – want to solve them with solutions from the 18th, 19th and 20th centuries. That cannot work. Consequently, the citizens get more and more fed up, because they certainly do hear politicians paying lip service, yet constantly have to experience and see the opposite happening.

For me, the people are what is most important. And as I see it, we have grown to be a society with no solidarity left. We just let it happen that far too many people no longer find a social home. They are excluded from education. And even the children of the privileged classes no longer learn what is really important in life. Instead, they fall victim to a knowledge bulimia. Values, the balance between individual and collective lives and true knowledge of life are pushed to the corner in the daily school day. The basics of democracy and rule of the law are no longer taught.

The teachers I know frequently tell stories from their common workday that give me pause. Because education, like work, health and most of the other areas of our lives, have been “economized”. That hurts. As soon as everything we do serves nothing but the dictatorship of economy, it particularly hurts in all those fields where humans are concerned.

This is also true, for example, when it comes to children living in children’s nursing homes. We are talking children who sometimes even have living parents, yet those parents are not capable of providing for their children emotionally and financially. Sometimes the right to bring up their children is taken away from them by the state. What sad human dramas can be witnessed here! This is bad enough per se. But it is even worse that the state actually increases the misery.

Our society produces more and more losers and victims. We ignore this and try to prevent the worst with social repair companies. But we never even think of prevention through true education and emotional and emphatic care. Just take a closer look at how medicine and hospitals are disintegrating to become mere mechanical and economical repair shops.

This economization process now happening in all our structures and fields of life makes me sad. If I were to vote at all, then only a party which actually discloses this and seriously wants to do something about it. With top priority.

Except we spend our money other kinds of things. And most of these things seem grotesque to me. At one time, I rode my bike through Berlin. I passed the Federal News Agency building. It is the biggest governmental building ever in Germany. Basically, you can see it as a gigantic cenotaph telling you that this is precisely how it cannot work! It is just as monstrous as many other federal buildings showing off in the “new” Federal Capital and former Capital of the Deutsches Reich.

Mind you, it all happens where, basically, we could well do without this national in-between. For me, a country of Bavaria in the middle of a free and united Europe of regions would be totally sufficient. But I certainly do not need some “Show-Off-Germany” in its current version which aspires at being a model for all Europe.

And a few weeks from now, I am supposed to vote. Regardless of the fact that all has been decided already, anyway. The best we can get is a stalemate situation – which would then quickly solve itself in a big coalition.

Those are the moments when I think perhaps I should not go to the elections. Instead, I will continue my political activities by writing articles like this one. Also, I can continue focussing on the values of a free and enlightened democratic society in my – always totally a-political – presentations.

RMD
(Translated by EG)

Roland Dürre
Saturday August 17th, 2013

Holidays in Paradise ?

DIGITAL CAMERAI am now in Gythio. And I am happy, Even though Haching just lost the soccer game. But apart from that, everything is again fine.
The pleasant weather, the scenery, the campground, the constantly blowing soft breeze. In the mornings, I go for a wonderful swim on the beach directly in front of our tent. The bike rides into the mountains with the wonderful view from above.

The friendliness of the Greeks and the delicious meals every night. As well as breakfast and the tasty grapes and melons you get with lunch. Coming here, too, was quite peaceful and unproblematic – I managed to write my articles on barcamps and PM Camp.

Three of my children are already again staying with us. And another daughter, along with her husband, will come later. Everything is like a dream and just wonderful.

However, a few things I saw on the way here made me thoughtful and a little sad. Small drops of sadness in the cup of happiness. Because something is just not quite as it should be.

TDIGITAL CAMERAhe first thing that struck me is rather a small affair. You could call it “Good-Bye Europe”. On the ferry trip from Italy to Greece there were hardly ever any changes since we started coming here 25 years ago. In those days, the long queues you had to stand in on departure where a little bit of a nuisance. That is where the border police of the destination country always controlled your documents. Sometimes they were less thorough, sometimes more so. Consequently, it sometimes happened that you had to spend quite some time waiting in the queue on the hot ship before you were finally released. It was inconvenient, but you got used to it.

Then came the blessings of the EU – and the queues disappeared. You could travel freely – that was nice. Now they are back to controls. And I mean real controls. On departure from Venice, first and foremost all accompanying passengers – but not the drivers and their cars – had to pass a security scan, similar to those on airports. All luggage was scanned with one detector. And there is a single passport control cabin. Mind you, we are talking a ship full of passengers mostly spending the night on deck – so naturally, they carry quite a bit of luggage. Basically, I believe this is a rather unreasonable procedure.

