Roland Dürre
Wednesday October 30th, 2019

(Deutsch) Sei anders, sei Du selbst!

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Roland Dürre
Friday October 18th, 2019

(Deutsch) Leseproben.

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Roland Dürre
Thursday October 3rd, 2019


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Roland Dürre
Tuesday June 18th, 2019

(Deutsch) Von Moskau nach Peking mit der Bahn #5 Lektüre.

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Roland Dürre
Wednesday October 3rd, 2018

BUSINESS Visualisation


Behind this really harmless title, you will find a truly exciting non-fiction book. I would call it a book for people between six and ninety who want to have more joy and success in life.

The sub-title

A tour guide for curious and visionary persons
already gives an idea about the book being something really special.

Special? Well, I read it and I would call it revolutionary. It is about a trip into a new world I very much love and cherish. It is a world full of creative and appreciative communication and of “living together”. And it leads into a world that will continue to change and grow.

Basically, it is not a book you will read, but more a book you will feel your way through. In an exciting and humorous way, the trip of a young lady whose name is Barbara (Babs) into an agile adventure is described. This trip brings her through the world of modern communication, beginning from listening and understanding and ending in a very rounded way via the creative when the results are documented.

For me, it is quite clear: communication is the basis for all kinds of “social systems”. And communication will work better if we make use of innovative formats (some of them are actually very old). Part of this concept is the use of images and haptic – as part of a new and very sympathetic mental frame.

During my activities, I am often surprised to see how many people simply ignore the “agile change” that takes place around them, or else they are almost overrun by it. The book, which was written as a co-operation project between Botta, Reinold and Schloß, could be a solid introduction to this “new world“ for non-experts. But also the “experienced agilest” will find quite a few innovative ideas.

I can guarantee that this book will remain exciting from the first to the last page. It is not one of those works where the message is clear after the first fifty pages and where said message is then artificially lengthened and repeatedly proven in a boring way. No – you will find something new on every page. It remains full of humour at all times and the joy of reading will never end.

I would wish that the authors were to write more books about more trips, because the wonderful world of modern communication is endless. The book really contains a lot of it – but naturally not all of it. Barbara (the hero an inspiration of the authors in real life) could easily take us with her on many more great trips.

That would be nice. But I already very much recommend the first trip. For entrepreneurs and (project) managers, the book is a must.

(Translated by EG)

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.

(Translated by EG)

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
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

(Translated by EG)

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. 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. …


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.

(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.

(Translated by EG)


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.

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