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Face it: Win-Win is a fairy tale, invented by those who exploit others. I never heard an aboriginee in Australia talking about win-win situations, or african slaves during the golddigger era in America saying that trade with africans is a win-win deal. Karl Marx never mentioned a worker [more]

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Why is it that so many people have problems in saying what they don’t like about their friends. Giving a feedback. Maybe this is a cultural thing. I know from my muslim and turkish friends and from my asian relatives that you don’t face people with critics directly [more]

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This poem you need to read. It was twittered a few days ago: Our Generation (by Jordan Nichols) Our generation will be known for nothing. Never will anybody say, We were the peak of mankind. That is wrong, the truth is Our generation was a failure. Thinking that [more]

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Why is it that so many people are crazy about bags? There is a purse-mania nit just in the It-girls world, and I admit that I can feel the magic behind a cool bag. But I found out, that you travel the streets with a completely different gravity [more]

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Are you more the kind of Taker-type, Giver-type or Barter-type? For Adam Grant, one of the youngest professors at the Wharton Business School Pennsylvania (USA), there are these three characters, that rule the world. The taker-type is a career focused person who is trained to use ellbows. The [more]

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You are a designer, an architect, a software developper – brief: You design products? Then do me favor: Stop it. The world doesn’t need more products. We are full of products. I proclaim the peak product. The world was never missing the nescafe nespresso cups, the E-bike, the [more]

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This method is influenced by Confucius and Bruce Lee. It is clear that our lives are situated in a permanent field of tension between two poles: plus and minus, day and night, supply and demand, giving and taking, and so forth. Followers of Confucius speak of yin and [more]

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You can not solve the problems with the tools that caused them. This is what Einstein once said. So, when we talk about economical issues, we should try to look for some answers outside the economic box. We should not try to answer wages issues with more wages, [more]

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I got famous a few years ago with blueprints for so called Hartz IV Möbel, Bauhaus inspired furniture. I do not sell the construction plans. I give them away for free. Well, that’s not entirely true. I do expect something in return: a story. People pay me with [more]

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My friends were a bit taken aback when they saw my mother. She had shaved off her hair and was wearing a robe. “From now on, I am no longer only there for you, my son, but for all children,” she said. It was her way of dealing [more]

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Money is very practical, because it gives you the freedom to transform it into happiness the way you want it – as long as the things that makes you happy are buyable. Such as a Porsche, the new iPhone or a day off at Artemis. But what about [more]

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If you want to meet inspiring people, ask them for an interview. This is how I got the chance to meet people that I know from the newspapers: typographer Erik Spiekermann, Rapper Kool Savas, the Musicians Boss Hoss, Architect Thomas Willemeit (Graft), enterpreneur Ralf Anderl (ic! berlin), Food-Activist [more]

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“I smell smoked meat. The smoke comes from the skin of my left arm.” This is how a Dan Brown Novel kicks off on the first page. Gooooosebump! How much goosebump makes your talk? Yesterday I joined the TEDx MünchenSalon and learnt a lot about telling stories, about [more]

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A lot of people complain about their homes, because they don’t feel that comfy, although they have already spent so much money on expensive furniture, pillows, accessories and flowers. And what do people do when they don’t feel at home at their homes: They move out and seek [more]

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She is smiling at me, constantly smiling. Does she really like me? Probably not. Actually she is also smiling at the people in the rows in the front and in the back in the same way. The stewardess, who we call flight attendant today, gets paid for doing [more]

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In Berlin we have 1.102 bridges, more than Venice. 7% suffer from a disease that normally human beings know: Cancer. No joke, experts found out, that there is an acid reaction taking place in the concrete, that injures the bridge: concrete cancer (“Betonkrebs” in german). There is no [more]

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Are you a leader? Are you in charge of a team in your company or organisation? Then you might know these management strategies: Top Down, Down-up, Management by exception and so on. And you will probably have heard that a good manager delegates tasks. It’s good for the [more]

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Van Bo Le-Mentzel
February 16, 2014
Idea #26: Life is dukkha

When my grandfather passed away, his daughter decided to move into a temple and join the vietnamese buddhist association. I was thirteen, when my mother left us. She shaved her long black hair and put a grey cape over her shoulders and moved in the buddhist pagode in [more]

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Yesterday someone on facebook contacted me. Something bad happened to a woman, that I am friends with. She tried to commit suicide. This leads me think about death. If people don’t want to live anymore, actually what is wrong about deciding not to live anymore? I know what [more]

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Hooray! Felix Loch went Gold in Sotschi. Are you watching the olympic games in Russia? A friend of mine used to be an olympic athlete. His name is Kofi, and he belonged to world’s best long jumpers. He jumped more than 8 meters. He had the sex appeal [more]

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This is my subway story. 1986. Berlin Wall still there. S-Bahnstation Humboldthain. I was standing in front of the ticket machine. No money, no jacket, no mobile phone (they haven’t been invented yet). I must have been 9 years old or so. Tears ran over my cheeks. I [more]

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Van Bo Le-Mentzel
February 5, 2014
Idea #22: Take the stairs!

I recently quit my contract with my fitness studio. Imagine, I have been a member since I was 18. That’s exactly half of my life, and I still don’t look like an athlete. Actually the most important thing for me is to have a flat belly. When I [more]

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Van Bo Le-Mentzel
February 4, 2014
Idea #21: Repair it!

