Monthly Archives: July 2016


Why building the life we want is so difficult

We all know them way too well. These typical facebook-instagram-tumblr-quotes in front of a heart-melting, sentimental wallpaper handing out advice on how to live the life we truly want for ourselves. Hashtagdowhatyouwant. Hashtagdowhatmakesyouhappy. Hashtaglovewhatyoudo. Hashtagdowhatyoulove. Wow. Do what you want because doing what you want is going to make you […]


Coffee house readings

Coffee House Readings #7:
The Liar in Your Life

I have always suspected that I might be a little bit naive when it comes to assessing all the deceit going on out there in the world. I was aware, of course, that there were some people who lie on a regular basis. But in my mind, those people were the […]


Building Bridges With Fashion

“Let’s Build Bridges With Fashion” was the opening line of last week’s ‘Fashion for Europe’ event at the gorgeous Vienna State Opera. For one day, on the 14th of July, the Vienna State Opera turned into a runway filled with cool pop-up boutiques and exciting fashion shows, competing for the […]


50-50

Brexit: How our societies arrived at 50-50

When Alexander Betts talked about how Europeans could help refugees help themselves at TEDxVienna’s What if – conference last year, he did not know yet that his home country would vote to leave the European Union a few months later. And he certainly didn’t know he would hold another talk, this time […]


Shades of green: why green should be your favorite color!

“Green is the prime color of the world, and that from which its loveliness arises.” Pedro Calderon de la Barca (Spanish poet and playwright, 1600-1681) There is something about the color green Imagine you are standing on the forest floor, surrounded by beautiful trees blowing in the wind and the […]


Chancen:reich – integration worth spreading!

It’s a very hot day on Wednesday June 29th. A big crowd has gathered in front of “Halle E+G” at Museumsquartier in Vienna. Most of them are refugees. All of them are here for the same reason: They are hoping to find a job at Austria’s first job fair for […]


5 Myths About Building Your Confidence

Confidence is a tricky thing. For some, it comes naturally with the years whilst others struggle with self-esteem issues their entire lives. On various social media sites, it has become a thing to put owning a negative attitude on a pedestal. Too many people trick themselves into finding false confidence, […]