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Narendra Modi – The Robin Hood of our times

Posted by jjerlich on 1. January 2017

Crowd Funding the Poor

The Pathways of Robin Hood

I want to start this Year 2017 with sharing a story that I have been following for a couple of weeks.

A news story that did not get the visibility it deserves.
A story that was not told properly.
The best news I ever heard.

On the 8th of November a history changing event happened. No, it is not the result of the US elections I am referring to. It is much more important than that.

It is the announcement of Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi to demonetize 500 and 1000 rupee notes. The banknotes were declared illegal tender at 11 pm that day representing more than 86% of cash in circulation. New 2000 rupee notes have been introduced instead. This initiative is an attempt to fight corruption and tax evasion.

The context

India is a country where many (rich) people keep (a lot of) money outside the tax system, stacked away in cash. A World Bank estimate puts the size of the black economy at 23.2% of India’s total economy in 2007. India is still largely a cash-driven economy and this money plays a key role in many different areas: the real estate market, fueling terrorist activities, financing elections, … . I am sure that creative minds can think of many other areas where black money is handy to have.

When something like this happens (and it can happen from one day to the other), there is a lot at stake. Thinking of the consequences by taking a snapshot from all 360 degree viewpoints will impress you.

You might have heard or read about this seemingly unpopular move of Modi. You might think that this is not relevant for you, because you have nothing to do with India.

But let me share 3 reasons why this is relevant to all of us.

 

1. The value of money

What does money mean to you?

From one day to the other the money in your hand can just become paper. The value we attribute to it is suddenly gone.

The effect of the Modi’s announcement was that stacks of money were found on the streets of India. Everyone could pick up the money and deposit it in his or her bank account.

Yes. You are reading correctly.

Thinking ahead, the first question coming to one’s mind is:
Does everyone have a bank account in India?

Yes, with the Jan Dhan Yojana Scheme, which Modi started in August 2014, he made sure that every Indian family got enrolled in a bank and opened a zero balance account. He wanted to make certain that every Indian family could deposit money into a bank account.

Just to say that again:

Lots of Money was found in the streets of India that people could pick up and deposit in their bank accounts.

This news touched my heart – Robin Hood at work.

The biggest crowd funding I ever heard of, no platform needed.

I wanted to know more about it and started to read all the news I could get. Surprisingly there was not a lot of noise about it. I asked myself why. I asked family and friends in India and here is what I learned:

The value of the money is not lost. The obsolete notes just need to be deposited into a bank account within the deadline (30 of Dec 2016). No problem for everyone paying taxes. Go to the bank and deposit your money.

 

2. Changing our economic systems

Have you ever personally felt that our economic system favors certain groups of people?

This question is becoming a topic in an increasing number of discussions, fueled by the growing transparency as a consequence of digitalization – spoken in specific terms: the horizontal and vertical integration is breaking down silo mentality.

This excites me and make me feel like a fish in water – seeing the chance to change our systems in a way that our societies can favor sustainable, fair and mutually beneficial solutions.

Luckily I am not the only one who thinks that “Our economic system favors the wealthy and powerful.” and many people ask themselves “Why do powerful leaders not do more good”

Modi managed to implement a very simple yet impressively effective measure which had a huge impact and benefited the majority of people in his country. I salute him.

He is driven to ensure the long-term welfare of the people of India. Having only this goal in mind (rather than his own personal benefit), he laid the foundation for removing injustice in the distribution of wealth.

It is not a political trick and not a change in the economic or financial system. It is “just” the replacement of two banknotes with new ones.

His example is the proof to me that it is possible to find ways within a current system to benefit the majority of people again.

His example is the proof to me that one person can make a huge difference in the world.

 

3. Complexity

Did you think about the consequences of Modi’s initiative in your own terms?

If so, you certainly understood very quickly that the complexity of effects and consequences of this one step are huge. I spent hours and hours reading articles, watching speeches and interviewing people. It is certainly possible that I misinterpreted or misunderstood. This is simply my impression of the effects and consequences this measure has already had and will continue to have in the future.

