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Posted by jjerlich on 11. August 2018

Nicht vieles bleibt in unserer Erinnerung. Ganz besonders bei den vielen Events, Veranstaltungen, Meetings und Konferenzes es heute überall gibt. In Basel konkurrenziert jeder Veranstaltung an jedem Abend mit mindestens 2 bis 3 anderen.

Von Basel nach Wien schauend, ist das fast eine lächerlich kleine Anzahl der Konkurrenten. Dieser Abend ist mit in Erinnerung geblieben. Es ist beänstigend, dass er 2012 statt gefunden hat.

Im Rahmen der OPEN MINDS Reihe werden Podiumsdiskussionen mit interessanten Persönlichkeiten zu aktuellen Themen.

Hubert von Goisern hat sich 2012 mit dem Lied “Brenna tuats guat” über die Finanzkrise an die Spitze der Charts gesungen. Mitten in seiner erfolgreichen Tournee hat er sich im Oktober 2012, ganz genau am 08.10.2012, einen Abend lang Zeit für OPEN MINDS genommen.


Hubert von Goisern


Link: https://www.wu.ac.at/wutv/show/clip/open-minds-10/

Link: https://www.wu.ac.at/wutv/show/clip/open-minds-10-teil-1/

Link: https://www.wu.ac.at/wutv/show/clip/20121008-openminds10/

Das Thema ist grob umrissen “Mehrdeutigkeit”, was ist richtig und falsch, wie kann es sein, dass etwas richtig und falsch sein kann?

Ein sehr inspirierender Abend, den es sich lohnt, nach zu hören. Die Aktualität ist nicht weniger geworden.

Seine Gesprächspartner waren Edeltraud Hanappi-Egger, Leiterin des Departements für “Gender and Diversity in Organizations” an der Wirtschaftsuniversität Wien, heute Rektorin der Wirtschaftsuniversität Wien

und Markus Hinterhäuser, Pianist, Kulturmanager und zukünftiger Intendant der Wiener Festwochen. Moderiert wurde der Abend von WU-Honorarprofessor Wilfried Stadler.

Mehr Informationen zur Veranstaltungsreihe “Open Minds“.


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Reclaiming my life

Posted by olguitac on 17. May 2018

ReclaimingI too had fear of failure. I knew I wanted to do something different than what most people where doing around me, at some point I believed in my “talents” and I went ahead and pursued them. I did theater, sang, wrote poetry and a lot more creative stuff. Every time I got positive comments from my friends, family and some strangers I couldn’t believe them.

I was never pressured to follow some type of career path, was completely free to do whatever I wanted; but still didn’t do it. I sabotaged myself thinking I wasn’t good enough, compared myself with the great ones and wondered how I was going to able to live up to them, without realizing I was doing it all wrong. I believed I had to be perfect just to be able to reach some level of success. I put so much pressure on  myself that I stopped believing in who I was.

So what did I do? I numbed myself. I chose a steady job that at some point I thought it was my call, I followed the norm: ‘Enjoy what you have (which I always do anyway) and don’t wish for more’. I stayed away from anything creative and just went to work day to day.

It wasn’t as “easy” as I thought, I still reminisced of all the poems I wrote and how everybody loved the sweet sound of my voice even when I didn’t reach the full potential of the notes, read endlessly just so one day I could write a book, my very own book, but still thought I wasn’t good enough.

I believe nothing lasts forever, everything changed for me the moment I was surrounded by some situations with some people that broke me inside that left me with the only option to put the pieces together again. There was not another “easy” way out. It was so bad I would cry every day and sometimes at night before going to bed. I would complain to my husband all the time, I was breaking, was hurting and had no idea how to get away from it all.

Until one day this person was telling me things and I couldn’t comprehend, it was as if she was crushing me, as if she was imposing some hidden rules that everyone must follow even when you know they are wrong, I felt like I couldn’t be with people whom prefer to shut up than speak up. That wasn’t me and I came across that day when I felt like I had to get out and that’s exactly what I did. I left and never looked back.

This has been the best year because after that storm everything else feels like sunshine.

Now I’m already putting the last pieces of me together reclaiming my talents back, me and myself. I’m writing that book in Spanish even if it’s not perfect, singing even when I don’t know those notes, writing songs (a first for me) and back in a theater play. I’m grateful for the trust my friend Jutta has in me posting in her blog what I write in English. Today, in this moment right now I’m feeding my soul, not listening to society.

Some might say I wasted time in my prime years (whatever that means) but I don’t care, because I’m starting to live my truth.

If I can do it, what’s stopping you?


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Takashi Yamauchi

Posted by jjerlich on 30. March 2018

I continuously receive this wonderful gift from the universe: I meet very interesting people.

Takashi Yamauchi is one of them – he is my hero.

He is a sculptor and professor at a University in Japan.

He is the creator of this wonderful creature.

I asked him why he is crying: He sighed and tried to find the words too explain it to me. After some time that seemed to be forever, he said that the person he created is sad. The sculpture is representing humanity. People do not connect any more. Everyone is lonely and feels disconnected. This is why a river of tears is coming out of the eyes of humanity.

Thinking about this today, I am not sure if this is exactly what he said. But this stuck in my mind. The explanation totally fits for me and that is why these words stuck with me.

Every cell of me is working on connecting people again, looking to team up with people who have the same intentions coupled with 200% motivation to do that.

I really miss you and Mariko-san and hope that we will be able to meet again.

Thank you for sending us these wonderful snapshots from walking the Camino and the many paintings of churches you made on the way

Keep us informed about your new creations.


Camino Takashi Yamauchi Churches Takashi Yamauchi Exhibition Takashi Yamauchi

Takashi Yamauchi



Takashi Yamauchi


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