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INNES Summer School 2016

Posted by juttajerlich on 13. July 2016

… started on 11.7.2016 in Vienna.

welcome dinnerI started the journey into Intercultural Competence and Effective Professional Communication in Globalized Societies with a group of students from Morocco, Singapore, Thailand, Hungary and Nepal.

We are speaking about communication, culture and how communication changes when using of technology. Experimenting with online collaboration and meeting tools will be part of our agenda. I am also looking forward to a fruitful discussion with invited experts introducing themselves and their experiences in our context.

After this 2 weeks of working together, we will not only have found new friends from different background, but opened the door into how effective communication in our personal and professional lives looks like for a personal perspective.


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Innes Vienna

Innes Vienna Summer Schools


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Hard choices

Posted by juttajerlich on 1. December 2015

It is interesting … some topics I stumble across again and again at different points in time – this probably means that I have not yet digested it or taken a stand on it for myself.

I think that some things just take times to evolve and grow and digest … in this hectic times we rarely have this time though. I need to have the time or more so take the time, there is no choice – because it is not in my control how long it takes me – my body, mind and spirit –  to go through it.

I finally understood that I need to be patient with myself if I want to evolve, grow and develop into the me that I have in mind.

The topic of hard choices is in the center of my thought – again – here is how Ruth Chang’s talk caught and fired my thoughts:

51 Karin klHard choices are hard because the alternatives are not equally good – one is not better than the other.

She clearly explains why: there are two worlds we all move around in.

A comparison of alternatives is usually based on numbers and logic – with scientific quantities.

In the world of values, quantification is not done by numbers.

We need to introduce new ways of measuring …  Ruth proposes: … that the alternatives are “on a par.”

When alternatives are on a par, it may matter very much which you choose, but one alternative isn’t better than the other. Rather, the alternatives are in the same neighborhood of value, in the same league of value, while at the same time being very different in kind of value. That’s why the choice is hard.”

There is no best alternative.

Knowing this alone makes the choice somehow easier, because you can not be wrong.

Are you are someone who fears to be wrong? You can not be wrong.

“Understanding hard choices in this way uncovers something about ourselves we didn’t know. Each of us has the power to create reasons.”

What reasons for choosing one or the other alternative do you make?

Or are you one of the people who don’t exercise their normative powers in hard choices? Are you a drifter?

“Drifters allow the world to write the story of their lives. They let mechanisms of reward and punishment — pats on the head, fear, the easiness of an option — to determine what they do.”

I choose to not be a drifter.


Ruth Chang on how to make hard choices

3 timeless rules for making tough decisions
Actually time does play a role

From my favorite read Effortless Decision-Making

From the world of Numbers A former CIA executives advice on how to make hard decisions
Easy to spot that this is not the way 🙂

How Richard Branson makes decisions
A mix of both worlds

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The 3 Costs of Multitasking

Posted by juttajerlich on 8. April 2014

Does this happen to you?
It certainly does to me. What do you do to prevent yourself from doing so?
I started to limit the time I allow for going off-track and depending on the task I work at, I do not allow myself to get off-track at all.

This is true some days, other days not at all.
Now I am trying to understand the why behind this.
It would be great to hear about your findings.

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I am not a leader

Posted by juttajerlich on 2. April 2014


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,


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


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

Best regards,

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Times change but some things always stay the same

Posted by juttajerlich on 5. December 2013

empathyIt seems to me, more often than before, that essential life lessons a human being has to learn have not changed through the years, even though our environment and practical gadgets we are surrounded with do change at a very fast pace.

I just came across Roman Krznaric, an Australian cultural thinker and co-founder of The School of Life in London and his new book “How Should We Live? Great Ideas from the Past for Everyday Life”.

He speaks about Leo Tolstoy and what he began writing 150 years ago. Most people think of him as one of the 19th century’s greatest novelists. Few are aware that he was also one of its most radical social and political thinkers. During a long life from 1828 to 1910, Tolstoy gradually rejected the received beliefs of his aristocratic background and embraced a startlingly unconventional worldview that shocked his peers. Tracing his personal transformation offers some wise — and surprising — lessons for how we should approach the art of living today.