On the 9th of November those people with black money were facing following options:

  1. Exchange it for the new notes through buying something.
  2. Come clean and use one of the Black Money Window Schemes opened by the Indian Income Tax Department.
  3. Accept that the cash is merely a piece of paper and get rid of it.

I heard that many people chose option 1 and 3. It led to small business owners like the tea-stand fellow on the corner or the fruit farmer coming every morning receiving huge tips. Or stacks of money floating in the river Ganga. There were also other escape routes tried, such as:

  • Sending money to relatives working abroad to exchange the money,
  • Buying railway and airline tickets, cancel them, and ask for a refund.

Modi’s government instantly observed all channels of financial movements in a very smart way allowing them to introduce road blocks very quickly for anyone trying to get around the rules. These observations included statistics about all financial activities to identify > from whom > how much > from where and > to what destination the money started to flow.

Lets take a look at the positive effects for the economy. I would really like to know if they were actually foreseen beforehand: It might impact the GDP (Gross Domestic Product) of India negatively in the short term, yet, with positive long term consequences. It will help to bring down inflation. Not to mention about upcoming elections (black money being no more available).

Where was the media?

International media reports focused only on the Indian public standing in queues in front of the banks. They did not report on Modi’s initiative in full. I would have expected more media attention, with a more detailed analyses on effects and consequences of his initiative.

But looking at the facts it seems as if Modi intentionally chose this date (same day as US elections).  Even now, 2 days post deadline, I still do not find many articles about it. I guess, the complexity of this topic probably led news journalists to step back, and not take up the subject.

Following the conversations and voices on social media, many people shared their various opinions, discussed issues, and conducted polls within their networks…, getting involved on Twitter, Quora, Facebook and alike. Even well known people, such as the author Chetan Bhagat took part in it.

Yet, lacking the appropriate attention of international journalism brings the risk that an important topic such as this, is not seen in the right light.

 

Conclusion

We have to get used to the fact that more such complex topics will pop up in the future and that we shall have to form our own opinion or get swept away by social media waves. I believe that it will become increasingly difficult – even impossible – to identify the real facts.

Initiatives, companies and organizations which want to play an active role in our fast changing times need to become visible, open and transparent on a global digital stage. They have to ensure that their topic is seen in the right light.

Everything has a local and global aspect. In the end it is about people and their realities affecting them in their own countries (which is difficult to understand for outsiders). And the realities being relevant to all of us on this globe.

 

My contacts in India say that everyone they know are very happy about this initiative, everything is good, the new notes are in circulation.

2017 started without any problems.

Happy New Year 2017

Jutta

 

It is my mission to inspire and connect people to use their potential as problem solvers, entrepreneurs and leaders for a sustainable society with a place for everyone.

#demonetization @narendramodi

 

LINKS

Won’t stop, even if burnt alive: PM Narendra Modi on fight against black money

What are the positive effects of demonetization?

7 Reasons why demonetization is a masterstroke by Modi

Arvind Panagariya sees minimal impact of note ban on growth

Challenge for eCommerce

Why do powerful leaders not do more good?

Our monetary system favors rich and hurts poor

 

 

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Another first – FUN.Basel Vol III

Posted by jjerlich on 28. September 2016

The third one and the first one

Thanks to everybody who joined us at the 3rd #FuckUpNight‬ in #‎Basel‬ and the first event ever in the new #fluxdock with the next 3 stories from our speakers.

It is wonderful that each and every evening has its own character and style colored by the personalities and stories of our speakers.

Thanks to our speakers at @FUN_Basel Vol III

… for sharing their stories:

Asitta Tabatabai
M.A. lic.iur.

Accredited Coach, Mediator, Supervisor and Trainer of Mediators

www.tabatabai.ch

Not all projects that smile at you are good for you

She works with people who lost balance in life or at work. Her story reflected that in a very personal way that needs to sink in the mind before forming into a lesson. This is how her students remember her stories years after she told them in class.

 

kurt_schmidKurt Schmid
coaches individuals, teams and companies to advance their projects and ideas

www.persuasion.ch

Is this the end of Marketing?

This is one of the question that came up during the Q&A session with the audience. An amazing person with a story that many know about from the media. It was great to hear about your lessons learned and how the challenges touched you – as it would everyone of us.

