Roland Dürre
Thursday July 20th, 2017

A Day With Love …

Exactly one month ago, I turned 67. Few people brought me a present, because my friends accept that I already have all I need. And that I do not care for useless gimmicks . I appreciate that this is how my friends treat me.
Luckily, once in a while, there is a person who makes an exception to this rule.
🙂 I am grateful for these exceptions, too. Paul, for instance, gave me the book:

A Day With Love by Moshen Charifi

It was a good thing to get this book because I often have the impression that I was born into this world equipped with many eyes. I already saw and experienced very much with my eyes.

Unfortunately, however, those eyes closed more and more as my life continued. Perhaps it was because of my socialization at home or at school or for whatever reasons.

Now, as I grow older, I get the impression that my eyes re-open to some extent. It is a process that you probably can also describe as “learning”. Consequently, I believe that “learning” can also be a synonym for “living”.

To say it in a nutshell: so far, I read half of the book and I notice that reading it has again re-opened several of my closed eyes. And this is how it also, again, added to my happiness.

The content of the book is quite banal, and yet it is totally breath-taking.
On a beautiful summer day, “LOVE” and “INFATUATION” meet to go for a walk. “Infatuation” wants to learn from “LOVE” and “LOVE” – who formerly also used to be “INFATUATION”, is happy to share her knowledge with “infatuation”.

While walking through the wonderful summer, they get into a dialogue about love. The experienced “LOVE” supports “INFATUATION” as she seeks it.
This dialogue turns into a wonderful and great metaphor that helped me to become a little more peaceful and happy.

I almost wrote “I found a little more love”. However, this sounds a little too strong for me and I also do not yet know if I am already prepared to accept such a huge thing (or if I will ever be).

The dialogue between LOVE and INFATUATION is full to the brim with small but wonderful insights. For instance, “infatuation” explains one of her weaknesses by the fact that she does “not want to lose face”.

However, the reply LOVE gives – in my words – is that you cannot lose face, you can only lose the mask that camouflages your face. Actually, I do, indeed, have many masks and I am always happy if I manage to lose one of them.

This is only one example out of many insights, all of which are part of the metaphor.

For me, the special quality of the dialogue between INFATUATION and LOVE is remarkable and particularly beautiful. It is the ideal pattern of how peaceful communication can be. It has not happened often that I witnessed and understood in such a nice way how non-violent communication can work.

I was deeply moved by how LOVE kept trying to hand her experience and knowledge down to “infatuation” in a way that was not indoctrinating. Without any form of arrogance or presumptuousness. How LOVE manages to relate to INFATUATION. And how she absolutely refrains from hurting or making INFATUATION look smaller because of her superiority.

And it is just as nice to read how INFATUATION reacts, replies after thorough contemplation and asks clever questions. And how LOVE again deals in a precise way with these questions.

Rarely have I understood so well – without any theoretical indoctrination – what the words consideration and communication mean.

Now I will imitate Paul and give the book to a few other people.

RMD
(Translated by EG)

P.S.
My only regret is that I have never met the author Moshen Charifi. But who knows, perhaps that, too, will happen one day!

Roland Dürre
Monday May 29th, 2017

Nomads on the Cyclades – MILOS

This time around, we started our island hopping 2017 on May, 22nd in Serifos, coming from Piräus.We continued via Sifnos to Milos. Tomorrow, we will leave Sifnos and go to Paros and Antiparos. And on May, 29th, we will return to Piräus and spend our last Greek night before the return flight from Athens to Munich there.

I managed to read the book (almost) in one go – sitting on my balcony in the hotel Beach Lagada.

When we arrived in Milos, I found a book in the Adamas coal mining museum. I found it so exciting that I read it in one go. The title is
THE DOCTOR HANS LÖBER
Letters from Milos, 1943-1944
Edited and with a comment by Dr. Hanns-Georg Löber and Gregory Belivanakis.

This book made such a huge impression on me that I absolutely recommend it. So, dear Cyclades hiker: if you ever come to Milos and if you wish to know more about the island, you want to buy it.

Here are a few ideas: 
During WW2, many Greek islands were occupied by the Deutsche Wehrmacht and the army of the Italian allies. Consequently, they were military strongholds. Dr. Hans Löber was a marine medical officer who, after having been sent to various battlefields also had had the order to build up a medical “district” in Milos on the “North-Ocean” in 1943. This district was supposed to make sure the German soldiers injured during the intended military operations in the Mediterranean Sea had sufficient medical attention. Thanks to his special organizational talent, he was very successful, regardless of extremely difficult conditions.

