I have started to use the new LinkedIn newsletter function, but the “articles” promoted spam up my more important articles I used to address certain topics. That distracts focus. So I decided to move that What if … Newsletter-“articles” to this page and discontinue it on LinkedIn. Sorted by date published. And there won’t be any updates to it. I fall back to my normal blog or posts on LinkedIn.
- 29-Jan-23: What if … We Invest Into Experience
- 14-Jan-23: What if … We Keep Looking the Other Way?
- 04-Jan-23: What if … We Just Consume?
- 30-Dec-22: What if … There will be no “New Normal”?
- 14-Dec-22: What if … You Get What You Pay For?
- 05-Dec-22: What if … We All Think Positive?
- 02-Dec-22: What if … We Keep the Wrong KPIs?
- 15-Nov-22: What if … We Ignore Our Readers
- 13-Nov-22: What if … Real A.I. Wakes?
- 24-Oct-22: What if … We say “No”?
- 21-Oct-22: What if … We Stand Up?
- 11-Oct-22: What if … We Just Keep Talking?
- 06-Oct-22: What if … We Keep Faking Sustainable Development and Climate Action?
- 27-Sep-22: What if … We Start Today?
- 10-Sep-22: What if … We Would Punish Linear Consumption?
- 05-Sep-22: What if … We Refocus on Production?
- 30-Aug-22: What if … I Hold You Accountable
- 23-Aug-22: What if … We Simply Go Back to Normal?
- 15-Aug-22: What if … the Fossil Countries turn to Green SynFuels?
What if … We Invest Into Experience
Too many experienced friends in marketing suffer from not finding new jobs following the pandemic. Instead the companies invest into cheap graduates. Investors invest into young start-ups. But you get what you pay for.
What if … We Keep Looking the Other Way?
It’s not just Exxon having distracted successfully, it’s ongoing with #greenwashing and #impactinvesting into the greenwashed developments. But what happens, if we keep looking the other way? The #sdgfundinggap keeps increasing dramatically fast.
This week, I was having another deja vu, when Harvard University and the PIK – Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research (PIK) reported their findings that ExxonMobil since the 70s, so for the past 50 years KNEW about the impact of their fossils to the global climate. Same I heard before about BP or Shell, so they just nailed another one there with hard, scientific proof.
As an aviation professor told publicly when questioned about why the industry keeps investing into hydrogen research and claiming synfuels a bridge technology when it has so many advantages, that it’s simply cheaper to invest into the distraction than starting to do the real thing. #greenwashing
Or a technology-focused investor asked about the rising energy demands admitting that the “digital panacea” receives a lot of funding. #greenwashing
And Germany just selected #climateterrorism as the “unword” of the year, villainizing democratic protests. But politics, investors and the lobbies alike focus on the wrong priorities. We need #industrialscalechange and we need it now. No more #lipservices.
We have the choice. #dontchooseextinction
So what if … we keep looking the other way? And let ourselves be distracted by politicians, their lobbies and “our” dinosaurs (industries)?
What if … We Just Consume?
#networking is about exchange and sharing, not about mere consuming. Are you networking or just consuming?
In Peer-to-Peer sharing networks the difference is made between Leechers and Seeders. And I find this rather fitting to my experience in Social Media. Oops? Why that?
I posted articles and asked my network to SHARE it. But with more than 200 subscribers to this What if…? Newsletter on LinkedIn, with more than 1,000 followers and more than direct 750 “connections”, my posts or articles are shared about once a month (mostly by the same three people), the likes also most times source to the same 10ish people. Then I started to reach out to my connections related to investing and asked them to either help us on Kolibri or share with their network. With less than 1% response. Is that “social networking”? Or just a caller in the dark?
Anyone reading my posts and articles without even a “like”-response once in a while is like a leecher on peer-to-peer, disrupting the networking. Only if you respond, with likes or with (hopefully constructive) criticism, if you spread word into your network by sharing, you “network”. So my New Year’s Resolution is to share more, to like faster, to reflect on my networks’ posts. So if you want to look at my stuff, make sure you look at my posts and articles, my overall activity will likely be feeling a bit spilling over.