When the queue got longer and no more than 10 % of the passengers had passed, an officer who was probably senior came to end the nightmare. A second cabin was opened and all that they checked was whether the name on the ticket matched the name on the passport. The scanner was just sitting there to make everything look official.

Now you should not come up with the idea of asking what sense the initially strict control ever made. Here is what my impression was: they probably did exactly what one of those EU rules says – and after they had proved that it just cannot be done, they changed tactics. And probably the same game is played with every ship going to Greece.

To be sure, the process was now faster, but still I spent almost three quarters of an hour standing in the queue in Venice, before I was allowed to board the ship. And whenever I looked at the other passengers’ faces, I got the impression that none of them actually understands what is going on and why. We have a shared Europe – so now we feel we are being treated badly quite pointlessly. Well, I really cannot believe this.
The second issue was the ship. We used the Krti 2 of Anek Lines. It is an old ship, but at first sight it gives you the impression of being in quite good shape. But you really notice and feel that ships like this one are terrible polluters. They ruthlessly frequent the Mediterranean Sea, leaving their coal tar and waste all over the place. And you actually start wondering if, perhaps, this way of travelling is, after all, even worse than flying.

We all know that, from the technological point of view, there are endless possibilities to organize these kinds of transports in a totally different way, don’t we? Also, the question should be allowed if all these trucks and cars really need to go from Italy to Greece. Maybe one could find more intelligent alternatives? And if travelling with alternative technology made travelling a little slower, maybe people on vacation, like me, will be just as happy.

Also, the gigantic half-finished street-building projects between Patras and Corinth gave me pause. To me, they seemed to have been planned with total disregard to what was actually needed. The same is true for the luxury motorway heading to Sparta from Corinth. Some of the tunnels on the way are totally unnecessary. Empty and luxurious, they look like some kind of misconceived future (or past?) megalomania.
What world are we talking when we plan these kinds of streets? For me, this is abhorrent.

But now I will stop voicing critical ideas. Instead, I will enjoy our vacation with all my heart. Here are my greetings from Porto Ageranos in Mani, on the southernmost end of Europe. In terms of latitude I am currently living on the same level as North Africa.  And I intend to do a lot of swimming, bike riding, enjoying myself and sleeping. And “in between”, I want to publish a few PM Camp articles. …

RMD
(Translated by EG)

Roland Dürre
Thursday August 15th, 2013

Tweets on Twittering and Blogging #180

Here are my tweets of last week on:
Blogging and Twittering, Wisdoms and Rules:

130822 Doing little will do little harm – also true for twittering and blogging?#Twitter #Blogging #Wisdom

130823 Small portions but good portions – a fine motto for twittering and blogging? #Twitter #Blogging #Wisdom

130824 Small portions frequently applied will eventually make big portions – also true for blogging and twittering? #Twitter #Blogging #Wisdom

130825 If you add too much, everything will be ruined – also true for blogging and twittering.#Twitter #Blogging #Wisdom

130826 If eagerness will not give way to reluctance, then it was a good eagerness – something I also know from twittering and blogging. #Twitter #Blogging #Wisdom

130827 You should use the iron when it is glowing hot – also true for twittering and blogging? #Twitter #Blogging #Wisdom

130828 If luck knocks at your door, let it in – also when twittering and blogging! #Twitter #Blogging #Wisdom

There is a new tweet each day. See twitter.com and “follow” RolandDuerre!
Enjoy!

RMD
(Translated by EG)

P.S.
I took the proverbs from Alle deutsche Sprichwörter.

On September, 19th, 2013, at 18.00 hours, we of the InterFace AG invite you for another interesting presentation in our “IF Academy” series:

Mailserver & Mail-Client
“History, Basics, Spam&Virusses” or “Concepts for a Private Secure and Reliable Mail Server”.
(Hans Bonfigt / Marc Haber – redoxSystems)

hansbonfigtHans Bonfigt will be our speaker. We are optimistic that his co-author Marc Haber can also come. After the current events and in times of PRISM and Tempora, the timing for this presentation about email and mail in general is just ideal. Consequently, and because we have two of the best experts in the field with us with Hans Bonfigt and Marc, we decided to make a technological IF Forum of this IF Academy event  and invite the extended circle.