Lesson 1: Keep an Open Mind

Lesson 2: Practice Empathy

Lesson 3: Make a Difference

Lesson 4: Master the Art of Simple Living

Lesson 5: Beware Your Contradictions

Lesson 6: Expand Your Social Circle

Sounds familiar ?
This is definitely something that has not changed since then – the same lessons are still valid for today.
Maybe this is a general recipe for rethinking life?


Details about Tolstoy`s 6 lessons
hello Peace

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Prolegomena 2

Posted by juttajerlich on 1. November 2013

Kai Tomioka Redewettbewerboder Man kann Wichtiges auch lustig erklaeren …

In Erinnerung an meine Zeit in Japan denke ich immer wieder an Prolegomena – den von Kai geschriebenen Text “Man kann Wichtiges auch lustig erklaeren” zurück, der in seiner Bedeutung wichtiger zu werden scheint.

Der Originalausschnitt aus dem Nanzan Redewettbewerb 10.12.2011 hilft mir dabei, mich so richtig wieder hineinzufühlen.

Selbstkritik und krtisches Denken – das ist etwas, dass in einer Gesellschaft nicht fehlen darf.  Das ist etwas, dass Teil eines jeden Lernprozesses sein sollte. Feedback von anderen und die eigene Reflexion sind unersätzlich.

Fukushima ist ein Beispiel

Die doch immer wieder zu mir durchdringenden Berichte rund um Fukushima, das Miterleben aller Geschehnisse in Japan, das recherchierte Wissen und das sich-Austauschen mit in Japan unterrichtenden Kollegen und Kolleginnen, machen deutlich, wie sehr eine Gesellschaft an dem vorbeigehen kann, was sie als ihr Ziel vorgibt:

Sicherheit und Gesundheit

“Doch die Regierung wird uns nicht helfen. Sie sagen uns, wir sollen einfach hier bleiben. Unseren Kindern sagen sie, sie sollen Hüte aufsetzen, Gesichtsmasken tragen und weiter zur Schule gehen.”

Der Brief einer japanischen Mutter

Welche Schlüsse ziehen Sie für sich selbst daraus?

Text von Kai Tomioka “Prolegomena – oder Man kann Wichtiges auch lustig erklaeren”

Originalausschnitt aus dem Nanzan Redewettbewerb 10.12.2011


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Nicht ausgedrückte Wut und Dankbarkeit

Posted by jjerlich on 10. October 2013

MorgenSportSeit 90 Jahren bewegt sich ganz Japan morgens zur Radiogymnastik.
Wenn nicht selbst erlebt, hätte ich dies nicht als reale Wirklichkeit empfinden können. Gefühlsmäßig erzeugt der Anblick großer Menschengruppen, die den Aufforderungen einer einzigen Stimme folgen, die Einnerung an ähnliche Bilder aus dem Geschichtsunterricht vom Mitmachen ab.

Die Zeit meines Lebens, die ich in Japan verbracht habe, wird mich immer mit dem Land und den Menschen, den Freunden und Kontakten verbinden.
Was ich dort gelernt habe, wird mich immer begleiten.
Was mich dort frustriert hat und zuinnerst verstummen hat lassen, wird mich immer sehr traurig stimmen.

Es wird mich antreiben und erinnern, dass ich mich weiter Veränderungen und Verbesserungen einsetzen werde, die soviele Leben wie nur möglich berühren.

Arte Doku: Der Bauch von Tokio
Filmtipp – Wie Tokyo mit Lebensmitteln und Wasser versorgt wird. Interviews mit Leuten vor und nach 3-2011. JapanerInnen, die vor der Radioaktivitaet Angst haben, berichten über Ihr Leben davor und danach. Ein Thema, das in den japanischen Medien totgeschwiegen wird.

