“Je suis Charlie” anno 2017

It is May 2017 and I find myself on a family holiday in the South of France. Going to cute villages and local markets. Enjoying walks and swims. Wining and dining. Sun, sea and beach. And above all a lot of reading!

 

Next to the books I bring along with me during trips, I always love to read national media in the countries I visit and where I know the language. Charlie Hebdo it is this time.

 

La belle France! New president starts, Charlie Hebdo continues, the sun shines and I absorb it all on the Mediterranean beach. Interesting world we live in. Who still states “Je suis Charlie” these days? Well, we have Manchester just now. Horrible events, no doubt, but being hyped in the media. Who really knows what is going on, who really acts subsequently and consequently?

 

 

 

And also “CARE” am Arlberg – No Handicap Ski Event

By the end of the winter season, I organised with an amazing group of people a No Handicap Ski Event in St Christoph am Arlberg. Some impressions and links to media (in German):

https://www1.meinbezirk.at/landeck/c-sport/schneesport-mal-anders-no-handicap-skifahren_a2063550

Reportage über die No-Handicap Skidays in St. Anton am Arlberg

Photo by Maren Krings, 360° Photography

Reportage über die No-Handicap Skidays in St. Anton am Arlberg

Photo by Maren Krings, 360° Photography

 

 

 

 

 

 

Reportage über die No-Handicap Skidays in St. Anton am Arlberg

Photo by Maren Krings, 360° Photography

Reportage über die No-Handicap Skidays in St. Anton am Arlberg

Photo by Maren Krings, 360° Photography

“DARE” – Some off piste adventures am Arlberg :-)

_DSC4717

Zürs am Arlberg, March 2017, Photo by Josef Mallaun Bildagentur

_DSC5166

Zürs am Arlberg, March 2017, Photo by Josef Mallaun Bildagentur

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

_DSC5046

Zürs am Arlberg, March 2017, Photo by Josef Mallaun Bildagentur

_DSC5214

Zürs am Arlberg, March 2017, Photo by Josef Mallaun Bildagentur

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

_DSC5183

Lech am Arlberg, January 2017, Photo by Josef Mallaun Bildagentur

_DSC5209

Lech am Arlberg, January 2017, Photo by Josef Mallaun Bildagentur

2017

Happy New Year!

 

Make a difference

Care, Dare & Share

Care, Dare & Share –
as much as possible.

Value who you are and what you have.
Do good and do well.
Add value.
Live your life.
Add to life. Make a difference.

Enter into valuable (ad)ventures.
Apprectiate others around you.
Recognise other living beings.
Enjoy and respect (your) nature.
Explore. Consider. Wonder.
…………………………………………………….

Be

Frontpage Be

“Be” by Bahriye Goren-Gulek (2016)

Very proud to announce that recently the first book of my good friend Bahriye Goren-Gulek came out! With the intriguing title “Be”.

Bahriye is a successful brand strategy expert with global experience and university lecturer.

“The core premise of the book is geared around the idea that inspiring leaders are not only successful because of what they do. It is primarily because of who they are. A certain sense of being that comes with deeper levels of awareness, which turns ordinary people into inspiring leaders. Whether you are a CEO, a director, a student, a parent, or merely someone who wants to inspire and make a positive difference in the world, reaching deeper levels of awareness is what will help you make that difference.”

 

The book describes several concepts to reach impactful awareness. One of the (surprising) concepts is “Insanity”. I was pleased when Bahriye asked me to contribute to this chapter and to share some of my (insane) experiences and gained expertise. Please note that “insanity” is not like a mental disorder following Bahriye’s definition, but rather “being different from the norm”.

 

One of the questions in the case study was about being “insane” or “non-conforming”. My counter question was What is the norm and why?” Where do norms come from? When are which norms applied? And, again, why? By asking such questions, you will see that “norms” and “normal” are not that straightforward. Normal is an illusion…:

Normal is an illusion

So, “… why is it perceived to be insane to not comply to (arbitrary) norms? Is it because of the majority? The majority, however, doesn’t make anything true, right, or good!”

(the so called argumentum ad populum)

Continue Reading →

“Obsolescence”

 

Memento mori

Memento mori

“Obsolescence”. Any idea what this means? Most people don’t… despite the fact that it is a very common phenomenon in our daily lives. So what is it??

 

Is it a medical condition, something scary, weird behaviour? Does it have to do with health, with technology or with economics? Do we need to worry about it? Does it affect our wellbeing? Mentally, physically, morally? Is it bad for our environment, for nature, for other living beings?

 

… Probably yes to all the above… we should definitely be aware of it!

Continue Reading →

Value@Venture

 

Dare to jump!

Dare to jump!

The reference “Value@Venture” may need some explanation, so please allow me to clarify:

 

  • “Value” – the term “value” is often seen as plain material/ financial value, but true value has much more to it. I see it from a moral perspective too. Values & norms are important. Adam Smith (the famous economist with his market theory “led by the invisible hand”), for example, not only wrote about the “Wealth of Nations”, but also about “Moral Sentiments”. Humans are value driven animals in the broadest sense of the word.

Continue Reading →

Swap words and be(come) more successful

 

A very clear and simple piece of advice – Just swap the following words:

1. “but” for “and”

and

2. “have to” for “want to”,

Achievement habit

recommends Bernhard Roth, Standford engineering professor, academic director of the Hasso Plattner Institute of Design (the d.school) and writer of “The Achievement Habit”.

 

It is a form of “design thinking”, which means: “stop thinking about doing, and start doing”.

 

The words you use are an expression of your attitude. Words and attitude define reality and success.

 

For more details, please click this link.

 

 

To be(e) or not to be(e)

 

I started a beekeeper course at the Landwirtschaftsschule in Imst (the agricultural school in Tyrol, Austria) and a new world opens up! The bees are incredibly interesting and inspiring! We don’t just learn a lot of them, but we can learn a lot from them.

 

 

 

Great is the following statement of the Austrian bee expert Karl von Frisch (Nobel Prize winner 1973):

“Der Bienenstaat gleicht einem Zauberbrunnen;

je mehr man daraus schöpft, desto reicher fließt er.”

 

Which translates in English:

Continue Reading →

Conservation Finance

 

Report Conservation Finance

Report Conservation Finance

This week a new report on conservation finance came out:

 

“Conservation Finance. From Niche to Mainstream: The Building of an Institutional Asset Class”

 

Please find the report via this link:

https://www.credit-suisse.com/media/assets/corporate/docs/about-us/responsibility/banking/conservation-finance-en.pdf

 

Sustainable farmland, healthy forests, clean water, and abundant habitat stand to become more valuable as the global population climbs to nine billion by 2050. Already, pioneering investors have put together financial solutions that combine real assets, such as tropical forests, with cash flows from operations in fields such as sustainable timber, agriculture, and ecotourism. Conservation finance, as this field is known, represents an undeveloped, but emerging private sector investment opportunity of major proportion.

Continue Reading →