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Wishing you lots of Christmas for 2014

Posted by juttajerlich on 30. December 2013

Christmas is the celebration of the birth of Jesus, a religious event and a widely celebrated cultural holiday.  When you ask people the question “How do you celebrate Christmas?” or “What does Christmas mean to you?”, you will get quite diverse answers.

Everybody has a different way of celebrating. In some places Santa Claus comes through the chimney and delivers gifts to children on the 25th of December. Where the population is predominantly roman catholic, the birth of Jesus as the “Christkind” is celebrated on the 24th of December with a family gathering and attending church service.  In other countries Christmas is a festivity with a more commercially motivated.

         Christmas tree 2013

The essence of any festival for me is the coming together, meeting family and friends, cooking and eating together. This is what my family does at Christmas. It was not always like that. It developed into this format. The special dish this year was Carp in salt crust and it was delicious. But it was not about the dish. It was about the time spent together and the thoughts exchanged while decorating the tree, preparing the meal and cleaning up afterwards.

This is my feeling of Christmas. I enjoy all festivals of all religions that bring people together, open their minds for each other and lead them back to what connects them: common roots, same goals, shared views on life, friendship and love.

I hope that this kind of feeling was part of your Christmas holidays and I wish you lots more feelings like this for the New Year 2014

I wish you lots of Christmas occasions throughout the year.

Thanks for the thought exchange, support and collaboration to

my family and friends
my colleagues, advisers, mentors and companions
my former students in Japan
my current Creativity Engineering students


Are you owing someone a meal? Listen to the Author of the book Happy Money – click on Can Money Buy Happiness?

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Body language and its effect

Posted by TabeaSano on 8. December 2013

Communication happens on so many levels. Words, Eyes, Body, Mail, behavior online by simply clicking “like” on Facebook. It happens every day from waking up until going to sleep when saying good night. But in my opinion communication is underrated. People say they are bad at expressing themselves, they quickly switch to informal language and shorten everything they say with hashtags. We talk differently than 20 years ago and the World Wide Web is a big part of it. But communication is crucial to understand each other. Learning a new language gives you a key to the culture, because it reflects a big part of the culture itself. For example, in Japanese the word “I” is used less than in English or German, which I think reflects the importance of the groups rather than the individual.

One thing you don’t get taught when learning a new language is the body language. You have the stereotypical cold Scandinavian and on the other hand the kiss on the cheek giving South European. But besides cultural differences, body language in your own country is very important. It also has a huge effect on yourself, which Amy Cuddy reflects on in this talk on TED:

I found this video very inspiring and added it to my list about communication. For more info also have a look at these people:

Paul Ekman – One of the leading scientists on microexpressions and body language. He states that the basic expressions are universal and has a lot of interesting insights on how we e.g. mask a lie!
Stefan Verra – This man startles you all over again when analysing you and your body language. He has a lot of knowledge about what you tell others when standing, sitting or behaving in a certain way.

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My Austrian experience

Posted by uthamkumard on 23. October 2013


I traveled to Vienna, Austria in July, 2012 with a heavy heart and with a purpose that seemed more important to me than continuing my job in my home land.
I was sent to coordinate a project that my company executed for an Austrian company. My company had booked my accommodation and I was living in a hotel close to the new office.

The day I arrived in Vienna, it was a dull day with grey clouds and rain. It seemed that they were representative of my life at that point in time and it will remain this grey for the rest of my time in Vienna. The hotel staff hardly spoke any English and apparently, I did not know a single word of German. But, they spoke to me in English with a unique accent and since I have had experience of interacting with people from different nations before, I could manage to understand their part of conversation. But, when it came to my turn to speak in English, the hotel staff would look at me disgusted as if I have just lost my way from the planet Mars and accidentally landed in front of their hotel and requesting them for directions to my planet again. My English is actually not that bad and the very purpose why my company sent me as a coordinator is that I had good communications skills.  The hotel staff was often rude except for one employee, who was the only relief for me in that place. The fact that the receptionist offered me cold water when I complained about the hot weather in July must tell you something about their hospitality. I at least deserved a fan for the 90 Euros I paid daily for the entire month. More about my stay, later.

