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“Epic Fail”

As I was writing my last blog post about failing development aid and creativity in the socially responsible business world I came across an interesting video of a TEDx talk. In one part of this video David Damberger, the man giving this speech mentions his recently created website “Admitting Failure”. This site can be used by development agencies to publish their project plans, tell how certain results have been achieved or have differed from the expected, and get feedback.



Transferring Pity into Creativity

Good things always happen when you have a beer.
You might meet interesting new people you would have never met if you hadn’t been in that bar. You might end up having a fantastic night, doing things you normally would not do. Or you just have a good time with your old friends.
My story is one of those.


The Solution to Save the World

Ok, now let’s get to it. My last two posts were about how I would structure and write my next post. Now I am really excited to finally write it down.

Everyday as we watch the news we observe crises. We watch how the world financial crisis turns into an economic crisis. People lose their jobs. Some countries can not afford to provide social welfare to their citizens any longer. The German government provides billions of euros to stabilize highly indebted countries such as Greece or Italy. The result: protests, pain and panic



Start 2.0

I am very interested in the idea of a post growth economy. As I stated in my last blog post I found some interesting articles dealing with the topic.
I actually had the intention of starting to write a complete and coherent, well- structured post today. But as I have moved along informing myself and reading more opinions on the web, I feel like I have to structure myself and the arguments more. Therefore I will not write a complete blog post this time but work out an outline for next week instead.


To Start Press “Enter”

Everything began with an extremely interesting article I found by accident checking different websites of German newspapers. I do this on a regular basis to stay informed and read the comments to see what people’s reactions are.
The topic of a sustainable future, of an economy without constant growth had been in my mind before but after having read about it again I thought ” Man, this is interesting. Let’s check the web for more details and opinions.”



Fraud and Bribery

My last week’s post was about corruption. I talked about Transparency International and posted an interview with Jack Abramoff, talking about his participation in the field of corruption in the United States. The entire topic is still stuck in my head and therefore I decided to write a second blogpost about corruption. This time about corruption in Germany.


Does Placing First Mean Winning?

Everyone who has ever been an athlete knows that achieving a 15th place is nothing to be happy about. It is about being the winner. Placing first. The winner takes it all. But this post is not about sports.
It is about corruption.
Germany ranks 15th out of 178 countries in the Corruption Perception Index  for 2010 by Transparency International. At first I thought this was a decent result, taking into account that the situation in 163 countries all over the world was worse.


The Burden of Growing Up

Most things start as soon as you become a teenager.
In my case as well.
My father needed my help because he wanted to reconstruct our backyard. I helped him. It was the first time I actually worked. Ever since that day I worked in my father’s backyard. I helped him harvest the apples, I cut trees and I had to mow the lawn. Of course, I did not always work. Usually only on weekends. I went to school. I had time to play with my friends.