Aus Unwissen: Im Frühjahr 2011 tranken 2,5 Millionen Menschen 8 Tage lang Wasser, dass mit radioaktivem Jod belastet war. Bis heute hat die Anlage Probleme mit radioaktivem Cäsium.

Zwei Sätze für 300 Tonnen radioaktives Wasser
Japans Regierung gab offiziell bekannt, dass bei Fukushima ein gigantisches Verseuchungsproblem besteht. Kaum eine Meldung wert?!


Nuclear Energy in Japan von Tabea Sano, Autauschstudentin in Japan
In Erinnerung an Fukushima Frischer denn je
To be in the spotlight for a cause Eine Meinung bilden und vertreten muss gelernt sein

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The $4 Million Teacher – Hagwons in South Korea

Posted by juttajerlich on 4. August 2013

Referenced article http://online.wsj.com

This article has a few elements and arguments I was very happy to read about. Even better it would be if many other would be read the article and conclude that they are well worth thinking about.

“Tutoring services are growing all over the globe, Sometimes called shadow education systems, they mirror the mainstream system, offering after-hours classes in every subject—for a fee. But nowhere have they achieved the market penetration and sophistication of hagwons in South Korea, where private tutors now outnumber schoolteachers.”

From my own experience I got to know the ones in Japan, called Gakushū juku 学習塾 which have a similar status in society and among students. They are indispensable for many who do not succeed in passing the university entry exams which take place only one a year at the first try.

“Such a shadow education system is both exciting and troubling. Students essentially go to school twice—once during the day and then again at night at the tutoring academies. It is a relentless grind.”

“When attempting to look at the quality of education delivered it is surprisingly hard to answer this question. Research undertaken worldwide is suggesting that the quality of after-school lessons matters more than the quantity. Leading to the fact that the most affluent kids can afford one-on-one tutoring with the most popular instructors, while others attend inferior hagwons with huge class sizes and less reliable instruction—or after-hours sessions offered free by their public schools.”

“The really good teachers are hard to retain—and hard to manage. You need to protect their egos,” says Lee Chae-yun, who owns a chain of five hagwons in Seoul called Myungin Academy.

“Students are the customers,”

“In South Korea, if parents aren’t engaged, that is considered a failure of the educators, not the family.”

This is an interesting statement and here is how this works in Korea: “Once students enroll, the school embeds itself in families’ lives. Parents get text messages when their children arrive at the academies each afternoon; then they get another message relaying students’ progress. Two to three times a month, teachers call home with feedback. Every few months, the head of the school telephones, too.”

Performance surveys are conducted throughout the hagwon schools and by the Korean Educational Development Institute. Performance evaluations are typically based on following points, including questions asked and rated

  • number of students sign up for their class
  • students’ test-score growth
  • passion of the teacher
  • how well prepared is the teacher
  • respectfulness of students’ opinions
  • treating all students fairly

It has to be noted that the satisfaction surveys are given to students and parents.

“Policy makers and planners should…ask why parents are willing to invest considerable sums of money to supplement the schooling received from the mainstream,” he writes. “At least in some cultures, the private tutors are more adventurous and client-oriented.”

“The only solution is to improve public education,” says Mr. Kim, the millionaire teacher, echoing what the country’s education minister and dozens of other Korean educators told me. If parents trusted the system, the theory goes, they wouldn’t resort to paying high fees for extra tutoring.

“To create such trust, Mr. Kim suggests paying public-school teachers significantly more money according to their performance—as hagwons do. Then the profession could attract the most skilled, accomplished candidates, and parents would know that the best teachers were the ones in their children’s schools—not in the strip mall down the street.”

“No country has all the answers. But in an information-driven global economy, a few truths are becoming universal: Children need to know how to think critically in math, reading and science; they must be driven; and they must learn how to adapt, since they will be doing it all their lives. These demands require that schools change, too—or the free market may do it for them.”

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All Generations engaged at WorldSkills 2013

Posted by juttajerlich on 9. July 2013

Our Youth – Our Future

The Worldskills 2013 in Leipzig were an event not only for highly engaged and highly competent youth in 46 professions. It was also a cross-generation event. There were an equal amount of experts committed to mentor and coach their national winners to be able to compete with the best talents of 52 nations.