Quasi as a side effect, he also built a military hospital for the locals of Milos who were not at all well cared for medically. Among the natives, this brought him a lot of respect, appreciation and gratitude.

It happened quite frequently that I found testimony of the German occupation of Greece during WW2 when visiting the Peloponnesus and the Cyclades. Especially in Kavralyta (see my  pre-view of the Peloponnesus hiking trip early in May 2017), I was deeply moved when I heard about the Deutsche Wehrmacht massacre, which had been a reaction to partisan skirmishes and where some villages were destroyed and around 100 people were murdered.

In this book, the letters Dr. Hans Löber sent home during his time on Milos are published, probably unabridged. They are supplemented by a few commentaries by the editors and a selection of historical photos.

What makes the book special is the high amount of humanity that the letters convey. These are the reports and confessions of a highly religious and “true and upright” German. And I mean true and upright in the best sense of the words.

However, they are also impressive contemporary documents. For instance, the writer of the letters constantly relates events of the war and political events he heard on the island. The letters convey both his unbroken joy of life and his big personal misery caused by the death in action of two of his brothers.

But the documents also show how perfect and perfidious the Wehrmacht was organized and how humans were used in the war as resources in order to reach a questionable goal. And also how WW2 was minutely planned and realized by the German Administration. That was also true for fringe topics such as field post or air field post or the German Military Radio Station in Athens, from where a program from Milos was broadcast on Christmas Day.

Above all, this book is – even if that is not said expressly anywhere – an impressive appeal for PEACE. That is why I recommend that every upright person should read it.

Milos, May, 29th, 2017

RMD
(Translated by EG)

P.S.
You can also order it online – the proceeds will support a hospital in Milos.

Two Magazines I Like – Or: Paper that Deserves to be Read.

brand eins & enorm!

I started “blogging” and publishing my experiences and ideas in the IF blog in 2008. It was a true delight for me to primarily do this for myself. Then I enjoyed noticing how many readers I have and also liked the many events and contacts that developed from it. Then I looked for and found a few co-authors, not many of whom actually remain to this day.

IF-Blog.de was also responsible for me finding brand eins. But more on this later in this article.

The January 2017 Edition

The history (Geschichte) of  brand eins officially starts in August, 1999. In 2008, brand eins was already in its ninth year. In fact, the early stages of its history were even three years before that, in 1996. And yet, like many of my friends, I did not yet know anything about brand eins.

The beginning of the brand eins story was probably with an interview by Jost Stollmann (1996). At the time, Jost was the boss of Compunet; the InterFace Connection GmbH was twelve years old at the time. My personal connection with Jost Stollmann is not only that we are both IT enterprises. No: he was also one of Rupert Lay’s students.

At the time, Rupert drove a red Series-Three-BMW (including a 2.0-litre machine), which was rather extraordinary for a Jesuit pastor. In fact, his car looked a lot like my red Series-Three-BMW (including 2.3-litre machine). That was something we enjoyed very much. Rupert’s BMW, however, was not a business car, but a gift (or item on loan) from Jost. And Rupert very much delighted in his fast red BMW and especially in its origin.

Incidentally, Jost Stollmann remained faithful to brand eins – he gave more interviews with them (in 2009 and in 2012).

(Unfortunately, I could not find the 1996 interview anywhere. I would really like to read it. If any of you has a link or a pdf for it, you could make me happy by sending it).

Florian Prange, Entrepreneur and Treasurer of FÖS.

brand eins is something I first came upon through Florian. At the time, Dr. Florian Prange had just started working for InterFace as a senior consultant. He was a very refined, young and socially active type of person. Today, he has his own enterprise and is treasurer in the board of directors of FÖS (Forum Ökologisch-Soziale Marktwirtschaft), which is also a very interesting address.

Florian liked my articles and consequently pointed me towards brand eins. In his opinion, my articles deserved a few more readers – and he thought that maybe this could be achieved through brand eins.

In fact, I did not know about brand eins at the time, regardless of the fact that it had already been on the market for nine years. For managers, the “must” magazines were the Manager Magazin or the  Wirtschaftswoche. Both are anathema to me – and I saw that brand eins was totally different and much better.