Every day, we send and receive many emails. It is our totally normal routine and we might very well often be quite thoughtless about it. The underlying technology seems to be a matter of course, even though, more often than not, it is nowhere near as easy as it looks. Hans Bonfigt will introduce the deep secrets and abysses of email traffic and the underlying technology. Here is his summary:

I will give you a historical introduction to the topic “mail”. You will get to see the roots where rats like spammers, viruses and other parasites feast. Also, I will give a clear differentiation between the terms mail server and mail client. This distinction is important, because a mail client is also among those devices you can host centrally. Eventually, I will show you two operating concepts.

My presentation will be structured as follows: warming-up, basics, introduction (around 20 minutes), actual operating concepts (less than 30 minutes) and live demonstration (10 minutes). This should leave enough time for a discussion.
As always in our IF Forum, we will have our “happy hour” after the discussion. I am quite certain that there will be plenty of exciting material to discuss, especially after this kind of presentation.

About the Speaker:

I first met Hans Bonfigt through the IF blog. Hans is a passionate programmer and IT technologist. He actually learned his craft from scratch and consequently also knows all the “camouflaged” levels of many systems. You will find various articles and comments written by him in the IF blog. They are always straight to the point. He ruthlessly criticizes where the development goes astray and where technology is poorly executed. Also, he points directly towards mistakes frequently made. His outstanding ability is to put things in a nutshell.

Registration:

As always, the presentation will be held in the seminar zone under the roof of our Unterhaching headquarter building, starting at 18.00 hours. We look forward to welcoming our guests! For registration to this IF Forum, send an E-Mail.

RMD
(Translated by EG)

Roland Dürre
Sunday August 11th, 2013

My Advice for Hackers – Why Don’t You Try Church Bells!

Yesterday evening, I was invited to celebrate with Manfred in Schierling. Manfred is an entrepreneur. With his small but exquisite enterprise MS-Duroplast, he dominates parts of the world market – regardless of the fact that the company – quite deliberately – does not have a webpage (!). Once each year, he organizes an in-door festival. We were invited. It started on Saturday afternoon. Consequently, we went to Eggmühl by train, then on to Schierling by bike.

gasthausManfred had booked a room for us at the Gasthaus Haslbeck. We spent an excellent night there after a beautiful midnight-bike trip of a little less than 10 kilometres from Schierling to Semerskirchen.

The night was over at 6 a.m. – then the church bells right opposite the restaurant started making a tremendous noise. On the picture, you cannot see the church. It is to the right of the restaurant – which you cannot see on the picture, either. It sounded like the church bells were aimed directly at us with full power. And I literally stood in my bed. To be sure, it was my own fault – why had I not gone to sleep earlier? But mind you, I was not the last to leave the party.

And here is what came to mind: if you were to control this church bell through a computer that is connected with the internet (after all, we are talking the object internet, aren’t we?) and if I were a hacker who can do this kind of thing, I would hack into these personal computers and switch off those bells whenever in the vicinity.

Incidentally, the same wish of mine came up whenever I rode my bike in North Africa and had to spend the night close to a mosque the tower of which was equipped with those colourful and blinking electric lights. At night, the metallic recorded voice of the Muzzein would be heard through powerful loud speakers.

After thus shortened sleeping time, I rode on to Moosburg today. Driving through the beautiful but not totally comfortable “Lower-Bavarian Hills”, I made my peace with the bells.

As a matter of facts, I can only recommend the Haslbeck Guest House. It is a family enterprise where we were welcomed really warmly. The internet worked perfectly, the rooms and breakfast were just great. And it lies close to a small lake, totally idyllic. Except… the church bells…

RMD
(Translated by EG)

I am now working on a series of articles to inform you about barcamps and in particular about the PM-Camp. Also, I wish to do a little advertising for the next PM-Camp in Berlin between September, 13 and September, 15, 2013. In my introduction, I am going to tell you what exactly I did in my life in terms of continuing education and why I ended up at the barcamp. Because continuing education and development is important for everybody and barcamps – in addition to self-studies and working next to a master of your art (in the sense of craftsmanship) – are the best opportunity to advance your own learning curve through the experience of others.

First and foremost, let me tell you my personal educational history. After graduating from high school at the Augsburg Jakob Fugger Grammar School, I went to study at Munich Technical University. The time at the grammar school was a good investment for my personal development. We smelled the spirit of freedom. To be sure, we learned a lot that was totally unimportant, but we also learned a few things “for life”. Even afterwards – against my wishes – when I did my compulsory service with the German armed forces, I gained a lot of experience.

