What Really Drives People To Commit to Change? – Mini Case Study with Surprising Results

February 25, 2014

Mini Case Study:
I have chosen this case because it has been well documented and researched by Doug McAdam, University of Arizona:

In 1964 “black” people were allowed to vote for the first time in the southern states of the USA. In the so called Mississippi Summer Project 1000 students signed up to help to register “black” voters in the South. Each student had to submit a 5 pages long application. In the application they listed their background, why they wanted to help, their experience with voter registration, list of people to contact if they were arrested, essays, references, or for some interviews were conducted.

Opponents in the South threatened to harm or kill students who would help with the registration.

Because of the deadly risk 300 of the 1000 students decided to stay home and not go to the South.

Doug McAdam analyzed the applications and first divided them into 2 piles based on Motivation types:

1) Self -Interest with statements such as to test myself – to be where the action is
2) Higher-Interest with statement such as improve the lot of black, aid in the full realization of democracy or demonstrate the power of non-violence as vehicle of social change.

Who of these students belonging in one of this two types of motivational groups was more likely to stay at home ?

The answer is:
Both types went in equal numbers. It did not matter if the motives were selfish or by a higher purpose. It is not the key driver.

If it is not the motive maybe the opportunity cost matter (What is in it for me or what do I have to sacrifice) ?
McAdam compared those who stayed home if they were married or had a girlfriend or had just gotten a new job or couldn’t swing a two-month unpaid break?

Please choose:
a) Yes, the key driver are the personal opportunity costs
b) No, it didn’t matter

The answer is:
McAdam could not find a link. It was not the risk, nor any other type of opportunity costs such as losing a job, leaving the partner for some month, etc. that prevented these students to participate in this project.

If it were neither the motives nor the opportunity costs – what was it that drove these students to participate in this risky change project?

The final answer is:
What commits people to change is the expectation of their friends and/or the peer pressure of their acquaintances.

Students that had friends who had also signed up to go to the south or students who belong to a group or community that expected them to stick to their commitment all went. Students who either did not have friends who went or who belonged to a group or community that did not care if they go would very likely pull out. It is the strong or weak ties, basically the social commitments that drive and sustain change.

Another research that supports how strong social norms and our desire to belong influence our decisions: http://blogs.hbr.org/2013/01/stop-listening-to-your-custome/
by Steve Martin

CEX.IO Bitcoin Mining Return on Investment Calculation

January 20, 2014

Latest Update: March, 17, 2014
An Interview by the CIO Jeffrey Smith. Now CEX.IO offers futures on GHS Mining.
For next month April 26th 1 GHS is now at 0.008 BTC and for 26th of May, 1 GHS trades at 0.004 BTC. Today the price for 1 GHS is at 0.0129 BTC.

Currently the price for 1 GHS today on CEX.IO  is 10.76 USD (0.017193 BTC / Bitstamp: 626USD / BTC). If you buy a KNC Miner with 3 THZ for 13 000 USD you will pay 7 USD/GHS which is just lower than 3.76 USD/GHS on CEX.IO . However on CEX.IO you do not have to look after the equipement and you can sell your GHS at any time. The price for 1 GHS used to be 4 times higher on CEX.IO versus bying your own equipement now it is down to 1.537:1. At this ratio you are better of trading GHS on CEX.IO .  It looks like we are hitting a bottom in price on CEX.IO as miners will very likely not sell their GHS on CEX.IO below or at the same level as their equipement costs .

Status of my investment in January: I am below my investment due to the drop in prices per GHS on CEX.IO. Please see the list of cautions at the end of this post.

Status 20. January 2014: As it stands of today I am about to make around 199% on my investment in Bitcoin Mining at CEX.IO .
On the platform CEX.IO you can instantly buy so called hashrates (GHS) of computer mining power or if you do not need those sell them again.

I bought 1 GHS on January 17th and after 3 days mining I am currently at a 199% return of my investment. I paid 0.0455  BTC for 1 GHS. And I will continuously update the calculation.

At CEX.IO you are not only mining Bitcoin BTC but at the same time 3 other cryptocurrencies are mined. These cryptocurrencies are Namecoin NMC, IXCoin IXC and Devcoin DVC.