Consequently, I was fascinated by brand eins and quite a few friends and business partners were given a copy or two of the magazine over time. Giving it to them was always a huge success – many had never heard about it and were surprised. They were happy to get totally new impulses.

It was even beneficial in terms of business. One of my friends (If-blog author Edwin Ederle) managed to be mentioned in one of their editions with his enterprise data2impact (Feine Klitsche). And the reviews (Rezensionen) on brand eins I wrote in IF-blog for quite a few years were also often read.

Frau Gabriele Fischer Giving a Presentation for InterFace (2009)

This is also how I first met Gabriele Fischer, the founder of brand eins. My contact with her led to a great presentation by Frau Fischer at the IF-Forum.

Unfortunately, Frau Fischer did not want to become a “Youtube-Toussie“ (this is how she herself formulated it), which means we cannot offer you a video documentation of her excellent presentation.

And this is how posterity will really miss something very important.

brand eins still exists today – and it is now the established business magazine, not only for managers! And it is still the only paper I deem worthy of reading. …

Wrong!

I should have written:  Was. Because now I found enorm . That is a magazine dealing more with life than with business.

Here is how it happened. On Friday one week ago, I was introduced to Peter Felixberger (who, incidentally, is good friends with Gabriele Fischer). Among other things,  Peter was also the founder of changeX.

Today, he is programming manager of Murmann Publishers. He is the editor and responsible for the edition of kursbuch.edition and of the magazine enorm, as well as publisher of »Kursbuch auf Weltreise« (Goethe-Institut). And there are many other things he does on top of that. My friend Andreas Zeuch also published his latest book  at Murmann.

On that Friday, I had a wonderful conversation with Peter Felixberger. I noticed that there are many similarities between our ideas of value, interests and needs. Consequently, it was very nice for me to listen to him. He really made me quite enthusiastic about his publishing company and his products.

He also showed me enorm, which is a magazine directed at the age group between 20 and 40, but in my estimation it will find and has already found many followers among the younger and older readers.

I can easily imagine enorm in less than ten years being as much of a success as brand eins is today. Consequently, I will now give you a short mini review of the current edition 06 (December/January 2016/2017).

What is it that fascinates me about enorm?

There are two elements that fascinate me: the basic concept of the magazine and the topics.

I would say the basic concept is one of fairness and considerateness.

I rather like the topics because everything I find in the magazine is of high relevance for me. The structure is GET-UNDER-WAY, BECOME-ACTIVE and LIVE.. Under the subsection “Against All Odds”, I find a beautiful collection of topics that I consider extremely important today. After all, enorm has been available since January 2010. You will find all the editions since 2010 in the archive archive on their website. Also full of important topics. Many articles, however, are “not yet set public” – dependent on the edition. I find that reasonable, because especially if you write about important topics, you should also be able to earn money with what you write. Besides, there is still enough to read.

Now I wonder if it is perhaps a good idea to make some enorm editions gifts to my friends and business partners – as I formerly did with brand eins. Especially in the departments with the impossible name “Human Resource“ (HR), enorm might perhaps be extremely helpful in small and big German enterprises when it comes to better understanding the values, expectations, interests and needs of the employees. And there is probably no enterprise that could not potentially benefit from such understanding.

Withbrand eins, it was possible to read all archived articles for free. That seems to be a thing of the past. But I find many brand eins articles on the internet – see also the two Jost Stollmann interviews. And the Inspiration section on the brand eins website also looks very attractive to me.

Incidentally, it is also very rewarding to follow both magazines on twitter. Here are the “accounts“:
@brandeins and @enorm_magazin. So: #FF!

Buy and Pay!

I think it is a matter of fairness to, once in a while, also buy paper articles. If you do not wish to read it yourself, you can make a gift of it. And that will inspire other persons.

So here is what you want to do: walk to the kiosk on February, 24th and buy the next enorm edition.

RMD
(Translated by EG)

Roland Dürre
Thursday April 21st, 2016

Basic Knowledge: Traffic Ecology –

Basics, Areas of Interest and Measures to be Taken for a Change in Transportation

That is the sub-title of the book Grundwissen Verkehrsökologie by Udo J. Becker. It was published by the oekom-Verlag, which also published the book Die digitale Mobilitätsrevolution by Canzler/Knie I already discussed here some time ago.