 

Daniel Jordi

Creator of The ChangeMakers Hub & LinkedREvolution
Visionary Connector for High Impact Leaders
Member of the Steering Committee at the Trestle Group Foundation 20:20 Initiative

Show who you are and your tribe always finds you

www.jordico.com

Thanks a lot Daniel – to follow the third personal invitation as a speaker. We are very happy to support and be part of your mission to bring humanity back into the way we do business.

 

Please do approach us if …

  • you are interested to be a speaker at FuckUpNights Basel
  • want to host us in your location
  • want to sponsor us or know someone who does
  • are interested in learning how to integrate speaking about failure into your organizational culture  …

 

We are looking forward to see you again on 10. November 2016.

 

LINKS

FUN Basel Vol III Speakers

Read more about @FUN_Basel evenings

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Summer Edition @FUN.Basel Vol II

Posted by jjerlich on 8. July 2016

After a successful event it is always the question if this can be continued, repeated in the same manner. I am happy to say that the second #FuckUpNight‬ in #‎Basel‬ was another inspiring evening with 3 stories from our speakers, all having worked in the corporate world before.

We spoke about age, actual books you can touch, word of mouth and digital marketing channels … and are curious on what our audience took with them as the one learning from the evening.

Thanks Isabelle for the great collaboration and appreciation we share – proud that the FUN.Basel evenings are our joint creation.
Thanks to our team: Prathima, Marzena and Liz covering for Laure.

Thanks to our speakers at @FUN_Basel Vol II

… for sharing their stories:

 

MarneMarne Platt
Independent Consultant and Author

Providing career development workshops and coaching for women.

Singlish: Your Life, Your Way
Fundamental Capabilities

Listen to all the voices in your head

It is very easy to get buried by million tasks everyday, make sure that you still have a life and with that time for yourself.

 

Alexander Ramseier

 

Alexander Ramseier
Your Chief Digital Officer for Hire

Founder of Futurebuilt helping enterprises to survive and thrive in digital business transformation. www.futurebuilt.net

Fail fast, fail often, learn quickly.

It is crucial to try things out, choose what works and move on. It sounds easy.

 

Martin Daubney

 

Martin Daubney
Gallup-Certified Strengths Coach, NLP Master Coach and NLP Trainer

Personal and Executive Coaching and workshops for individuals, teams and leaders.

Focus – Focus – Focus

It is really critical … believe me.

Inspire Coaching GmbH
www.inspirecoaching.com
www.centrefornlp.com

 

We are looking forward to see you again on 22. September 2016.

 

LINKS

FUN Basel Vol II Speakers

Read more about @FUN_Basel evenings

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A phenomenal opening

Posted by juttajerlich on 13. May 2016

A huge thanks to our speakers at @FUN_Basel Vol I

I organized uncountable events, workshops, lectures and conferences from 15 – 20 to more than 500 participants. It is always crucial to design the benefit for your audience and make sure that you deliver it for each and every one of them.

For me the most important element is if you are able to create an environment of trust where people can share their thoughts and experiences, allowing to multiply your engagement through the community that is formed by having been at the same event.

I am so happy that we succeeded – it was a very powerful evening – the first #FuckUpNight‬ in #‎Basel‬ – the personal sharing was just phenomenal …

Thanks for a very special evening to all the almost 60 people who made it through the rain on Thursday and attended.

Your energy and thoughts made the evening such a powerful experience.

Thanks to our brave premiere speakers – here is the ONE LEARNING to take from our evening together:

2016 05 12 FUN1 DSC00266

 

Miao Gerhard
Speaker, Coach, Entrepreneur, Philanthropist
Founder & CEO www.mgcce.com, www.love-on-road.com
Co-founder & Managing Director www.shang-dao.com
President www.toastmasters-basel.ch
www.professionalspeakersacademy.com

Upgrade your boat

Your skills and competencies are what you bring along on the boat you sail through life. The strength of your boat determines if and how you can survive a storm.

