Saturday, June 21, 2008

Pictures from Acuto

Below a few pictures taken from my cellphone during last weekend in Acuto:

Monday, June 16, 2008

Weekend in Acuto

Back from a highly inspirational week-end in Acuto near Rome in Italy. The Enterprise of the Future Weekend organised by the European Bahai Business Forum under the title “You can act now for the world of tomorrow” gave the opportunity to business people from twelve European nations to expand their horizon on the application of values at the workplace. On Friday evening, after some introductions of the participants we had a World Café were we could exchange ideas about applying the EBBF values at the workplace. On Saturday Rüdiger Fox from Germany gave a presentation about the “Just Do It” attitude, his way of changing the values in companies and managing successful turnarounds. In the afternoon, Arthur L. Dahl presented an EU-project where EBBF is one of the partner, aimed at measuring the intangibles in companies. In the late afternoon we had some free time to enjoy a walk in the medieval village of Acuto in order to free our minds. In the evening some of the participants were invited to be in front and answer questions from the audience about ways of applying values at work. This weekend has been a great chance to network with like-minded individuals and deepen our understanding of some motivation factors and ways of making workplaces more enjoyable for all. It was good to be reconnected with the vision of past years in order to get back to work on Monday with a refreshed mind and new ideas.

Looking forward to come back next year, maybe taking more time to visit the city of Rome.

You can learn more about the week-end by following the link below:

The complete list of events organised by EBBF all over Europe can be found below:

Monday, June 2, 2008

ILA Berlin 2008

Another week-end with great networking opportunities took place in Berlin this end of May. The German airshow "ILA" was organised with guest country India. Besides the larger A380 and a lot of business jets, there were also oldtimers on display, and of course Indian helicopters. The main European aerospace companies were present. I had the pleasure of meeting again people from Euroavia, an association of aerospace engineering students to which I belonged during my studies in Toulouse. In addition I also met former and current colleagues. For entertainment an orchestra of the Indian army was playing some music with typical Indian tones, unfortunately they were often forced to stop playing due to the noise of the flying aircrafts. It was my fourth participation since 1996 and I still enjoyed it very much.

On Saturday, I took the chance to visit the city of Potsdam and its various palaces before attending the Mamma Mia musical, where hits from the Swedish band Abba were used to tell an exciting story, all were sung in German.

On the way back, the train was delayed and the journey back home ended by taxi, as the German train company had no more connecting trains they had to ensure our arrival back home and therefore paid for this taxi. In all I entered the Swiss territory three times in that night, in order to be back in the remote area of Germany where I am living.

Pictures of this trip, including shots from the ILA, Potsdam and Berlin have been added on Facebook: