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Der O-Ton macht die Musik!

MegaTrend., MINDSET TOUR.

25. Juli 2017

O-Ton bleibt O-Ton. Und Mathias Haas ist auf einer Lernreise. Es gilt also -zuhören- und mitschreiben, denn die Interviewpartner haben etwas zu sagen!

VR aus Afrika? Aus Kenia? Dort gibt es doch nur Safari-Touren, oder?

Hier gibt es auch VR (!) und zwar mit hohem Anspruch… hier die Antworten aus der Wirklichkeit:

NAME: Ng’endo Mukii
TITLE: Film Director/Animator
COMPANY: Ng’endo Studios
CITY: Nairobi, Kenya

  1. If you think of your job: Where do you see yourself in 5 years’ time?

This year I have grown from a freelancer, to formally establishing a company. I want to increase my capacity for production, and allow myself more flexibility.  My major concern with doing this so far has been related to how specific, organic, and intensive my animations tend to be. I have been concerned with finding the right team for this.

 

  1. Imagine 2022 – 5 years away: What scares you most?

Maintaining my projects, growing them internationally, starting a family, how and where to do this, balancing work and personal life. The same things that scare everyone else I think.

 

  1. Again, 5 years into the future: What’s your greatest hope?

This would be related to my city, Nairobi. It would be great to have a stronger infrastructure. Good roads, space for pedestrians. I love cycling, maybe roads could be built in consideration of cyclists as well. I think we have been brainwashed to accept that some things are impossible in Africa, but, Durban in South Africa for example, has some beautiful consideration of its citizens as humans in the city. It’s not impossible. But of course, if you’re having the top 5% of our country debating congestion in the city, the idea of preventing buses carrying up to 40 people into the Central Business District, but allowing tens of thousands of private vehicles carrying individuals, makes sense.

How does that ease congestion?

This traffic affects our daily lives and potential. You’re less likely to go for a meeting, if it takes you two hours to get there. Just imagine how much more collaboration would be possible if we weren’t always stuck in traffic.

 

  1. What is it that you do to make sure that your children will be fit for the future?

Every time cuts to education programs are debated, Music, Arts, Literature, and Sports are the first to be sacrificed. However all these subjects drive the way you think, how you perceive and interpret and communicate about the world. It’s a different form of mental exercise that makes us more emotionally and socially wholistic. And imagine if all this could take place in our own languages, not just English. It’s a different pattern and way of thinking altogether.

 

  1. What would you say: What object, what device is the best symbol for „future“?

For myself, I would like VR to be the symbol. Augmented and Virtual reality are very exciting for me, and having recently completed my first VR film, Nairobi Berries, I want to continue exploring the possibilities of these mediums.

 

  1. What’s stressing you most during your daily life?

I’m going to label this as “Gender things.” It affects everything!

Ja, Whitenizer ist für hellere Haut.

  1. What products or services will your company offer in 5 years?

I really enjoy working in the short film medium, but definitely want to create feature length animations, and exploring mixed media in feature films.

 

  1. What should the ideal manager, what should he or she be like to be fit for the future?

Personally, my task is to select or grow a team, and creating an environment in which they can participate and feel invested, so that they are dedicated to fulfilling my vision as the director. Delegation itself is not the issue, it’s forming a more organic and receptive space in which to create my productions.

 

  1. What role does Kenya play within a global economy?

The value of developing countries is underestimated, we are almost always perceived as being “receivers”  especially economically, and yet, whether by force or corruption, we have developed and sustained Europe and the greater ‘West,’ for centuries.

When I came home after 5 years living in the US in 2006, I was shocked to discover that you could share airtime on your phone, as well as send and receive money directly between phones, completely independent of traditional banking institutions. This concept did not even exist in the US and in Europe at the time. I think we are making solutions to problems that are urgent here in Kenya, and incidentally changing the status quo that developed countries are comfortable enough to leave unaddressed, if that makes sense.