The first day I entered the office in Vienna, I was greeted well by the manager and was waiting for the engineer with whom I would have to work daily for the project. He arrived at about 9

When, I arrived there were no colleagues whom I recognize in the new office. I did not have any friends that I knew in Vienna at that time. I was all on my own.

to be continued …

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NED Juli Paket

Posted by jjerlich on 12. July 2013

… and here comes a monthly package after the month has passed. Not a good approach for continuous learning every day. Unfortunately circumstances and energy levels lead to this. I apologize.

Nihongo English Deutsch Lernen in Wortfamilien
おんど ondo temperature (e) Temperatur Temperatur haben
きょうしつ kyōshitsu classroom (s) Klassenzimmer “das fliegende Klassenzimmer”
ほんだな hondana bookshelf (s) Bücherregal (s) Regal
いたみ itami pain  (r) Schmerz es tut weh!
くるま kuruma  car (s) Auto Auto fahren
えいが eiga video  (s) Video (r) Film
せいびし seibishi  mechanic  MechanikerIn MechanikerIn lernen

Happy learning! Viel Spaß beim Lernen!

Nihongo English Deutsch Lernen in Wortfamilien
よむ yomu read lesen ein Buch lesen, lesen können
つうやく tsūyaku interpreter ÜbersetzerIn als Übersetzerin arbeiten
電子辞書 denshi jisho electronic dictionary (s) Elektronisches Wörterbuch das ist unersetzbar in Japan
けいざいがく keizaigaku economics (e) Wirtschaft Wirtschaft studierden
ノート nōto notebook (s) Notizbuch (r) Notizblock
学習塾 Gakushū juku after school academy (e) Nachhilfeschule
げきじょう gekijō theater (s) Theater ins Theater gehen, ein Theater machen

Another set of words

Nihongo English Deutsch Lernen in Wortfamilien
こうじょう kōjō  factory  (e) Fabrik Fabriksarbeiter
ワインwain wine  (r) Wein Stadt Wien
おおきい ōkii big  groß (r) Großteil
 なぜなら Nazenara  because  weil deswegen, deshalb
 好む konomu like, prefer  mögen Wandern mögen
欲する hossuru
 want, desire  möchten ich möchte eine Torte
ギリギリ Giri Giri barely, at the edge  gerade noch an der Grenze


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NED – June Package

Posted by jjerlich on 1. June 2013

… and here comes a monthly package, please do come back and check, this post will get updated.

Nihongo English Deutsch Lernen in Wortfamilien
ちいさい chiisai
 small  klein groß, mittelgroß, ganz groß
せっちゃくざい secchakuzai
glue (r) Klebstoff (r) Kleber, (r) Uhustick
ボクシング bokushingu
 boxing  (s) Boxen Fußball, Tennis, Schwimmen, (e) Sportarten
せいきゅうしょ seikyūsho
 bill (e) Rechnung Kann ich eine Rechnung bekommen?
したぎ shitagi
 underwear  (e) Unterwäsche (s) Unterhemd, (e) Unterhose, (r) BH
けが kega
injury  (e) Verletzung sich verletzen, (e) Wunde, verwundet werden
しゅじゅつ shujutsu operation (e) Operation (s) Krankenhaus, (e) Versicherung

Happy learning! Viel Spaß beim Lernen!

Nihongo English Deutsch Lernen in Wortfamilien
えり eri collar (r) Kragen es geht dir an den Kragen
アリクイ arikui anteater (r) Ameisenbär Braunbär, Schwarzbär
つかう tsukau to use verwenden einsetzen
バイオリン baiorin violin (e) Violine (e) Geige, Geige spielen
でんしゃばんごう ressha bangō train number (e) Zugnummer
きぼうにみちた kibō ni michita hopefull hoffnungsvoll erwartungsvoll, voller Hoffnung sein
でんわばんごう denwa bangō phone number (e) Telefonnummer jemanden anrufen

Trotz Sonntag ein paar neue Wörter lernen!