And keep in mind this quote (motto) by Richard Eastman I spread for many years now:
What’s your take on social media posts? Do you “react” at all? Or just consume?
Comment by Ged on LinkedIn: “I consume a lot…but I can tell you that less than 10% of your true “audience” leave a trace (like, comment, share). Most are passive. Not sure why…”
What if … There will be no “New Normal”?
As for my lessons learned in 2022, I think it was quite a barrel burst. If you consider yourself an #impactinvestor, maybe you want to reconsider. If you’re working in #aviation, where did the “new normal” end up? Food for Thought…
2022 for me was a harsh wake-up call to realities. For the two priorities in my current (business) life, aviation and impact investing a “lesson learned” from 2022, up for discussion and comments.
The image of the year for me was this one:
Meant to promote shopping, but is a connecting time of 2½ hours really a good promotion for the airport? Or is there a reason why I believe we must establish a new regional network with swift connections. The longer you stand or sit around airports, the longer the total travel time, the lower the attractiveness to travel by air.
The other issue is the going back to normal from the pandemic. Without any lessons learnt from the initial ideas all airlines came up with to reduce the travel risk. Like (relatively simple) temperature control at check-in, better disinfection, masks for coughing travelers and so many more good ideas. What was that about #weareallinthistogether by European Regions Airline Association? #lipservices #whitewashing #shortattentionspan
My personal image of the year here is by South African Cartoonist Zapiro. And it is not just about governments, but also about all those self-proclaimed #greenwashing and #lipservices #impactinvestors that don’t even have a serious look at Kolibri
Reminder there, we have realistic plans to replace 2 Gigatons CO2 per year within 10 years and fly carbon-neutral by that time. That ain’t easy, it ain’t cheap, but the risk is negligible compared to so many other investments. World Fund i.e. says they seek companies to invest in with 0.1 Gigatons “Climate Performance Potential” (CPP). And their biggest investment this year was … into quantum computing. Whereas the digital panacea is greenwashing at it’s finest, considering that it requires more and more large data centers.
What if … You Get What You Pay For?
What are our values in life ,,, and business? Maybe it’s time to reassess our values? And #walkthetalk ? #youvegotmail #shareholdervalue #impactinvesting #greenwashing #whitewashing #cognitivedissonance
Octavian discussed need for tools. Which reminded me of my education in economics. “A handyman is only as good as the tools he can work with.” – so get the best quality tools you can have. And while you can do a lot yourself, be aware of your limits and secure the help of a subject matter expert where needed. One with quality tools.
Then we watched You’ve Got Mail, which triggered a discussion about management values these days. And what they teach managers at universities? Like “shareholder value”? And we talked about how greed and eternal growth, white- and greenwashing run our world against a brick wall very soon. And that it is not just about business. But it is about making money. But it’s not only about making money. It’s about doing the right thing. Which took us to impact investing. Doing the right thing and making money. Which took us to why we see no real impact developments…
Which triggered me the topic of this LinkedIn “newsletter” today.
What do you think…
Comment by Dominik: if you pay peanuts you get monkeys
My response: Oh, I have peanuts, can I have monkeys? 🐒
No, I didn’t know that proverb 😂
But it’s also what delays sustainability 💚
What if … We All Think Positive?
It helps to #lookforsolutions and #thinkoutsidethebox to change things. And not to hold on to what we know to be wrong. Avoid #cognitivedissonance or #wishfulthinking but keep in mind your immediate and long-term goals!
Same issue as why media focuses on bad news (instead of reporting on good developments).
Comment by Richard: Paul J. Meyer said, “Whatever you can vividly imagine, ardently desire, and enthusiastically work upon, must inevitably come to pass.”
What if … We Keep the Wrong KPIs?
