Seeds for the future

Saramucci gucci pootchi, Trumpy air trumpet, nouveau riche, superficial signifier illusions, a global conservative right headed for self destruction with middle age manners and selfish politics.

Did we ever learn from Enron, uh Nixon? Now it’s men behaving badly at Daimler, VW again, Audi and BMW, cartel style. We can do better than flipflop Merkel, better than tax evader Starbucks, better than products the world never needed. Bernie planted a seed a long time ago, it’s still growing and needs more water.

We got a thousand points of light, for the homeless man. We got a kinder, gentler, machine gun hand. We got department stores and toilet paper, got styrofoam boxes for the ozone layer. Got a man of the people, says keep hope alive, got fuel to burn, got roads to drive. Keep on rockin‘ in the free world.

Business activism reloaded


Robin Hood, a new type of asset management cooperative, is setting up shop in Berlin with a temporary office from November 11th-13th, and is open for participation on how to rethink financial services, such as estate finance and cryptoequity, as a means of organization.

The minor asset management idea stems from Akseli Virtanen, who is building a historical bridge to Nottingham Forest. Back then, Robin distributed the money from the rich. In the information age, Robin is redistributing financial data from traders.

„Robin Hood is a cooperative that seeks to maximise the return on shares to its members. Because of our unique structure, our operating costs are very small compared to normal asset management offered by ordinary banks and their private banking. We don’t need leather sofas nor locations in the high-end streets. We are the first „cheap bank“ of asset management. However, there are still costs.“

Anyone can invest, with help from data mining computers and algorithms, who imitate deals from traders, essentially trying to beat them at their own game. One rather notable return on investment is that you give away 50% of your profits to Robin Hood Projects – the idea is to support creatives who have less access to financial markets. You can call it business activism or a disruptive financial service, and it’s just getting started.

2012 is Shifty

A shifty that gave me wings in Breckenridge, Colorado.

If there’s one trick I fly with, it’s the shifty on my snowboard. Once airborne, my board shifts 90 degrees and flies as long as gravity gives me wings. A few moments before touchdown, I turn it forward, land it and cruise.

2012 is going to be shifty for me. I’m looking forward to a new living space I call home. My knee injury from last year is healed, it’s time to finish the hockey season strong. I’ve been involved with blogs, scientifically and professionally, for ten years now. And I’m happy about my continual engagement in the blogosphere, in the virtual and event space, with innovative clients. I think this year has potential for being the best year in the books.

2012 is going to be shifty because we’ll see change have a real impact. We’ll see more entrepreneurs set up shop with a social conscience. I think we’ll see more consumers who demand products with a sustainable mission. I hope the idea of a Robin Hood tax will win over more minds and eventually find its way into lawmaking. I hope the occupy movement finds new energy to create awareness and that it finds solid solutions that address the shortcomings and injustice of our financial system.

2012 is going to be shifty for Europe because it needs a new story and less bureaucrats trying to consolidate their power. It needs a story that resonates across cultures and envisions a positive, citizen powered future. I’m not sure whether the Euro will survive as a currency and what implications its downfall could bring – it does carry an element of unity. At least we need to see more financial responsibility among all member states.

Alas, there are several predictions that 2012 is the end as we know it. The Mayan who calculated that cosmic calender never finished his calculations because he died, so he ended up with 2012. That said, I think we can enjoy the flight and do the shifty.