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Businesses conventionally use profits for their own benefit and entrust non-profit organizations and governments to solve social problems in the community. Sadly this is not enough. But, did you know there are also companies that invest their profits back into making a positive change in society? People helping other people to help themselves.

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We are some of these passionate people from around the world that have come together to make the world a better place. Thanks to the wonders of the internet and the goodwill of Coursera, the Copenhagen Business School (CBS) is holding a massive open online course (MOOC) in Social Entrepreneurship for people of different backgrounds, ranging from successful business owners, to people working in the medical field, to university students, you name it!
This course allows us to connect with each other and create groups to develop a business plan around a social business. Through a competitive selection process, and chosen by an expert committee from CBS, the most promising social ventures developed at the end of this Social Entrepreneurship course will receive the funds that we raise this week!

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What I Learned About Privacy – Blogging Ethics

Howdy folks,

Do you understand that I want to get back to this physical state? :)

Could I become a jacket model? 🙂

just a short post to share with you my learnings about privacy and blogging. You know, I am always very honest and not hiding much from you. I posted some posts that I called Social Striptease where I uploaded videos in which I sing a bit and it is like a public rehearsal, so neither good recording quality nor perfection in my singing. But I wanted to share it with you anyway. I also posted the story about my psychic illness, my psychosis, a story called The Singer And The Virus. I just think that there is to much silence about psychic illnesses!

However, back to what I learned about privacy: Since I get myself used to a very low level of privacy, I had to learn it the hard way that there are persons which don’t like it and feel even kind of exposed if mentioned in my posts. I had a very great conversation with my brother and a short chat with my cousin about their feelings about my post about the funeral of my grandfather. They think he would not have liked to be presented online and my brother even told me that he thought this post would kind of destroy the feeling of family of the funeral. I never wanted to do anything like this…

Forbidden sunglasses

Forbidden sunglasses – Once I thought being a visual artist 🙂

So what did I learn from it?

  • I will not post any pictures of people I know anymore, except for people who explicitly allowed me to do so.
  • I will not write any names of people I know in my posts anymore, except for people who explicitly allowed me to do so.
  • I will think about if I really want to share a story or a thought on a post (I guess I will say “yes of course I wanna share!” most of the time but anyway, at least I will have had a thought about it then).

That’s it already, I hope you enjoyed reading and understood my points. I now want you to share your experiences with your own privacy and respecting other people’s privacy on the web and especially on your blog. Would you share them by commenting on this post, please?

Looking forward to reading your comments.

May peace surround you and be happiness your friend,

Chris

How Facebook Plus Travelling By Train And An Open Mind Can Change Your Life

Howdy folks,

Kiss from a rose

Kiss from a rose

imagine this one: I travelled by train yesterday and talked to a young woman. She had to get off the train in a city near mine. She told me what she was studying and as it was quite a special subject of study (translated to something like “sports, health and sparetime”), I found her on Facebook by a search for her university (guessed from the subject and the city she got into the train) in combination with the city she left the train as her hometown. As her hometown is not a very big city, the search returned some twenty results. By her profile photo, I found the right result quite quick and added her which was very surprising for her (like having found her was surprising for me, too). What a funny, small world…

Left part of an old factory taken from the train on my way to my grandmother

Left part of an old factory taken from the train on my way to my grandmother

Now I am home again, chatting with some friends and listening to my YouTube playlist. I will work on my Remember Happiness Today series soon, already thought about how to continue it a few days ago. You know, I need a question for every day so there has to be some method how I can think of good questions without repeating them. I thought of giving every day of the week a topic name:

  • Material Monday
  • Thinking Tuesday
  • Worried Wednesday
  • Thumbs Up Thursday
  • Physical Friday
  • Social Saturday
  • (St)Art(ing) Sunday
Right part of an old factory taken from the train on my way to my grandmother

Right part of an old factory taken from the train on my way to my grandmother

Now I have seven columns and can add verbs to create questions with in a row for every week. After rearranging my notes I had before the design of this method, I now have still verbs for two weeks, then I need to think about more verbs related to my daily topics again.

What do you think about this method? How would you call your days of the week?

I wish all of you a great Sunday, thank you very much for being here.

May peace surround you and be happiness your friend.

Chris

About this blog

Howdy folks,

Sun Pillar

Sun Pillar (Photo credit: tomhe)

just wanted to let you know that I’ve recently updated my about page which you can find here.

