Many of my clients actively fear the internet and its outcomes – especially those clients who are not used to move in digital spheres. It is to them that I dedicate this page. My conviction is that the more you like the technology you are dealing with and the more benefit it has for your own life, the better use you will be able to make of it in your work.

The following treasures not only regularly make me think, they also have the potential to make my day. Hoping the same is true for you: Have fun.     

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Virtual Reality App: within

The virtual reality app (and platform) "Within" was founded by award-winning filmmaker Chris Milk and renowned technologist Aaron Koblin with the goal of exploring and expanding the potential of immersive storytelling. If you want to get a glimpse on what VR and 360° storytelling can do (and I think it can do a whole lot, especially in educational and coaching settings), "within" is a superbe starting point: it brings together the best in immersive content from the world's finest VR creators – and you don't even need a headset or a cardboard for it (and yet, to really "get" what VR is about, you should try out one of those headsets some time...). Dive through oceans, walk through New York or understand neural activity – all from within.  

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Emotional Education: The School of Life

The School of Life is a global organisation devoted to emotional education. I especially like their youtube channel, dedicated to the sort of questions we're not taught anything about at school or college or anywhere else: How can relationships go well? What is meaningful work? How can love last? How can one find calm? Thought-provoking, useful, consoling, wise videos and a well chosen look and feel to my taste – check it out. 

The school of life has 12 physical campuses around the world, one of them in Berlin. I attended one class so far and did not find it radical enough – too short, too cognitive, too superficial to my taste. BUT the idea is great and still young and definitely worth supporting!   

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World Class College Education: EdX

Founded by Harvard University and MIT in 2012, edX is an online learning destination and MOOC provider, offering high-quality courses from the world’s best universities and institutions to learners everywhere. It is the only MOOC provider that is both nonprofit and open source. And you really find EVERYTHING from the most renowned professors for free (or for as little money as 25 Dollars if you wish to pursue a certificate).

I just started taking my first course "Learning from the future as it emerges" with Otto Scharmer and am amazed by the "real-life-experience" I am having: We are over 70.000 students from all over the world and yet manage to connect with each other through Live-Sessions, Chats, Twitter and small working circles. To me, this is being a pretty inspiring digital experience – just click and see what it can be to you! 

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World Class School Education: Khan Academy

What started out as a one-man-enterprise-in-a-closet became the first online academy for students funded by Bill Gates, Google and Co. Today, the mission of the Khan Academy is to provide a world-class education for anyone, anywhere. It provides over 3000 videos for free, most of them on scientific issues – I started to refresh my math skills with them just to “train my brains” and I can say: It works better than it ever has at school…. If you want to dig deeper into the innovative ideas of academy founder Salman Khan, I definitely recommend the book “The One World Schoolhouse – Education Reimagined” in which he proposed, amongst others: 1. getting rid of “forced” vacations; 2. getting rid of one-teacher-one-age-group courses; 3. getting rid of fixed learning schedules. I couldn’t agree more!

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Podcast Series: On Being With Krista Tippett

Become smarter, better and wiser with On Being by Krista Tippett. It is by far the most interesting podcast I know. Krista Tippett is marvelous and authentic and wise and has a hand for inspiring interview partners. They will talk for 51 minutes: about arts, ideas, spirituality, to sum it up: about what it means to be human. Listening to a new episode of On Being is a sacred moment for me: cell phone switched off, tea prepared, sitting still, amazed. 

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Blog: Brain Pickings

Brain pickings is an amazing one-woman-only project, or, as the author Maria Popova calls it, "a one-woman labor of love" — a subjective lens on what matters in the world and why. Mostly, it’s a record of her own becoming as a person through her readings, intellectually, creatively, spiritually, and an inquiry into how to live and what it means to lead a good life. Maria Popova writes both about the newest books on the market as well as forgotten treasures – and to my taste: I have never seen anyone pick brains as skilfully as her. Ever since I read brain pickings I started buying books again – with no regrets so far. 

 

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Vimeo: The Inspiration Journey

This small, non profit vimeo channel (on which I hardly found any information, really) perfectly illustrates how beautifully online mash-up-culture works: We hear renown scientists, mostly physicists and psychologists, share their perspective on our world while we see a collection of images and video-snippets beautifully fitting the content. To me, the person behind the channel proves: 1. Meaningful appropriation remains a key tenet of creativity and innovation, 2. good artists copy; great artists steal (this is a Steve Jobs quote...) and 3. l'art pour l'art is more alive than ever! 

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YouTube: Deep Thoughts Of Waylon Lewis

If you are seeking to understand "the youtube thing" – the fact that random people you don't know are speaking about themselves for ages and you actually are enjoying listening – try out Deep Thoughts Of Waylon Lewis. It works well with people "our age" (at least it does with me even though I am not a fan-fan of this kind of entertainment) and reveals the magic of personal media in a pretty enlightening way. Now that I am thinking about it: I am actually a little bit in love with you, Waylon Lewis. So if you ever read this – call me.  

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Netflix Documentary on Inspiring Role Models: Chefs Table

Watch Chefs Table, no matter whether you like cooking or not. Really: This is among the best I have seen lately – and yet many of my series-addicted friends have never heard about it. Why? Because it's on food and chefs, I guess, and might seem somewhat "special interest". Well: It's not. To me, Chefs Table in the first place is about people who dare to follow their passion against all odds. It's about innovators, creators, artists, inspiring role models. And, yes, it's about Chefs. Awesome.