Titel_Becker_Verkehrsoekologie_4cIf the oekom-Verlag did not exist already, you would have to invent it. I keep finding great titles among the books they publish, all of which inspire me. The publisher specialises in expert literature – and as I see it, said expert literature is rather useful and reasonable, dealing with what really matters in this world and what is really important in our lives. To prove this thesis, I added a few new publications of May, 4th, 2016, along with a list of recently published books under the PS of this article.

For example, a short time ago, I found and ordered the book “Besser leben ohne Plastik“  by Anneliese Bunk & Nadine Schubert from the oekom-Verlag. Incidentally , although I have already practiced using as little plastic in life as possible for a long time, I still found a few useful ideas. The two co-authors absolutely live up to their high standards and expectations of “showing how you can do it differently”.

Consequently, I will include the book as part of my new list of “what to give others on special occasions”. But here comes: “Grundwissen Verkehrsökologie“/Basic Knowledge: Traffic Ecology”. I often have discussions with people about life-styles and topics like “Active Mobility in Everyday Life” or “The Future of Mobility” and am shocked at hearing the theories I get in reply. And then I realize how little even wise and well-educated persons understand about the problem.

The book I am discussing might be of some help. It is exceptionally rational. All facts have been under precise scrutiny, a long list of literature makes it possible to dig deeper. To me, it all looks quite complete. At least I found answers to all the questions that currently move me. Since it is a very long work, you need not read it all in one go. I enjoy reading the occasional chapter every now and then. I also like reading a chapter once in a while and then putting the book back on the shelf for some time. Until the next time.

The book is an absolute MUST for all those who want to get a valid idea about the real traffic situation – and even more so for those who think themselves competent to speak about our traffic situation. For city planners and politicians, as well as experts in our administrative offices, it should be made mandatory reading material. Personally, I would also be in favour of adding it to the reading list when the elective subject “Our Future” is taught during the final years before graduation in our educational institutions.

I was also a little frustrated when reading the book: basically, we know all that is written therein, especially, we are aware of all the mistakes we make. We also know what is beneficial for us and what is detrimental for us. Except that whenever we do something, we do not really follow this knowledge of ours.

RMD
(Translated by EG)

P.S.

Zum 4. Mai gibt es auch wieder sehr interessante Neuerscheinungen im oekom-Verlag!

Rudolf Buntzel, Francisco Mari, Brot für die Welt – Evangelischer Entwicklungsdienst, Evangelisches Werk für Diakonie und Entwicklung e.V. (Hrsg.)
» Gutes Essen – arme Erzeuger. Wie die Agrarwirtschaft mit Standards die Nahrungsmärkte beherrscht «
Ca. 368 Seiten, ISBN 978-3-86581-797-6, 29,95 Euro / 30,80 Euro (A). Auch als E-Book erhältlich.

Peter Berg
» Endliche Welt, unendliches Geld. Das wahre Dilemma der Nachhaltigkeit «
190 Seiten, 978-3-86581-803-4, 19,95 / 20,60 (A). Auch als E-Book erhältlich.

Angela Franz-Balsen, Lenelis Kruse (Ed.)
» Human Ecology Studies and Higher Education for Sustainable Development. European Experiences and Examples «
168 Seiten, 978-3-86581-299-5, 29,95 / 30,80 (A). Auch als E-Book erhältlich.

Alrun Vogt
» Wirtschaft anders denken. Vom Freigeld bis zum Grundeinkommen «
200 Seiten, 978-3-86581-805-8, 16,95 / 17,50 (A). Auch als E-Book erhältlich.

Und hier noch der Hinweis auf vor kurzem erschienene und schon verfügbare Fachbücher aus dem oekom verlag:

Ute Dechantsreiter (Hrsg.)
» Bauteile wiederverwenden – Werte entdecken Ein Handbuch für die Praxis «
224 Seiten, ISBN 978-3-86581-786-0, 29,95 Euro / 30,80 Euro (A). Auch als E-Book erhältlich.

Christian Blasge
» Idealtheorie und bedingungsloses Grundeinkommen. Konzept, Kritik und Entwicklung einer revolutionären Idee «
252 Seiten, ISBN 978-3-86581-800-3, 29,95 Euro / 30,80 Euro (A). Auch als E-Book erhältlich.

Günther Reifer, Hans-Ulrich Streit, Evelyn Oberleiter
» Sustainable Companies. Wie Sie den Aufbruch zum Unternehmen der Zukunft wirksam gestalten. Ein Leitfaden «
252 Seiten, ISBN 978-3-86581-795-2, 19,95 Euro / 20,60 Euro (A). Auch als E-Book erhältlich.