 

  1. In your eyes: Where do you see Germany in this context?

Via institutions such as Goethe Institute and Hubert Bals, etc, Germany is extremely supportive of emerging filmmakers around the world. For example I was just at the Durban International Film Festival, and the Durban Talents that holds workshops for young filmmakers is a branch of the Berlinale Talents program. They have Talents programs in several parts of the world. A couple of the program coordinators have mentioned becoming involved in running their respective programs because they felt that it was right for “Germany to give back” considering its participation in the colonial period, and its political role in Europe.

NAME: Prof. P.L.O. Lumumba
TITLE: Director/Chief Executive
COMPANY: Kenya School of Law
CITY: Nairobi, Kenya

 

  1. If you think of your job: Where do you see yourself in 5 years’ time?

March next year I will leave the school and reinforce my own office, I will be more active.

 

  1. Imagine 2022 – 5 years away: What scares you most?

Nothing scares me. After the election, we will have a good country. A few stones will be thrown and that is ok, as long as nobody dies.

 

Ja, aktuell ist wirklicher Wahlkampf. Die Stadt ist voller dieser „Promotion-Trucks“.

  1. Again, 5 years into the future: What’s your greatest hope?

I think we should de-ethnize politics and work on a better situation if it comes to corruption! I am looking forward to see a few guys in jail.

 

  1. What is it that you do to make sure that your children will be fit for the future?

We need to update education! We should create a system which allows to engage in innovation better. You know, we have a “crises in identity” Around here, we are 200 to 300 million people, we are sooo strong and surrounded by great people – yes, we should strengthen self-esteem!

 

  1. What would you say: What object, what device is the best symbol for „future“?

It is something with “technology”. This, however, must be customized to our needs and not the other way around.

 

  1. What’s stressing you most during your daily life?

The quality of leadership is stressing me. I stopped watching TV 5 years ago.

 

  1. What products or services will your company offer in 5 years?

My message will still be the same. I have and will be consistent.

 

  1. What should the ideal manager, what should he or she be like to be fit for the future?

An ideal leader has a vision, is not selfish, he consults and realizes that he or she does not have a monopoly on ideas. It is about recognizing talent and spreading the seed.

 

  1. What role does Kenya play within a global economy?

I think Kenya and Tanzania do not have major conflicts. We are the anchor of the region and we lead the area. If we deal with ethnics and corruption, we are on a great path!

 

  1. In your eyes: Where do you see Germany in this context?

Germany is the European leader. It was the first country accepting Kenya after the independence. In culture, agriculture and technology you guys are great! Germany is efficient and hopefully more present and more aggressive. You need to neutralize the influence of China.

NAME: Waweru Kuria
TITLE: CEO
COMPANY: iNuka PAP
CITY: Nairobi, Kenya

 

  1. If you think of your job: Where do you see yourself in 5 years’ time?

At the moment, we offer “emergency loans”. Our typical customer applies for 30 USD for 30 days and pays about 3 USD interest fees. Our typical customers are from rural areas, very often they are farmers. In 5 years, we will have new products with lots of impact. We will have “social products”, also in Uganda and Tanzania.

 

  1. Imagine 2022 – 5 years away: What scares you most?

Well, competition with the big guys would stress us seriously. They can pump so much money into a market which would not kill us, but slow us down.

 

  1. Again, 5 years into the future: What’s your greatest hope?

My greatest hope is partnering with an organization, with a social investor such as a CSR company with “patient money” and low interest.

 

  1. What is it that you do to make sure that your children will be fit for the future?

I would change the educational system – yes, the whole industry. The world is changing and i.e. automation will take jobs. Nobody should be taught to become a classical accountant!

 

  1. What would you say: What object, what device is the best symbol for „future“?

The eagle, the bird. Why? Because it uses very little energy to fly, it sees very far and can carry very heavy “freight”.

 

  1. What’s stressing you most during your daily life?

Sometimes I wonder if we are growing fast enough. For example, it is very expensive to do what we do. We have enormous travel costs.

 

  1. What should the ideal manager, what should he or she be like to be fit for the future?

The “future manager” should be a real manager, somebody who is able to replicate his/her thinking. Somebody who inspires by using the own mind.