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Erstmals in Basel

Posted by juttajerlich on 13. May 2016

BZ Banner

Tabu Thema oder Fakten

Auf Seite 2 der Basler Zeitung schreibt Christoph Hirter am Donnerstag, 12.5.2016, fast eine ganze Seite über die FuckUpNights, eine Veranstaltungsreihe, die 2012 in Mexico geboren wurde.

Auf den FuckUp Nights – kurz FUN – in Basel geht es um Unternehmungen, Projekte und Initiativen, die schief gelaufen sind. Es gehört dazu. Fehler, Änderungen, Stop Orders … sie gehören zu jedem Entwicklungsprozess.

Warum?

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The Art of Learning from Mistakes

Posted by juttajerlich on 19. April 2016

Book your seatWeil Fehler zum Erfolg führen
Because errors are on your way to success
Parce que l’erreur est source de succès

We cordially invite you to

the first ever FuckUpNight in Basel

12.May 2016

The Basel region is Switzerland’s most dynamic and innovative economic area. Located at the heart of Europe, right next to Germany and France, is is also known for the incomparable art and architecture scene and its lively approach to life.

Trilingual – English, German and French.

Here are the links you need for more details, reserving your seats, joining the FUN.Basel community to engage in your City and be ready for future dates.

Why are we doing this?

————– Take the time to think about this ————–

How do you define success?
How do you look at mistakes and errors?

… exactly … it is a question of definition and interpretation.

A short research leads to the definition of a “fuckup” as a serious or severe mistake. A quick look at history of the word “failure” shows that the origin of its meaning was “non-occurrence”, it’s use changed over time.

Looking at the word FAIL as an acronym is my choice:

FAIL = First Attempt In Learning

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Etwas … im Entstehen

Posted by juttajerlich on 5. April 2016

Komponisten Trio

v.l.n.r. Raitis, Andreas und George

Seit ein paar Monaten habe die Ehre und Möglichkeit, mit 3 musikalischen Künstlern und sehr interessanten Individuun zu arbeiten.

:: Raitis Grigalis
:: Andreas Schwarz
:: George Fleury

Es entsteht ein Projekt … das junge Talente fördern wird. Das Komponistentrio macht das heute schon, möchte die jungen Stimmen so richtig zur Geltung kommen lassen.

Ein Projekt auf die Beine bringen kostet viel Energie, … es gibt immer wieder Rückschläge, vor allem wenn es anfänglich keinen direkten Rückfluss für die investierte Arbeit gibt.

Doch ehrenamtliche Leistungen sind die Basis unserer Gesellschaft und der Anfang vieler Erfolgsgeschichten. Projekte werden erwachsen und stark, sie werden ausgezeichnet, wenn ein Tiefpunkt auch überwunden werden kann.

An so einem Tiefpunkt – auf den Wind warten … helfen die 15:24 Minuten mit Adam Grant, zu verstehen, wie solche “Original thinkers”, wie Ihr selbst seid, funktionieren …

 

Die Frühling ist da und bringt neue Energie …

LINKS

www.resuschwarz.ch
www.stimmschulung.ch
www.raygalis.com
www.georgefleury.ch

Weitere Mitdenkenden und Beisteuernde

www.ahoi-gmbh.ch

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27 Teams at the Creativity Engineering Semester Start

Posted by jjerlich on 16. October 2015

CE WS15-16

Have you come across Whataventure ?

An Austrian Startup that believes in empowering teams across the world to execute new tech-based business ideas with success. Their Innovation Platform guides you through a state-of-the-art process to grow your ideas to investment readiness.

This year’s CREATIVITY ENGINEERING class has the privilege to use their tool along the process of growing their ideas.

The CE class this WS2015/1016 is the largest ever since its starts 8 years ago. This lead to 27 teams that formed on the start of the semester.

G01 Smart Home
G02 BioFuel
G03 AccoMobile
G04 Mobile CRM for Therapists
G06 Education Games
G07 Research Finder
G09 Ski Boots
G10 ReTroCycling
G11 CommunicAPE
G13 Automated Hail Protector
G15 Independent Tire Sensors
G17 Keep it GREEN
G18 Reliable Delivery
G19 Retro Market
G21 Parking Lots
G23 EcoCrowd
G24 ABC
G25 Sorting BIN
G27 Hexagon

… updates to come

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The question

Posted by jjerlich on 24. September 2015

The Single biggest reason for success

When you search the net you very quickly find the statement “90% of startups fail”. An indicator for the importance of the topic. Many studies have looked into this question.

