Is blogging outdated?

Admittedly, I seldom blog. Maybe twice a year – whenever I feel like – as a result I don’t have a lot of followers. It’s not really a publication outlet for me. Recently I found that more and more of the links to other materials I use online go dead. Material disappears, goes dead… <– This blog entry started as a test to fix the crashed database behind the WP blog. Page cashing prolonged the outing – looks like it’s fixed –>  Now that the blog seems fixed on a technical level, the root question remains: “Does anybody still read blogs?” and “Are blogs obsolete?” Despite the shortness of the blog entry it already receives a comment. [to be continued]

 

 

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Nothingness: Energy from Within (revisited)

In 2013 I gave a TEDx talk in Austria with the title “Nothingness: Energy from Within”. powerplugs
The topic for the conference was “Powering Up” with many great talks covering every aspect of energy production, management, ecological alternatives, solarpower plants, and the future city. As very child knows, energy comes out of the plug in the wall which is why parents discourage toddler stop put random metal pieces into those interesting little holes. Alternatively energy comes from power bars.

My talk closed the event with a different perspective about the energy potential of form and emptiness. Ways we create power from within in charging and balancing body and mind.

When I became interested and then certified in Integral Coaching®  these potentials to support clients in their personal development are of special interest to me as they allow clients to develop long-term benefits and life-changing results.

The idea continues to develop and gain power.

Nothingness:Energy from Within

.                    Form does not differ from emptiness,
.                    Emptiness does does not differ from form.
.                    Form itself is emptiness, emptiness itself form.
.                    — Heart of the Perfect Wisdom Sutra

Power and Energy are always directly related to motion, force and ultimately speed. To move in space and time we need energy in a wide range of forms – internal emotional as well as external energy to sustain our lives.

For the longest time we just used the energy sources we could get our hands on: wood, coal, wale blubber, all sorts of fossil and nuclear energy, wind, sun, cow dung, to name a few. While responsible use of resources, and awareness of the impact on our environment and us is always very important and has become a critical argument in selecting and using different energy sources.

When discussing the use of energy, efficiency, reduction, new energy forms, we consistently look at the issues in an isolated environment; yet the energy from outside and the energy we have inside us are directly connected. And furthermore, energy and energy usage is always also about communication, be it smart grids, powering a telephone line, socially, sitting around a fire or internally the way we feel at a very moment – spiritual, mental, emotional as well as physical energy. Discussing “alternative energy forms” usually gets stuck because it does not take into account the whole picture.

Understanding the energetic potential between form and emptiness, between what we need and don’t need we will get to surprising insights that go beyond the question of sun versus wind.

 

 

 


walzenstecker

A personal side note – At the age of four, my personal preference was a telephone plug clearly designed to be used as a toy. Official denomination “Telefon-Walzenstecker Anschlussdosenstöpsel ZB 27“, clearly an empowering highlight of my early years with an added benefit that it was not life threatening in its use.

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How Green is the Valley?

My paper How Green is the Valley; ICT Markets Are Going Green: The Other Story from Silicon Valley finally got published:

Brody How green is my valleyABSTRACT. Sustainability is no longer an added feature but a core element of a major part of industrial developments. While the Silicon Valley is at the forefront of technology development and is trying hard to provide an ecologically responsible and healthy work environment it is challenged by the fact that a major part of its output both in hardware and software is consumption-driven and relies on a neo-colonialist approach to produce its wares while creating a green image. Green tech, briefly one of the fastest growing segments in institutional investment has fallen out of favor in 2013. “Green” is not an add-on that can be introduced as method or legally required, it redefines the way we conceive, produce and consume products overall.

