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Why is there no Silicon Valley in Europe? is the question I am trying to explore in this article that was published by the Huffington Post Germany in September 2014.

Professor Everett, teacher at Georgetown and the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy offers his view on the German Energy policy. It was published by the Huffington Post Germany in January 2015. The English version is published here.

  •  MUT abc für Zivilcourage. Ein Handbuch gegen Rechtsextremismus

Mut_ABCVon Januar bis Mai 2008 habe ich als Redakteurin bei der Webseite www.mut-gegen-rechte-Gewalt.de gearbeitet, einer Webseite, die vom Magazin Stern und der Amadeu-Antonio-Stiftung gegründet wurde. Eine tolle Zeit mit meinem journalistischen Mentor Holger Kulick, der mir die besten Seiten Berlins gezeigt hat. Dieses Buch ist ein Ratgeber für all die Mutigen, die sich rechter Ideologie entgegenstellen wollen oder müssen. (Erhältlich bei Amazon)

This booklet is a guide for all those people that are looking for creative ways of how to cope with political extremism. It was published by the Amadeu-Antonio-Foundation, where I had been working as a reporter for six months in 2008. There is no English version available, maybe that should go in my ToDo-List.

  • Einsatz: Ein Magazin der Journalistenakademie der Konrad-Adenauer-Stiftung

Einsatz_Magazin

JONA_Einsatz

http://www.kas.de/upload/dokumente/jona/2010/JONA_Einsatz.pdf

Drei Wochen, 20 Nachwuchsjournalisten: Berlin, Potsdam, Gefechtsübungszentrum, Flug mit der Transall nach Pristina, fünf Tage im Lager der Bundeswehrsoldaten, vier Tage zum Schreiben in der Sanitätsakademie in München. Das Ergebnis: Tolle Geschichten, ein Journalistenpreis und für mich eine sehr prägende Erfahrung, die mein Bild der Bundeswehr als auch der Deutschen Außen- und Sicherheitspolitik geprägt hat.

Three weeks with 20 journalists in training: from political headquarters to fighting preparation to Pristina, Kosovo, where we spent five days with the German soldiers. A humbling experience.

Recent Posts

Letting Go

Lately, I have a morning routine: Yoga and Jack Kornfield meditation lectures. Sometimes I cry, sometimes I smile, always I feel calm afterwards.

The concepts of letting go and not being attached play a central role in Kornfield’s teaching. Basically, letting go means no longer being attached. You can be very committed to raising your children in the way you deem moral and correct. If you expect as a return your children to become lawyers with a white picket fence lifestyle, you are attached to the outcome. That’s where the misery begins.

Purpose is not derived from results.

The integrity of how you go about things is purpose. Back to the morning routine: I feel great until something throws me off. Feelings of not being valued at work or tiny things like wanting Pho in rural Germany where Vietnamese don’t live. My reactions then become pretty random, far from controlled: they range from crying to me hating everything German to me looking up flights to Boston to sucking it up and tuning into a new Kornfield: meditate, be happy, be angry. Repeat. Really, I thought, I had this letting go thing internalized.

Until this moment when Pouya got really excited about the English Garden, the city life and I happened to ask him why he never complained about rural life. His response, that he’s decided his happiness ought not to be dependent on location, made me ashamed of myself.

And then just the other day a friend who has lived in the UK, US and is now moving to Switzerland, very kindly pointed out to me how complaining about Germany is really German. She said the same happens to her, literally she said: “This is what Germany does to me.” She had a point, though. The point is that the majority of Germans are perpetually complaining about something, not seeing the absolutely amazing quality of life. I do not want to be part of that. And yet, I do not have to leave the country in order to not be part of that.

The integrity of my purpose, connecting people and advocating, should be the guiding force. All too often I get sidetracked. Where is this life leading if I am always searching for the better? What comes after this salary, after the Ironman, after the next big city? Not everything was golden in Boston, not everything is golden here. Where I live, though, is an outcome. Staying true to myself in Germany is one of my toughest challenges, and it took me a year of sad and hard feelings to get to this post. I trust my journey.

Let’s see how long the next Kornfield lecture lasts tomorrow morning 😉.

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