Then I went to study at the Technical University (in those days still called “Hochschule”) of Munich. For me, studying was not something pleasant. We had to “learn from books”. The lectures were not really great and they also cost (too) much time. Time we did not have, because, after all, we had to earn our livings “in our spare time”. Consequently, I taught two tutorials every semester, learning more in the process than during actual lectures. And – considering the times we were living in – the money was not too bad, either.

I learned my craft, however, when I was a student and free-lance worker at Siemens AG. Consequently, studying was more or less a necessary duty and consisted in learning for exams. Because my super ego thought I had to have an academic diploma. In retrospective, I am not sure that my title “Mathematics Diploma (univ)” was all that beneficial for me. But it probably did no harm, either.

After finishing my studies at university, I went to the really huge Siemens AG as a regular employee. I had very interesting tasks and was permitted to develop a totally new technology. However, the time spent there was not one that gave me immense impulses for “personality growth”. For example, I initially programmed in the laboratory and later in special projects. We were all working with a lot of dedication, but there was no room for luxury seminars and besides, there was nothing on offer for a small regular-wage employee like me.

After four years at Siemens AG, I changed to Softlab. In this company, attending “personality enhancing seminars” was a requirement for your professional career. With little enthusiasm – after all, there was plenty of work waiting to be done and I was absolutely prone to prejudices against “personality growth” – I went to one of those seminars held by a company called TPM at Starnberg (Training Psychological Management, one of the two trainers was a Herr Uhlenbrock). I went there full of scepticism, but returned absolutely enthusiastic. Those were the days when my continuing education actually took off.

A short time later, Dr. Peter Schnupp (one of the Softlab founders and very much a freethinker) caused my meeting with Rupert Lay. Totally out of the blue, I was to replace someone who had registered for a coaching session with him.  For me and my life, this turned out a huge stroke of luck. At the time, Rupert Lay was probably one of the most renowned coaches. He also was allegedly the Nestor for “ethics and entrepreneurship” of German Business. Through this channel, I also met a few other really great coaches, for instance Baldur Kirchner.

Starting with this visit of a seminar that had been rather accidental, a constant cooperation developed between me and Rupert Lay. In fact, it eventually became a beautiful friendship. Throughout many years, Rupert was my mentor. Between the years 1985 and 1995, many other friends working alongside me at the then still “InterFace Connection GmbH” (that is what InterFace AG used to be called) were also regular attendants of Rupert Lay seminars. It is quite possible that those were the days when the cornerstones of our – hopefully a little different – entrepreneurial culture were built. At the time, I myself regularly spent a week with “my group” at Rupert’s seminars. During those times, I tried to reassign my own lodestar.

Rupert controlled and directed the workshops, improving on them with many small bits of advice. But the experience and the knowledge I collected during those seminars came to an ever higher degree from the group members (they were all persons with special experience in life, also because of their roles as managers and entrepreneurs).  Initially, probably 90% of what I learned was from the “teacher” and 10 % from other group members. And this relation continually changed in favour of the group members. In the last seminars, I would actually call it more like a 30 : 70  relation, or even more than that.

As Rupert grew older and held fewer seminars, I found a new “continuing education home”: the regular St. Gallen RISE workshops. The RISE workshops were initially realized by Dr. Simon Grand and then carried out by professors of the Swiss universities (HSG, ETH), entrepreneurs owning medium-sized companies from the IT and fashion sectors, as well as directors of big Swiss enterprises. My experience and development continued during these seminars. All of a sudden, 90 % of all the knowledge and competence came from the other seminarians.

Both in the Rupert Lay seminars and RISE workshops, I always felt very much at the right place and each time, I returned home with something totally new. Then the RISE workshops, too, were over and, yet again, I fell into a deep “continuing education pit”.

And that was exactly the time when I made a sensational new experience during a barcamp. I met people who opened up and shared their experiences, adventures and knowledge. “Open Source”, face-to-face, on a free event. I experienced communication at eye-level based on emphaty with persons I had only just met.   Trust grew basically from scratch. And I learned a lot, both technologically and with respect to “personality growth”.

This experience had such an impact on me that I started looking for a barcamp where project managers, entrepreneurs, leaders and managers – that is: people who feel responsible for our future – meet. And where those people are willing to share their precious knowledge and experience.

