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
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
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
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
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.
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
It is said that a brain‘s size positively correlates with its host‘s level of intelligence. The ability of human beings to use tools in very elaborate ways, to create art or to invent and tell stories to each others, seems to prove a certain supremacy over other creatures. As long as we won‘t have discovered supernatural life, humans regard themselves as being the pride of creation. Ok, then — all is fine!
Having enjoyed a few days of skiing in Italy, I was reminded of a pearl of wisdom by a ski instructor of my kids. After a downhill run, when discussing what to improve skiing, the instructor told my son: “Not the slope must change — it can’t — you must!” This simple statement by a veritable expert in this field (as opposed to my son’s father) had deeply impressed my son. Each time we go skiing
During winter, it sometimes snows in Germany, even in climate change-raddled 21st century. In the first weeks of January 2019, we are experiencing heavy snowfalls — a weather condition that results in a variety of effects, from the impossibility to bike to work, over flight cancellations or accidents. to snowball fights and deep powder skiing. Weather is a phenomenon beyond the reach of human beings. It is broadly predictable but unforseeable in its