There were many meetings and conferences that took place in the Conference Center of Leipzig Messe organized and attended by European and OECD leaders about youth (un)employment from across the world.  In this truly global effort, that will be the basis for a continuously engaged platform, you could meet Ministers, Law Makers, CEOs of companies and foundations. They came together to not only speak about the currently very bad situation for youth in many countries but to take action and offer perspectives and a future to their youth.

The focus was put on joining forces, using synergies, learning from other`s mistakes and successes to leverage existing knowledge for changing the way things are. The dual education system which has been an essential part of the national education system in Germany, Switzerland and Austria is believed to be a big part of the solution to low youth unemployment. I attended following conferences during the WorldSkills Competition:

Green Industrial Skills for Sustainable Development

Humanity faces enormous challenges in the sustainability of our current lifestyles and systems. The decisions we take can either move us in the direction of sustainability or contribute to the growing problems. Green Industries are the driver towards sustainability and currently experience a high growth time. It is crucial to have access to the necessary skills to be able to realize the potential growth path.

The conference took place on July 1, 2013 and started with a plenary sessions and keynote addresses from Nobel Peace prize Laureate H.E. Daw Aung San Suu Kyi, Chairperson National League for Democracy in Myanmar, Ursula Müller from the Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development of Germany, Chakib Jeane and Marcos Pontes from UNIDO and Olga Strietska-Ilina from ILO. The following three panel discussions were dedicated to following topics:

  • Panel 1:  Green Industry Initiative
  • Panel 2:  Skills Development for renewable energy
  • Panel 3:  Worldskills and how to sustain the industry through green skills competition development

It was a very interesting day dominated by the questions of how VET Vocational Education and Training can solve this problem to fill the skills gap detected in this crucial sector.

European Alliance for Apprenticeships” (EAfA)

Please see article about this initiative.

Skilling the future: VET and Workplace learning for Economic Success

This international conference organized by the OECD and the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research [BMBF] focused on the role of Vocational and Adult Education as well as Workplace learning as the emerging challenges. After the keynote parallel working groups started and engaged in the following topics

  1. VET and higher education: transition pathways and innovative blends of VET
  2. Systematic development of apprenticeships and workplace learning: changing roles of responsibilities of trainees, employers and social partners
  3. Innovative concepts for making the bridge between school and work

I participated in the working group three and presented the success story of  Cisco Networking Academy – a CSR Program for educational organizations supplying a learning platform with IT Networking and System resources for IT skills development.

The Worldskills Conference Program 2013 “Our Youth – Our Future” was definitely a highlight of the WorldSkills Competition and will be instrumental to connect stakeholders on a global level to implement policies and programs that improve the situation and give our youth a prospective and positive outlook into the future of their nations.

Worldskills Leipzig 2013
WorldSkills Conference Program
Cisco Networking Academy Program

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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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Protected: AINAC Nachlese – ASCs & ITCs

Posted by juttajerlich on 19. March 2013

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Language influences thinking – Sprache beeinflusst Denken

Posted by juttajerlich on 24. February 2013

nonfuturistic languagesWhile I was teaching Advanced German language courses at universities in Nagoya, Japan, I observed that it was difficult for students to understand how to explain the sequence of events in a story in German. Through in debt discussions and questioning how the same information would be composed into sentences in their mother tongue Japanese I discovered that it was not possible to convey the exact same information as in the German sentences.

The difference was that in German sentences it is explicit what happen first, simultaneously and after and how a decision was made or a conclusion about a situation was inferred. In Japanese this was not so clear.

The consequence of this for my teaching was that I made it a point to explain this in debt to students for them to understand:
1. that there are different concepts of thinking delivered with a language and
2. that they need to allow different thinking processes to happen in their mind for mastering this particular language.