 

  1. What role does Kenya play within a global economy?

Where we are right now? We copy other systems and methods. We should completely change, we should not act like the global economy. An example: We found oil in Kenya, and we export crude oil and buy back the petrol. How crazy is that? Same with food. We should define our destiny – which is definitely “self-depended”.

 

  1. In your eyes: Where do you see Germany in this context?

I have not had a lot of interaction with Germany but I believe we can learn a lot from you. You expose your kids and they can learn… just look at soccer.

NAME: Vandan Rughani
TITLE: Managing Director, Robert Bosch East Africa
COMPANY: Robert Bosch East Africa
CITY: Nairobi, Kenya

 

  1. If you think of your job: Where do you see yourself in 5 years time?

In Afrika.

 

  1. Imagine 2022 – 5 years away: What scares you most?

Privat beschäftigt mich sehr die Urbanisierung von Nairobi. Ich kenne die Stadt noch aus meiner Jugend. Und heute? Es scheint kaum eine Städteplanung geben: Jeder baut wie er will.

 

  1. Again, 5 years into the future: What’s your greatest hope?

Natürlich hoffe ich auf die ganzen großen Themen wie “Friede” und “Wohlstand”, doch für die Region hoffe ich auf Einheit – nicht nur auf dem Papier, auch in der Praxis. Eine wirklich grenzübergreifende „Union“ würde Menschen einfach reisen und Handel aufblühen lassen!

Bosch ist präsent!

  1. What is it that you do to make sure that your children will be fit for the future?

Kinder sollten möglichst viele unterschiedliche Erfahrungen machen. Kids sollten wirklich entdecken dürfen und dabei Richtwerte bekommen. Die Welt ist nicht „heile-heile-Segen“, und genau das erleben beispielsweise meine Kinder hier in Kenia. So wie ich früher. Das halten auch Kinder aus, wenn man Ihnen Hilfestellung gibt.

 

  1. What would you say: What object, what device is the best symbol for „future“?

Was ist ein gutes Zeichen oder Objekt für „sozial sein“? Afrika ist jeden falls „ich-bezogen“.

 

  1. What’s stressing you most during your daily life?

Meine persönliche Ungeduld in manchen Situationen. Ja, ich werde immer wieder getestet.

 

  1. What products or services will your company offer in 5 years?

Wir werden mehr lokale Präsenz zeigen, „local for local“ quasi.

 

  1. What should the ideal manager, what should he or she be like to be fit for the future?

In Ostafrika? Gute Manager sollten die ersten 6-12 Monate an der Basis sein. Und mein Team hier wird eine gesunde Mischung aus internationalen und nationalen Führungskräften werden. Speziell von lokalen Team Leadern erwarte ich Eigenverantwortung, Verantwortung für das eigene Handeln!

 

  1. What role does this – Country – play within a global economy?

Im Moment, keine.

 

  1. In your eyes: Where do you see Germany in this context?

Deutschland wird hier sehr positiv und innovativ gesehen. Leider sind deutsche Produkte auch sehr teuer. Doch das Vertrauen ist da, „Made in Germany“ ist eine sehr starke Aussage!

„Die Kunst“ lässt nicht auf sich warten – mit Zeitgeist quasi.

Ja, die AFRICAN MINDSET TOUR hat es -in- sich! Manchmal sind die Antworten, wie erwartet. Manchmal auch sehr mutig, denn nicht jede Station der Tour ist so entspannt wie Zürich, Kassel oder Wien.

Vielen Dank vom TRENDBEOBACHTER., denn Mathias Haas ist auf Antworten angewiesen. Beim reinen „aus dem Fenster schauen“ ist „die Wahrheit“ nicht zu finden. Und auch mit den Antworten liegt sie wohl zwischen den Zeilen.

Ja, DER TRENDBEOBACHTER. beobachtet vor Ort. Der Redner und Moderator Mathias Haas bringt sie nach Hause – in Vorträgen, in Moderationen, in Workshops aller Art. Ob ganz klassisch als Keynote einer Tagung oder innerhalb einer komplexen Strategieentwicklung – zum Beispiel im Rahmen der PLAY SERIOUS AKADEMIE. Egal wie, der Zukunftsexperte fordert „die Zukunft“ heraus – im Hier & Jetzt!

