A Job for Developing the Future (Both Mine and That of Others)

2 months ago I started a new job after finishing my Master Thesis (which also happens to be the reason that I did not blog that much lately – sorry for that!).

So far I have to say that I simply love it! I have the feeling that I am building the future for myself and the company, both driving the company to the next level of innovation and preparing myself for the awesome job of sharing, enabling and promoting opportunities for personal and professional development as a business model. But how does this actually all pan out? Bear with me as I go through the different points of explaining the setting, the changes, and the outcome for both the company, my business model and innovation…

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Will we drown in a Sea of Mediocracy? / The Future of the Newspaper Companies in the Age of Social Media


The Movie

Just recently I watched the Movie “PressPausePlay”, an Open Source movie with famous artists like Moby, Seth Godin, and then also some less famous up-and-coming ones. It talks about the future and current state of Art – Music, Movies, Texts and how they are produced and how people could potentially live from it.

It makes several statements:

  • free ideas spread faster and wider than those that require payments
  • everybody can contribute now and art is becoming democratized

Based on this it also raises some questions:

  • Do we drown in a sea of mediocracy if everybody shares and most of them do not have talent?
  • Also unknown artists can potentially make a living out of music and become famous now more easily as opposed to before – the (music / film / …) industry as a gatekeeper is dead

The best example of those theories are the ones in the movie and also the (open source and free) movie itself – check it out for yourself on vimeo (see below) or on their website www.presspauseplay.com

PressPausePlay from House of Radon on Vimeo.

Newspaper boxes (source (1))

The Questions

I also took these questions to a barcamp on Social Media and even went one step further: if it is possible to still make money in different way with music (e.g. pay-what-you-want, concerts) and books (publish online free and pay for hardcopy) as proven in the movie – what about newspapers and journalism? How can people live off that in the future? What is the role of Social Media in this? Continue reading Will we drown in a Sea of Mediocracy? / The Future of the Newspaper Companies in the Age of Social Media

The many Faces of a Chair – but not the one you sit on!

This post has become a little longer again – sorry for that but I hope you still enjoy it! For sure there are also some complementary videos that should be interesting 😉

After I have already been writing about the general tasks of a chair and my experiences with it – here comes some more detail in case you are about to consider or even do it yourself or are just interested in a deeper explanation – and some further experiences (I just chaired another conference in Poland :))

Major Principles

Much of this can actually be attributed and used in any leadership position and for any change management. Check out these important principles for inducing change. Also make sure you do not fall into the dangers of collaboration.

The Plenaries

Be Yourself and find your own Style

As a chair, you are not there to use the right tools, make everything perfect and then leave, but to inspire, share your experience and challenge people by providing a different perspective. Bring something different. Something either from you personally or your country that they have never heard or thought of before. Let them try it themselves! Maybe some German words? 

German Words
German Words - 1. little Matchbox, 2. Squirrel's Tail, 3. Danube Steamboat Capitain 🙂

Also contribute personal learnings that will have to do with something you consider a failure for yourself. When you learned something from it, that can be quite worth sharing!

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Sudden Change – British style -> Leider Geil! (“Unfortunately Awesome”!)

So I hopped over to London to visit family, my coach and friends. I have been a bit around the globe, but one thing still struck me odd:

Driving on the left.

Obviously I had already heard about it but forgotten about it when arriving at the airport at 7 am after having just spent the entire previous night trying to sleep at another airport!
I got onto the bus and actually got the seat in the very front with a clear view ahead!
This can be quite refreshing / shocking / awakening at once but then you probably adopt to it. Or so I thought. Because it is part of a lot of subtleties as well! Obviously you overtake also on the left, you walk on the left side of the street (if not too many tourists make you feel on the wrong side of the road whatever side you are on!), the metro (/tube) leaves to the left and not the right. Every time I had to think AGAIN!! Nothing normal! But then – what is normal?

Being normal - embrace change!
People don't resist change - but nobody likes being changed!

“Being normal is boring. Be yourself and LIVE!” ~me 😉

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