Hans Holzinger
» Von nichts zu viel – für alle genug. Perspektiven eines neuen Wohlstands «
232 Seiten, ISBN 978-3-86581-794-5, 18,95 Euro / 19,60 Euro (A). Auch als E-Book erhältlich.

Kirsten Radermacher
» Ökologisch-ökonomische Entscheidungen in Unternehmen. Auswirkungen auf die Produktqualität am Beispiel der Druck- und Verpackungsindustrie «
350 Seiten, ISBN 978-3-86581-793-8, 18,95 Euro / 19,60 Euro (A). Auch als E-Book erhältlich.

Frank Stolze, Anna Petrlic
» Nachhaltigkeit für Einsteiger. Geschichte, Konzepte und Praxis «
116 Seiten, ISBN 978-3-86581-788-4, 12,95 Euro / 13,40 Euro (A). Auch als E-Book erhältlich.

Melanie Groß
» Und plötzlich gärtnern alle. Theoretische, konzeptionelle und methodische Perspektiven für Gardening und Commons in der Jugendarbeit «
122 Seiten, ISBN 978-3-86581-758-7, 19,95 Euro / 20,60 Euro (A). Auch als E-Book erhältlich.

Thomas Hammer, Ingo Mose, Dominik Siegrist, Norbert Weixlbaumer (Hrsg.)
» Parks of the Future. Protected Areas in Europe Challenging Regional and Global Change «
280 Seiten, ISBN 978-3-86581-765-5, 29,95 Euro / 30,80 Euro (A). Auch als E-Book erhältlich.

Markus Große Ophoff (Hrsg.)
» Nachhaltiges Veranstaltungsmanagement. Green Meetings als Zukunftsprojekt für die Veranstaltungsbranche «
274 Seiten, ISBN 978-3-86581-783-9, 39,95 Euro / 41,10 Euro (A). Auch als E-Book erhältlich.

Sylvia Wölfel
» Weiße Ware zwischen Ökologie und Ökonomie. Umweltfreundliche Produktentwicklung für den Haushalt in der Bundesrepublik Deutschland und der DDR «
356 Seiten, ISBN 978-3-86581-789-1, 34,95 Euro / 36,00 Euro (A). Auch als E-Book erhältlich.

Holger Petersen, Stefan Schaltegger, Centre for Sustainability Management (CSM) (Hrsg.)
» Nachhaltige Unternehmensentwicklung im Mittelstand. Mit Innovationskraft zukunftsfähig wirtschaften «
224 Seiten, ISBN 978-3-86581-776-1, 29,95 Euro / 30,80 Euro (A). Auch als E-Book erhältlich.

Fred Luks (Hrsg.)
» Rethink Economy. Perspektivenvielfalt in der Nachhaltigkeitsforschung – Beispiele aus der Wirtschaftsuniversität Wien «
186 Seiten, ISBN 978-3-86581-737-2, 29,95 Euro / 30,80 Euro (A). Auch als E-Book erhältlich.

Carsten Kaven
» Transformation des Kapitalismus oder grüne Marktwirtschaft? Pfade zur Nachhaltigkeit bei Altvater, Jänicke, Nair und Rifkin «
210 Seiten, ISBN 978-3-86581-750-1, 22,95 Euro / 23,60 Euro (A). Auch als E-Book erhältlich.

Ernst Weeber
» Weiter gegen den Untergang – Eine Auffrischung. Die Fortschrittskritik des Astrophysikers und Systemtheoretikers Peter Kafka «
176 Seiten, ISBN 978-3-86581-744-0, 19,95 Euro / 20,60 Euro (A). Auch als E-Book erhältlich.

Alle Bücher erschienen im
oekom verlag GmbH
Presse- und Öffentlichkeitsarbeit
Waltherstraße 29
80337 München
Fon 089/54 41 84-34
Fax 089/54 41 84-49
Email reinemann@oekom.de

Roland Dürre
Sunday March 13th, 2016

The Digital Mobility Revolution – CANZLER/KNIE

Can the digital revolution change the prevailing private-car-oriented order?

Titel_Canzler_Revolution_fbThat is the central question asked in the book by WEERT CANZLER and ANDREAS KNIE. And, as I see it, they also answer the question.

But let me start from the beginning. Friends of mine had spoken with enthusiasm about the Oekom publisher and its founder Radloff for a long time. I took those comments seriously, yet had never found time to look a little closer. Until a few emails from friends reached me with actual book recommendations.

