Roland Dürre
Thursday December 31st, 2015

My Sylvester Wishes are Different!


Dear Friends!

Best Wishes for 2016!



Das Bild ist von Rolo Zollner ( Es steht unter Common Licence, Ihr dürft es mit Quellen-/Autorenangabe frei nutzen.

May this pig bring you lots of luck!

Have a good start!

Enjoy the day!

Let your hair down big time!

Treat yourself to whatever you do not normally treat yourself!

Annoy your neighbours to your heart’s desire!

But love and respect them all regardless!

Enjoy the world and honour creation!

Be free!

Live with gusto!

Do whatever you want to do!
Give thought of yourself, but then also to others!

In six words and two sentences::

Enjoy life!
Be totally happy!

And I mean a hundred percent and especially 
every single day and every single night of 2016!

And do not forget:

“Shit on “must”!“

(Translated by EG)

Both the picture and motive are from my friend Rolo Zollner. He created it for IF Blog. It is under common licence. Consequently, you may use it if you give the source and author.

Sorry, this entry is only available in German.

Roland Dürre
Tuesday December 29th, 2015

Advertising AktMobCmp!

Come and attend the Barcamp for Active Mobility in Everyday Life – #AktMobCmp!
We will START early next week and we want to MAKE A DIFFERENCE. For the FUTURE.

Last minute visitors are truly welcome!
I would be truly delighted to receive a few last-minute registrations for the barcamp on “active mobility in everyday life”!



You must come to the first Barcamp for Active Mobility in Everyday Life –#AktMobCmp!

This is a pure advertising post!
Definitely nothing but an advertisement.
We advertise our Barcamp on “Active Mobility in Everyday Life”, which will be held at Unterhaching on January, 4th and 5th, 2016.

We will take pains to be good hosts and we hope to have a good number of participants. With 75 Euros for “supporters” and “50 Euros “economy”, the fee is at the lower limit. It includes all meals, as well as soft drinks for both days. And more. The quality of the event depends on the persons who participate.

That is why we ask all readers to forward this message to others as often as possible. It is the only way to make the Barcamp a success. A Barcamp which wants to make active mobility more than the sorry other traffic, respected and supported just like motorised traffic!

Zum Vergrößern aufs Bild klicken.

To enlarge, please click on the picture.

The nice picture was created by VisualBraindump – many thanks to Daniel Reinold and Christian Botta!

(Translated by EG)

Hans Bonfigt
Monday December 28th, 2015

(Deutsch) Ganz agil vorbei am Ziel

Sorry, this entry is only available in German.

Roland Dürre
Saturday December 26th, 2015

Messages and Metaphors/ Christmas 2.0

For Love and Peace.
For Honouring and Appreciating the Entire Creation

Yesterday, Willy Michl played and sang the Christmas message for us in the Lustspielhaus. With his inbred passion, he pleaded for

“respect, honour and love!“
And he demanded “peace forever”. As every year, I rather liked it. Consequently, the concert of the first Christmas Holiday was probably my personal Christmas highlight.

Willy Michl im Lustspielhaus zu München (2011 - fotografiert von Rolo Zollner)

Willy Michl im Lustspielhaus zu München (Willy Michl at the Munich Lustspielhaus (2011 – photo by Rolo Zollner))

A short time ago, I discussed in a community how you could best promote a free movement without the danger of the movement becoming a systemic institution. One of the persons involved in the discussion said you had to follow the motto:

“lead, follow or get out of the way!“
That reminds me too much of how the army thinks, which means I do not like it.

However, I also have to think of what it says in huge letters at the rear end of the gigantic space cruiser in Mel Brooks’ Spaceballs

“We brake for nobody!“
That, too, is a clear statement – one that is not at all in accordance with my opinion! I don’t like it.

Here is what I like a lot better:
“Love it, change it or leave it!“
In my book that is a good motto. My positive attitude towards and my respect for the deserter alone suffice to make me favour it.

A year ago, we had arrived at a tight spot during a meeting. In order to solve the problem, Heiko (Bartlog – a friend) got up and wrote the three “t-s” on the board.
Trust – Transparency – Team
This is what it is all about. Mind you, I would have preferred to read the German “Vertrauen”, rather than “trust”. But that would have turned TTT into VTT, which would have been detrimental for the alliteration.