As an economist, I simply don’t get it. Why am I told it would be “risky” to invest into a startup? When the established industries – not just aviation – fail for lack of #newthinking? We need a #restart, focused on the #newrealities. And no more #lipservices.
My friend Max from ch-aviation published the growing #debtpile in China’s airline market. Wasn’t that the market that everyone looked at for fastest #coronarecovery? The largest growing market? At what cost?
Air China and China Eastern US$ 2.1 billion, HNA Group owner LFG 1.5 billion, Shenzen Airlines 1.3 billion, China Southern 627 million, Spring Airlines 488 million, Juneyao Airlines 460 million.
And IATA’s analysis doesn’t look any better, Europe actually worse than China?
And just as further food for thought on this question, I blogged pre-pandemic about reasons, Why Do Airlines Keep Failing, including #whatsyourusp #knowyourcost … and keep questioning if our narrow focus on “loads” (at all cost) is misleading, in the end it’s about profits. But in crisis, all our managers (and lobbyists) do is focusing to go back to the old normal. Don’t we need some #newthinking?
Comment by Claus: +1!
What if … We Ignore Our Readers
Recently I find more and more LinkedIn “Speakers” and “Influencers” that post. And post. But never react to the comments to the posts. Not even a “like”. No response or reaction to disagreement. Do they read them? Or are they just pushing out their evangelisms and stories and move on?
Who do we listen to. And do they listen to us? If not, are they worth listening to?
#narcism #talkthetalk #delusions #greenwashing #whitewashing #cognitivedissonance
What if … Real A.I. Wakes?
Are we ready for the real thing?
Back in 2008, I used this image showing that the “World Wide Web” had already more “nodes” than the human brain (ganglia). And in old SciFi, computers of a certain complexity “awoke”. Are we truly ready to embrace real A.I. (artificial intelligence)?
So far, I keep it with a friend of mine having worked on the forefront of A.I. development:
What do you think? About what I wrote or about A.I. developments in general?
My Response: More I.A.
I mean the “real” A.I. as a conscious intelligence…
Aside the question if “the web” ain’t conscious yet. Or semi-conscious. Or if we’d recognize it if it would be. So that’s a can of worms, well questions…?
Richard’s Response: Juergen, if Isaac Asimov were still with us, we might have a chance. 😑🙃😇
Additional comment by myself: A nice addressing this week by the Marketoonist: https://marketoonist.com/2022/11/by-bots-for-bots.html
There’s a funny conspiracy theory that the Internet secretly “died” six years ago — and is now mostly filled with bots communicating with other bots. As …
What if … We say “No”?
Prioritizing by focusing on your own ideas. Don’t let others consume your time. Before you commit to their project, have a cup of coffee (or tea). And learn to say “no”.
Myself I try to help everyone and anyone and have very often called “here” and taken responsibility when things needed doing. Often causing me long hours with little reward.
And any time I said “no”, it made me feel bad. But then I learned a “rule”. Who does is right*. And there is a very mean strategy to use “we” when it means “you”. “We must do this”. Yes. And I do my part. But I learned to say “no”. If you think this must be done, do it. Don’t trap me into doing what you could do yourself.
Footnote: * Who does is right is the rule that while everyone talks about it and how it could be done perfect, let them talk. If you do it, you’re right. If they can do better, let them do better.
#talkthetalk #walkthetalk #focusyourenergy #timemanagement
Comment by Octavian: The stoics are big proponents of “actio”, meaning that everything is meaningless unless you act. And deciding what you act on is the most important skill you should hone.
Comment by Ged: boy do I need to learn that skill!!
What if … We Stand Up?
Am I in a Social Media Bubble, believing we can and must save the planet? A recent post by Octavian in his LinkedIn Daily Thoughts vouches for more polite use of vocabulary, whereas I think time to tiptoe is over, we got to name things. What’s wrong? What can we do to change things? How can we help?