It is really worth listening to 6:40 Minutes TED2015 Talk from Bill Gross sharing the results of his research with data from hundreds of companies to answer the question:

What is the single biggest reason for a startup to succeed or not?

I do not want to reveal the answer here. Listen to Bill! It will stick in your mind and you will remember next time when you are in the situation to decide if you invest time and energy into an idea / startup or development.

Here are the factors he considered:

SucessFactors

> Ideas       > Teams >       Business model       > Funding       > Timing

Guess before you listen to the video …
My guess was < team >.
What is your guess?

I completely share the believe with Bill that a startup organization is one of the greatest forms to make the world a better place.

LINKS

Check out the Creativity Engineering ideas and projects

 

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„In bester Gesellschaft“

Posted by juttajerlich on 29. August 2015

Das wunderbare Projekt der Allgäupflege, bei dem Senioren in Filmstars verwandelt werden

"Oh, Herr Hessel! Sie sehen aber schick aus!", schwärmt eine junge Schwester. 
"I don't know", sagt er in Magnum-Manier und mustert sein neues Ich noch einmal schmunzelnd im Spiegel.

Für Innovationen und unkonventionelle Ideen aufgeschlossen zu sein, ist Teil der Strategie und Ziel jeder Organisation. Dieses Ziel aber auch wirklich umsetzen zu können, ist äußerst selten.

Umso mehr freut es mich, Ihnen genauso ein Beispiel – das Kalenderprojekt der AllgäuPflege vorstellen zu können:

„In bester Gesellschaft“ ist ein Kalenderprojekt der Allgäu Pflege Oberallgäu; es lichtet die Bewohner der Seniorenheime in Hollywood-Atmosphäre ab. 15 Männer und Frauen zwischen 71 und 91 Jahren haben dabei mitgemacht. Die Senioren sind überrascht und können es selbst gar nicht glauben, als sie die ersten Fotos in Händen hielten. Und schon gar nicht deren Familien.

atvIch kann gar nicht aufhören, die Presseartikel und Fernsehberichte der einzelnen Lebensgeschichten der Stars zu lesen.

Das Leben eines jeden Menschen ist einzigartig, jede Geschichte besonders.

Das besondere an diesem Projekt, dass es in erster Linie um die Menschen geht: die Ideenbringer, die Zauberer der Umsetzung, die Stars mit Ihren Wünschen und Lebensgeschichten.

Es geht um das Zuhören, das Miteinander, die Beziehungen, das Mitfühlen und das gemeinsame Nachdenken über Lebensqualität in jedem Alter.

Seit Jan 2015 liefen die Vorbereitungen: Drehorte, Kostüme und Requisiten, alles musste organisiert werden. Im September soll der Kalender 2016 “In bester Gesellschaft” zu kaufen sein.

BR1 sat1

Die Verwandlung in eine Marilyn Monroe mit 87 Jahren ist zauberhaft !!! Großartig !!!

Initiatorin: Verena Fedtke, AllgäuPflege gGmbH

Zauberer der Umsetzung: Fotographin Susanne Mölle und Maskenbildner Toni Leypoldt

LINKS

Kalender 2016 “In bester Gesellschaft” kaufen

Medienecho www.allgaeupflege.de

www.allgaeupflege.de

www.tonileypoldt.de

Villa Gloss auf Facebook

www.susannemoelle.de

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Es entsteht …

Posted by juttajerlich on 29. July 2015

Der Toni –  er ist ein Verwandlungskünstler. Nein, eigentlich ist er das nicht.

Toni kann einfach sehen und meisterhaft rausholen, was in uns steckt – wie ein Bildhauer, der aus einem Block Natur eine Skulptur befreit.