After that, I did some really extensive browsing through the Oekom website – and I was truly fascinated, both with the topics/titles and the authors I found. And, without any hesitation, I went ahead and ordered a few books, for instance the one by Anneliese Bunk and Nadine Schubert Besser leben ohne Plastik (The Better Life Without Plastic). 
(ISBN: 978-3-86581-784-6, first published: 22.02.2016)

Late in February 2016, they also published the small book:
Die digitale Mobilitätsrevolution
(The Digital Mobility Revolution)
The visionary sub-title is:
THE END OF TRAFFIC AS WE KNEW IT.

Since the paper version of the book only has 128 pages, it was the ideal reading material during my nostalgic trip to Augsburg on Regional Trains. I went to the beautiful City Market, then to the Inner City (where I also visited Sina Trinkwalder and her Manomama – All made in Germany, from the threat to the seams) on 4, Moritzplatz.

Last not least, I went to the venerable Augsburg Rosenau Stadium, where, even in my earliest childhood days, I spent many important hours. And behold – the FCA II was beaten to the tune of 0 : 6 by the SpVgg Unterhaching (my new soccer home) – which definitely was a good reason to celebrate in the Riegele near Augsburg Central Station with a Kellerbier.

It was nice. And reading the book during the train trip and back was just as nice. Because it says in an understandable way how our mobility has turned into something askance that is both evil and threatening our future. It also says how the “digital transformation” can and will help us to at least avoid the worst of it.

As I see it, the book is absolutely “state of the art”. It describes the current situation in a very rational way and makes short shrift of a number of very popular prejudices. It shows solutions that give you optimism, yet it also shows the absolute necessity for change. This is true both for our administrative, legal and bureaucratic world and our social (collective) and personal (individual) habits.

The authors Weert Canzler and Andreas Knie deserve praise for having written a book that is more exciting than some criminal stories, regardless of the subject matter being so demanding. And I also have a few suggestions when it comes to the content – perhaps for the second edition.

For persons who actually think about our mobile future, the book is certainly a must. This is, for instance, also true for persons who believe they might attend the AktMobCmp. Incidentally, the next one takes place in Augsburg on May, 20th and 21st!

RMD
(Translated by EG)

P.S.
Here is the Link and some information on the book.
Weert Canzler, Andreas Knie
Die digitale Mobilitätsrevolution 

Vom Ende des Verkehrs, wie wir ihn kannten
144 pages, oekom verlag
München, 2016 
ISBN-13: 978-3-86581-754-9
Published: 22.02.2016

The use of mobile devices increases all the time. More and more often, our smartphone will decide how we get from A to B. If you need a taxi, you use your Taxi-App and book online with services like Uber. In the future, the digital presence will be the determining factor: if something is not digitally published or available, it simply does not exist. Through digitalization, the cards in the game of transportation choice are re-shuffled. Since renting systems get more and more attractive and the car is in direct competition for customers with railways, busses and bicycles on shared digital platforms, the power structure within the transportation sector will change drastically. Consequently, the technological characteristics of cars will mean less and less. The authors show ways and chances of this network in post-fossil mobility.

Roland Dürre
Thursday January 21st, 2016

Bernd Fiedler – K-Working

I am sitting in the ICE 1682 from München to Berlin, on my way to the PM-Camp-Orgateam meeting. Again, the WLAN does not work in the train (no IP) and I do a little “tethering”. The Deutsche Bundesbahn will not repair the WLAN before tomorrow morning at 8 a.m. (according to a @DB-Bahn tweet in reply to my complaining through twitter), although a simple “reset” would probably do the job.

But, luckily, I have the new book by Bernd Fiedler on me. Bernd is a good friend of mine. I like coming along when he goes on presentation tours, or else I meet him playing cards. He is one of those persons who never create new problems. Instead, he always talks of things and the future in positive terms. Consequently, meeting him is always a delight.

K-Working-FiedlerNow he wrote a small book. And thanks to DB, I have time to read it. Like its author, the book is constructive. The title is: K-Working. It describes how brain-workers might and should cooperate in a “new world”. Reading it really gives you courage and delight.

Yet it is also a book full of critical remarks, containing surprising and often very precise theses. For some persons, Bernd produces a merciless mirror to hold in front of them. And more often than not, some of the actual (bitter) situations are exactly what I, too, experienced in the past, which is why I find myself sharing the analysis in in the book.