What I hate yet what is constantly done is:
“Murder – Robbery – Arson!“

The sequence certainly makes sense: first you kill the people, then you steal their possessions and then you burn down there houses. But shouldn’t this now belong in the past?

No less atrocious is:
“Killing – Torture – Rape!“
Even today, it is used more and more often – of course when fighting for a good cause. How can anybody be in favour of this method? I do not understand how you can be anything other than a pacifist! After all, it is common knowledge that everybody who fights against something will eventually fail. This is why I honour, respect and love pacifists. Just like Willy honoured his brother Konstantin (Wecker) in the concert.

For instance, I would certainly have voted against the re-armament of the BRD and the re-establishment of the arms industry if I had been old enough at the time. Today, I admire John Lennon and have been admiring him for many years. And I am in favour of

“give peace a chance!“
“all you need is love!“.

Incidentally, I have no problem with the “denglish”. After all, many French terms have found their way into Bavaria more than a hundred years ago. It was in the wake of another “small globalization”. And the mixture of languages is basically one of the positive consequences of the “great globalization”. And why should I be in favour of “purity of language”? After all, doing calculations is on the decline and so will reading and writing soon be. So why should not the very formal and complicated languages, too, change?

Now there are two holidays left for me to determine what I wanted to say with this article. Today, I believe that it is a very new and yet a very old appeal in favour of consideration, appreciation, eye-level, togetherness, openness, respect, transparency, ratio, trust and values. I would like to communicate with all persons on this level. And I would like to tell everybody that love and peace, just like giving honour and appreciation to the entire creation, are the most important things.

During the last year, the time spent with persons who think like me was the time I enjoyed most. It was really wonderful. I would like to do the same in 2016!

Also, I would like to hand on a most genial wish sent to me and other friends of his by my dear Aebby (Eberhard Huberr).

It truly delighted me:

“May you meet many persons who radiate hope, instead of fear and resentment!“

Because I love you!

I can afford to write this, because I simply follow my new favourite sentence:

”Fuck Must!“
(Many thanks to Nadja and Stefan!)

(inspired by the Christmas concert of the “Sound of Thunder“ of December, 25th, 2015 in the Schwabing Lustspielhaus. Like yours truly, it is now in its 66th winter and I have been honouring and appreciating it for more than 40 years).
(Translated by EG)

The picture was taken by my brother Rolo Zollner, who now has created his wigwam in Burghausen. It is under Common Licence, which means you may feel free to use it if you quote the source and say that Rolo was the photographer.

Hans Bonfigt
Friday December 25th, 2015

(Deutsch) Freislers Enkel

Sorry, this entry is only available in German.

Roland Dürre
Thursday December 24th, 2015

A Merry Christmas to You All!

Dear IF Blog readers,

Let me use the special occasion for formulating a few very personal ideas. is something I mainly write for myself. It is like a diary, where I write about topics and ideas that moved me. I feel better for writing them down.

The publication of these ideas is because I like sharing them. Just like I also like hearing about and processing other people’s ideas. None of my ideas was born because I am such a creative personality. All of them contain messages from other persons in my social environment. Because I am part of something bigger. And this something differs between individuals. This is how we all live very individual lives as a collective unit. “Individual” versus “collective” is the most demanding of all balancing acts.

I think if we all were to open up more often, working together we might probably be able to create a better world in the sense of consideration, appreciation, eye-level, belonging, openness, respect, transparency, ratio, trust and values. And we could master many challenges that threaten us with simple and slim solutions.

Under this light, I would like to thank all those persons who once in a while read the IF Blog and wish you all only the best:

A Merry Christmas, a good start of the New Year and health and contentedness as part of a successful year 2016!

Jumbos first birthday. Celebrate your life.

»Jolly Kunjappu – »Jumbo‘s first birthday. Celebrate your life.«
Acryl and wax crayon on canvas

This wonderful picture by my friend Jolly was our Christmas Greetings of 2013 at InterFace AG. If you enlarge it, you will find many positive messages. It is a good likeness of what I would like the IF Blog to be: a colourful message of courage, joy and peace.