This led me to think about how I could visualize this language border even for beginners in learning German language. A first attempt was the creation of a simple small app-like presentation that decoded this language borderline.
Example Language border German Japanese

Interestingly Keith Chen, Associate Professor of Economics at Yale School of Management, is also researching impacts of language on behavior. He hypothesizes that languages that grammatically associate the future and the present, foster future-oriented behavior.

Why I am so interested in this?

Different understanding about how decisions are made and how a person really understands his or her commitment to deliver what he or she is assigned to contribute in a team project ultimately has great impact on group performance.

This is what I observe in my Creativity Engineering class at the Technical University: team members come from different language back grounds. They use English as a common language. Most of the team problems relate to team members not delivering what they signed up for in time or at all, causing a decrease in group performance. Some groups even fall apart and do not finish the course, in some cases caused by one group member.



TED Talk: Could your language affect your ability to save money? published on 19.2.2012

TEDxYale: The Impact of Language on Economic Behavior published on 6.4.2012

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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.

– It is so much easier (and nonproductive !) to blame others for our lives, our choices, our decisions.
– …

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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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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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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.

↓↓↓ English ↓↓↓ ↑↑↑ Deutsch ↑↑↑

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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Wanted: People interested to use their innovative potential

Posted by juttajerlich on 1. February 2012

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.

Right NOW we are accepting applications for the Course in the framework of the Vienna University of Technology Summer School 2012. Do join us for a fruitful und fun Summer Session in Wien. Here is the link to registration.

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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.

JETZT haben Sie die Möglichkeit, sich für den Kurs im Rahmen der Internationalen Summer School der TU Wien 2012 anzumelden. Wir freuen uns auf eine spannende und lustige Summer Session in Wien. Hier geht es zur Anmeldung.

Fragen? Questions?

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“Man kann Wichtiges auch lustig erklären” by Kai Tomioka

Posted by juttajerlich on 12. December 2011

Gewinner des 50. Redewettbewerbs an der Nanzan Universität Nagoya am 10.12.2011

“Prolegomena zur Kritik des theoretischen aber praktischen Redewettbewerbs“ oder “Man kann auch Wichtiges lustig erklären.”

1. Prolegomena
Dieses Jahr ist der 50 Redewettbewerb und ich nehme „jetzt gerade“ teil. Ein Redewettbewerb hat verschiedene Seiten. Einmal die Regeln für die Teilnahme am Wettbewerb und dann noch die Bewertungskriterien. In der Anmeldung stand Inhalt, Aussprache und Präsentation. Aber das macht noch keinen starken Eindruck auf das Publikum oder die Jury, oder? Ich möchte die Leute mit meiner Rhetorik und Präsentation bewegen. Ok, aber worüber soll ich denn sprechen? Ich lese hier, dass die Bewertung des Inhalts stark im Vordergrund steht. Ja, gut. Aber wie wird denn das bewertet? Welche Inhalte sind stark und welche nicht? Ich glaube, meine Inhalte sind immer etwas zu stark. Also wollte ich diesmal vielleicht ein leichteres Thema wählen. Na gut, jetzt habe ich die Regeln des Redewettbewerbs verstanden, aber noch immer keinen Text… Ah, ich habe eine Idee! Wie wäre der Titel: „Prolegomena zur Kritik des theoretischen aber praktischen Redewettbewerbs“ ? Aber, kennen Sie „Prolegomena“ überhaupt?
Also beginne ich mit einer Redewettbewerbskritik.

