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Ingniting thoughts

Posted by jjerlich on 10. October 2017

Long needed, I put together a link list of platforms that will ignite your thoughts:

How to get your ideas out on the market
www.quirky.com
Quirky is the online development center for everybody. It changed the way the world thinks about product development.

Thinking about working as a freelancer

Dribble – a place to show and tell, promote, discover, and explore design
Dribbble began as a side project and is now a tiny, bootstrapped and profitable company helping the world’s design talent share their creations and get hired.

elance
Find Talent. Find Work.

Indiegogo
Go fund yourself

Links for Startups

Betalist
Be the first to discover and get access to the latest Internet startups

www.angel.co
A community of startups

www.kickstarter.com
A funding platform for artists, designers, filmmakers, musicians, journalists, inventors, explorers …

www.seedcamp.com in cooperation with startups
A platform helping Start-ups to find funding, local events in different areas

www.deutsche-startups.de
Platform for Start-ups in Germany [in Deutsch]

www.ycombinator.com [California, USA]
New model of Start-up funding: twice a year a small amount of money (average $18k) is invested in a large number of startups. The startups move to Silicon Valley for 3 months, during which the Y Combinator team work intensively with them to get the company into the best possible shape and refine their pitch to investors. Each cycle culminates in Demo Day, when the startups present to a large audience of investors.

www.go4funding.com [Texas, USA]
Platform to bring entrepreneurs, business owners and investors (angel investors and venture capitalists) closer together, intended for existing business owners and entrepreneurs to post their capital needs.

3daystartup.org [Austin, USA]
is an entrepreneurship education program designed for university students with an emphasis on learning by doing. The idea is simple: start tech companies over the course of three days – 501(c)(3) non-profit organization.

www.crunchbase.com and eu.techcrunch.com
CrunchBase is the free database of technology companies, people, and investors that anyone can edit.

www.indianangelnetwork.com
Angel investors for Startups in India

Resources and Tipps for Entrepreneurs

The productive entrepreneur
Productivity tips and resources for online Entrepreneurs

The lean start up
Lean Start-up Meetups from around the world

onstartups.com
brings you information for entrepreneurs

Other thoughts – interesting in the context

www.sparked.com
Micro Volunteering

A Socially Developed Product
You could search for an idea that captures you in following resources and platforms

invested.in
Mostly for art projects and raising funds for reaching personal goals

www.fundedbyme.com
A tool for crowd funding your projects through social networks, family, friends and followers

To come back to the beginning – just simply start with working for yourself

www.odesk.com
You have the skills, we have the jobs. Find the help you need to take care of business. Dip into our impressive pool of talented professionals to tackle virtually any project on your timeline and terms.

www.guru.com
Hire Freelancers & manage projects online.

www.rent-acoder.com
Are you looking for a programmer or designer?
Are you looking for programming or IT related, part-time or project based jobs?

www.freelancer.com
Have an idea for a business? Need help with your existing business? Just need something done fast?

www.udemy.com
Create and teach your course online

Orientation in the Internet World

The Internet Map

Collaboration without borders

Diagramming and Collaboration Tools
1 free and 4 paid pricing packages for online real time collaboration

Realtime Brainstorming and Collaboration Tool
Everywhere your ideas want to be

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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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Please write this down

Posted by juttajerlich on 28. August 2016

When you hear these words, it means that the following statement is important.
Really important. It also means that you are most likely listening to Kane Minkus 🙂

Alessia and Kane Minkus

Since Friday the 3-Day START AT THE TOP Seminar is held in Zurich, Switzerland. The task and goal = empowering business owners to realize their dreams and impact their communities.

It is actually quite funny how these words “please write this down” actually make people write them down. School has engraved the words so deeply into our brains that as soon as the words are said, the intended action follows. Here are a few examples:

  • A business is about helping people.
  • In business positioning is everything.
  • Ideas are worthless – Execution is everything.

Knowing how to translate these statements (most of us know) into practical actions is the key. The key to successful business results.

Today is the 3rd day – TRANSFORMATION DAY.

Magic has been happening all along for the participants: changing mindsets, understanding growth insights and realizing how powerful networking opportunities can actually be when really used.

It is great meeting so many Swiss based entrepreneurs.