Another week of words

Nihongo English Deutsch Lernen in Wortfamilien
そうじきをかける sōjiki o kakeru vacuum (r) Staubsauber (s) Staubtuch, (r) Staubwedel
てくび tekubi wrist  (s) Handgelenk (r) Handrücken, Finger, Ellbogen
くつろぐ kutsurogu  relax  ausspannen relaxen, ausruhen, entspannen
はみがきこ ha migakiko  toothpaste  (e) Zahnpaste (e) Zahnbürste, (e) Mundspülung
 雪/ゆき yuki  snow  (r) Schnee (r) Schneefall, schneien
 氷 koon ice (s) Eis gefrorenes Wasser
氷の道 koori no michi ice road (e) Eisfahrbahn gefährlich !


Welche Wörter findet ihr denn schwierig zu verstehen? Ich versuche gern eine Erklärung.

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NED: Nihongo – English – Deutsch Sprachverpackung der Woche

Posted by jjerlich on 26. May 2013

… more Words for the language learner out there.

Nihongo English Deutsch Lernen in Wortfamilien
あし ashi
leg (r) Fuß zu Fuß gehen
いけ ike
 pond (r) Teich im Teich schwimmern
はな hana
flower (e) Blume Blumen schenken
エントリーカード entorī kādo
entry card (e) Zutrittskarte Eintrittskarte bestellen, kaufen, gewinnen
しも shimo
frost (r) Frost (r) Reif, es friert, es hat gefroren
バナナ banana
 banana (e) Banane (r) Apfel, (e) Traube, (r) Pfirsich, (s) Obst
ドキュメンタリー dokyumentarī
documentary (r) Dokumentarfilm Dokumentarfilm drehen

Happy learning! Viel Spaß beim Lernen!

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NED: Nihongo – English – Deutsch package of the week

Posted by jjerlich on 19. May 2013

… more Words for the language learner out there.

Nihongo English Deutsch Lernen in Wortfamilien
 無意味 muimi  senseless sinnlos sinnvoll
こうしゅうでんわ kōshū denwa
 public phone (s) öffentliche Telefon Mobiltelefon
つまらない tsumaranai
boring  langweilig aufregend
ひょう hyō
hail (r) Hagel hageln, es hagelt
くすりゆび kusuriyubi
 ring finger (r)  Ringfinger Mittelfinger, leiner Finger
しょほうせん shohōsen
 prescription (s) Rezeot Kochrezept
しゃかいがく shakaigaku
 sociology Soziologie Soziologie studieren, Soziologe, Soziologin

Happy learning! Viel Spaß beim Lernen!

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Arming the Donkey

Posted by juttajerlich on 4. May 2013

Dan Ariely’s weekly podcast about Science

Talk to a researcher about one project, what they have found and what it means to the world.

Great person, great topics, great resource to learn …

Also check out his videos on Youtube or go to his blog and read more about him.


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Lernen soll Spass machen?

Posted by jjerlich on 29. April 2013

… inspired by Japanese word of the day emails to remember our time in Japan, it now became the mean to learn more Deutsch.

Nihongo English Deutsch Lernen in Wortfamilien
price (r) Preis Wieviel kostet das?
せんたくき sentakuki
washing machine (e) Waschmaschine waschen mit der Waschmaschine
cable car (e) Gondelbahn (e) Seilbahn, (e) Strassenbahn
ダイニングテーブル dainingu tēburu
 dinner table (r) Tisch (s) Abendessen
ゆにゅうするyunyū suru
import (r) Import (e) Einfuhr, einführen, importieren
名詞 supermarket
 supermarket  (r) Supermarkt Billa, Merkus, … Namen des Geschäftes wird verwendet

Happy learning! Viel Spaß beim Lernen!

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Wörter der Woche – ab 22.4.2013

Posted by juttajerlich on 23. April 2013

… inspired by Japanese word of the day emails to remember our time in Japan, it now became the mean to learn more Deutsch.