After 72 hours of mining I have:
0.00073126 BTC
0.001148024 NMC (Namecoin)
0.00578684 IXC (IXCoin)
0.21625056 DVC (Devcoin)

After converting the NMC (exchange rate on CEX.IO) and the other cryptocurrencies IXC and DVC (exchange rate on www.cryptsy.com) into BTC I mined so far 0.00074321.
Based on the current amount of BTC mined I would make a 199% return of my investment in 1 year. What I have not calculated is the effective interest rate. The payouts of the mining is immediately, therefore the effective interest rate should be above 199%. As you have a constant payout of the BTCs mined – a fraction at least once per hour, the payout now has always more value than if you get paid in the future. As an example if you invest in shares and hold them for a year you will only get paid once per year the divident of the share and only realize any gains of the share price after you have sold you shares.

Also if I would sell my 1 GHS now I would also make a small return as the current price for 1 GHS is now at 0.04367. Plus if I would change the BTC back into USD I would make an additional return as the rate for BTC against the USD recently went up.

Before you get too excited there are some words of caution.
Please consider these risk factors:
With the increase of mining power added continuously the return from mining Bitcoins BTC with 1GHS could decrease over time. This might be the case also for the other cryptocurrencies.
The value of 1GHS can decrease.
The value of 1 BTC can decrease against the FIAT currencies.
Theft. Your account could get hacked.
The provider needs to stop services due to legal constraints or goes out of business.
Your assets are not secured nor is the legal framework fully cleared.

Also consider there is 0.0001 BTC fee for withdrawal of BTC from your account at CEX.IO.

List of all Crypto Currencies Coin with Value against FIAT currencies

January 17, 2014

Updated: 13 February 2014

Bitcoin BTC

Litecoin LTC

Peercoin PPC

Mastercoin MSC

NeXtCoin NXT

Quarkcoin QRK

MegaCoin MEC

DogeCoin DOGE

Novacoin NVC

Feathercoin FTC

Digitalcoin DGC

ZetaCoin ZET
Faucet: http://zet.qquu.com/

AnonCoin ANC

Netcoin NET

Devcoin DVC

Terracoin TRC


Freicoin FRC

BitBar BTB


Dimecoin DIME

EarthCoin EAC

Fedoracoin TIPS

Sexcoin SXC



LottoCoin LOT
Faucet: http://lottocoin.org/faucet/

ByteCoin BTE

Diamond DMD

Gamecoins GME


LuckyCoin LKY

JouleCoin XJO

KrugerCoin KGC


Junkcoin JKC

RoyalCoin RYC

Ripples XRP

Copperlark CLR

TagCoin TAG

Worldcoin WDC

Mincoin MNC

Extremecoin ECX

Cryptogenic Bullion CGB

GoldCoin GLD
Faucet: http://gldfaucet.com/

MemoryCoin MMC

Fastcoin FST

Datacoim DTC

Unobtunien UNO

AsicCoin ASC


42 Coin

Frozen FZ


StableCoin SBC


Philosopher Stones PHS


Ron Paul Coin

Grand Coin

Drutsche eMark


Catcoin CAT
Faucet: http://www.thebitcoinmaster.com/catcoin/index.php




Tigercoin TGC










Mooncoin MOON

Lottocoin LOT

Faucet: http://www.thebitcoinmaster.com/kittehcoin/index.php

Exchange: Coinex https://coinex.pw/trade/moon_btc

I am a crypto-currency collector and my dream is to have a coin from each abailable crypto-currency which has a value against a FIAT currency.

List of Bitcoin ATM Machines

January 16, 2014

Updated: 21 March 2014

Below find the existing locations for Bitcoin ATM Machines.
Please note: there are lot’s of announcements on planned installation of Bitcoin ATM Machines around the Globe.
London is expected to recieve the shipment of the first ATM Machine by March, however in most countries there is no legal framework and therefore Bitcoin ATM Machines might not be allowed to be installed.
Example: In New York there are still discussing.

Albuquerque, New Mexico (since February,18,2014)
Location: Bar Imbibe, Nob Hill
More Info
USD notes to Bitcoin

Boston (since February,19,2014)
Location 1: Boston South Station
More Info

Location 2: Harvard Square, Clover Food Lab, Holyoke St
More Info

Austin, Texas (since February,20,2014)
Location: Handlebar, backroom, East Fifth Street
More Info

Austin, Texas (since March, 03, 2014)
Location: Central Texas Gun Works off Ben White Boulevard
More  Info

New York
Location: To be defined yet
Planned to open soon

Vancouver: World’s First Bitcoin Machine (since November,1,2013)
Location: Waves Coffee House
More Info

Vancouver: (since February,1,2014)
Location: QuadrigaCX, Downtown Vancouver, 332 Water Street, corner of West Cardover and Water Street
More Info

