How fair is fair trade?

The Germans never have spent so much on fair trade products. In 2013 it was 784 million Euro (worldwide, 2011: 4.9 billion Euro). But does fair trade achieve the self-imposed targets? The Economist reviews a book from Ndongo Samba Sylla, a Senegalese development economist working with the left-wing Rosa Luxemburg Foundation of Germany, that takes a negative … Continue reading How fair is fair trade?

Why service in tourist areas is often poor (but not at the Berlin TV Tower)?

Why service at tourist attractions is often that poor? Because to be kind to people you just meet once does not add up. Kindness is an investment in the future. But to most tourist areas people just go once. So because there will be no second decision buying something good service doesn't pay off. That's why service is … Continue reading Why service in tourist areas is often poor (but not at the Berlin TV Tower)?

Why are all pilots male? …

Why are all pilots male? ... I am wondering, being at the Charles de Gaulle-Airport in Paris (end of vacation) waiting for take off to Berlin. Obviously this is a problem, and still unsolved, CNN tells me. "Getting more women involved in all aspects of aviation is a nut that everyone in the industry would like … Continue reading Why are all pilots male? …

Economy of attention: How the German mass media handles the death of James Foley

Terrorists are familiar with the economy of attention. They know how to draw attention, as the video of the execution of the US-reporter James Foley shows. I don't know what the self-proclaimed ISIS movement want to achieve with the world wide attention, but I am pretty sure that the world wide attention was one of their goals. … Continue reading Economy of attention: How the German mass media handles the death of James Foley

The missing point: What a simple map of walks can teach you of a successful business

What is the first rule of a successful business? Always think from a customer point of view! What are his needs and benefits, is the most important question to answer. A simple but to me impressiv example for the missing of that rule: map of walks at public places. As I know from experience (and … Continue reading The missing point: What a simple map of walks can teach you of a successful business

Why homes here in France are so beautiful (contrary to Germany)

As I said, I am on vacation in France. What is interesting to me is that the region Île-de-France along the Seine is very similar to where I come from, which is Franken in Germany. There also is a big river, called Main, which creates a charming landscape (photo above). But beside the same scenery there … Continue reading Why homes here in France are so beautiful (contrary to Germany)

All you want to pay: Large price range for a haircut

Is there another service sector in Germany with such a large price range as in the hairdressing industry? I just paid 27 Euro @Haareszeiten- 24 Euro (price increase since my last visit: 2 Euro, maybe because of the statutory minimum wage of 8,50 Euro starting from 01.01.2015) plus 3 Euro tip. I guess 24 Euro is above … Continue reading All you want to pay: Large price range for a haircut

6 aus 49: Warum wer dumm ist, (beim Lotto) nicht reich wird

Fünf Lotto-Zahlen in einer Reihe - "völlig irre" titelt die Bild-Zeitung. Wirklich? Natürlich nicht! Die gezogene Zahlenreihe 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 37 war genauso (un)wahrscheinlich wie alle anderen Zahlenkombinationen des Spiels "6 aus 49" auch - die Chance beträgt 1 zu 13.983.816. Die Zahl errechnet sich so: "Bei Lotto "6 aus 49" werden die sechs … Continue reading 6 aus 49: Warum wer dumm ist, (beim Lotto) nicht reich wird