Nihongo English Deutsch Lernen in Wortfamilien
ふとった futotta
 thick  dick  dünn sein, dick werden
けいたいでんわ keitaidenwa
cellular phone (s) Mobiltelefon  Handy (Österreich, Deutschland), Natel (Schweiz)
けんさするkensa suru
inspect inspizieren  untersuchen, überprüfen, (e) Inspektion, Polizeiinspektion
うみべ umibe
 seaside (e) Küste, (r) Strand  am Meer sein, (s) Meer
やく yaku
 fry braten  anbraten, frittieren, brutzeln
どくしょ dokusho
 reading  lesen  Buch lesen
しょうがっこう shōgakkō
 elementary school  (e) Volksschule

Happy learning! Viel Spaß beim Lernen!

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Wörter der Woche – ab 15.4.2013

Posted by juttajerlich on 15. April 2013

… inspired by Japanese word of the day emails to remember our time in Japan, it now became the mean to learn more Deutsch.

Nihongo English Deutsch Lernen in Wortfamilien
せなか senaka
back (r) Rücken ähnlich aber anders – verrücken, verrückt
つける tsukeru
 turn on (verb) einschalten ausschalten, (r) Schalter, (r) Lichtschalter
きたない kitanai
dirty (adjective)  schmutzig (r) Schmutz, sauber/schmutzig machen
はい hai
Ja Nein, sagen
しょさい shosai
study room  (s) Arbeitszimmer studieren, arbeiten, lernen
return zurück umkehren, zurück kommen
コンピューター  computer
conputer (r) Computer am Computer arbeiten, programmieren

Happy learning! Viel Spaß beim Lernen!

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Weekly Summary – Wort des Tages – ab 8.4.2013

Posted by juttajerlich on 8. April 2013

… inspired by Japanese word of the day emails to remember our time in Japan, it now became the mean to learn more Deutsch.

Nihongo English Deutsch Lernen in Wortfamilien
クレジットカード kurejitto kādo
Credit Card (e) Kreditkarte mit Kreditkarte bezahlen
きょういく kyōiku
Education (e) Ausbildung die Ausbildung – sich (aus)bilden, lernen, studieren – ausgebildet
あせ ase
sweat (noun) (r) Schweiß der Schweiß – schwitzen – verschwitzt
ぐあいがわるい guai ga warui
sick krank die Krankheit – krank sein, erkranken – erkrankt
にがい nigai
bitter sauer, bitter bitterlich entäuscht sein, verbittern
living room (s) Wohnzimmer wohnen, (s) Zimmer, (e) Wohngemeinschaft, (s) Wohnhaus
しごとを shigoto
work (e) Arbeit arbeiten, Arbeit suchen, “Arbeit macht frei”

Happy learning! Viel Spaß beim Lernen!

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Honig aus dem Jahr 1985

Posted by juttajerlich on 31. December 2012

Mein Großvater war begeisterter Imker. Als Kinder spielten Bienen also immer schon eine Rolle in unserem Leben. Tief in meiner Erinnerung steckt ein Erlebnis, das dazu führte, dass ich einige Tage nichts sehen konnte. Wie es dazu kam: Schon als kleines Mädchen war ich neugierig und interessiert an allem, was Tiere angeht. Auch an so kleinen Tieren, wie den Bienen. Darum wollte ich den Opa zum Besuch der am Waldrand aufgestellten Bienenstöcke begleiten. Dort wurde ich von Bienen genau zwischen den Augen gestochen und die Augenlider sind im Nu zugeschwollen gewesen. Das Abschwellen hat einige Zeit in Anspruch genommen.

Trotzdem hat dies nicht dazu geführt, dass ich diese negative Erfahrung irgendwie mit dem Honig verbunden habe. Damals wie heute noch esse ich gern Honig. Mein Opa ist im Februar 1986 gestorben, die Bienen und seine Imkerei wurden noch einige Zeit von meinem Onkel weiterbetreut. Am liebsten aßen wir alle den dunklen Waldhonig auf einem Butterbrot. Heute findet man so dunklen Waldhonig fast nicht mehr.