Facts first: Over 10.000 tons of waste are shipped to chinese garbage dumps every single day. 3,5 million tons of waste do people alltogether produce everyday on earth. Despite of recycling our garbage production increases, we simply buy too much and more and more people on earth emulates [more]

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A few days ago my father gathered the whole family at the Good Friends Restaurant in the Kantstrasse, which is probably the best chinese restaurant (my father is chinese). There was a momentous occasion: Chinese New Years Eve. Normally my father doesn’t accept people from outside the family [more]

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My neighbor is pregnant. She asked me if I had an idea how to redesign the kitchen. She wants everything to be fixed before the baby comes. I have designed a lot of interiors, Cafés, apartments, offices, lounges, booths and showrooms. This is actually my expertise and passion. [more]

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Peace is a big word. I found a way to give peace. Actually you can not literally GIVE peace, because peace isn’t a thing or a product, that can be given, you might say, but yes: I think I found out what it is. And I will share [more]

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As an architecture student I remember we had a professor in our university who we called Dr. F-Weiler, because the F-Word was part of his familyname: Fickweiler. Foremost my female muslim college fellows didn’t dare to call him, because it’s simply haram. And I remember the mother of [more]

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“No one has ever become poor by giving”, Anne Frank once wrote in her diary. As you know Anne’s life was short. She wrote about life, love and strawberrycakes. She was 15, when she got killed from the nazis. I have read her diary when I was at [more]

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This is a very simple thing, that can restructure your day with a deep impact: Change your sleep habits. Don’t go to bed too late. And get up early. I always have a souvereign feeling, when I can make it not to get seduced by my snooze button. [more]

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Ladies and gents, here is a task for you: How can you find out the distance (in km) from here to the moon? No wikipedia allowed. What you can do is calling all your friends (who also are not allowed to look it up on the internet). One [more]

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Everyone knows that feeling, it comes up, when your colleague at the office gets an appreciation for something in which you probably are better. It comes up, when your best friend suceeds runs the marathon much faster than you did it (and he just took half time training [more]

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I just come from the doctor, we made a 35 checkup, this is a prevention checkup for people older than 35 years. It’s free for me, the government pays. I wanted to have my body and my health status checked. I have a new born son and I [more]

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Is it possible to send a letter without a stamp? Try this: Just swap the sender’s adress with the recipient’s address and put the envelope into the mail box without a stamp. It takes like one week, but the letter will be sent to the sender’s address for sure. Post [more]

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Julia Engelmann is a 21 year old poetry slammer. Recently a friend showed me a youtube video of her, where she slammed about life. you find the full text at the bottom. She is the most popular slammer in Germany today with more than 3 million views. She [more]

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What is 3×2? A pupil answers with big eyes: 3×2 is the same as 2×3! The whole class laughed out loud and the teacher punished the poor kid to stand in the corner for the rest of the day: Take your time and think about what you made [more]

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Recently I had a crazy idea. I thought of founding a startup. The business plan is a little weird. The idea is to found the Official Administration of the Universe. I would be the CEO of that office. Actually, I would become He-Man – the master of the [more]

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Let us talk about land, property and real estate. Everybody pays loads of money monthly to his landlord. And those, who owns an apartment or a house still pays a lot of money to a bank. Here is my thesis: The rent we pay (and the interest we [more]

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Let me begin this story with a personal revelation: I am illegal. This story begins in Laos in 1975. It’s a story about crying, remorse and tears. The Chinese electrician Sengdao fell in love with his maid Thi Tam, a Vietnamese tailoress. The unlike couple grew up in [more]

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Beginnen wir mit einer guten Nachrichten für alle, die Sex mögen: Erektion ist ein Menschenrecht! Und aus diesem Grund darf kein Unternehmen ein Patent auf Pillen wie Viagra haben. Lange Zeit hat Pfizer einen Vorteil aus dem Leid von vielen Männern (und Frauen) gezogen. Pfizer hat sein Monopol [more]

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When I walked along the beach in San Francisco in 2012 I have seen so many young people who slept there, obviously they were sort of homeless, but somehow not suffering from living without a shelter. In the streets you see selfmade cardboards serving as temporary mini homes [more]

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Vor kurzem habe ich eine Crowdfunding-Kampagne namens c3s (Creative Commons Collecting Society – eine Genossenschaft, die Creative Commons sammelt) unterstützt. Das ist eine Initiative, die versucht mehr Gerechtigkeit in unser Urheberrechts-System zu bringen. Die Regeln für das Urheberrecht machen in Deutschland seit vielen Jahrzehnten die GEMA (Gesellschaft für [more]

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Was ist Wasser wert? Nun, für einen Liter abgefülltes Mineralwasser (von Evian) müssen Sie 95 Cent bezahlen. In Deutschland spült eine einzelne Person etwa 1.320 Liter Wasser pro Monat ins Klo. Damit könnte man ein gutes Geschäft machen, demnach 1.250 Euro pro Monat. Verschwendung von gutem Wasser. Aber [more]

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Kürzlich ging ich zu einer Tankstelle, um Luft in meine Autoreifen zu pumpen. Normalerweise gab es dort immer einen gewöhnlichen Druckluftbehälter. Heute haben sie dort eine große silberglänzende Luftmaschine. Und sie haben mir einen Euro für Luft berechnet. Natürlich wegen der Innovation. Aber ich habe mich gefragt, ob [more]

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Did you ever throw money away? I mean on purpose. Prof. Jem Bendell did it with a 20 Euro bill on his TED Talk in 2011. It was just 20 Euros, and I thought: This is super stupid! Today, after reading Tom Sedlacek, Götz Werner and Karl Marx, [more]