 

 

 

Any sufficiently advanced technology is indistinguishable from magic.
— Clarke’s 3rd Law

The Magic

Silicon Valley has a reputation of almost mystical dimensions on all aspects of innovation, creativity, start-ups and moneyto fund all these ventures. The unique quality of the Valley lies in it geographical, informational, and conceptual density of its resources and thus offers a catalytic effect on projects and enterprises. With Green Tech becoming a major segment worldwide, Silicon Valley companies add their own twist, providing everything from energy efficient devices to alternative energy production. Yet after initial interest, the engagement by investors dropped sharply and investment in all segments of green technology is down up to 80 percent in 2013 compared to 2012. [more]

 

The paper was published in2015_Cover_vorn-EcoCom-Book

Michael A. Herzog (ed)
Economics of Communication.
ICT Driven Fairness and Sustainability for Local and Global Marketplaces. GITO Berlin 11/2015

ISBN 9783955451431

Amazon US    Amazon DE

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Feels kind of weird

Today I got a message from a friend who starts a new job. Upon congratulating her, she texted “Thanks!!!  Feels kind of weird.” – how wonderful – weird is good. Weird is outside the ordinary. It makes you alive, raises your sensitivity for your own feelings, perceptions, formations, your body and mind. Weird requires you to think with you body and your heart. And this allows you to make a difference. Jessica Hagy wrote a piece for Forbes in 2011 “Why Weird is Wonderful” noting that people who act memorably are often “weird” – astronauts, saints, writers. Weird is not only out there – it also requires you to be authentic to yourself and to your path.

Ask yourself, have you done, seen, encountered anything weird today? If not, why not. Maybe you should look closer. Sometimes the most obvious right in front of your eyes becomes really weird, once you look closer. Go with that feeling, explore, sense it.

I just wrote “weird” so often over he last five minutes, that the spelling of the very word starts to look weird. Is it right? Is it wrong?

Make it a practice for a week or two to consciously look for something weird every day and observe what this practice does to you. Take care of yourself while doing so. Know your boundaries – avoid food that tastes weird-funny. (Funny is never good when related to food). But do have fun.

And for you S. – all the best on your path into a new adventure.

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Reading a story to M.: “… I don’t know how to reach him — just look in the phone book…”

M: What’s a phone book?
Me: It used to be a thick book with the phone numbers of everyone in town
M: That’s weird. Why didnn’t you have all the numbers you need in your contact list on your phone?
Me – trying to explain the notion of a life before smart phones … and the concept of a phone book…
Me – Do you remember the book in the plastic bag at the gate last week that we thre into recycling without opening? – that’s a phone book.
M – can we go and look up some of our friends in a phone book? That would be fun.
Me (thinkin) – That’s weird.

 

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Revisiting Reality

 

Have you recently wondered if reality is slipping away? Is life getting less real? Do we need to do something about it? In German there is the nice word “Handlungsbedarf”. The translation “Need for action” only halfheartedly conveys the slightly old-fashioned feeling and the clear direction that someone has to do something. (implying probably not me). French has this wonderfully impersonal “il faut que …” with a similar intention.

So something needs to be done, Someone needs to do something. I need to do something. Something that helps experiencing the HERE, the NOW, the moment of presence in this world, that we still have. Heidegger calls it “Sein” – “Being” : “Dasein is a Being who understands that it exists, and what is more the Being of Dasein is, in part, shaped by that understanding.” (Being and Time quoted here). In Eastern Philosophy, especially in Buddhism exists there term of “Suchness” (Sanskrit Tathata), the essential quality of now.

I checked my old blog posts about reality and came across the promotional campaign created by a highly creative promoter for the

Austrian shoe brand Humanic. The ad campaigns were legendary for using the work of modern poets and visual artists:

In Wirklichkeit ist die Wirklichkeit nicht wirklich wirklich.
Aber wirklich ist sie doch.
(In reality, reality is not really real. But real she is nevertheless)

As we dive deeper into the topic, we find reports on virtual infidelity (SFW – suitable for work), maybe the whole universe is virtual reality and “The universe as we know it may be a simulation created by programmers from the future, according to NASA scientist, Rich Terrile.

In what we call everyday life, we are confronted wide a wide range of actions and beliefs that pull us away from the here and now and I am passionate to support people to get in contact with their here and now and supporting them in their development. I am building my coaching practice and if working with me on issues that are getting in the way of your here and now is of interest to you, please contact me. My coaching website will be up soon, subscribe to this blog to receive advance notice:

 

 

 

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