2. Kritik (Wenn ich in der Jury wäre,)
dann würde ich mich fragen: Wie kann man die Reden und ihre Inhalte am Besten vergleichen und bewerten? Ich stelle drei Bewertungskriterien auf: Technik, Eindruck und Bedeutung. Was Technik ist, kann man leicht verstehen; Aussprache, Rhetorik, Präsentation, Deutlichkeit, Logik usw. Alle diese Punkte haben eine relativ objektive Gültigkeit. Der Eindruck kann ernst, traurig, lustig, stark, weich, vornehm usw sein. Ja gut, manche finden es vielleicht lustig, aber andere finden es unsinnig! Für Sie klingt meine Rede vielleicht interessant und für Sie langweilig. Der Eindruck hat nur eine subjektive Gültigkeit. OK, das ist allen klar. Man bewertet nomaler Weise diese zwei Punkte. Aber ist das so richtig? Denn eigentlich schätzt man nur einen Punkt ein; den Eindruck. Denn die Technik ist eigentlich nur ein Mittel. Mit der Technik macht man auf jemanden Eindruck. Aber nur durch die Technik? Natürlich, die Technik macht es lustig, überraschend, traurig, usw. Aber ich will noch einen Punkt mit einbeziehen. Nämlich die Bedeutung! Die Bedeutung ist nochmal etwas ganz anderes, denn der Text sollte eine tiefe Bedeutung haben. Bedeutung kommt aus der Einsicht. Beispielsweise sind philosophische Themen sehr tief oder vielleicht zu tief. Für manche sind diese Themen auch langweilig. Aber ich glaube, wenn man tief nachdenkt, muss man es einfach interessant finden! Das macht dich lebendig! Doch, es gibt viele unsinnige Texte wie „Prolegomena“. Natürlich braucht man gelegentlich auch nur lustige Texte, aber man kann auch Wichtiges lustig erklären. Dies ist meine Kritik. Meine Kritik ist auch eine Rede im Redewettbewerb. Wie beurteilen Sie diese, meine Damen und Herren?
Damit sind wir am Ende meiner und am Beginn „Ihrer“ Kritik.


1. プロレゴメナ(私は参加者だ。)

2. 批判(私が審査員なら)

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Die Macht der Sprache [von Bas Böttcher] vorgetragen von Fumie Ozaki

Posted by jjerlich on 12. December 2011

vorgetragen beim Rezitationswettbewerb an der Nanzan Universität Nagoya am 10.12.2011 von Fumie Ozaki


Und lerne ich eine Sprache neu kennen, そして、私は一つの言葉を新しく知ると
dann lehrt mich die Sprache, mich neu zu kennen. 言葉は私に新しい私を知ることを教えた。
Das macht die Sprache – die Macht der Sprache. それは言葉がするのだ。言葉の力だ。
Und glaube ich, ich beherrsche meine Sprache, 私が言葉を完全に操ったと思っていても、
beherrscht wohlmöglich meine Sprache mich. ひょっとすると言葉が私を操っているのかもしれない。
Das macht die Sprache – die Macht der Sprache. それは言葉がするのだ。言葉の力だ。
Und denke ich, ich spiele mit meiner Sprache, そして考えるに、私は私の言葉でもてあそべば、
dann spielt noch viel mehr meine Sprache mit mir! 私の言葉はさらに私でもてあそぶ
Das macht die Sprache – die Macht der Sprache. それは言葉がするのだ。言葉の力だ。
Und erweitert der Mensch die sprachlichen Möglichkeiten, そして、人間が言葉の可能性を拡張すれば、
dann erweitert die Sprache die menschlichen Möglichkeiten. 言葉は人間の可能性を拡張するのだ。
Das macht die Sprache – die Macht der Sprache. それは言葉がするのだ。言葉の力だ。
Und wenn ich meine Sprache verrotten lasse, そして、もし私が私の言葉をだめにしてしまえば、
dann lässt am Ende meine Sprache mich verrotten. 最後には私の言葉が私をだめにしてしまう。
Das macht die Sprache – die Macht der Sprache. それは言葉がするのだ。言葉の力だ。
Und liebe ich meine Sprache, そして、私が私の言葉を愛せば、
dann liebt ganz sicherlich die Sprache mich. 確実に言葉も私を愛するのだ。

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Alles in Ordnung

Posted by klausjerlich on 13. November 2011

38 Jahre alt, ein guter und sicherer Job, keine Schulden, keine Kinder oder vielleicht doch eins oder auch zwei, eine glückliche Beziehung, Freunde mit gleichen Interessen, ähnlichem Einkommen… Alles scheint in Ordnung zu sein.