Ottawa (since January,16,2014)
Location: Byward Market Pub
More Info

Toronto (since Januray,16,2014)
Location: King Street West and Spadina Avenue at Bitcoin Decentral
More Info

Location: Bitcoin Embassy, 3485 Boul. St-Laurent
More Info

Winnipeg (since February,15,2014)
Location: Santa Lucia Pizza, St. Mary’s Road
More Info

Edmonton (since February,27,2014)
Location: Rose and Crown Pub
More Info

Location: 27th January to 2nd February
Campus Party 2014
More Info
Location in future : Financial District
Planned to open soon


Helsinki (since December, 16th,2013)
Location: Helsinki Railway Station, Levykauppa Äx Record Store
More Info

Bratislawa (since December,10th,2013)
Location: Entrance Restaurant The Pub
More Info includes map

Stockholm (since December, 9th, 2013)
Location: Hilton Slussen
More Info

Location: Im Viadukt Markthalle
More Info
Euro notes to Bitcoin only

Geneva (since February, 13, 2014)
Location: Crêperie des Pâquis
More Info

London (since February,05, 2014)
Location: Old Shoreditch Station, Kingsland Road
More Info

Berlin (since February,08, 2014)
Location: room77
More Info
Euro notes to Bitcoin only

Barcelona (since February,22,2014)
Location: Diagonal Mar Shopping Center
More Info

Dublin (since March,13,2014)
Location: GSM Solution, Upper Abbery Street
More Info


China – Hong Kong
Hong Kong (since March,14,2014)
Location: Stanley, Mr. Bing Cafe, 83 Wellington Street
More Info

Seoul (since March,07, 2104)
Location: COEX Mall southeastern Seoul
More Info

since February,28,2014
Location: City Link Mall
More Info

Bitcoins are frobidden in:
China (Mainland)

Mindfulness, Fullfillment, Completness – workbooks, questionairs, resources

January 3, 2014
running with the seaguls Ed Schipul 2006 http://www.flickr.com/photos/eschipul/386762837/

Creative Commons: running with the seaguls Ed Schipul 2006 http://www.flickr.com/photos/eschipul/386762837/

When I worked with just a few of these tools with one person the results were more than astonishing. In one year this person reached three of his major life goals while we had together estimated five. Why shouldn’t you achieve the same ?

After you have read through this article you will be twice as likely to reach your dreams, visons or goals. Given what we know today once you apply these tools I believe you will have a 95% chance to achieve your major goals in life.

It was a few years ago when the person came into my office. He was almost certain that he would quit his job because he had enough of sales. It was not his dream job. He felt tired and he had lost his passion. His intention was to join a business school fulltime, spend all his savings to major in marketing so that he could start a career in the marketing function. I listened intensively without judgement and asked questions when I needed to better understand the points he made. We sat together for 50 minutes and almost at the end of the meeting I said,” well, it seems that you have made up your mind, but is this the only option you have ? Is this the only way and what is the likelyhood of success ? Would you like to take the time to explore more options that will give you a much higher chance of success ?”. This was the moment he realized he came to have the meeting with me to just seek confirmation of his decision and not help. This was the moment when he suddenly started to listen. First I explained him the risk of his only option and then I asked him if working in marketing is his final dream in life or if it was an enabler for something bigger ?
I proposed him to find a better way to get him to the place where he really wanted to be in life if he would spend just a few hours over the next months together with me. We applied a few of the tools which helped him to become very clear what he wanted from life. It was not only a career in marketing, he also had the wish to work abroad, stay with the current employer and get married.
We met three times over the next month for only 60 minutes each.
One year later he got married, the current employer send him to Asia to work in marketing and paid for the tuition at a well known business school for his degree in marketing.
In essence good reflection takes only little time but gets you much further than we tend to believe.

I have seen these successes over and over again in my many years long career in talent management & people development and as a coach (www.linkedin.com/in/peterpalme) . Each time I am still astonished. It is magic. The method and tools are amazing. I let the person decide on the timing when to meet again and never will I judge or take the lead in the journey. It only works if the true person comes out and the true person goes through his own reflection. In my many years of experience I learned to become the sparring partner on the right level, that keeps the ball in the game. Seeing someone win, seeing someone reach his vision and goals is personally my biggest joy and fulfillment.