Looking forward to further connecting with you …

 

LINKS

www.industryrockstar.com

Facebook Page

#kaneandalessia

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FUN.Basel Vol II

Posted by jjerlich on 29. June 2016

FUN Basel geht in die zweite Runde

FUN June kl

Wir sehen uns am 7. Juli 2016 im Lohnhof

Damit wir diesmal auch den Innenhof benützen können, ersuchen wir an höherer Stelle um schöne sommerliche Abendtemperaturen.

Platz reservieren

Wir freuen uns auf drei interessante Geschichten von:

  • Alexander Ramseier
  • Marne Platt
  • Martin Daubney

Gespannt auf den Abend, bis Donnerstag nächste Woche

Herzlichst
The Organizers Team
Jutta & Isabelle

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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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„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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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

RECOMMENDATION

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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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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Nuclear Energy in Japan

Posted by TabeaSano on 25. June 2013

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Having experienced the Tsunami during my time in Japan, I was astonished to see only a low reaction towards the whole nuclear energy issue in Japan. Either it was not prominently featured in the news or the issue was not causing too much trouble in people’s every day life. I was especially surprised, because I have the contrast to the radical change towards nuclear energy in my home country Germany.

Shutting all nuclear power plants down was a very short-sighted decision, which ended in reactivating some of them, and I kept wondering, what is the strategy behind that? But furthermore I was interested in the attitude of the Japanese population. So, when I went to Japan this year for vacation, I discovered these street tags in downtown Tokyo and was surprised and proud. Actually there is an anti nuclear energy movement!

The man behind it is 281_anti nuke, a Japanese artist, who does Street Art in a fantastic way that reminds me a little bit of Banksy. He made the anti nuclear energy issue his topic and I think it is a creative way to reach especially the younger generation. I found other interesting ways of communication, such as the “no nukes” poster project and the “1 for 10” project for educating people about nuclear energy and I think they are worth to have a look at.

281_anti nuke: http://www.281antinuke.com/profile/

NO NUKES POSTERS: http://int.nonukeart.org/about

1 for 10: http://1for10.jimdo.com/

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Creativity Engineering – Kaleidoscope of Feedback

Posted by juttajerlich on 29. January 2013

This year’s Creativity Engineering Class was able to inaugurate the team feedback tool to allow us to learn about perceptions of communication, teamwork and situation awareness among team members. I would like to share a few comments received:

Topic: Value of working in teams

“Together we are faster and stronger, with more ideas and solutions! ”

“If you work alone on a project there is often a lack on feedback, as you only see the good points of your idea. Therefore, it was really awesome to have some critical people within the group.”

“Having people from different academic background improves the idea generation process a lot.

Topic: What did I learn in the course

“I learned how different the roles of every group member can become after a while, even if you try to fix and discuss them right at the beginning.”

“I looked at our ideas from viewpoints different than the usual ways.”

“I learned working in a group and listen to other people.”

“We all learned to come to a compromise.”

Topic: Personal Achievements

“Learned about some tools used in business analysis and planning.”

“I am happy about my performance because I managed to do stuff I had never done before.”

“The strongest arguments win, so if you want something you have to argue very well. You would never learn this alone, because then you will make your own decisions.”

“I learned that as the only woman in a group, the way you have to state your case is differently. Because it can easily happen that you are not heard.”

One example of a situation during group work

“One weakness of our project was that we are dependent on suppliers. I explained this, two others agreed and I updated my point with some comments. But there was another understanding of this point from one more team member. He explained it and it was amazing. Because his understanding was completely different. I could not say that it was wrong. It has been interpreted in a totally different context and perception. And at that moment I realized that I brainstorm with participants from other countries is more efficient. Each of us knows something that is not available to another due to cultural differences. But when this knowledge is together, it creates a superposition principle like in physics.”

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Quote of the week

Posted by jjerlich on 7. June 2012

“In the long run, we shape our lives, and we shape ourselves.
The process never ends until we die.
And the choices we make are ultimately our own responsibility.”

Eleanor Roosevelt.