From the outside, the book looks small and unpretentious. But somehow or other, all you need to know about brain workers and leadership can be found in it. And he says it all in a very simple and commonly comprehensible language. It is exciting and an easy read.

That is because it does not want to be a missionary advertising highly elaborated and complicated theories. Instead, it remains rational, focussing on what is really important.

Even the font is nice and large – basically, my reading is almost exclusively digitally these days and reading my old pocketbooks is often a hug effort for me. K-Working, on the other hand, can easily be read in the half-light of an early January morning and the (very much appreciated) diffuse ICE illumination.

All that is important can be found in the book. It is concise and has no endless repetitions as you often find them in US management literature. In those, you often know after the first fifty pages what will follow. And on the remaining 300 pages, you get it all again and again several times. Well, K-Working is not like that!

The book was published as a pocketbook by the epubli publishing house, the language is German. It has 140 pages and the ISBN is 9783737566599. And for 14.99 €, you can already buy the second edition (!), also at epubli.

RMD
(Translated by EG)

Roland Dürre
Saturday January 16th, 2016

ASK AN ANSWER.

Jolly Kunjappu

Is a good friend of mine. We first met during a charity event organized by the Munich Chess Foundation. The Munich Chess Foundation (Münchner Schachstiftung) is concerned with the poorest children of Munich. In cooperation with several schools, they try to teach chess to those lost children. An experienced street-worker told me that some children who have been deprived of mental stimulation and therefore live at the fringes of society are best approachable through chess.

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Jolly gave a wonderful presentation for the foundation – or rather for the children supported by the foundation. I was invited, listened to him and afterwards made his personal acquaintance. Immediately, it became clear to me that we are like-minded mentally, spiritually and with respect to our activities. Consequently, we also became friends.

Ask-an-Answer_1m-185x300Now he wrote a book. It is bi-lingual (German and English) and the title is ASK AN ANSWER. Shortly before Christmas, it was sitting in my post box, with best wishes from the author. In the book you can read about the ideas Jolly has had over many years, sometimes concisely, sometimes he elaborates a little more.

And, similar to when I read Seneca, I find all his ideas very interesting. Thus, ASK AN ANSWER is a very fine-tuned message in favour of a better world where Jolly writes with a lot of respect yet rather clearly.
It was a wonderful Christmas present. I enjoyed reading and browsing through it during the “quiet days”. Also, it gave me courage and joy.

And I am particularly happy that, next spring, we will cooperate when it comes to introducing ASK AN ANSWER at InterFace. Jolly will be the centrepiece and I hope to create a suitable background.

And if you cannot wait until April and instead wish to read the book as soon as possible, feel free to send me an E-Mail.

RMD
(Translated by EG)

P.S.
It is quite possible that the book can also be bought at the Indian Mango. That is the Munich Zweibrückenstrasse restaurant owned by Jolly. You can eat quite well there and at the same time do a little reading. Well, if that is not double the pleasure, then what is?

ALL POWER TO NOBODY LIVE EXPERIENCE!

Now About:

All Power to Nobody! LIVE!

andreaszeuchAll Power to Nobody – that is the motto proclaimed by Dr. Andreas Zeuch. In his new book, which was published on September, 8th of this year, he discusses “entrepreneurial democracy” at great length. And it certainly is not a theoretical pamphlet, but an exciting report full of life. I would call it a courageous and provocative work that is the exodus of quite a few prejudices.

I personally met Andreas at the 2014 Berlin PM Camp. He gave the impulse on the morning of the first day. His topic was “how much intuition can an enterprise stomach?”. This presentation was such an inspiration for me that I spent the entire morning with Andreas. Consequently, I missed all the first sessions of the PM Camp morning.

Here is some of what you can read in the preview:

Entrepreneurial democracy – is that the future of work-life, or the punchline of the week? Can enterprises be a democratic event at all, or will shared decision processes not disable the enterprise and cause bankruptcy? After all, we do not exclusively need captains, but also privates, don’t we?

What happens when a CEO is elected? If a bank abolishes all its hierarchical levels, if employees choose their own tasks or if the cleaning personnel gets a vote when innovations are discussed? Will chaos be the consequence, or will the inner motivation of all start blossoming?

Andreas Zeuch went on a journey and found enterprises that show that entrepreneurial democracy is a living and economically successful alternative of the centralized top-down system.