I didn’t have the book “Finding Your Element” by Sir Ken Robinson then. It is a great source and therefore I listed some of the resources below. I have also used additonal tools which I will go to introduce over the next couple of weeks in this blog post. My starting point is always the situation, the context the person is in and get a full understanding of it. Often this is the first time people talk to someone who is non-judgemental about it. Only then when everything is understood will I ask the person to take a helicopter view of his life. Afterwards there are a number of tools to become more specific who the person is and how he wants to go about the journey.

As we haven’t met personally I have made the following assumption about you as the reader:
- you feel like you are underutilizing your capacity and have not turned it fully to your advantage
- you are critical of yourself and you deserve to be admired more
- at certain times you have serious doubts if you have taken the right direction in life
- you feel insecure and you see your personal weaknessess which you like to hide
- you can become dissastified by restrictions and limitations
- you would like to change and add more variety to your life
- you are an independent thinker and you only accept statements with satisfactory proof
- you have great aspirations which you find pretty unrealistic and you need to provide security to yourself and others

If you agree or disagree with my assumptions you can reach out me at petepalme@gmail.com or leave a comment below.










Would you like to invest a few minutes of your precious life and turn it into something that you value much more ?

Being in your element, feeling engaged, having a purpose, …
In the following you find a number of tools:
You can use them on your own or with somebody you trust.
How many books have you read with exercises, but honestly how many of these exercises did you do on your own?
It seems most people like to do  exercises with someone else because they are more engaged, get more inspired and creative.

This is still my scrabble blog post, it will envolve over time:

Accept the situation you are in. Become mindful and understand your judgement.

Start with the end in mind

Question For You To Find Your Element:


Getting Started With the Element Workbook:

27 Questions to Find Your Passion Workbook:

Aspergers Education Strategies

January 1, 2014

Tips by Dave Angel
Children with Aspergers need certain things in order to receive a proper Aspergers education. Their behavior is hard to understand for some parents, but once they gain a better understanding of children with Aspergers, they can begin to help their children the way that they need help. Here are a few suggestions that can help parents help their students with Aspergers.

� Don’t expect eye contact. Their lack of eye contact has nothing to do with disrespect, but it has everything to do with their Aspergers. Use probing questions to make sure they understand what is expected of them instead of using eye contact as an indicator in their Aspergers education.

� Every child is different from others. Parents should take the time to get to know their children with Aspergers so they understand how they think and operate. Do not put them in a category with your other children or educational failures will occur.

� Use visual cues when at all possible. Children with Aspergers are usually visual learners and they depend on these cues in their Aspergers education. They have difficulty processing oral language so hands-on, visual cues are a tremendous help.

� Do not ask them to show their work on math problems. Children with Aspergers have the ability to come up with answers by processing the information in their heads. They may not even understand why you want them to show their work. A better solution is to ask them to explain the process to you. Do not waste time trying to get them to do something that will result in an unnecessary argument and nothing more.

� Parents should allow frequent breaks. Children with Aspergers may need to take breaks as a part of their Aspergers education. Sometimes they have problems with focusing on tasks so allowing a break when they need it is a tremendous help.

� Always try to minimize sensory distractions as much as possible. Ticking clocks, tapping pens, crumbling paper, and other things can be a huge distraction for children with Aspergers. It is impossible to control all sensory distractions, but when at all possible, minimize these distractions.

� Use the IEP as the model for their Aspergers Education. This is their individualized plan for educational success so parents should take advantage of using the IEP.

� Minimize change as much as possible. Allow some transition time before asking a child to do something that is out of their normal routine. Parents should always plan for change as far in advance as possible.

Parents can help their children receive a proper Aspergers education by using a few simple strategies to ensure the success of their children. When in doubt, refer to the IEP or speak to a special education staff member for guidance.
About The Author

Dave Angel has been helping parents of children and young adults with Aspergers online for over four years, you can read more of his information about Aspergers and Education
The author invites you to visit:


Article published on:http://www.ArticleCity.com/

Sim Card Top Advice

January 1, 2014
Unlocked Phones: How and Why to Do It (via InformationWeek)

InformationWeek An unlocked phone is one not tied down to a specific carrier network. If you want to use an unlocked phone, what are the practical implications? Who sells unlocked phones? What carriers let you unlock theirs and activate others? BYTE…

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What Advice Would You Give HR Students Just Starting at University ?

December 18, 2013

Cris Wildermuth started the discussion in the Linked:HR (#1 Human Resources Group) and received 142 comments.

I summarized the discussion in this worldle.

   Wordle - what advice would you give HR students

What advice would you give HR students just starting at the university?