Mehr zu Mathias Haas und seinem Team liegt hier bereit:

www.trendbeobachter.de

www.play-serious.org

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4x Accra = 4x Menschen und Ihre Zukunft

MINDSET TOUR.

18. Juli 2017

DER TRENDBEOBACHTER. Mathias Haas auf der AFRICAN MINDSET TOUR, ja… die ersten Gespräche haben stattgefunden und es sind die kleinen Details, die dann doch die Haltung und Sichtweisen beschreiben.

Ganz sicher sind es (auch) die Power-Frauen!

Es sind die Power-Frauen, die Accra fordern. Aber auch die Start-ups. Und manchmal sprechen wir von den selben Einheiten. Vielleicht trügt der Eindruck von Mathias Haas tatsächlich, aber „die Treiber“ der Innovation und neuen Geschäftsmodelle sind wohl oft Menschen, die auch schon außerhalb Ghanas waren und zurückgekommen sind. Und natürlich „Fremde“, die den Braten riechen. Zum Beispiel der Franzose Adrien Bouillot, der tatsächlich in einer „der“ Vorstädte von Paris verlassen hat (er war der Einzige aus seinem Viertel!). Hier seine Antwort und seine Sicht der Dinge:

NAME: Adrien Bouillot
TITLE: CEO and Founder
COMPANY: Chalkboard Education
CITY: Accra, Ghana

  1. If you think of your job: Where do you see yourself in 5 years’ time?

I see myself on top of Chalkboard Education serving universities in Africa by using data to ensure that we understand students learning and create happier grades. In five years from now, we should be in more than 20 countries.

 

  1. Imagine 2022 – 5 years away: What scares you most?

Corruption. This is a big, big problem. I fear that the government fails to solve this major problem.

 

  1. Again, 5 years into the future: What’s your greatest hope?

For Ghana, I just hope they keep on going – moving – driving the positive change. This is the most successful democratic country in Africa!

 

  1. What is it that you do to make sure that your children will be fit for the future?

I think in Ghana I would teach English & French as well as Coding & Accounting. If you can deal with these skills, you can be autonomous and you are set up for your future.

 

  1. What would you say: What object, what device is the best symbol for „future“?

The cell phone!

 

  1. What’s stressing you most during your daily life?

I am not really stressed. If I dig hard it is about providing everything to our staff members. I want to ensure that they can be happy and they have hopes!

 

  1. What products or services will your company offer in 5 years?

We provide basically an e-Learning platform, and this is being adapted by the people teaching. So, in the future, we will give you an easy exercise if we (the system) realize you get tired.

 

  1. What should the ideal manager, what should he or she be like to be fit for the future?

It is all about feedback! It should be mandatory to give feedback. Managers to team members but also the other way around. Let’s say on a monthly basis.

 

  1. What role does Ghana play within a global economy?

It provides most of the cocoa in the world as well as lots of gold, silver, petrol… but it is a small country which, however, can create innovation!

 

  1. In your eyes: Where do you see Germany in this context?

I think Germany is definitely leading Europe and Europe is a leader in “something”. Germany has a role to play (together with France) and at the end of the day I believe Germans are decent people.

 

Und dann die knüppelharten Antworten zweier Damen, die dann doch deutlich werden!

 

NAME: El-Yesha Puplampu
TITLE: Gallery Manager
COMPANY: Gallery1957
CITY: Accra, Ghana

  1. If you think of your job: Where do you see yourself in 5 years’ time?

Well… at the moment, we are planning with a second location for the Gallery! We have this great location at the Kempinski Hotel Gold Coast City, but there could be more – in Accra or in London, for example.

 

  1. Imagine 2022 – 5 years away: What scares you most?

I think things can only be better. So, I am more hopeful, that… you know you have two options in this country: A. you become part of the system – sooner or later. Or B. you leave Ghana. Yes, there is a brain drain!

