Marc Borner
Monday March 28th, 2011

”Bild” in Black

One day after the big elections in Baden-Württemberg und Rhineland- Palatinate. For the first time ever, there will be a Green Prime Minister in Germany. Mind you, this is after 58 years of constant CDU reign. Winfried Kretschmann gave a face to success. So it comes as no surprise that the fact causes disharmony at the “Newspaper of the People” with four letters. It even causes grief. Today, when I first clicked on their internet page, the joyful-sounding title “Greens Radiating!” almost knocked me out.

Great! At least that is what you would have to think. After all, even the “Bildzeitung” should finally have realized that the German South-West has now undergone a political dam bursting. The fact can no longer be soft-talked – as they tried to do in the “zu Guttenberg” case – , because this time the people decided and voted. That must have hit really hard for the self-appointed representatives of “The People’s Vote”, because the people did not decide as “Bild” had expected them to. Consequently, I want to see the representation of the “” internet page as some kind of artistic piece and try to interpret it.

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Marc Borner
Thursday February 17th, 2011

Summa cum stupiditate

What is the role model function of Federal Ministers? Are they just elected representatives who can then do as they wish, or do they, perhaps, have a prestigious function?

During the last few days, you could rightly assume that the world has become a little topsy-turvy. In one of the most loved and biggest German newspapers (BILD of February, 17th, 2011), Herr Franz Josef Wagner even gives the advice:  „To hell with doctorial titles”. That is very interesting. It probably has model function.

But it gets even better, because some people now even start telling you that plagiarism is not identical with plagiarism. You can only call it plagiarism if the person who wrote it “intended to deceive”.


Here is a citation (FAZ of February, 17th, 2011):    
„For scientific plagiarism, the consequences depend on whether or not there was an intention to deceive. The speaker of the ombudsman for science, lawyer Prof. Wolfgang Löwer, told the dpa: “You have to distinguish between poor science and deceit”. Löwer, too, warned against a prejudgement of Guttenberg. „It is genuinely a question to be answered according to university law, and the faculty has to answer it“.

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Marc Borner
Tuesday December 7th, 2010

Re-Opened: Open Space 2010

A little more than a year ago (on December, 4th, 2009) we met at InterFace for an Open Space on the topic of: The InterFace of the Future – Champions Together (!/?)“. Now we continue with a second Open Space at InterFace. Here is the invitation to all InterFace AG and IF group employees by our moderator Marc Borner:

Much has happened since December 2009. Some things are still left to do. Consequently, now is the time to take stock and think about the future.

Next Friday, on December, 10th, 2010, there will be time for us to continue exactly where we stopped last year in the InterFace AG building.

This year, we will talk about

Communicating – Unfolding – Shaping!

Since not everybody attended last year’s session, I would like to particularly address those who have never experienced an Open Space meeting. Come and see how you like this new form of conference!

Is there anybody who has never heard it? “The best conversations were those during coffee breaks.”

Open Space aims at making the atmosphere of the positive conversations during a coffee break in normal proceedings programmatic.
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Marc Borner
Thursday March 4th, 2010

Everyman’s -Madness

Everyman’s Computer, Everyman’s DSL, Everyman’s Bike, Everyman’s Yoghurt, Everyman’s Camera, Everyman’s Trainers, Everyman’s Navigator, Everyman’s Notebook, Everyman’s Seat, Everyman’s Washing Machine, Everyman’s Winter Tyres, Everyman’s Toothbrush, etc. etc. etc.


It seems that these are all things the “common people” desire.

Have you, too, come across “products for everybody” when you went shopping? Maybe you even read about their special quality or exceptional characteristics?
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Marc Borner
Tuesday December 1st, 2009

Open Space

Harrison Owen is generally considered the person who discovered Open Space. It means an open zone or the invitation to unlock a zone.  The idea for Open Space, as Owen describes it, was born when he once had too little time to prepare properly for a meeting he had to preside over. So he made a virtue out of necessity and wrote an open program.

Everybody who was really interested and voiced his problem on equal terms and with equal competence was invited to do so. Afterwards, participants were expected to work on the problems in small groups.

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Marc Borner
Saturday November 28th, 2009

Living Happily

It took me some time to retrieve the paragraphs that originally led me onto the path of philosophy. And, by chance, these very paragraphs also have something to do with the media reports of the last few weeks. Here is some of my school Latin, some Seneca: „Living happily, my dear brother Gallio, is something everybody wants; but when it comes to see what actually makes life a happy life, then the vision is clouded“.

This is how Seneca starts in his letters to Lucilius. Among Seneca’s stories, the one that moved me most was that of Telesphoros of Rhodos. He had dared to anger his old friend and emperor Lysimachos and, if I remember correctly, courted his daughter. Lysimachos found this far from amusing and ordered his old friend taken prisoner, publicly exhibited in a cage and parts of his body cut off piecewise. Caught in his own excrements without eyes, ears and nose, Telesphoros was forced to crawl around like an animal.

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Marc Borner
Saturday October 17th, 2009

In Actual Fact

The term “in actual fact” contains a strange sort of magic. Meaning the belief that something might be influenced by one’s own wishful thinking, regardless of scientific explanations that prove the opposite.

When we say “in actual fact”, we want to express that things or events should be other than they are. Used in this sense, “actually” is a moral term. Something is not simply there; it is also supposed to follow certain rules. Using the word “actually”, we become magicians. A common state of affairs is being summoned by uttering the word.

„In actual fact“ is a conservative miracle. To con-serve means to save from loss, or to prevent from dying. We save things and events from loss if they have proved their value, either for private or social reasons.

It is pretty obvious why we behave in this way: because, basically, or actually, our brains are lazy. Thinking new things takes more energy. And, like the rest of our body, our brains work as energy efficient as possible.

Therefore, saying „in actual fact“ is actually nothing less than mental laziness. This might well make sense at times. Still, it might be a good idea to be careful on hearing someone use the phrase too often.

(Translated by EG)

bo There was a huge outcry not long ago: US president Barak Obama was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize!

Some called in scandalous. Others called it great. In my personal opinion, it is a rather positive development. One question, however, has been haunting me ever since I read the announcement: what is it that Barak Obama and the Palestinian freedom fighter Jassir Arafat have in common?

How the question comes up?

ja Well, in the year 2000, it was Jassir Arafat who, along with Shimon Peres and Jitzhak Rabin received the Nobel Prize for Peace. Many of you probably remember how the reactions both from the press and news often were very astonished. And I am sure some or other of us, too, were surprised. How was it possible that persons who had been fighting wars and conflicts galore and basically were known to be everything but peace-loving, were awarded the Nobel Peace Prize? Let Jassir Arafat serve as an example for this triad now.
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Marc Borner
Friday October 16th, 2009

(Deutsch) Hallo! :)

Sorry, this entry is only available in German.