Mein Opa hatte Honig aus dem Jahr 1985 und vielleicht auch schon aus den Jahren davor in großen Milchkannen aufbewahrt. Natürlich ist der Honig im Laufe der Jahre auskristallisiert und hart geworden. Jetzt konnten wir den Honig mit Hilfe der Imkerin Mag. Beate Thonhauser aus Mürzzuschlag ganz langsam über mehr als eine Woche hinweg “auftauen”. Heute geniessen wir einen ganz speziellen Honig aus dem Jahr 1985 oder sogar davor. Eine ganz besondere Sache …

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Stark am Berg und Langfristiges Denken

Posted by juttajerlich on 29. November 2012

Starkl_klWas hat denn das miteinander zu tun, denken Sie sich sicher gerade. In meiner Gedankenwelt ist der Zusammenhang ganz eindeutig. Wenn man auf die Berge geht, muss man langfristig denken und für alle Eventualitäten gerüstet sein. Auch wenn das Wetter noch so schön ist, schlechtes Wetter darf auch kein Problem sein. Man muss immer für alles bereit sein. Das bedeutet Sicherheit und man kann die Schönheit der Berge beruhigt genießen.

Aber es gibt noch einen zweiten Aspekt zu diesem Zusammenhang und den finde ich besonders klug und gleichzeitig mutig. Langfristiges Denken beweist der Eigentümer Hans-Peter Starkl vom Bergsport Geschäft Starkl in der Toni-Schruf-Gasse 12 in Mürzzuschlag. Selbst Bergexperte, Schifahrer und Wanderer gibt es keine besseren Empfehlungen zu Schuhen, Kleidung, Gerätschaft und was es sonst noch so gibt. Denn er hat alles selbst ausprobiert und teilt die negativen wie positiven Erfahrungen mit Ihnen. Die Zeit, Sie zu beraten, nimmt er sich immer, auch wenn das Geschäft voll ist und viele Leute noch warten.

Besonders bemerkenswert ist für mich sein Prinzip, dass jeder Kunde Schuhe auch zuhause ausprobieren darf bis man den Schuh gefunden hat, der wie für einen gemacht ist.

Herrn Starkls Worte “Was habe ich von einem Kunden, der einmal ein paar Schuhe bei mir kauft, aber dann nicht mehr wieder kommt, weil er nicht zufrieden ist” sind einfach unüberbietbar klug. Das sagen auch seine Mitarbeiter. Und das ist für mich langfristiges Denken.

Mutig habe ich es genannt, weil der Erfolg mit so einer Strategie nicht über Nacht kommt, sondern eben auch seine Zeit braucht. Doch nachhaltig aufgebaut bedeutet auch stabil weiterführbar. Finde ich gut.

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In Erinnerung an Fukushima …

Posted by juttajerlich on 12. September 2012

Fukushima in Japan persönlich miterlebt zu haben, wird wohl immer tief in meiner Erinnerung verhaftet bleiben und obwohl das für weltweit eigentlich alle Leute gilt, hat es doch für jeden einzelnen eine andere Einfärbung und Bedeutung.

Zum Nachvollziehen und sich Hineindenken, was vor Ort geschehen ist und wie die Information an die Gesellschaft erfolgt, gibt es viele Möglichkeiten:

Als erste Referenz zu den wirklichen Hintergründen zu empfehlen

Die Fukushima Lüge ZDF *


* update 22.4.2020
Leider wurden die Videos von Youtube gelöscht, gesperrt, zensuriert- ich konnte zumindest eines der Videos von ZDFzoom wieder finden. Zur Doku lasse ich die Links genauso hier verlinkt stehen wie sie waren. Die Suche im Netz mit dem Suchwort “Fukushima Lüge” bringt sie jedoch auf weitere Spuren …

Die Fukushima Lüge Teil 1 vom 08 01 2014
“Teil 2 dieses Filmbeitrages wurde leider weltweit gesperrt.
Fukushima –
Der Filmbeitrag zeigt die kriminellen Machenschaften in …”


Gern verweise ich hier auf Publikationen von Zeitgenossen meiner Unterrichtstätigkeit in Japan von Judith Brandner, Ann Cotten, Lydia Mischkulnig.