And I spoke about Civil Courage just yesterday. I think we became too complacent and fingerpointing. I take it more with Bill Gates 1995 slogan:
And just like I learned back in the days in the *** User Group: “Who does is right.” Or as my friend Jens put it when we (re)designed their webpage voluntarily: “Anyone can talk. But if you get your butt up and do it, you’re it. Then let them complain. If they can do better, they are welcome!”
What if … We Simply Stand Up?
Comment by Richard: It is so bad, Juergen, that even Metaverse avatars have no legs to stand on. 😎
What if … We Just Keep Talking?
Who is ready to #walkthetalk? There’s an entire industry out there to #distractanddivert and dilute good ideas abusing them for #whitewashing and #greenwashing. While the world is on fire – with new trouble spots firing up.
And it’s not just about sustainability. It’s about politics, energy, plastics, the war in Ukraine, China, but also about Trumpism in the U.S. – all over the world.
And while the world is on fire, we have a lot of new fires, including threat of a nuclear war, human rights violations, refugee streams, poverty (SDG1). I used #cognitivedissonance much, meanwhile see it more than a #distractanddivert policy by politicians, industry and media alike. And yes, there is an entire #greenwashingindustry, that keeps the talking alive with too little emphasis to turn that walk into a talk.
So what if we just keep talking and pretending everything will be alright?
And this ain’t new! This goes on all through my life and we f***ing don’t do something about it. But yes. We … talk. So what if … we just keep talking?
Comment by Adrienne Doolan: We are great at talking. Talking makes us feel good about ourselves and helps to ignore the voice of reason. We all know what awaits us from just talking. Please Mother Earth forgive our foolishness.
What if … We Keep Faking Sustainable Development and Climate Action?
After the negative highlights piling up, I do wonder, what might happen if we don’t change. Not at all. And hope for a magical panacea to come out of nowhere?
This week’s “highlights” being a post that 179 out of 197 countries (<90%) did not provide the required climate goals update to the U.N.
António Guterres being right claiming ahead of COP27 that we do #fartoolittlefartoolate and COP27 announcing the worlds worst plastic polluter Coca-Cola as sponsor.
On my article on 3 Ways to Identify Greenwashing a U.N. Climate Official confirms >95% of the #impactinvestments being #greenwashing, promoting a raisin-picked something without any meaningful real impact. You remember I shared a family office principal’s assessment with the same experience.
But listening to an interview with Daniela Barone Soares, I still have hope that there are some investors somewhere that really try to make a (systemic, meaningful) change.
Comment by Ged: We are constantly and consistently let down by our leaders and governments on the environment. If you’re not angry at the situation, you clearly don’t understand the situation 😔 Great article as always Juergen. Keep up the great work 👌
What if … We Start Today?
What if … we would seriously start doing something today and not postpone it to 2050 and coming generations? #climateactionnow … 2030 is now suddenly in sight… And while we busted the 1.5°-global warming goal already, we’re on a fast track to 2.8°C by 2050 – too close for comfort to the 3°C worst-case scenario.
Comment by myself: And no, this is not just about aviation, but all “the other things” too! Like buying glass bottles instead of plastic, use a cotton bag for vegetables when shopping, reaching out to my store (they replace plastic with paper bags for their bread now). It starts with the (wo-)man in the mirror! And that ain’t new either.
What if … We Would Punish Linear Consumption?
We must #thinkholistically. Not just for plastic, but also i.e. in aviation. What’s our impact to our world. Can we stick to #lipservices, #delays and #diversions and keep going like if there’d be no tomorrow?
Attending a six-week United Nations Program on Circular Economy and the Agenda 2030, not aviation, but plastic is the black sheep. And in a discussion, Mie confirmed just this week that Plastic Waste is everywhere!
We can’t keep going like this. So what if we charge i.e. the fossil industry a CO2-added tax (CAT)? Plastics are a fossil by-product. Renewable energy would become cheaper than fossil. Etc. – What other repercussions if we tax linear production and products?
And as change starts with the (wo-)man in the mirror: What can I (you) do to avoid waste?