 

  1. Again, 5 years into the future: What’s your greatest hope?

You know, possibilities are endless! We have peace, the location… if you do things right… endless! Just think about solar and railways… we are blessed – if we do it right!

 

  1. What is it that you do to make sure that your children will be fit for the future?

I would encourage them to ask thousands of questions – every day! They should read books… it is broadening your view. In Ghana you very often hear something like “That’s not how we do it!” but we need to change this.

 

  1. What would you say: What object, what device is the best symbol for „future“?

Our hands! It is what we make out of our lives…

 

  1. What’s stressing you most during your daily life?

The mentality in Ghana. Often, things are slow – no urgency at all. Many people do not value time. This is very obvious if it comes to service, for example.

 

  1. What products or services will your company offer in 5 years?

Our clientele will have grown and our positioning will be even stronger – also amongst your artists which we have exclusively. Simply because we do much more than showing their art pieces.

 

  1. What should the ideal manager, what should he or she be like to be fit for the future?

He or she should be available and lead by example. They should not expect something from their employees they would not do themselves. In Ghana in particular, an ideal manager should keep a certain distance – so you get respect.

 

  1. What role does Ghana play within a global economy?

I could not tell you. In cocoa, for example, we lost ground to Ivory Coast and gold is being driven out of South Africa – in both markets we have been very, very strong. Ideally we would diversify… in reality we are still enslaved, in our minds. We need to develop in this dimension!

 

  1. In your eyes: Where do you see Germany in this context?

I love Merkel, she is so objective! Having the types of decisions as she has at the moment you cannot be a “lovely mother”. Maybe I am a little bit like her – in fact, sometimes I feel a little bit lonely being an “abstract thinker” as well.

NAME: Stephania Manfreda
TITLE: Creative Director elle lokko & lokko’08
COMPANY: elle lokko & lokko’08
CITY: Accra, Ghana

  1. If you think of your job: Where do you see yourself in 5 years’ time?

People will soon know more about us. Also beyond Ghana! Also because of eCommerce.

 

  1. Imagine 2022 – 5 years away: What scares you most?

We are very quickly hurdling to a society which is less educated, less energetic. People are frustrated and a lot more aggressive in traffic, for example. Yes, there is more chaos and we need three things: Light, water, education. And surprise: education is the most important one.

 

  1. Again, 5 years into the future: What’s your greatest hope?

The creatives, of all types. The creative pool of upcoming young people… not only on a nationwide level, also and especially in local communities.

 

  1. What is it that you do to make sure that your children will be fit for the future?

Kids should have (more) spaces where they can build physically. This is why I am part of the “maker scene” in Accra and why I have a space on our property. It is all about attention to detail which is what children learn once they “build”.

 

  1. What would you say: What object, what device is the best symbol for „future“?

Well, as much as I hate to say it, but it is the cell phone or any kind of mobile device.

 

  1. What’s stressing you most during your daily life?

Getting used to the speed of things… as you see my phone is ringing since we have start talking. I try to be available all the time and it is never enough.

 

  1. What products or services will your company offer in 5 years?

We will add on services and we do already do a lot of different things: Styling, Personal Shopping, and Consulting.

 

  1. What should the ideal manager, what should he or she be like to be fit for the future?

An ideal manager should live the human elements! This “profit driven formula” does not work for me.

 

  1. What role does Ghana play within a global economy?

Ghana is very important because of our oil, cacao, gold… but unfortunately, it is badly managed. Since we became independent, it is our biggest problem that we do bad deals. Yes, this is corruption in the management of our main treasures.

 

  1. In your eyes: Where do you see Germany in this context?

Germany stands for precision, everything works in your country. And well… you guys seem to be very serious and disciplined – maybe not so happy people.

Mathias Haas vor der Botschaft in Accra.

Und abschließend hier der deutsche Botschafter mit dem „politisch korrekten Helikopter-Blick“ für den DER TRENDBEOBACHTER. nicht minder dankbar ist!