Judith Brandner
Reportage Japan
Außer Kontrolle und in Bewegung
Interview dazu
Hören Sie sich rein


Jürgen Draschan, Bertlinde Vögel (Hrsg.) (2012):
Wien: Luftschacht Verlag. ISBN: 978-3-902844-12-5

Mit Beiträgen von Xaver Bayer, Judith Brandner, Ann Cotten, Elfriede Czurda, Erwin Einzinger, Franzobel, Peter Glaser, Ludwig Laher, Hanno Millesi, Lydia Mischkulnig, Sabine Scholl, Josef Winkler.

Literaturhaus Graz, 24. Sept. um 20.00 Uhr
Literaturhaus Wien, 25. Sept. um 19.00 Uhr

von Kei Kimura/Maketa Smith-Groves
Herausgegeben von Renate & Peter Giacomuzzi
Übersetzungen von Isabelle Esser und Isabella König

Buchpräsentation mit Kei Kimura und Maketa Smith-Groves beim Sprachsalz-Festival
am Samstag, 15. September 2012, 11.30 Uhr, Stadtbücherei Hall, Tirol.

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Gelungene Impulse – gewachsene Ideen

Posted by jjerlich on 23. August 2012

1. Immer wieder werden Ideen durch Taten umgesetzte, als erster Pilot mal ausprobiert.
Mit viel Enthusiamus und Freude.
2. wird der Ball aufgegriffen …  Zeit …. Zeit …. und manchmal
3. ist der Samen dann aufgegangen.


“Eine Idee verbreitet sich so schnell wie sich die Idee in den Gedanken von anderen einnistet und zum Teil dieser anderen Personen wird. Je mehr Personen diese Idee in ihren Gedanken einbauen, desto schneller die Verbreitung.
Gedankenanstoss der Woche


Impulsanstoss Aufgegangener Samen
Kultur am Teller 28.11.2009
Kulturen Kennenlernen ohne Sprachbarrieren


Veranstaltungsserie: Kulinarium am Bärenkogel


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The righteous Mind – Why Good People are Divided by Politics and Religion

Posted by jjerlich on 2. August 2012

by Jonathan Haidt, Pantheon Books, New York, 2012, Kindle Edition

BOOK REVIEW Thanks to John Ames and Marc Pasturel´s highlights

Haidt is a psychologist studying the nature and evolution of morals, especially as they apply to politics. He is a political Progressive, but eminently careful to be as objective as possible in his research and his conclusions. His generalizations are supported by numerous experimental test projects and statistical analysis, which are fascinating in themselves.

The book makes two main points. First, our initial reaction to situations or expressions of ideas is formed by deeply held moral foundations. Haidt expresses this as “Intuitions come first, Strategic reasoning second”. Many people, much of the time, of course never reach the second step. He uses a metaphor of the mind consisting of an elephant and a rider, with the elephant being the unconscious moral foundations, and the rider being the intellect or reason. The rider can nudge the elephant slightly one way or the other, but the initial course is chosen by the elephant. In fact, the rider often acts as a “press secretary” for the elephant, spinning a rationale for actions driven by our moral foundation without our conscious thought.

These moral foundations have developed over millennia of evolution, some of it strictly individual, like caring for young, and some related to group life, like sensing helpfulness. (Of course the DNA is carried by individuals, but its development may be driven by individual characteristics that facilitate the success of groups, usually small ones.)
As these moral foundations develop, they create what he calls Moral Capital – this is an interlocking set of values, virtues, norms, and institutions that comport with evolved psychological mechanisms and enable a community to regulate selfishness and promote cooperation. For example, it would include the trust that enables a free market.
Development of moral capital “solves one of the hardest problems humans face: fostering cooperation without kinship.” Elements of this problem are bullying, or exploitive leadership, and free riders, those who consume the wealth of the group without contributing to it.

So, what are these moral foundations?

The answer to this constitutes Haidt’s second main point, which he calls Moral Foundations Theory, and which consists of a set of six dimensions or variables expressing different kinds of human interaction, and which can be measured in individuals. They are:
Care/Harm – This foundation originates in the human need for extended care for vulnerable children. It makes us sensitive to suffering in others.

