Thursday, May 31, 2012

12 (or more) Things Different

Going through the list beside - does something resonate with your own behaviour?

Success for one sure thing is not an overnight speed-train journey. It may feel harsh at some points in it, and surprisingly positively overwhelming at other times.

In the article "12 Things Successful People do Differently" you'll perhaps find further inspiration to find your inner destiny.

Monday, May 28, 2012


(Natural Hazards Triggering Technological Accidents)

I believe it is good, before I start my article, to explain the meaning of the words OECD and NATECH.
OECD : Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development.
(A useful definition for) NATECH: A “Natech” accident is a “chemical accident” caused by a natural hazard or a natural disaster. “Chemical accidents” include accidental oil and chemical spills, gas releases, and fire or explosions involving hazardous substances from fixed establishments (e.g. petrochemical, pharmaceutical, pesticide, storage depot), and oil and gas pipelines.
Now let’s get started.
Not many people and not many facilities are aware of the impact natural hazards could have on environment and on people’s life. This theme as well as the strong connection between natural events and potentially dangerous technology-related-facilities, was the subject of a workshop held 23rd - 25th May 2012 in the Congress Zentrum in Dresden (Germany).
The city of Dresden, severely damaged by the flooding in August 2002, wants to be as much as possible prepared in case a new flooding should occur, a possibility that seems to be not so remote as one could imagine.
The continuous and quick climate changes the world is facing in the last few years, leave no doubts that new and more frequent  weather-related events could occur.
Let’s think at the hurricanes and tornados that created above the ocean near Africa move towards the American’s states, or at the frequent earthquakes that are hitting  the north of Italy since the beginning of this year, or at the earthquake that hit Japan and Fukushima last year, causing a nuclear power disaster. Nevertheless, countries like the Philippines are continuously subjected to natural hazards: earthquakes, tsunamis, volcano eruptions, floods are part of the daily life.
What would happen if these natural hazards, whose strength goes well beyond the human control, would hit and destroy facilities engaged in working and storing chemical or toxic substances?
What would happen to the population living there, to the fields, the rivers, the flora and the fauna of these places and to the whole eco-system?
Are the facilities involved in producing and/or storing dangerous substances aware of these risks? And most important of all, are they ready to cope with natural events (or even with bush fire), whose destroying power could go beyond our prediction?
Disappointingly, the present situation is not as good as we could expect. Many facilities involved in producing or transforming dangerous substances, would not be able to cope with natural hazards whose strength is stronger than usual. In other words, they are not ready to face a potential (not-yet-experienced)-natural disaster.  
Most of these facilities have been built many years ago in respect of the various needs and requirements of the time. In the course of the years, however, things have changed and they are going to change further. These facilities, therefore, need to be put in “safety”, need to re-think at the dangerousness of the substances on the view of present and forecasted future natural hazards.
Natural hazards do not make any difference among OECD member countries and not OECD member countries, therefore, these problems are of same relevance for all countries.
At the end of a very interesting and well organized workshop some conclusions and recommendations on Natech Risk Management were drawn:
  • Methods and tools for industrial Natech risk analysis and territory mapping with help of GIS (Geographic Information System) for identification and monitoring of Natech risk locations are extremely important
  • Elaboration of guidance, strength co-operation and experience exchange among  OECD member countries and not OECD member countries have to be promoted
  • Environmental insurance against Natech Risk for facilities and installation already existing and/or in construction is of great relevance
  • Natech risk analysis should be taken into consideration when locations for new facilities are chosen
New scenarios open in front of our eyes, a lot of work needs to be done and an even stronger co-operation among experts, governments and facilities needs to be promoted and supported. The earth belongs to all its inhabitants and it is in the interest of all to protect it and to keep it as safe as possible.

Interesting could be to give a look also to:
IEEE TTM: Technology Time Machine
Abundance: Future is better than you think

Friday, May 18, 2012

Rossendorf Lounge - A "cultural island"

RoDoLounge - unpublished (yet)
Exactly 365 days ago (one year ;-)), I personally handed over a freshly printed version of our action research paper "RoDoLounge - Rossendorf Innovationstreffpunkt" to the rector of the Technical University Dresden, Prof. Dr. Hans Müller-Steinhagen.

The paper itself describes the chances that are ahead of the local community, specifically Dresden, that will face a dramatic lowering of German government and European Community funding starting with 2015 (in less than three years), and the complete elimination of the "Solidarpakt" from 2019 on which in quite a bit, is used to finance infrastructure in the formerly GDR states.

