Literary Journalistic Essay


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Third places

Where the means and facilities for relaxation and leisure are not publicly shared, they become the objects of private ownership and consumption.

Most needed are those ‘third places’ which lend a public balance to the increased privatization of home life. Third places are nothing more than informal public gathering places. The phrase ‘third places’ derives from considering our homes to be the ‘first’ places in our lives, and our work places the ‘second.’

The character of a third place is determined most of all by its regular clientele and is marked by a playful mood, which contrasts with people’s more serious involvement in other spheres. Though a radically different kind of setting for a home, the third place is remarkably similar to a good home in the psychological comfort and support that it extends…They are the heart of a community’s social vitality, the grassroots of democracy…

Ray Oldenburg: The Great Good Place, 1991. Marlowe & Company, NY. 3rd edition.

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Freier Zugang zu wissenschaftlicher Literatur

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Management: Flaws of matrix organisations and possible remedies

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Walter Lippmann (1922): Public Opinion

…the best diplomatic service in the world is the one in which the divorce between the assembling of knowledge and the control of policy is most perfect.

…he power of the expert depends upon separating himself from those who make the decisions, upon not caring, in his expert self, what decision is made. …For when he begins to care too much, he begins to see what he wishes to see, and by that fact ceases to see what he is there to see.

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big data for leadership and recruiting

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brain activity map

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