“Frau Müller, 86 Jahre, ist die nächste Bewohnerin aus einem Altenheim die heute in einen Filmstar verwandelt wird.
Und wir konnten es beide kaum erwarten zum Set zu kommen als ich fertig war. Auf jeden Fall hab ich gleich mal zwei Schnappschüsse gemacht!! Also – Vorhang auf für den nächsten Star im Kalender – Audrey Hepburn!”

frauM frauM Audrey

Toni Leypoldt

Auf der Suche nach dem Klitzern in den Augen
​”Wenn sie sich strahlend im Spiegel ansehen, ist das das Größte”

Es entsteht …

… das wunderbare Projekt der Allgäupflege, in dem Senioren in Filmstars verwandelt werden.

Wirklich berührend!

LINKS

www.tonileypoldt.de

Villa Gloss auf Facebook

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How to be a quilt maker

Posted by TabeaSano on 29. March 2015

Tina Seelig – a Neuroscientist by education, a catalyzer by profession. She challenges your assumption by putting out simple ground rules for triggering creativity.

Take the time to listen to her talk on TED
A crash course in creativity: Tina Seelig at TEDxStanford
18:15

Innovation EngineInside: Knowledge – Imagination – Attitude
Outside: Resource – Habitat – Culture
~ woven together

The parts of the innovation engine – or how to increase imagination:

1. Framing and reframing problems
Determines the type of answer you will get

2. Connecting and combining ideas
Putting together what is not obvious or does not really match

3. Challenging assumptions

You need to get deeper in your innovation engine:

  • Pay attention
  • Use your knowledge
  • Have the right attitude to spark your creativity

Take all in to make a quilt maker

 

 

“Nothing can be looked at in isolation”
Tina Seelig

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WOO HOO – A glimpse into CE ideas

Posted by juttajerlich on 8. January 2015

woohooWS 2014/15: Great student participation, great atmosphere, great results … energy felt.

Several projects with a product prototype or even on the market already as a result of previous lecture. Impact of the class is growing. Recommendations from previous classes echos.

I liked this one:

Woo Hoo – We give teachers more time to teach
-> a software used by 16 paying schools and more than 10.000 users.

Student Feedback

“Teams are able to create a higher quality outcome than you could do alone as everyone can submit something and you can support each other. I hope that I can contribute to the group by keeping track of our work and analyzing the process.”
Anna-Sophie

“Not only did we create a (more or less plausible) business plan, but also had the chance to present our idea and receive constructive feedback. Furthermore we learned more about our strengths and weaknesses, and how to use and cope with them. “
Alexei

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Design technology to help us make better decisions

Posted by juttajerlich on 4. October 2014

I regularily read Dan Ariely`s Blog, I particpated in his MOOC and can only recommend everyone to do so. Why? It really helps you to understand human irrationality and why we repeatedly and predictably make the wrong decisions in many aspects of our lives.

This part of his latest blog articles about the Apple Pay question he answered is particularly interesting for the entire industry of technology and innovation. We need to think about designing technology in a way that helps us make better decisions.

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nonewwayDear Dan,

Apple recently announced Apple Pay, which will allow iPhone and Apple Watch users to simply wave their gadgets to pay for purchases. How might this technology change our spending habits? Could Apple Pay and other such hassle-free payment mechanisms (such as Amazon’s “1-click ordering”) lead us to spend more—particularly on stuff we don’t need?

—Nikki

The essence of payment is opportunity cost. Every time we face a purchasing decision, we should ask ourselves if getting this one thing is worth giving up the ability to purchase something else, now or in the future.

Different ways of paying make us think differently about those opportunity costs. For example, if we have $20 in cash in our pockets, we will have a hard time not thinking about opportunity cost. If we consider buying a sandwich, we realize that we won’t have money for coffee; if we get a cab, we realize that we won’t have money for dinner. But when we use a credit card or gift certificate, our thinking about opportunity cost will be less natural and prevalent—which means we’re likely to spend more without fully thinking about the consequences.

This is why the general answer to your questions is both yes and no. As you suggest, electronic payment mechanisms can easily lead us to think less about opportunity cost and spend more recklessly. But this doesn’t have to be the case. Electronic payment could be designed in ways that get us to more fully understand our opportunity costs and make more reasonable decisions. Apple Pay and the like could be game-changers, helping us think about our spending much more rigorously than we ever could with cash.