Fairness/Cheating – This sensitivity fosters cooperation and reciprocal altruism in small groups without individuals being exploited or allowing tolerance for free riders. It makes us sensitive to indications of good or bad partners for collaboration. It contains the principle of proportionality, as in “the punishment should fit the crime”, and reward should reflect input to production. In this regard, Haidt observes that while conservatives may never use Karma in a sentence, they believe in it, while progressives, at least the New Age sub-species, often use it, but don’t really believe in it.

Loyalty/Betrayal – The early success of larger tribes over small groups led to a sensitivity to the quality of team players and an aversion to “others”, especially traitors. We see it in loyalty to family, sports teams and nations. Unquestioned loyalty leads to Manichaeism (third century Persian prophet) that considers everyone either all good or all evil.

Authority/Subversion – a sensitivity to signs of status, and behavior that is appropriate to one’s status. This is an early trait based on dominance hierarchy, like in chimps and very early man. It is still present, but balanced by.

Liberty/Oppression – a response to the challenge of living in small groups with individuals who would, if given the chance, dominate and bully the others. It is triggered by signs of attempted domination.

Sanctity/Subversion (or pollution) – believed to be based on very early practices around safe eating. This foundation invests classes of objects with intrinsic value or revulsion. In our culture, eating a dog or a dead human seems wrong. This is a refutation of the utilitarian view of values.

Haidt demonstrates, with several laboratory experiments, that these six foundations seem present in a rudimentary form in human brains at birth, and are then refined by life experiences and cultural training. Thus their actual expression as stated morals can vary among cultures.

Progressives emphasize the Care/harm, Liberty/Oppression, and Fairness/Cheating foundations, but they define them differently from conservatives, who regard all six more or less equally. This asymmetry and the different meanings lead to difficulty in communication between these groups. The conservative vs. liberal (progressive) approach to the environment and global warming provide rich examples of several of these moral foundations. (It’s the end of the world – It’s a fraud)
Haidt offers no profound remedies for this problem, only the diagnosis. One of his few concrete suggestions is for congressional representatives to resume the earlier practice of moving their families to Washington during their tenure in office. This no doubt fostered greater collegiality due to easier and more frequent social interaction, but can also be seen as leading to conservatives seeking social approval of the usually dominant Democratic Party and its once monolithic media sycophants.

As another example of Haidt’s progressive bias, he states that it is “profoundly important for the health of a society that governments can and should restrain corporate super organisms”. He leaves open the meaning of “restrain”, and on what basis to do so.

Without detracting from the value of Haidt’s analysis of human reactions to situational stimuli, it bears pointing out that man at his best is rational, not simply reactive. A successful life of an individual or a nation must be based on careful long-term thought and not impulsive reaction to immediate stimulus, which is what is measured in university psychology laboratories. His analysis will be of immense value to advertising executives and political consultants, but to someone planning a career or conducting statecraft only as a reminder of what pitfalls to avoid.

These objections are but quibbles tangential to the main thrust of the book. Every serious student of political (and social) behavior can profit from reading it.

Post-Script: Only because Haidt gave it the prominence of the opening paragraphs, I must encourage readers to overlook his choice of an innocuous platitude quoted from a person hardly to be admired to introduce his exploration of the question, “Can we all get along?” This unfortunate choice doesn’t foreshadow the quality of the subsequent analysis.

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Posted by jjerlich on 29. March 2012

J. Es freut mich, dass Ideen und Vorschläge, die ich vor langer Zeit gemacht habe, wieder aufgegriffen und jetzt umgesetzt werden.
E. Mir fällt derzeit auf, dass Ideen sehr lange brauchen, bis dann wirklich praktisch umgesetzt werden können …
Hast Du dazu Ideen, wie dies schneller ginge?
J. Eine Idee verbreitet sich so schnell wie sich die Idee in den Gedanken von anderen einnistet und zum Teil dieser anderen Personen wird. Je mehr Personen diese Idee in ihren Gedanken einbauen, desto schneller die Verbreitung. Social Networks sind ein Medium wie man die Ideen teilen kann, damit sie sich in den Gedanken anderer einnisten können.Da wir in einer Welt leben, die wir als täglichen Kampf mit der Informationsflut beschreiben können, wird klar, dass es nicht so einfach ist, Ideen zu verbreiten und schon gar nicht schnell.

