Musings

Solving Global Challenges 1: Accepting Complexity

If the blind spot of today‘s eco­nom­ic, social and envi­ron­men­tal man­age­ment can be reduced to one sin­gle word, it is con­scious­ness. High­ly spe­cial­ized actors in dif­fer­ent domains focus on opti­miz­ing their respec­tive fields of inter­est, neglect­ing inter­de­pen­den­cies and not com­pris­ing real­i­ty as a whole but rather as many inde­pen­dent real­i­ties. Bridg­ing the gap between dif­fer­ent dis­ci­plines through cross-sectoral coöper­a­tion and col­lab­o­ra­tion is one of today’s most impor­tant sci­en­tif­ic, polit­i­cal, eco­nom­ic and

Have Conversations!

Yes­ter­day, I had to spend sev­er­al hours on trains mov­ing across Ger­many. Being an expe­ri­enced entre­pre­neur, I obvi­ous­ly had pre­pared myself per­fect­ly and lots of work to be done. When I arrived back home yes­ter­day night, I had done almost noth­ing of it — and yet, I felt great. Most of the time dur­ing the out­ward run I spent com­mu­ni­cat­ing about a poten­tial new ven­ture. Not planned at all, but I have a weak­ness for re-prioritizing every­thing as soon

Synchronizing Foundational Blockchain With Satellite Technology

Wow. My col­league Rebec­ca has done a tremen­dous job! She leads the Datarel­la team that came up with this first mile­stone for our Track & Trust project with the Euro­pean Space Agency ESA. Togeth­er with ESA, we want to find out how satel­lite data can be used to facil­i­tate last mile track­ing of sup­ply chains in remote areas. Often, aid deliv­ery can be tracked until the goods reach an inter­im stor­age facil­i­ty

Banking The Unbanked Internet of Things IoT

Bank­ing the Unbanked always refers to human beings and their enable­ment to par­tic­i­pate in the glob­al finan­cial sys­tem by pro­vid­ing them with bank accounts. In this post, I argue for bank­ing unbanked devices, i.e. machines, that are con­nect­ed through the inter­net — the Inter­net of Things IoT. Glob­al­iza­tion has made our world a small­er place: through the inter­net we know every­thing what hap­pens some­where with­in min­utes, through air trav­el we can per­son­al­ly

Enterprise Evolution Model — The Modularisation of the Value Chain

Yes­ter­day was a great day: I could wit­ness the oper­a­tional­iza­tion of my enter­prise pro­to­col evo­lu­tion model. Nobody at the MunichRe sym­po­sium specif­i­cal­ly talked about the model. How­ev­er, the symposium’s theme “Mod­u­lar­i­sa­tion of the Insur­ance Value Chain” actu­al­ly is the oper­a­tionalised ver­sion of it. In my model, I describe the evo­lu­tion of the enter­prise as a devel­op­ment from the enter­prise as an insti­tu­tion, over the enter­prise as a plat­form to the enter­prise as a pro­to­col. Since enter­pris­es

Civilization, Culture, And The Human Brain

We become cul­tured through train­ing in var­i­ous activ­i­ties, such as cus­toms, arts, inter­act­ing with peo­ple, the use of tech­nolo­gies, and the dis­cov­er­ing of ideas, the learn­ing of beliefs, shared philoso­phies, and reli­gion. Our brains are mod­i­fied by our cul­tur­al activ­i­ties. Since all our brain mod­ules are plas­tic to some degree, we have the abil­i­ty to cre­ate sig­na­ture cul­tur­al activ­i­ties and to respond to chang­ing con­di­tions. This cog­ni­tive flu­id­i­ty is the human

Why It’s Important To Know That Sensing And Perceiving Are Plastic

Thanks to neu­ro­science research, we today know that we don‘t exclu­sive­ly absorb cul­ture through uni­ver­al­ly shared, stan­dard issue, human per­cep­tu­al equip­ment, but cul­ture deter­mines what we can and can‘t per­ceive. Our func­tion­al cog­ni­tive archi­tec­tures are changed by the cul­ture we live in. The impact of this so-called per­cep­tu­al learn­ing is big­ger than most of us imag­ine. Not only lit­er­a­cy and lan­guage, but also such fun­da­men­tal brain activ­i­ties, such as sight

Connecting the Dots

Being an entre­pre­neur, my life has always been thrilling and rich in vari­ety. While study­ing and after a few stunts as a work­ing stu­dent at Henkel, it was clear to me to become self-employed — I want­ed to be my own boss. I start­ed with Web 1.0, an online trav­el agency, a pure e‑commerce play. Then I moved into Web 2.0, build­ing a social news aggre­ga­tor. After that, it was time for mobile, and build­ing an

The Mindful Revolution

Mankind seems to have reached a cross­roads. At envi­ron­men­tal, polit­i­cal, and eco­nom­i­cal lev­els more and more urgent haz­ard warn­ings appear. Man has to cope with this high-speed change, and there are many well-intended activ­i­ties already under way. How­ev­er, what we need to sur­vive exceeds fast-track res­cue plans and well-meant com­mu­ni­ty engage­ment. We have to bethink our­selves of our inher­ent abil­i­ties and lever­age our entire skill set — we need a Mind­ful Rev­o­lu­tion.

Everything Happens For A Reason

There are many ways of inter­pret­ing the things that hap­pen in our lives. For me, there is no such thing as chance, but every­thing hap­pens for a spe­cif­ic rea­son. Good and bad things alike, have helped me to under­stand my envi­ron­ment bet­ter and to improve the qual­i­ty of my life. It’s not that I’d be look­ing for bad things to hap­pen or that I I’d be explic­it­ly happy when they occur but I have

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