Added Remark by myself: What if we would follow Danijel‘s idea to charge CO2-tax to aviation? Globally. I predict a lot of airlines being bankrupt within a few weeks. And very quickly, there will be SynFuel solutions beyond 2% blending that IATA so ‘generously’ commits to. Want change? Help us get Kolibri funded now!
Comment by Richard: We take reusable bags to the grocery store so that we don’t get plastic bags to throw out at home.
What if … We Refocus on Production?
Are you system-relevant, a leech or what’s your contribution? This is time for change. Where do you want to go today? Happy to hear and discuss your opinions.
I stumbled over this (very) old picture today again. Given all those discussions in the pandemic about #systemrelevant jobs, I found myself being not. Not really. No.
So is your job truly “system-relevant”? How many sit in your company at the table? How many row the boat? And how about your entire industry? Who’s down on the bank?
What do you think?
What if … I Hold You Accountable
What’s your legacy? Did you live up to your own standards? Are you happy?
#cognitivedissonance #lipservices #wishfulthinking #excuses #honor #reliability #selfesteem #whatif #personalhonor #ethics #readmylips
What if I hold you accountable for what you are saying today? For the claims you make about yourself. How much of your life is based on #cognitivedissonance?
In the end, we must look at the wo-/man in the mirror and question, if we live up to our words. To our own standards. If not, maybe there is time for a change? Are you up for it? Don’t get me wrong, we often depend on others, our plans may fail. But back in 1986, Michael Jackson sang that it starts with The (wo-)Man in the Mirror.
The thought is strongly related to “what’s your legacy?”
What if … We Simply Go Back to Normal?
Wouldn’t going “back to normal” be so much easier? Why and where do you think we must adjust and change our thinking and processes? And why?
What happened to all those good ideas for #thenewnormal and necessary post-pandemic changes, so they never happen again? What if we keep flying on kerosene and use (liquid) hydrogen and electric flight as welcome distractions to delay #sustainableaviation?? Are we ready for the next #blackswanevent??
Comment by Heinrich Grossbongardt: Today’s normal fortunately is different from yesterday’s normal. And I hope, tomorrow there will be a different normal again. This process is called evolution (and sometimes revolution). Unfortunately and inevitably its includes pursuing dead end roads, which are sometimes paved with gold – like the stupid idea, that EVTOLs might be a climate saving means of mass transportation. As said already said in Rome: Errare humanum est.
My Response: My Food for Thought Air-Taxi Whitepaper. I’m sure you recall the Aero International editorial I was kindly allowed to publish translated inside the whitepaper. In fact,, you’ve been named there 😏 And it’s a nice distraction from the lousy sustainability status quo in aviation…? 😧
Comment by Richard: It is not you, Juergen that doesn’t want to hear the answers. It is all the other people, who don’t even ask the question.
My Response: That’s my intention for “What if …” – to ask questions I like to discuss and find solutions and learn from the replies. We have too many living in blissful ignorance and I happen to hope my network here is to some extend different… #hopedieslast 😂
Another Comment by Richard: Provocative questions, Juergen Barthel. We would rather not ask a question to which we do not want to hear the answer. Answers to each of the three segments is a tome.
And my response: But a. I want to hear the answers from my network. And b. I can read well. And c. LinkedIn limits replies to 1250 characters, so keep yourself short 😇
What if … the Fossil Countries turn to Green SynFuels?
Arab Synfuel? Most of them have sun aplenty, most also have coastal seawater too and synfuel could use the very same refineries and logistics they have in place.
Patrick commented: Like this, you mean? 🙂 https://www3.weforum.org/docs/WEF_UAE_Power_to_Liquid_Roadmap_2022.pdf
And I replied: Exactly, thanks, I hadn’t seen that one yet and had been taken into a related discussion in another part of the Arab world 😊 Simply makes sense… Though. What could the impact on politically promoted e-mobility be? Outside aviation.0 - click to show Jürgen you liked the post