(Translated by EG)

Roland Dürre
Saturday December 19th, 2015

Theses about the Future and History of Cultural Competences

Slideshow_startI learned at school that we have some “basic cultural competences”. Allegedly, they are the necessary basis for human progress. For instance calculating, reading and writing.
How about these competences today?


Who of us can still do the multiplication tables by heart? Who of us can still do calculations without using paper for summations, subtractions, multiplications and divisions? Especially if there are several digits and you have to “store” some interim results?

Who of us is still versed about the formal methods for subtractions and multiplications on paper, or summations of long number colonies? I mean without having to spend a long time thinking how you used to learn it. Or who can still extract a root? Using nothing but pen and paper? These are the kinds of tasks you can use in a job interview if you quickly want to drive even academically educated candidates to extreme desperation.

As I see it, doing calculations is a cultural competence that is currently disappearing. Well, neither do we need it any longer, because our small electronic helpers can do a so much better job of it.

Consequently, many persons only have a rudimentary knowledge of calculations. Children do not learn it any more. Perhaps if they had “unschooling” conditions (or a Sudbury school), they might be interested in such exotic things as doing calculations by heart. Intrinsically motivated and as a game.

On the “normal” schools of this world, however, it will no longer work. Because they develop more and more into quasi military educational institutions with absolutely hierarchical structures. Where children are instructed (or rather: drilled) following a certain pattern. (Naturally), this is no way to force something on children that is hard to learn and apparently no longer needed.

Consequently, the cultural competence of calculating will only remain in a very rudimentary form. And I do not find this sad at all. After all, my teacher, F. L. Bauer (second generation computer science pioneer) taught me that, even a few centuries ago, the art of multiplication was taught at universities only up to a low one-digit number. Incidentally, at the time they used logarithmic tables – which resulted in imprecise results.

In other words: if I want to be happy, I do not need cultural competence I have to take pains to acquire. And I mean cultural competence that gains me nothing excerpt a headache at the end of the day!

Reading & Writing

This cultural competence is not yet as extinct as calculations. However, not only the “developed” countries have a drastically increasing number of both true and “rudimentary illiterates”. As a logical consequence, they now demand as part of barrier free access for public announcements for web design that the website has to be readable for “persons who only have rudimentary knowledge of reading, as well” in the USA.

This is another development that looks logical and clear to me. Audio and video are on the ascent, of course, the podcast beats the post, youtube & co beat the newspaper, etc.

Incidentally, these explanations of mine are not meant ironically. I am dead serious. Matters will continue in this direction. Here are some more steep theses of mine:

  • The high times of reading and writing arrived with the PC and the laptop.
    Writing with pen and paper has always been and is just atrocious. Written documents were optimized for the person who writes them, rather than with him. In former times, both the light for reading and the eyesight of the readers were poorer. Consequently, writing a document – and penmanship – were very time consuming and have thus become redundant. Only printing presses and later Johannes Gutenberg with his invention of movable metal letters brought the breakthrough for written media. Later, the typewriter made it a bit easier to produce readable written material, and so did the computer – regardless of sub-standard software like word. Thus, we had a last peak of writing that started with “vi” and is now at its end. Just look at the texts created on mobile telephones and tablets (aren’t they identical today?).
  • It is easier to learn how to draw and sketch than to learn how to read and write.
    Most technologies disappear after they have reached their peak. The written word will suffer the same fate. It will probably be replaced by drawing and sketching. Many people say they cannot draw. That is wrong. It is quite easy to learn how to produce pictures and express yourself in picture language.
  • Our technology is currently maturing towards drawing and sketching.
    So far, the only way to draw halfway decent pictures was on paper. There were disadvantages to this. The electronic assistants were not yet capable of supporting us in the same way as “word processor” supported an author. But now the tablets come – and suddenly drawing electronical pictures is easier than drawing on paper. Just like it happened in former times with writing. Undo, versioning, layout layers and many great features make you forget the erstwhile huge handicaps of drawing on paper. And it seems that they have only just started!
  • Our future belongs to images and sounds.
    Images say more than a thousand words. This was an experience made by early marketing, when they had posters on mobile vehicles such as trams. Adverts with text had failed on trams, because the trams had always turned the corner before the people could decipher the texts. It was a lot easier with pictures and very few words.
  • Perhaps there can be a consensus through pictures.
    As I see it, this is a very important side effect. Successful communication is probably the hardest of all challenges. We have tried for millennia to find consensus through linguistic and written communication. And we have failed just as long, as history proves. Why don’t we try pictures instead?

