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Sustainability Challenge Week 5

Welcome back! How is it going so far? I would love to hear about your experience!  The 10-week sustainability training suggests effective but easy to implement amendments that will neither cost a lot of time nor effort.  So … this week … I hardly dare to write the headline. Why?  Car? No, thank you! It’s unthinkable for most of us to leave the car at home. But it would make a big difference if we ride a bike or take the bus/train. Let’s experiment this week! The Challenge Try to not use your car at least two days this week. That will be very hard for some, simple for others. If… Read More

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Sustainability Challenge Week 4

Minimalism – Less is More Minimalism is trending: Give stuff away, buy it used, buy only what you really need. But the group of people who try to use resources responsibly is still small. To many, it seems like a daunting task. You know … we don’t always have to go to an extreme. Even if you feel you are not ready to live autonomic somewhere in the woods – every bit counts. Doing one thing wrong does not mean we have forsaken the right to do other things right. Once you start making some simple changes, you will realize how much better you feel. This week’s task is not… Read More

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10-Week Sustainability Challenge – Week 3

Welcome back to the third week of our sustainability challenge. If you missed the first two weeks: Please refer to the links at the bottom of this post. This week we are going to be watchers. Observers, you could say. We need to leave our ego behind this week and look at things without judgment or self-referential assessments. I think you will enjoy this challenge. It is rewarding without the cost of uncomfortable change. It costs a bit more time than the first weeks though. Week 3: Earth Consciousness There are many ways that we can pass on our beliefs about caring for the Earth to those we love. With… Read More

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Sustainability Challenge – Week 2

Part 2 of your 10-week training The 10-week training focuses on simple and easy to implement steps. This is week 2. How did it go last week? Not that hard, was it? If you missed the first week, you can catch up here: Week 1 How to save energy at home Do you have to preheat the oven? Does the light have to stay on when you leave? What is the best temperature for your freezer? This week, you will learn how you can save energy and help the planet and your wallet. Statistics show that Americans who are in the front row of “sinners” for energy usage are developing a mindset… Read More

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Free 10-Week Sustainability Training

Sustainability Challenge No 1 Here is how it works: each week (on Sundays) I post a new lesson sadly, you must remember to come back (my personal blog does not have a newsletter service) there are no sales pitches Why am I doing this?  Because it is right and dear to my heart.  Small changes can have a huge impact.  You are not a drop in the ocean – you are the ocean in a drop! Many Americans feel that a lifestyle respectful towards our planet and its resources is important. On the other hand, it should not be too complicated, time-consuming or expensive. But they’d be willing to make… Read More

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Dead is the Princess

A Shannon Dermody Awareness project Close this page now if you are a Disney fan. Shannon Dermody has chosen a polarizing approach to raise awareness. It leaves you shocked, hurt – and touched. Perhaps that’s what we need. We are visual creatures with a rapidly decreasing attention span. Way too often we sugarcoat, don’t call things by their names, play evil things down and don’t do everything we could to create change. Generally, I have no “eye” for art (whatsoever) and I am not interested in sculptures, paintings, and pictures. Even I can see that these pictures are extraordinary, especially because they convey an important message. Consider me touched, reminded,… Read More

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Age bias and the case of the sausage slice

Picture credit: Wurstblog.de The age bias Hopefully, you will not feel let down by this article … I struggled to find an appropriate title. I considered calling it “old but cool” but I neither wanted to attract the “wrong” crowd nor put a label on myself and others. We all know that a sure sign of a person who is not cool is that they call themselves “cool”. No, I am not shooting at all the “influencers”, “ninjas”, people who wear sunglasses on their social media profile pictures and disruptors out there. I am shooting at butchers, doctors, club owners and many others. Age discrimination happened the first time to… Read More

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IoT and the Cost of Convenience

Credits: Withings/Kérastase/L’Oréal Careful, your hairbrush is watching Available this fall is a connected hairbrush that comes with a built-in microphone. As reported by WIRED, as soon as someone brushes their hair, the hairbrush collects data. The inbuilt microphone is said to listen to the sound of the brushing and identifies patterns in the movement. The microphone detects “manageability, frizziness, dryness, split ends and breakage”. Naturally, the brush has WLAN and an app that transmits the data.  To me, these items are not just funny gadgets but also potential privacy- and security risks. Do you know what your brush records, how secure they store your data, for how long, etc? After… Read More

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Three reasons to be grateful to Trump

Thank you, Mr. Trump – 7 Week Review It is unnecessary to share my political view. I am a social skills coach. And even though I am a US citizen, I spent 8/9 of my life as a guest in Germany. Need I say more? Please understand that the statement below expresses a personal, biased, subjective opinion. It takes courage these days to share your opinion. Troll bots, data collection, hateful commentators and potential loss of business can be pretty intimidating. There is a time to be compliant and careful and there is a time to stand up for your beliefs. Freedom and Brutality It’s not just since seven weeks. Piece… Read More

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