However, I looked in vain. Consequently, the only option that remained for me was to start a barcamp myself. Stefan Hagen and some more friends, too, felt that the time was ripe for this kind of thing. So we initiated PM Camp in 2011. On these camps, 100 % of the people I learn from are other seminarians.

The first PM Camp took place in Dornbirn in November 2011. It did not take long before one became two in 2012, one of them held in Vienna and the other in Dornbirn. This year, we already had three: in Vienna, Stuttgart and Bad Homburg (Rhein/Main). And two more are to follow – one in Berlin and the other one again in Dornbirn!

SO I found a new home for continuing education – in fact, I even initiated it myself!

RMD
(Translated by EG)

P.S.
The next articles in this series will describe how barcamps function, what types of sessions we do and how you can prepare for them. Basically, it is a guide towards attending a PM Camp.

Roland Dürre
Thursday August 8th, 2013

A Humorous e2e Advert.

My friend Edwin (Dr. Edwin Ederle, whose IF blog anagram is e2e), often writes for us. However, Edwin is not only an author and consultant, but also a full-fledged entrepreneur. Naturally, his major topic is data2impact.com.

But there is more to him. For instance, he also tries his luck with internet business selling “White Nuggets”, meaning: golf balls. Along with partners, he sells them exclusively on the internet. And I found a truly humorous advert:

Buffalo Bill Balls – change to awesome! from WHITEOUT TV on Vimeo.

Buffalo Bill Balls – change to awesome! from WHITEOUT TV on Vimeo.

If you want to take a closer look at Edwin’s advert, just click here.

Now I only hope that Edward will find time for writing another blog article, regardless of all his other entrepreneurial activities.

RMD
(Translated by EG)

Here are my tweets of last week on:
Blogging and Twittering, Wisdoms and Rules:

130815 If you feel well, then stay – also true for twittering and blogging! #Twitter #Blogging #Wisdom

130816 If you feel well, do not tell – also true for twittering and blogging? #Twitter #Blogging #Wisdom

130817 If the country feeds you, maybe you should protect it – also true for blogging and twittering. #Twitter #Blogging #Wisdom

130818 If someone is eager for adventures, you cannot hold him back – also true for blogging and twittering. #Twitter #Blogging #Wisdom

130819 Small head, plenty of dizziness – something I also know from twittering and blogging. #Twitter #Blogging #Wisdom

130820 Few cows mean little work – also true for twittering and blogging? #Twitter #Blogging #Wisdom

130821 The best peace will come through a minimum of governing – motto for twittering and blogging! #Twitter #Blogging #Wisdom

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

Enjoy!

RMD
(Translated by EG)

P.S.
I took the proverbs from Alle deutsche Sprichwörter.

Here are a few theses ….

We often call people good or bad people. There are, however, no bad or good people. The only things that might be good or bad are what these people do. Consequently, you should judge behaviour, rather than persons.

That is more or less what I learned in ethics and philosophy.

It is similar with knowledge. There is no such thing as good or bad, useful or useless knowledge. With applying knowledge, you can “make an impression” or “have an effect”. Knowledge itself is of no value. In order to be useful – for instance for solving problems or on the way towards progress or innovation – it has to live.

You have to share knowledge – then it will actually increase. But how to organize the sharing of knowledge? After all, knowledge is dynamic and always depends on the context. Context-dependent dynamics cannot easily be packed into a container. That is the problem you face with knowledge management.

Here are a few terms probably related to knowledge:

Education • Cultivation • Experience (of Life) • Enlightenment • Expertise • Practice

This is how I arrive at ideas such as craftsmanship. We discover the master and the apprentice. We understand the importance of handing your expertise on, showing someone how to do things, learning and practicing! And how these processes can be promoted through the four-eyes-principle and p2p reviews (peer-to-peer). Mind you, this is not only true for software development.

And new questions arise, as well:

Where to use knowledge? Who uses knowledge? Is it the “white-collar” workers? Can you really call them “brain workers”?

And:

How do people work in enterprises – which I call social systems with an economic goal?

How can you design such a system to be both successful and bearable?

Ideas such as self-organization and self-determining spring up. I believe that the knowledge and expertise of many can be merged in an ethical and dominance-free way, thus being formative for our future.

But in self-organized systems, there will also be roles or activities you can summarize as follows:

Decisions • Leadership • Communication • Management • Responsibility

So what exactly does that mean in such a system? Here is what I propose:

Decisions


Decisions are always accompanied by a certain degree of uncertainty and must have a significant consequence. Otherwise we are not talking a decision. A “good” decision maker can try to do more good than harm by trying to base his decisions on an ethically responsible balancing of values. But he cannot question the unpredictability of the future, neither can he try to burden others with it.