Here is my statement:

The future belongs to pictures and sounds. It will become socially as unimportant to write as it is now to do calculations. Rudimentary reading will be totally sufficient for understanding additional information such as for instance precise details. The main reason for this development is that the digital world, at long last, can create and make available pictures as easily and quickly as a simple calculator makes calculations or as the current collaboration tools make the use of documents available. This is how, in the long run, drawing, drafting and sketching on tablets (and their successors) will replace the “cultural competences” of reading and writing in the same way as the calculator has replaced the “cultural competence” of doing sums.

“Because it is so easy!”, or “Because that is how it is!”.

🙂 Even if then the IF Blog will have to become a podcast or/and an image blog.


Even today, films, for example, create more consensus than the great novels did in former times. And the more the art of reading gets lost, the more important audio and video will become.
(Translated by EG)

I took the picture from the website of Visual-Braindump (Christian Botta & Daniel Reinold).

Roland Dürre
Wednesday December 16th, 2015

What Annoys Me #35 – System Agents.

Dürre_RolandIt was unavoidable: during my “linked life” I again and again met politicians and functionaries of associations and clubs. I am sure the representatives of these systems, too, are only human. You must not judge them too sternly. To my surprise, I find totally different “faces” among those persons.

In many clubs, you will find wonderful people working for a cause with competence, idealism and knowledge. They are also capable of integrating people. But even in these circles, I (too often) meet persons who will not work towards a shared idea, instead promoting “their own agenda”. And then, it is only a logical conclusion that decisions will not be in the interest of the common good, but instead for individual profit.

As soon as I turn away from clubs – where, after all, people often work on an honorary basis – and towards the world of associations and parties, my image will quickly become a negative one. This is where the system agents are the majority. More often than not, they are also “system agents” promoting their own interests. Consequently, there are quite a few persons both in the large-scale and in the small-sale “public domain” who I do not like at all.

Mostly, I am talking persons of mediocrity who define themselves hugely through their office and who want to distinguish themselves and look important. Because they are not really taken seriously in their lives, so they can only compensate for this lack through their office or role. They often hide behind rules, put particular emphasize on the fact that they have to consider circumstances, justify decisions that are not made by talking practical constraints, operate with moralizing (you cannot do that!) and basically accomplish nothing when all is said and done.

What is worse: due to non-existent education, intellect or personality, they confuse many things and live from the strength of their system which, although in the throngs of death (agony), can continue for quite some time because of the accumulated riches. They could not care less that they, along with “their” system, are less and less appreciated. After all, they still have the glamour (and often the significant income) of their offices.

How could these persons ever become the holders of their offices? More often than not, they managed to gain surprisingly good positions in the hierarchy of their association, club or party. Their main characteristic is their “steadiness” and being able to simply ignore negative feedback. Consequently, they climb the ladder in roles others consider “too stupid” and show persistence on their way through the system instances. During their march, they take in a lot, which is their true strength.

The final wages come in the form of long-sought-after importance. They do not care that said importance is only borrowed. With every step in their career, they get a little closer to the centre. When they reach their goal, they are finally “somebody” through their title. It feels like winning to them and mostly they also get quite some money in exchange (both directly and indirectly). Neither would have been possible for them in any other way.

The list of persons, associations and parties I am referring to is rather long. I am thinking of a number of representatives of all kinds of interest groups, business associations and IHK-s, employers’ and employees’ associations, big clubs like for instance for car drivers, diverse sports organizations and church associations; associations that represent classes or occupational groups belong there just like those who specialize on certain job-related topics or believe they own some secret for best practice or some such. Even NGO-s who want to do “good” suffer from these system agents. And more often than not, they will fall victim to commerce.

Incidentally, we now have an inflation of clubs and associations, for all possible purposes and intents. Consequently, there are ever more jobs for system agents. But it is even worse when I look at parties and lobbyism.