If you do not know my blog in detail yet, you can quickly get into my categories and some posts here.

Thank you very much for being one of the very important persons in my life! Please let me know if I can do anything for you, either by commenting on a post, by dropping me some lines using my contact form or by commenting on my off topic forum “Where we meet“.

Yours sincerely,

Chris

Ten Thoughts That Changed My Life

Howdy folks,

Mind creates life

Mind creates life (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

today I want to introduce to you ten thoughts that changed my life as you voted me to do so in the last customer service poll. I used the blockquote formatting to mark my thoughts, might see it as a citation of my mind.

(1) It’s a small world full of great opportunities and great people.

This thought came in my mind once again this morning when I asked a young man at the Karlsruhe Main Station for a pen to write the notes for this blog entry. We began to talk and realized that we are both studying at the Duale Hochschule at Karlsruhe, both studying Applied Computer Science. The only difference was that he started his studies in 2012 and I started in 2010, so he will hopefully enjoy the Software Engineering course I designed starting in October 2013 and I will have finished my studies and be employed by this time. Thank you very much for giving me a pen, Michael K!

(2) There are entity theorists and incremental theorists, also called fixed mind-set and growth mind-set people.

I believe that there are also inconsistent people. These people believe that they can improve in one area and keep at the same level for all their life in another area believing that they are not able to change this. I think that being an incremental theorist/growth mind-set people is essential for being able to head for meaningful activities. Which will make you happier, you know. I believe I can grow!

(3) If something is made for me, I will feel and find it someday.

Door light

Door light (Photo credit: @Doug88888)

I think that there are always opportunities that show you that you should decide to go somewhere and that you can always decide to live against what you are meant to but will feel when you listen to the hints of life and do what you are meant to. I just start to feel the flow then. Why someday? Because the good things sometimes take longer. I am taking singing lessons for almost five years now but only within the last two months, my progress have begun to scratch the surface of audibility.

(4a) If I do not take the responsibility for my life, nobody else does.

Does that sound daunting? It’s a great opportunity as you will see in the next thought…

(4b) Only if I take the responsibility for my own life and my personal development, I can become the best version of myself.

And that is what I aim for as I am looking for making my life a meaningful activity.

(5) We live in a wonderful world. How can I help and what can I do to maintain and even improve this world?

What do you think? What do you do?

(6a) I have to feel my body but be present and focussed on the outside.

Singer.

Singer (That’s not me, will post about my band when we are ready :)). (Photo credit: flo and me)

This is very important to have the right source of energy (the body) and be able to use this energy letting it flow to a target outside. As a singer, groove and audience help me to do so.

(6b) In my mind I have to be precise but my body will only be able to translate this precise imagination if it is not cramped.

So I have to differ between precise thoughts I make in my mind and precise actions that result from the precise imagination in my mind (call it a template for action) and are improved by regular, mindful reproductions of the mind template (known as training).

(7) Freedom does not mean you do what you want to. Freedom means that you do what you want to as long as it does not limit the freedom of other people.

E.g. you could turn up your music as loud as you want to but as you would thereby limit your neighbour’s freedom to have a nap or simply relax, you should not do so. To say it with Eleanor Roosevelt‘s wise words: “With freedom comes responsibility.”

(8) There is bad work, good work, do your own thing and meaningful activities.

Social integration and meaning plus following personal aims leads to a meaningful activity

Social integration and meaning plus following personal aims leads to a meaningful activity

I already wrote about this one. If you did not follow one of the two meaningful activity links above, you can read about it here.

(9) There is the instruction paradigm and the learning paradigm.

Regretfully, you can not only find it in college but almost everywhere in life. I wrote about my thoughts on the great book of John Tagg here.

(10a) I do not need to rely on existing enterprises to satisfy my needs. I could start my own business.

social media

social media (Photo credit: Sean MacEntee)

I often have ideas how to improve existing business models or how I imagine a great business/store of a certain kind. The last thing that came into my mind was my favorite future fashion store with no sale and no cloth hangers. As I am always looking for great opportunities and great people, I am sure that I will be able to realize the concepts one day.

(10b) We are all social beings.

So enjoy your friends, go for social interaction, use the amazing technical possibilities of our days. Join and communicate, meet people and make a difference, for you and for others. Remember, it’s a small world full of great opportunities and great people!

Goes without saying that I am looking forward to getting to know you and reading and answering your comments!