Comments
– It is so much easier (and nonproductive !) to blame others for our lives, our choices, our decisions.
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Impact of Learning – or Common mistakes in how to measure learning impact

Posted by juttajerlich on 1. April 2012

Measuring Learning
The easiest way to measure something is always by capturing numbers. Hard facts. But there are also soft facts that are equally important but a great deal harder to capture, measure and track. These soft facts ultimately drive hard facts. Without accounting for the soft facts, numbers will not change.

Leader know how many variables can impact hard numbers in a complex business – sometimes even anecdotal evidence about how learning impacts performance is more compelling. Including the views of all stakeholders and making sure that you are not basing your concepts on assumptions are a way to ensure that you are on the right track.

While the perfect way of how to measure the progress in a complex process may really make sense, the practical implementation may fail because the measurement responsibility is usually distributed among many heads and the more complex it becomes, the less likely it is that the task will be executed accurately, thus providing figures that do not actually measure what you are trying to measure. This results in a lot of energy and resources spent with a mediocre or even worse result: numbers that you can’t count on.

How much time does it take to collect the required data and does it really prove what you are trying to prove?
What about questions that do not have a single right answer? Those dilemmas need to be managed. Such as measurement of learning impact – the subject of this article.

A very common pitfall in measuring impact is the lack of alignment with cultural norms and values. This is best explained with a personal question as an analogy to understand its relevance for organizations: Are you measuring happiness or personal success in terms of happy feelings or money in the bank?
The answer will most probably be a mixture of both, depending on your values and expectations in life.
Well, the same applies to organizations.

After you have done the hard work to define your mesaurement parameters, identify the sources and collected all the date, now it is about presenting. What can be learned from the collected data? Was it worth the effort? Do you know what needs to be changed to improve performance? Can you present the information in a way that everybody can understand its implications?

My bottomline is this question: Which of your business goals are related to learning?

If your answer is more than one – learning is an activity that needs to become part of everybody’s daily activity. Therefore it is more important and ultimately more effective to focus on creating a culture that allows open discussion about issues and problems as well as successed to allow the consequent learning impact to happen.

Listen to some thoughts about Reinventing The Workplace

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Sharing my V I S I O N ?

Posted by juttajerlich on 29. February 2012

Many centuries ago great architects were also engineers, philosophers and writers. So interdisciplinarity is not a new concept. Today new technologies and ICT tools open up a broad field of ways of how to innovate and make life better for all. We depend on creative and innovative people to sustain and develop our economy to fulfill the needs of our society.

The Course CREATIVITY ENGINEERING offers participants a chance to learn about their creative potential, understand about the implementation of ideas in a market environment and check how things work out when trying to make an idea become reality in a multidisciplinary team from different cultural backgrounds.

It is my vision to make Creativity Engineering a step forward and make it an event that takes place with partners in different locations on the globe. I am looking for people sharing this vision in universities and companies. Contact me if who want to be part of making sure that we learn how we can use our knowledge and creative potential in the work environment in todays offices in better ways.

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Vor vielen Jahrhunderten waren große Architekten auch Ingenieure, Philosophen und Schriftsteller. Interdisziplinarität ist kein neues Konzept. Heute eröffnen uns neue Technologien ungeahnte Wege mit Innovationen das Leben für alle zu verbessern. Wir brauchen kreative und innovative Leute zue Erhaltung und Entwicklung unserer Wirtschaft und Gesellschaft.

Der Kurs CREATIVITY ENGINEERING bietet Teilnehmern die Möglichkeit, ihr eigenes kreatives Potential besser kennen zu lernen, Erfolgsfaktoren bei der Umsetzung im Markt verstehen zu können und ausprobieren zu können, welche Probleme und Erfolge bei der Verwirklichung so einer Idee in einem interdiszipliären Team mit Mitglieder aus verschiedenen Kulturen entstehen können.

Ich habe die Vision einen Schritt weiter zu gehen und aus Creativity Engineering einen Event zu machen, der mit localen Partner an verschiedenen Orten rund um den Globus stattfindet. Liegt es Ihnen am Herzen, dass wir unser Wissen und kreatives Potential in der heutigen Realiatät der Arbeitswelt schlauer einsetzen lernen. Ich suche Leute an Universitäten und in Firmen, die diese Vision teilen. Kontaktieren Sie mich …

Lets start the dialog and connect with me

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