 

 

 

NAME: Christoph Retzlaff
TITLE: Botschafter
COMPANY: Embassy of the Federal Republic of Germany
CITY: Accra, Ghana

  1. Imagine 2022 – 5 years away: What scares you most?

Mit Blick auf Ghana ist elementar, dass die neue Regierung wirklich nachhaltiges und inklusives  Wachstum realisieren kann. Die Jugend drängt auf neue Möglichkeiten, Arbeitsplätze und Perspektive. Die Jugend ist schlichtweg die größte Gruppe hier im Land. Sie will und sie muss in Ghana die Chance für ein gutes Leben bekommen.  Das darf nicht schiefgehen. Die Konsequenzen wären schwerwiegend..

 

  1. Again, 5 years into the future: What’s your greatest hope?

Das enorme kreative Potential hier im Land ist wirklich nennenswert! Meine größte Hoffnung ist, dass es gelingt, aus Ghana ein Erfolgsmodell für ganz Afrika zu machen. .

 

  1. What is it that you do to make sure that your children will be fit for the future?

Der Schlüssel ist eindeutig Bildung, Bildung und Bildung! Gepaart mit dem Glauben, dass man es packen kann. Ein tolles Beispiel ist Ken Ofori-Atta (Minister of Finance, Ghana), der als uneheliches Kind den unglaublichen Weg vom Dorf über die Columbia University, Yale und die Wall Street gegangen ist und wieder zurückkam, um hier wertvolle Arbeit zu leisten. Solche echten Geschichten sind natürlich unfassbare Vorbilder.

 

  1. What would you say: What object, what device is the best symbol for „future“?

Gallery1957. Dort sehen Sie aktuell eine Ausstellung zum Verhältnis Ghanas zum lieben Geld. „All That Glitters“ von Yaw Owusu sagt sehr, sehr viel. Schauen Sie sich das an! „Die Kunst“ gibt hier schon mächtig Gas!

 

  1. What’s stressing you most during your daily life?

Verkehr in Accra während der Rush hour.

 

  1. What products or services will your company offer in 5 years?

Als Botschaft werden wir noch mehr Reichweite in die Gesellschaft haben. Ich bin seit einem Jahr hier, und wir haben damit bereits begonnen.

 

  1. What should the ideal manager, what should he or she be like to be fit for the future?

In Bezug auf diese Region: Mehr Feingefühl gegenüber der Tatsache, dass Kooperation nichts mit Lehrstunden für Afrika zu tun hat. Ein Europäer oder auch ein Amerikaner ist nicht der Lehrmeister nur aufgrund des eigenen Reisepasses.

 

  1. What role does Ghana play within a global economy?

Die Rolle ist relativ reduziert, am Wichtigsten sind  Kakao und Gold. Jetzt durch den G 20  „Compact with Africa“, die Initiative zur Förderung von privaten Investitionen und Investitionen in Infrastruktur, könnte sich das Blatt wieder wenden.

 

  1. In your eyes: Where do you see Germany in this context?

Deutschland hat ein wirklich gutes Image hier in Ghana – vielleicht sogar manchmal schon etwas zu glänzend.zu. Die Arbeit macht hier wirklich Spaß. Es ist toll, Deutschland hier in Westafrika vertreten zu dürfen.

Ja, vier Menschen mit vier verschiedenen Sichtweisen… und das sind ja nur die Gespräch, die im „O-Ton“ dokumentiert sind. Der Redner und Moderator, der Wandlungshelfer Haas stellt Fragen „was das Zeug hält“. Gesprächspartner findet DER TRENDBEOBACHTER. am Flughafen, im Taxi, im Supermarkt!

Ja, Trendbeobachtung ist eben keine Wissenschaft, denn Mathias Haas zweifelt ernsthaft, ob „Zukunft“ mit Modellen und nagelfester Wissenschaft erfasst werden kann. Haas ist eben der Pragmatiker im Markt, der Trendexperte, der sich selbst ein Bild macht und daraus seine Schlüsse zieht.

Vielen Dank für diese Interviews!

Mehr in diesem Programm – mehr von der AFRICAN MINDSET TOUR – in diesem Blog!

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