What is the Value of Man?

I hear people talking about the decay of values; that the value of man is steadily depreciating. But what is the value of man? This is an ancient question challenging philosophers since eternal times.

Diversity of Perspectives

I have been observing people taking different perspectives or a combination of these perspectives to define the value of man, the value of others and […]

Of Stupid Parliamentarians and a Radical New Order

Juliane Kästner: Everything is subject to the life cycle of upward trend, peak and downward trend: humans, institutions, companies, empires and even democracy, says philosopher Charles Handy in „The Second Curve – Thoughts on Reinventing Society“.

Life Cycle of Technologies, Companies, Empires or Democracy

To escape the downward trend, a […]

Robots Will Help Us to Strengthen Our Social Cohesion

Juliane Kästner: You refer to the “empowered individual” in your studies Technology as en enabler of sustainable well-being in the modern society. Why are we as individuals more empowered in these days?

Risto Linturi: We are empowered as a customer, as a citizen. As customers we are […]

I am not only “The German”

“Germans, living in Switzerland, do not feel comfortable and find it difficult to integrate”, my parents read to me on this recurring topic from a corresponding article just recently. I myself am a German. And I do not agree.

Granted. I am living more than 26 years in Switzerland, first in the Canton of Solothurn, then in St. Gallen, Zurich, Basel, […]

Evolutionary Principles and Management Models on the Rise

This article is dedicated to all the consultants and employees of this world. To people advocating to start the journey of change in companies’ purposes and approaches for coordination (bureaucracy), decision-making (hierarchy) or employee’s motivation, faced with questions like “Who has done that before, still being successful? We will never be like Google, you know, we are not an IT-company or in the Silicon Valley.” or “Self-organization […]

Guaranteed Minimum Income: Rationality versus Fairness Preferences

Juliane Kästner: The most pressing question that is constantly raised in connection with the guaranteed minimum income is whether the inhabitants of Switzerland will continue working. How do you assess this from a behavioral economics point of view?

Gerhard Fehr: I believe that work represents an elementary part of life for many people. And for this reason, I believe that a […]

Do We Move From an Employee Towards an Entrepreneurial Society?

In the preceding years I have been witnessing a growing change among my friends and acquaintances. Some quit their engagement as an employee to found a startup. Others have become more and more dissatisfied in their jobs, thirsty for a working environment of self-determination, appreciation and room for innovation.

I have noticed not only an increasing need […]

Why its time to forget the pecking order at work

Margaret Heffernan speaks in her TED talk about nurturing heroes in the enterprise, whose performance will be celebrated, even tough it is not very creative. These heroes think and act in their silos and often do not even know that another hero or another heroine some desks away is working on a […]

How equal do we want the world to be? You’d be surprised

Dan Ariely – professor for psychology and behavior economics at the Duke University – is asking the right questions and finds out, that various gaps exist in the equality or egality of us human beings within our society:

  • a knowledge gap to the effective wealth distribution,
  • a gap, as human beings wish the distribution […]