Steve. 99%. American Spring?

Wednesday, October 5th, 2011 | Uncategorized

Steve passed on. He leaves a big gap. A gap in our soul. He wasn’t just the most successful entrepreneur on this planet. What set him apart is that he knew us. he knew how we felt. what we couldn’t say. but maybe what we would like to sense. He knew us. and he turned that knowing into products that keep pleasing us and our creative senses. he shifted the old system centric technology paradigm to a new one that is (more) human-centric. One, that puts us into the driver seat of creating a new world.

its that capacity that we need more than anything else to meet the biggest challenges of our time. its that capacity that we need to develop as a whole generation of change makers at the begin of this century. Its that capacity that people miss in our institutions today — particularly in Wall Street — and that keeps fueling the quickly growing Occupy Wall Street Movement. That movement, in spite of an incredibly condescending treatment by the US media at first, has swept the spirit of the Arab Spring to this side of the pond.

Wall Street top executives managed to destroy through their actions $34 trillion of assets and to eradicate about 30 million jobs–and yet, they got a full bailout without any conditions attached (which in any other industry is unheard of–ask the executives of GM who got fired after government went in). OK, so we are not taking on the big guys. So what do we do instead? We turn against the weakest members in our community by criminalizing illegal immigrants and their children–an act of shame that is currently going on in Alabama…

So what is needed? the youthful spirit and entrepreneurship of Steve Jobs applied to the big collective issues that we face as a society. First step? Visit the site that sparks the Occupy Wall Street movement by making us aware of the first person experience of our economy today (link below):

what do you think? what do you see going on?

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7 Comments to Steve. 99%. American Spring?

October 5, 2011

Thank you, Otto.

I’m thinking of going to NY myself to join the protesters.

Per Håkansson
October 6, 2011

Impressive clarity.

I think the “average” American is afraid of criticizing Wall Street as it might be regarded as capitalistic blasphemy. Most people are conditioned to prays anything related to the “American Dream”. To use a Bush-ism: Either your with us or against us.

Ronald Richter - Kult.Radio
October 7, 2011

Hi Otto,

I tried to translate your post at Let’s face the future!


Iaabel Page
October 7, 2011

Yes, Otto, it is so tragic that Steve’s life has ended, and we can only hope that the legacy of his charismatic presence will inspire in particular young people to continue to develop entrepreneurial activity as a way to climb out of this recession.

Sitting here in Europe watching presenters and experts squabbling over the banking crises on CNN as I write, I recall that financial markets are said to be driven by fear and greed, but in the end I feel both are the same. Greed is the result of fear – a basic fear for many that, no matter how much an individual has, it will never be enough. These very primitive emotions often stem from childhood experiences. In my coaching practice I find time and again that people tend to replicate their nuclear families in the corporate environment, assuming their most-favoured role, and often producing dysfunctional ‘families’ in the process. For wider sustainable corporate change to take place, and for people to be in the driving seat of sustainable, healthy change, as you advocate, Otto, I am convinced that grass-roots change using presencing tools needs to be facilitated within the nuclear family.

On the subject of corporatocracy, and thinking of John Perkins ‘Confessions of an Economic Hit Man’, using the poor and disadvantaged internally may be a show of political muscle to compensate when the global news is highlighting the failure of the USA and Britain in Afghanistan, or maybe I am being too cynical . . .

Ralf Lippold
October 9, 2011

Thanks a lot Otto! Steve has sparked conversation – while he was alive and as he passed on. The legacy of the Mac just has not come alone. It has come from people who listened to the customer. I still remember the moment when I put my Airport card in my G4 Powerbook some years ago. Wondering which way would be correct, I wondered about a small notch on the card before sliding it in. This perfectly fitted into a left-out on the Mac (so mistake proof, just what I am passionate about: lean thinking).

Providing the tools so people can play to their inner and authentic strengths – that’s was the Mac is for me.

We can learn -from the worker to the CEO or president- a lot from Steve: listen to your customer, go for your dream (imaging you being on the side where the customer is), and put it into reality (step by step).

1982 (the IBM PC just was on it move with DOS) the Apple II was standard at the highschool in Vancouver where I spend three months. These moments hold true still, running in my head.

PS.: 22 years back to the day the largest demonstration (Montagsdemo) in Leipzig led to the Wall come down and Germany reunite. Two things will I do today, writing a review about my visit to ‘Un ballo in maschera’ at which beautifully puts onto stage what we see happening in the world and what #occupywallstreet is the consequence (“blind spot”) and starting the grant seeking process for making my trip to Silicon Valley reality. Visiting hightech startups, social entrepreneurs, as well as visionaries and connect with Silicon Saxony where the legacy of arts, science, and education has a long tradition though people (at present situation) are not aware of what “gold” is in their hands to be given to the world. #nbtDD is the Hashtag (marker) for it on networks, whether Twitter, Facebook, or LinkedIn

Olaf Weber
October 11, 2011


As a colleague who is working in the field of sustainable finance for a long time, I must say I have a lot of sympathy for those that demonstrate in New York. The financial sector is far away from being social and it is quite unfair to subsidize the sector with tax money instead of using it for issues like education, health care or the environment. However, from my point of view comparing these activists with Steve Jobs and Apple is a bit unfair. Steve Jobs created some great products and understood how technology should look like to be easy and fun to be used. But I do not really understand where the relation to the social movement should be. In contrast Apple can be criticized to exploit the workers at Foxconn in China as much as other companies. Probably many of know the stories of Foxconn employees committing suicide because of their working conditions. Furthermore Apple was and partially is still behind their competitors with respect to the environmental performance of their products. So I wonder why Steve Jobs and Apple is often connected with social impact groups. Apple produces products that are very well accepted by many clients (at least by those that can afford them), but Facebook or even Walmart do this as well. Thus why is Apple a company that should be more social or sustainable than others? Maybe someone can let me know.

Ralf Lippold
October 13, 2011

… a recent Forbes article on future of entrepreneurship and legacy of Silicon Valley

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