Leadership


Leadership means that you set the scene for all parties concerned in the environment you are responsible for so that their personal lives are more enhanced than reduced in many dimensions. For instance by creating a fear-free zone. And I mean full of the necessary respect you show towards the task of leadership.

Communicating

The requirement for good communication is that you are prepared to meet at eye-level and to listen. You also have to have empathy, think in an altero-centric way and have respect for others.

Management


Basically, it only means you have to treat change with responsibility. If an enterprise is in a state of stability, it will generally do very good business. Except: there comes a time when too much stability will mean death. On the other hand, constant change will be detrimental for the balance sheets. If you manage to give justice to both ends of the scale, then what you are doing is “management”.

Responsibility


The environment I accept responsibility for is where my decisions have an effect. Consequently, I must be aware what consequences my decisions will have. I cannot ignore them.

Persons who decide, lead, communicate, manage and take responsibility are persons I call entrepreneurs.

Entrepreneur

A good manager is a manager whose decisions are more often correct than wrong. Someone whose judgement is more often good than poor.

All of these ideas are contrary to what I officially learned. Consequently, I am now arriving at the
Classical Error:

Many people still believe you can plan the world. Their image of the world is mechanistic and Tayloristic. In this combination, they believe knowledge and dominant logics to guarantee success.

I no longer believe this. The era of a working world strongly based on the division of labour (tayloristic) with mechanized processes disregarding humans is on the decline. It was a very simplistic image of the world. To be sure, it brought us prosperity, but the price was far too high. In order to survive now, we must become AGILE.

RMD
(Translated by EG)

P.S.
At one time, we had a young lady as guest at InterFace. Daniela Blettner (she is now a university teacher) worked on her dissertational thesis for HSG (Hochschule St. Gallen). Her topic was “Dominant Logics During Enterprise Foundation”. And the results were surprising. All the very successful enterprises she examined had been free of “dominant logics” during their founding process. What is worse: some of them almost failed due to “dominant logic strategies”.

P.S. 1
For more articles of my entrepreneurial diary, click here: Drehscheibe!

Roland Dürre
Thursday August 1st, 2013

brand eins in August

001_b1_05_13_Titel_4c.inddYesterday, as I was going home to Munich, I opened the “brand eins” August edition. I sat in the last ICE late at night from Nuremberg – after a very exciting business meeting.

The first thing I read is the editorial by Frau Fischer. She says exactly what I feel. That is particularly true for her open words about the production and unexpected timeliness of parts of the pre-designed August edition. To me, this sounds like truly authentic and honest journalism.

Next, I take a look at the “world of numbers”. They give me pause. Because, for instance, the federal debt per child in Germany is around 40 times higher than in Estonia. Neither is it any consolation that this number is another three times higher per child in Japan. It is also a surprise for me that the USA bought seven times more land from other countries than China. I would have assumed totally differently.

Suddenly, an envelope falls out of the magazine and floats down to the floor. I pick it up. It is an advert apparently trying to be creative. Because it is a closed envelope, totally devoid of any writing. No address, no sender. Just like this. The perfect black mail.

Well, you all know my opinion on adverts, don’t you? Consequently, I act very un-creative and put the envelope into the waste disposal on the small table of the ICE. This is just too stupid. Later, I wonder what kind of rubbish it contained. I am sure it is nothing relevant that would have made me happier. So it was better to just dispose of it without a second glance.

And then I arrive at the focal point on page 21. The first article is about “disturbance of the peace”. I almost get a dizzy spell. After all, I know it: an extraordinary development is under way. To be sure, due to my profession, I actually know what this is all about, but reading it like this…

The August edition contains much to make you thoughtful. Part of it is truly uncomfortable summer holiday material. Eventually, however, I managed to find a few articles in the magazine that give me hope. But why don’t you read yourself? It is definitely worth reading.

That reminds me of one of my “super-egos”. The one forcing me to vote. Regardless of the fact that I stopped believing it might make sense a long time ago. In fact, reading “brand eins” seems to make a lot more sense. Perhaps we should make it an obligation for all citizens to read “brand eins”? And perhaps that would motivate more people to get the idea: our country (along with the world) needs new politicians.

RMD
(Translated by EG)