Gerne diskutiere ich mit Ihnen diesen Gedankenfaden. Kontaktieren Sie uns

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To be in the spotlight for a cause

Posted by jjerlich on 12. March 2012


Toby Weymiller I respect this actor who lost over 90% of his annual income to fight against giant nuclear power machine!
Actor in the spotlight of Japan’s antinuke movement | The Japan Times Online
Jutta Jerlich As I learned In Japan people who fight and want things to improve, pay a very high price – mostly loosing all their income and consequently life. That is why very few people dare to even think about change.
Toby Weymiller OR ….that fear is there and; consequently, it’s hard to gather momentum with any movement against something large and powerful like this industry. Sadly, I believe the public are fairly easy to "control" here, but many countries are like this. America, to some extent,
is like this, as well.
Tsuguo Fujita 自分の考えをしっかり持って発言できるのはすばらしいと思います。
Toby Weymiller I agree, Fujita-san. To be able to speak your beliefs freely is wonderful.
Jutta Jerlich I ‘d be happy to help build momentum for change in Japan

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Why is communication the key?

Posted by juttajerlich on 9. March 2012


Everyone has different thinking styles, experiences and perspectives based on their individual background, upbringing and education. The only way to get a 360 degree view of issues in an organization is to consider the opinion and ideas of others. This is especially true when it comes to seeing opportunities and threats as well as when dealing with complex issues.

To be able to share opinions and ideas a person needs to communicate. He or she also has to take into account that the messages sent out need to be received and understood in the intended way.

Communication is a two-way street, which is what is often forgotten. There are so many ways that things can go wrong in a communication that it is actually surprising when people really understand each other. This is usually the case when a relationship was built over a long period of time and is based on trust and respect for each other.

When do we like to share our opinions and ideas?
With who do we like to share our opinions and ideas?

With people we feel connected. With people we trust.
When we feel that our opinions and ideas are valued and respected.

This is not surprising and I am sure that you know what I am talking about and can tell me an example out of your personal life confirming this.

So why is it so hard to accept that this is how the climate and work environment in our companies should be? Simple fact, maybe too simple, to make it important on the decision makers agenda. Luckily more and more companies leaders do make it a top priority on their agenda.

Scientific research showed that employees who feel more engaged and connected are 22% more productive. Form an organizational point of view this means that feeling connected fosters relationships and opens up the knowledge flow.

-> Greater knowledge flow is essential for leaders to be better informed to be able to make optimal decisions.
-> Greater knowledge flow fuels the creation of ideas that stimulates innovation.

Of course, the fact is that people need to be good at what they do.

This leads us to a (very simple) formula:
Task Excellence + Relationship Excellence = Sustainable Superior Performance

Now what do you mean with Relationship Excellence?

Relationships are about connecting with people, sharing and communication on the basis of respect. A basic human need. The need to belong.

What does this mean translated into the world of an organization?
How do we feel connected within a company?

I believe that it can best be described through these 3 elements:


VISION exists when everyone is motivated by the mission, united by shared values and proud for what the company stands for.

VALUE exists when everyone understands the needs of people, appreciates their unique contributions and helps them achieve their potential.

VOICE is when everyone in an organization seeks the ideas of others, shares ideas honestly and safeguards relational connections.

I believe that one of the fastest and most powerful levers to work with and use those three elements is to install an ongoing Learning and Development process, it could also be an innovation management process – personal learning, learning with and from others is in the center.

It equips a task force with the best abilities to deal with the pace of change, its direction and often unpredictability. As never before organizations depend on the capability and capacity of its employees to be agile and responsive to trends in the market.

Looking forward to your feedback – connect – contact – lets work together …


Improving employee engagement is not simply about improving productivity

IOSR Journal of Humanities and Social Science
Implications of Employee Engagement on Critical Business Outcomes – An Empirical Evidence

Employees Want a Lot More From Their Managers


The social network by Shukou Tsuchiya

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