Natürlich trifft einen die mittlere Lebenskrise in dieser Geborgenheit. Man hat nur mehr wenige Vorbilder, diejenigen die es gab, gehen langsam alle in Pension und man merkt ihnen das Alter langsam aber sicher an. Die Eltern legen zusehends Wert auf die eigene Meinung, was man als Kind und auch als Jugendlicher in wirren Gedankengängen entwickelte, soll auf einmal das Maß der Dinge werden. (War’s das also, oder kommt da noch etwas? Und was ist jetzt eigentlich der Sinn dahinter?) Seltsam, auch im Freundeskreis wird man für seine Meinung geschätzt, die letzte Meinungsverschiedenheit mit, genau dem, ist schon eine Weile her. Was macht der eigentlich heute so …?

Es ist ein trügerisches Leben, dass sich zwischen dem 30-ten und dem 40-ten Lebensjahr einstellt, wenn mensch das Glück hat, im europäischen Mittelstand zu leben. Gejammert wird nur dort auf so hohem Niveau. Keiner weiß, was der Mittelstand ist, aber die folgenden Zusammenhänge können wahrscheinlich exemplarisch für diese Gruppe stehen.

Warum schwebt man in diesen Jahren zwischen 30 und 40 auf einmal auf einer Welle der Anerkennung durch die Familie und den Freundeskreis? (Ungeachtet der Sinnkrise natürlich)

Darum, weil alle Zweifler und alle Gegenredner sich aus dem Kreis der Bekannten verabschiedet haben. Die Umgebung wurde durch 35 Jahre Aussieben und Filtern so verändert, dass kein großer Widerspruch mehr zu erwarten ist. Man ist angepasst und man hat sich angepasst – man hat die Bekannten, Verwandten und Freunde so gesiebt, bis nur mehr Gleichklang zu hören war. Kritik ist nur bis zum erträglichen Maß erlaubt, das Maß bestimmt mensch des Mittelstandes selbst.

Wer will aus dieser wohligen Wolke des anerkennenden Nickens, der Harmonie schon entfliehen. Täglich ist doch zu beweisen, dass mensch noch nicht zum alten Eisen gehört. Seinen Anteil an der Gesellschaft zu wahren, geht am besten, das wenige Wissen, das mensch sich im Lauf der Jahre angeeignet hat (Beruf oder Familie, Karriere oder Familienmensch,… egal) zu hüten wie seinen Augapfel und kein bisschen auszulassen, um nicht ersetzbar zu werden. Ein Jüngerer wartet, kostet weniger, ist attraktiver, muss gefördert werden …

Warum sollte man sich exponieren, was ist der Vorteil, angreifbar und verletzbar dadurch zu werden, dass man allfällige Schwächen preisgibt? Was ist der Reiz von Kommunikation mit Unbekannten, mühsam und mit Missverständnissen behaftet? Was ist der Lohn der Anstrengung für Kommunikation mit Menschen, die sich nicht von vornherein als wohlgesinnt erkennen lassen? Warum soll man Medien, die einem nicht sympathisch sind, nicht ausblenden?

Weil der Gral ewiger Jugend einzig und allein in der Kommunikation mit Menschen jeden Alters und jeder Kultur liegt. Ich sage, es ist wahr. Es ist eine Frischzellenkur, seine eigenen Standpunkte zu verteidigen, manchmal auch abzuändern. Mensch gibt sich jedwedem Angriff eines Unbekannten preis, nur um herauszufinden, dass der Angriff lediglich auf die eigene Starrheit, den angesetzten Rost gerichtet war. Mensch merkt, dass auch der gefährliche Fremde von Nebenan seinen Standpunkt verteidigt, oft genug mit nachvollziehbaren Argumenten.

Wer will ewig jung bleiben? Jene, die nun gedanklich den Arm heben, dürfen die Schutzschilder getrost niederfahren. Es wird für die allermeisten eine angenehme Erfahrung sein. Nicht für alle, die Welt ist eine schlechte, gewiss, aber nicht so schlecht, um davor in Angst zu erstarren.

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