InterFace-Logo As always, you can register for the IF Forum by sending an E-Mail. Again, I will be permitted to moderate and I already look forward to exciting discussions and nice conversations!

RMD
(Translated by EG)

Roland Dürre
Monday September 7th, 2015

The Second Enlightenment – New Book by Rupert Lay!

My mentor Rupert Lay is already quite advanced in years. Yet, he wrote a new book. It was published by Monsenstein and Vannerdat on July, 29th, 2015. The title is:

The Second Enlightenment:
An Introduction to Constructivism

I have not yet read it, but will still write about it, because I know that many friends of Rupert read the IF Blog. And I certainly would not wish to keep this beautiful item of news secret from you.

On September, 7th, Rupert Lay gave a long presentation for the Ronneburger Kreis and friends, where he summarized his life’s work. This presentation also contained parts of his idea as written down in the book.

Here is some information you can find in the jacket text and the Amazon book review:

The First Enlightenment (1650 to 1800) had a formative effect on how Europe and North America think and behave. It reformed what had been undisputable facts in terms of politics, economy and religion. Yet, without noticing it, it also created new undisputable facts – and those fall rather short of meeting the requirements of a humane society and its structures. Both in those days and today, philosophy takes the justification of its existence from critically asking questions about what is considered undisputable, thus initiating a second enlightenment.

Since what we want has its origins in what we know and what we do has its origins in what we want, the roots of our knowledge and thereby the justification of our behaviour must undergo scrutiny. This book is about the reasons why the First Enlightenment was never put into practice. It will bring the broad horizon of a Second Enlightenment, which will hopefully create the groundwork for a better communication between humans. We wish to give tolerance a new basis and thus, at long last, reach a humane practice of enlightenment.

RMD
(Translated by EG)

Roland Dürre
Monday July 13th, 2015

Experiences I Would Wish Everybody Could Make!

The five secrets of John Izzo

izzo5GeheimnisseSoon, I will tell you about the work of Dr. Marius Poersch and his friends.

Marius interviewed me in the course of his studies. As a “thank-you” present, he gave me the book “The Five Secrets You Should Discover Before you Die” written by John Izzo.

Today, I would like to recommend this book to you.

In order to whet your appetite, I will describe the five secrets mentioned in this book and comment them on a personal level.

I will relate them as I myself understood them, but also as I experienced them as a road to success in my own life.

And be not afraid:
I will not tell too much. Reading the book will still be a very exciting experience.

First Secret

Remain true to yourself!

Of course, with this I mean that you want to remain authentic and follow your own star with whatever you do. To be sure, first you have to find it. And then you have to define it anew all the time. Yet the author goes farther than that. For him, the term “Destina” is also important. It comes from South America and describes the destiny of every person. However, destiny in this sense does not mean Kismet or that your path of life is pre-determined from outside without any chance of escape. Instead, it means the freedom to find and determine and follow your path.

Second Secret

Live your life in such a way that there is nothing to regret later!

For me, this is a huge appeal to also try something new once in a while. Time and again, you should be courageous enough to do something that seems rather unusual at first glance. However, this recommendation might also be of actual assistance if you need to make a decision. Whenever I do not know whether to take “the left or the right path”, I might consider which path not to have gone I would later regret more.

Third Secret

Let love live inside you!

As I see it, this means first and foremost that you have to love yourself. Because only if you love yourself, you can also love others. Yet it is also part of love to live with courage and joy, both at home and at work. And above all, you should never do anything just to spite others. Instead, you should choose humanity as your basic principle of life wherever this is possible at all. Which means you should accept facts of life with a positive attitude and make your partners look better, instead of smaller, whenever you interact with other persons.

Fourth Secret

Live for the moment!

Just enjoy, instead of thinking of too many things. Remove “yes, but” from your active vocabulary and replace it by “yes”. Do not always fear and foresee why something might not work, and do not always see nothing but all the problems of this world. And above all, do not capitulate before the moral “that is not what you want to do”.

Fifth Secret

Give more than you take!

As I see it, you probably only have to give. You will automatically receive a lot more in return than you ever gave. It starts with trust. I meet a stranger. In order to create trust, it is helpful to open up yourself and let him see something of yourself. And as a general rule, the other party will respond by also opening up, which is how trust is built. Which, I am sure, is a valuable asset in all relationships.

I rather like those five secrets.

Does that whet your appetite a bit?

RMD
(Translated by EG)