The incredible Max Senges quizzed me about remote learning, upskilling, and implementing a makers mode. About strategies against digital fatigue, why software developers are role models for all of us when it comes to fiercely defending one’s focus time – and what all this means for the future of education. For me, it was an intellectual rollercoaster ride. We even talked about my favorite science fiction book series.
I've been writing a newsletter column for a while now – actually it's more of a monthly op-ed and research piece, dealing with the intersection of tech, society, and communications. Happy to see it increasingly getting traction, picking up new subscribers with each issue, and triggering lots of insightful discussions.
Over the last months, remote working has become a mainstream phenomenon at almost all companies and organizations. But is that a good thing? Here, I discuss the downsides of always-on and constant distractions that come with too much digital collaboration (in German).
In a workshop on Digital Fatigue I expected the participants, who were fresh out of school, to have their own opinions, experiences, and 'culture hacks' when it comes to digital collaboration – and that's exactly what I found. So it was a conversation on eye level and one that I enjoyed a lot.
In an insightful Q&A with employees of Mazars in Germany, we discussed Asynchronous Communication, Psychological Safety, Makers Mode, and Mindful Based Stress Reduction Delighted to see that even high-performance professionals in the finance industry would love to learn more about meditation and strategies against permanent distraction.
Being invited alongside titans such as Reed Hastings, Sebastian Thrun, Mathias Döpfner, Jeff Jarvis, and Audrey Tang I was part of a panel discussion on the “Organizational setup to thrive in a digital and post-pandemic future”, together with Koen Gonnissen and Dr. Laura Hambley Lovett, hosted by the great Philip Vanhoutte.
Germany’s quiet ranks of highly specialised, often family-owned companies are uniquely well placed to weather economic flux. But recent global shifts mean that they might have to accept investment and input from abroad. My op-ed for Monocle magazine’s annual "The Entrepreneurs".
The role of the office has changed: it’s no longer the place where you go to look at a screen; you can do that anywhere. Huge office parks in the suburbs will fade away. Instead, we’ll see more flagship-like offices in prime locations, for reasons of employer branding as well as customer retention.