So the questions are: Who is designing these electronic wallets, and for what purpose? Will they be designed to get us to spend more money—or to help us make better decisions? Right now, electronic payments seem to be going down the path of less thinking and more spending—but I hope that at some point, some of the payment companies will change their approach, adopt the perspective of their users and offer electronic payment methods that help us make better financial decisions.

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Start of the 2014 Creativity Engineering class

Posted by juttajerlich on 1. October 2014

October 1st is the day when the Creativity Engineering class starts every year. This one is the 8th time. The registrations for the class have been growing since the first time the class was offered. This year we received almost 250.  Thank you for your overwhelming interest.

Students interested come from various backgrounds and study focuses with national backgrounds from all over the European Union and a few from beyond.

The first phase is the IDEA and TEAM FINDING phase where people present ideas they would like to develop and find team members who want to join them on this path. This year we are running a pilot to check out if the use of the MakerSquare platform is useful for us.

Makersqr

Why do I decide to do this? I wanted to see how the this statement
“By bringing together teams of passionate, curious, like-minded people and enabling crowd-sourcing of under-utilized resources, we aim to create new paths towards innovation, discovery, and entrepreneurship.”
taken from the MakerSquare “What we do” page does really apply to reality.

The best is that feedback from all participants will be fed back to the MakerSquare developers team.

Excited to see how this will work out. A new adventure and twist to our pathway!

I am happy to have had Martin Asmus on my side to support such a large group of participants every year. Thank you very much, Martin.
This year I found another supporter, Carina Müller, who will be supporting the pilot with me.

All the best for the course, have fun in what you do!

Jutta Jerlich

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Creativity Engineering 2014 – Project Presentations

Posted by juttajerlich on 25. July 2014

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Interesting projects also this year  – Creativity Engineering Summer University in Vienna

Using Cisco collaboration technology connecting from Austria, Germany, Spain and Switzerland.  For some it is the first time to experience the technology and power to keep connected and work together where ever we are.
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Four interesting project implementations, four good teams, four ideas … what is your idea to improve life and who are your partners to grow the idea to be used by many?

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I am not a leader

Posted by juttajerlich on 2. April 2014

CONVERSATIONS

Email Conversation from the Creativity Engineering Course at the Vienna University of Technology during the idea and team finding phase

Emma Dear Jutta,
I have an idea. I actually have two ideas.
After I broke my knee and my doctor said, it will be a long time to heal… I imagined that there is a possibility, that it can never happen. At that moment I realized, that I wanted to do many things, but just postponed them like running a marathon, jumps with turns (I am an ice skater), etc… . I started thinking about “our” goals, which are mostly unrealized.I would like to design a concept of a social network.The main idea of the network would be a list of goals … (student continues to describe the idea in much detail) …. BUT there are two problems:1) I am not a leader, I am not able to get people interested.
I can speak perfectly 3 languages, but English is not my strong side.

2) I don’t have time for the implementation.
I saw a nice sentence once. I cannot find it now. I don’t know from whom it was. … The sentence was: “We think we will do everything in the future that may not come to pass. We have to do things as long as we have opportunities”.

Thank you for your attention,

Emma

Jutta
Dear Emma,
thanks for sharing your ideas.
I have to tell you that there is research that says the real leaders are people who say that they are not leaders :-)I think you should share your idea and see if others want to join in.
A semester is much to short for implementing something like this but it is long enough to start thinking about it and maybe shape it into something that will become implementable later.

Last semester I was lucky to have met such a group. They are now in the process of writing a business plan and starting as a company to implement their idea.

Things become possible – there just needs to be a start at some point.
The best point for starting is always now. As you have said it so clearly yourself.

I do know how hard this is. Especially when there are always so many other things that have to be accomplished and done at the same time.

See you tomorrow,

best regards

Jutta

Emma Dear Jutta,
Thank You very much!I will share my idea right now! :)

Best regards,
Emma

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Sick of working alone? In need of an office?

Posted by juttajerlich on 12. March 2014

CoWorking SpaceLooking for an office is not what it used to be.