What seems disproportionally negative to me is the situation of the political parties and their associated institutions (for instance for opinion forming). In theory, it is their job to generate variants of social consensus that then can be democratically voted on. This concept no longer works. The mayor of a not very small city on the river Rhine once told me that usually persons joining a party hope for private advantages. Well, if even members behave in this way, can you actually hold it against political functionaries that they, too, base their decisions on personal advantages?
If such persons then lament that they are the only ones who do anything at all and accuse others of only talking, then I sometimes get truly angry.

The worst of all are the system agents of lobbyism, the lobbyists. They must and should promote the interests of the members of an association in society and politics. And consequently, they often have to push forward interests that are clearly against the common good with “carrot and stick”, i.e. by all possible means. Naturally, if that is what you have to do, you will need a particularly high degree of ruthlessness directed against the rest of the world. In my vocabulary, I would find the words: scum and vermin.

RolandSchwimmen1Just lamenting is one thing. It will not do any good. Better act. Consequently, we have to end our own sluggishness and turn our spectatorship into activities.

(Translated by EG)

Roland Dürre
Monday December 14th, 2015

More on Barcamp and Open Space

The Difference between “Traditional Conferences” and “Anti-Conferences”.

pmcamp-logo-dornbirnI understand more and more clearly that learning is a social activity. Formerly, I believed that I had learned a lot from individual persons and teachers. Now I notice that this is only partly true. Mostly, my teaches – even though I certainly learned a lot from them, too – were only the catalytic converters, initiating the contact between me and others, as well as communication.

If you see it under this light, then my life and learning was a continuing meeting with many people. Sometimes the meetings were rather intense, sometimes superfluous. But I always received some knowledge and experience, and probably also gave some in return. In all instances, we learned from each other and “impressed” something on the other party. Once in a while, we also rubbed against each other using different constructs. That, too, was helpful.

Experience, competence, knowledge, wisdom and prudence are often considered individual achievements. But this is not true. In fact, they are always the result of communication and collective socializing.

Seen under this light, anti-conferences are nothing but a tool for socialization. They enable you to promote intense and symmetrical communication through participation and thus to make the learning process considerably more dynamic. As opposed to traditional conferences that, to me, seem so much more strict and one-sided. Where the majority of attendants are forced to remain passive and consequently do not have as much fun.

A barcamp or an OpenSpace must under no circumstances become a conference, not even anything near it. Consequently, when organizing a barcamp, you should not overdo it by planning and preparing too much.

Two factors define an anti-conference: the session planning and the sessions. The planning of sessions is done together. It must consider the here and now and cannot come as a matter of routine. The same is true for the sessions: they must remain open. Yet they can be upgraded if all those wonderful formats like debate, Honest Consensus (Art of Hosting), Fish Bowl, Story Telling, Games, “prototyping” and much more are used more often.

Impulse presentations can be useful if they give mental incentive on the topic/motto, provided there is a topic or motto. Basically, this is not necessary. It is just as well if there is a good introduction making the people open up and thus creating the awareness for the requirements to be met if you want good communication, such as considerateness, respect, esteem, appreciation – that is: they make communication at eye-level possible.

About the Danger of Generating Bubbles.

Once in a while, people talk about the danger – also in the wake of the Dornbirn PM Camp – that “bubbles” might develop during a barcamp. The participants might get isolated from the rest of the world or become inbreeding.

To me, this seems quite possible. Because whenever humans meet in intense communication, they can easily lose their objective view of reality. Thus, a bubble can develop and, due to all those shared ideas, a group can establish itself (see: class reunion) or technological inbreeding (see: exclusion) can happen.

This is quite logical, because, naturally, similar-minded persons will tend to maintain their prejudices, rather than talk each other out of same prejudices. To be sure, I see only a minimum danger that is not a threat to good results. But here, too, you can try and counteract by trying to promote the desired pluralism through newbies. Because if the new recruits have the same mental concepts as the old ones, then change will be hard to achieve.

However, I think there is an easy way to counteract the development of “bubbles” in open movements. It is openness as such, which must be demanded and supported. And you should always take care that the participants have different sex and age, as well as social and technological background and also that otherwise a huge variety is promoted. This is only possible if your invitations are simple and transparent, thus appealing to all groups and classes.

(Translated by EG)