We built the case around the successful Fraunhofer FEP Lounge, where in a relaxing surrounding researchers, managers, students, and interested citizens meet. Shouldn't that be the foundation to make true learning about emerging technology possible?

The documentary about Singularity University co-founder Ray Kurzweil "Transcendent Man" (released in spring 2011) made us feel, that the time would be ripe to go one step further in bringing the vision of LockSchuppen (an interdisciplinary innovation accelerator) into being.

... and yet all moved on differently. As Kurt Lewin (1890-1947), a German-born psychologist, coined, "If you truly want to understand a system, try to change it", and we learned it the "hard way".

Even though with good intentions, and working along-side with the financial constraints that will hit (for sure) the Free State of Saxony in a couple of years, the reactions of already positioned players in research, education, and business/ consulting can be disturbing. At present the action on bringing innovation into being will be probably started only when there is public funding on the horizon. So any activity on the "periphery" or "edge" of the "running system", and with a different value proposition, is seen as a potential threat to currently based business processes. Surprising!

Should therefor the efforts to create a new kind of education especially on emerging technology be stopped? - "There is no reason anyone would want a computer in their home." -- Ken Olson, president, chairman and founder of Digital Equipment Corp., 1977. (Dead wrong as we by now know)

There is true abundance in the various ways of learning. An elegant, and free-floating interconnection between the traditional ways of teaching, and new forms combining art and science such as DzWk e.V. (center of arts and science) with the concept of a Science Center to bring research into public by letting citizens play, and experience what hightech is; Werk.Stadt.Laden (a local hacker space), OpenCoffeeClubDresden (a social innovation space); .....

May the two books be the accelerators of thought, and action on the way. Thanks a lot Peter Diamandis and Otto Scharmer for all the inspiration on the way, which has led to totally new experiences along the way :)

..... are you in making the future what it is capable to be with our joint help?

PS.: BlueFuture2012 is just another perspective, and approach for making the above reality. What is your vision for 2020, 2056, or beyond?

Friday, May 4, 2012

Technologieforen sind zum Beschleunigen

... von Innovationen!

Staatsminister Sven Morlok führte gestern Abend im Internationalen Congress Centrum Dresden in das 7. Technologieforum der FDP Fraktion im Sächsischen Landtag ein.

Neue Materialien und deren Anwendungsbereiche standen im Mittelpunkt,. Insbesondere die drei renommierten technischen Universitäten der Standorte Freiberg, Chemnitz und Dresden und deren immanent wichtige Forschungsaktivitäten standen im Mittelpunkt. Es zeigte sich, dass die Forschungen in diesem Bereich überraschende Anwendungsbereiche finden, wie z.B. Snowboards aus Chemnitz zeigen.

Ein Projekt aus Dresden war das Science Center, das als Projektstudie des DzWk e.V. (Dresdner Zentrum für Wissenschaft und Kunst) für Interesse sorgte. Insbesondere die in der Studie dargestellte exponierte Lage am "Wiener Loch" in unmittelbarer Nähe zum Hauptbahnhof und der belebten Einkaufspassage "Prager Straße" sorgte für Interesse einiger teilnehmender Institutionen und Unternehmen.

Fazit des Abends: Sachsen hat sich in sich und Technologie liegt auf der Hand. Einzig die Vermittlung dessen, was neue Materialien ermöglichen, ihr künftiger Einsatz und eine verständliche Darstellung benötigen entsprechende Räume.

In diesem Sinn können wir bereits auf das 8. Technologieforum gespannt sein, wenn es vielleicht heißt: Dresden als Ort der Zukunft*!

*Beispiele gibt es ja in Projektskizzenform bereits einige, so auch die Gartenstadt Hellerau (heute mit der Entscheidung zum Weltkulturerbe aufwartend), wo seit über 100 Jahren Innovationen umgesetzt werden.

PS.: ... ein passendes Bild von gestriger Veranstaltung wird noch gesucht. Bitte melden.

Thursday, May 3, 2012

Digital Icon Talking with his Daughter

Lass' Dich nicht überfluten.

Lerne, mit den neuen Medien umzugehen.
Das geschieht, sobald Du dich traust und Du es alleine

Aus Mainz, der Heimatstadt des Erfinders des 
Buchdrucks mit beweglichen Lettern, 
Johannes Gensfleisch zu Gutenberg, 
stammend ist mir das, was Howard 
beschreibt seit frühester Kindheit 

Früher waren es Bücher, heute sind
es andere Medien, wie Google, Twitter,
Facebook, LinkedIn, XING, ...

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