If you rephrase the question or task at hand, depending on how you define this for yourself, it can be reworded to looking for a desk, a shared office or in new terms a co-working space.

As an EPU in Austria – EPU stands for Ein Personen Unternehmen which is a OPC One-Person-Company – finding a place to work in an office setting rather than in a coffee house or at home.

It is not only a step ahead if you do not work in your pajamas any more, but brings a manifold set of advantages:

  • lower costs than your own office
  • other goal-oriented people to talk to
  • a community of people who are potentially a network
  • motivation, entrepreneurial spirit and drive … which could very well be the most important factor of all

Community creates momentum

This movement was born in Vienna more than ten years ago, when universities started to build their entrepreneurial centers. It is great to see that the spark is spreading big time now. Check out the VIDEO Startup City of Vienna

Co-working Spaces in Vienna

vienna.impacthub.net/‎
www.dreamingschatz.at
www.sektor5.at
www.stockwerk.co.at/
wien.lofficecoworking.com/

www.treibhaus1010.at
for visionary Cleantech founders  www.cleantechopen.org

Are there any startup movements, co working spaces, community hubs in your city?

Where can you take your ideas in your city?

Looking forward to your comments and feedback

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Creativity Engineering started @Team Meeting Space

Posted by juttajerlich on 13. October 2013

Vienna, 13.10.2013

The new semester is here and Creativity Engineering started into its TEAM FINDING PHASE traditionally on its online forums. This year we also offered a Saturday TEAM MEETING SPACE event – live and old fashioned but much easier to talk to each other, groups were born and ideas connected to people or vice versa.

Here an overview about these year’s groups

Urban Renewal  ::  Be safe  :: Volunteer Path  :: 3D Experience  :: Drainergy  :: Collaboration  :: Incognito  :: Cradle to Cradle  :: Casino Strategy
Group Finding Tool  :: Future Transportation  :: Dream Furniture

There are still open seats in teams for people who could not decided yet, which idea motivates and excites them most. Please go out there and connect to people and ideas.

WANTED

URBAN RENEWAL MAP looking for someone with
a background in MARKETING or INFORMATICS

More teams in the process of formation:
House Energy card, Interchangability Format, iCount, Go Gnceu, Goal Barter, Electrical Steam Generator, Temporary Summer Camp, Augmented Reality App, Ice Cream Glove

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War for Talents

Posted by jjerlich on 9. September 2013

Geeks EuropeQualified and competent talents are missing everywhere

Instead of job portals where huge numbers of applications have to be filtered and HR and talent recruiters overflown with resumes from around the globe, not really knowing how to filter this data, Atlassian, a company from Australia started it’s “Europe, We’re Coming to Steal Your Geeks” campaign.

What lead to this decision: due to a limited supply of software developers in Australia they decided to look for programming talent in Europe. They decked out a bus, conducted interviews and hosted informational meetups at local coffee shops and pubs – all with the purpose of luring highly skilled developers back to Australia’s ‘Silicon Beach’ with a job at Atlassian and an all-expenses-paid relocation package to Sydney.

Does that mean that we have enough skilled talent in Europe?

No, it does not.

AUSTRIA   IT Qualification Study IBW [German]
Institut für Bildungsforschung der Wirtschaft www.ibw.at
“Alumnis of IT HTLs, IT studies on Universities and Universities of Applied Science are lacking.”
SWITZERLAND   ICT-Fachkräftesituation: Bildungsbedarfsprognose 2020 [German]
French Version
ICT-Berufsbildung Schweiz  www.ict-berufsbildung.ch
“Need for IT Skills in 2020: 72‘500 persons, lack in 2020: 25‘000 persons.”
GERMANY   Technology Adoption Workforce Issue Study
undertaken by CompTia
“45 % of business leaders in Germany believe that internal IT competency does not or only partly satisfy the need of the company.”

MY FACIT

Talent and culture are the key drivers of future success. A company needs to find incredible people who feel passionate about what they do and therefore can create a culture where people feel they can deliver the best work of their careers.

LINKS

Read about Innovative Recruitment Campaigns

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