What we call “change” challenged me so much
that I put half my life into it.
This is how it all started
It started at the end of the 60s. (Of the last century. I’m 80 now.) Back then I was thirty.
When I was two years old I started to paint. Creating — working creatively — is to this day the center of my being and the source of my energy.
But to avoid becoming an unworldly, isolated artist
I learned several things in those days. Some of them were theoretical, others practical; I tried everything until I had understood it. And naturally I made mistakes in doing so, but not exclusively.
Why it started
I noticed more and more how much was going wrong, how little was good or stable, even how foolish, prone to misunderstandings, failure, mistakes — especially in fields where something was changing or should have been changing, where the past ruled the present, causing one crisis after another. And it was almost always competent people who acted.
And, amazingly, everywhere: In science, in business, in management, research and teaching.
And in private life (individual life in particular), often with painful consequences.
More and more this challenged me. This waste of intelligence, intuition, of changes, of innovations, of more favorable successes, less wear and tear and, yes, more taking pleasure in challenges.
And no fruitful argument. And too rarely competition for the best solutions. And where there new solutions, tools, systems at all? Smarter methods? More friendly?
Of course not. The sciences were ruled by tenacious paradigms, meaning: Think like this. End of story. Education, psychology and other social fields were dominated by the ideas and experiments of bygone times. In management newer and newer costly trends came and went.
First the challenge, then the questions
The more astonishing the challenges became for me, the sharper my questions became: Can the answers be found somewhere else entirely? Maybe deeper? What is actually the best way to shape individual life and everyone’s common life? Especially if everything changes? Becomes critical? New? Dangerously new?
What ideas or methods or tools really work? How is it done: Surviving effectively, shaping common life as it should be?
I grappled with these and other questions for quite a while. And almost everything was blocked by the same old answers.
Typically I didn’t find the solution in the theory, but from a picture: An endless savanna, like a movie in time. Here and there, a few beings drifted farther and farther to a very distant horizon, thousands of generations long.
And that was it
With the right image I found the right questions:
How had we, humankind, even managed to survive millions of years? And so successfully?
Because it was definitely not a given. We were pretty small; our brains still needed to grow. We didn’t have a spoken language yet and no tools in the beginning.
And the world was full of superior, deadly foes. No one would have bet on us — except for one: evolution.
Good questions, creative answers
A scientist usually stands to the side and tries to understand. That didn’t work for me because it results in us interpreting what used to be from today’s perspective.
But an artist goes inside, he is inside, he lives, in a manner of speaking, in the here and now. I did just that at great length.
And began to understand the successful survival of the 90 billion people before us in the many millions of years: Which was crucial. How our ancestors survived from day to day. What their fatal mistakes were. Their triumphs.
What their legacy is — for us today.
Answers became tools
From everything that was important, I achieved the be-all and end-all — little by little, through trial and error. This included
- seven guarantees for survival,
- methods that have proven themselves millions of times,
- seven clear, precise tools.
I tried out these tools on a great deal of people for some years after. As a result, the tools became faster, more secure, simpler, easy to understand and easy to apply.
Practical, simple tools
The things you can inherit
- have been tried and tested again and again,
- by many different people.
- by me — teaching, coaching or working with others in projects,
- in social areas of a wide variety of cultures
- various businesses and highly individual companies, institutions, organizations
- and above all for many questions, situations, problems of individual everyday life.