Update #17

It's Friday again and an exciting week passed.

In this weeks update I address the question about loneliness, tell you an inspiring story about humans and robots and give a last tip of the week.

Social contacts

Some days ago I was asked if I never feel lonely now that I always work alone from home.
Well, I'm not really alone at home every single day. If I remember correctly, there wasn't even a single week I was at home every day since I started freelancing in March.
Either I had some client meetings, did work for GEOINFO or Trango or visited a community event.

I read about freelancers who couldn't stand working alone from home. They had to leave the house and visit places where they see other people. That's why many of them prefer working in a coffee shop or in a co-working space. I'm not exactly the kind of person who always needs strangers around me. I best reach high productivity alone at home with my headphones on and focusing deeply at the task at hand.
Of course social contacts do mean a lot to me, it's just that I prefer meeting with friends outside my business relationships or go to community events talking tech speech. 
The work as a survey assistant or canoe guide brings a much valued variety and enables me to work in a team for a day here and there.

I definitely can answer the question about me feeling lonely with a "no" at the moment.
I'm happy about that and hope the answer will be the same in the future.

Creative Mornings – Equality

Michel Fornasier was born with just one hand. For a long time he tried to hide the fact that he had only the left hand. He tried different hand prothesis but these were heavy and clunky, so they felt like a foreign object to him and he didn't like them.
In the course of time, however, he learned to accept his arm stump and also to use it in everyday life, for example when binding shoes.

For two and a half years now, Michel wears a bionic artificial hand, which he can control by using his muscles and program it with his smartphone. Because of his own story, it is important to him that other people with similar "special needs" as he likes to call it are given the advantages of an artifical hand. That's why he founded the "Michel Fornasier Charity – Give Children a Hand", which enables children to learn wearing an artifical hand in a playful way.

Michel Fornasier was the speaker at the Creative Mornings event this morning in the offices of Ginetta. He told the facts above in a fun and authentic way, so that everyone was listening closely. Another success story he told about seven year old Lionel nicely demonstrates the power of modern technology and digitalization.

Orthopedists and designers from the USA together with Michel designed a hand prothesis especially for Lionel. All the needed components were printed with 3D printers in Switzerland. Lionel now got a piece of freedom with his new neon green hand prothesis.
It is such a clever construction that single pieces of it can be adjusted to the body size and printed again. To buy a whole new prothesis every other year would cost way too much.

It became clear that Michel Fornasier had lots of great experiences because of his robotic hand and that it is really important to him to share his story as an encouragement to others. For all the two-handed people it shows again what a marvel the human body is and how grateful we should be that we can perform simple tasks – like drinking water from a glass – with such a naturalness. Michels bionic hand is state of the art technology but can only perform 15% of the functions of a human hand.

During the questions after the speech Michel screw his robotic hand off and gave it to the audience, basically shaking everybody's hand :)
It was an inspiring morning and I'm curious about the progress in this particular field in the years to come.

If you want to know more about Michel Fornasier, his story and projects, visit his website at: www.michelfornasier.com (only in German)

Tip of the week

Maybe you noticed that absence of the tip of the week in the last update.
I left it out on purpose because I didn't know what to write and I wanted to test if I will get some feedback of any kind.
This week I decided to stop writing a tip of the week for the time being. I struggled more and more to find an appropriate topic which led me to spending much more time on it than I originally thought. 

So this is my last tip: Revalidate your processes from time to time and identify time killers. Try to find ways to optimize or eliminate these altogether ;)
Thanks for reading.
And now off to the weekend!
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