Key Learnings – What to Do When Your Flight Gets Cancelled at London Heathrow Stansted Luton Gatwick or London City Due To Fog or Other Occassions ?

December 12, 2013
Creative Commens Picture taken by Marya  http://www.flickr.com/photos/emdot/73257387/

Creative Commens Picture taken by Marya http://www.flickr.com/photos/emdot/73257387/


I was sitting in the plane waiting for the flight BA720 to fly to Zurich when our flight got finally cancelled and we had to disembark the airplane at 10pm at night.

Often you are informed much earlier if flights get cancelled due to fog or a broken computer system. You can monitor your flight from Heathrow  or other London airports at these addresses:
London Heathrow Airport Flight Information: http://www.heathrowairport.com/flight-information
London Gatwick Airport Flight Information: http://www.gatwickairport.com/flights/
London Stansted Airport Flight Information:http://www.stanstedairport.com/flight-information/live-flight-departures
London City Airport Flight Information: http://m.londoncityairport.com/w/departures/
London Luton Flight Information: http://www.london-luton.co.uk/en/flights.asp

or use this live flight tracker with your flight number: http://www.flightradar24.com/#59.82,11.64/5?&_suid=138735942835703627676768685002

As soon as you find out your flight got cancelled call your airiline because in the case of fog many flights will be impacted and many people will be stranded in London. If you are flying with British Airways call their Reservation Service immediately at 0800 727 800. (The country code for calling a number in the UK is ++44) and book the next possible flight out. If you wait with the booking you might not get anymore a seat on a plane the next day.
For the call you either need the flight number of the cancelled flight or your E-Ticket Number.

Next step secure yourself a hotel room if you have to stay overnight. British Airways will imburse Hotel Accomodation up to 200£ per day per room – 2 people sharing), the transport between the airport and hotel (£50 for the round trip) and a reasonable meal and refreshment expenses (£25 per adult per day and £12.50 for children) and two reasonable phone calls per passenger. You need to spend first and then hand in your receipt with the reason at their
BA Cusotmer Relations (S506)
P.O. Box 5619
Suffolk C0102PG
If you are already at London Heathrow Terminal 5 go to the arrival area outside the security area. There is a hotel reservation desk that will organize a stay for you.

Once you have secured your place in a hotel in London make sure you are back at the London airport early in the morning. I had to get my ticket issued at London Heathrow Terminal 5 and there are only 3 counters at the section with a long queue of people waiting at 7:35 am in the morning. London Heathrow airport will open at 5 am in the morning.

In my case I only had to show my passport to get my ticket. Additionally I got 2 vouchers for £10 each to have a meal at the airport which I currently enjoy.

Hope this information was helpful and I would very much appreciate if you had any additionally advise to share in the case of cancelled flights in England because it would improve the whole situation for you and others if the fog strikes again.

How to Buy a Prepaid Sim Card ( Pay-As-You Go Sim Card ) for Internet Access at London Heathrow Airport or London City Airport !

November 7, 2013
© Copyright Rod Allday and licensed for reuse under this Creative Commons Licence

London Heathrow Airport © Copyright Rod Allday and licensed for reuse under this Creative Commons Licence http://www.geograph.org.uk/photo/2869130

Once you are through the beggage claim and customs look for a WHSmith Bookstore.

I bought my sim card in the WHSmith Bookstore at London City Airport. The same bookstore you will find at London Heathrow Airport (see below for more details)  or other London or UK Airports.

This time I bought a Virgin media sim card, which uses the Orange Network in the UK. It will not have any money on the sim card so I also asked immediately for a top up for 10 Pounds. I did not have to show any ID-card. The Pay As You Go sim card itself costs 1.90 Pounds.

I use an inexpensive Huawei Vodafone 858 Android phone. This phone is my mobile wifi hot spot for my iphone. More details here and how to configure the android phone: http://ppalme.wordpress.com/2012/06/28/how-to-dataroaming-and-roaming-fees/

I had to go to Settings > Wireless & networks > Mobile networks > Network operators. This will initiate a search for available telephone networks. I selected the Orange PCS Ltd 3G network to get access.

Once you have access to the network you need to call 789111.
Here you will be guided through until you can enter the 16 digit number on your top up voucher (from WHSmith for 10 Pounds). Switch off your phone.

For your account to be activated might take a few hours. Once you switch on your phone again you will receive a message from Virgin media which will ask if you would like to have the internet access configured. Just click OK. No need to do any setup yourself. The internet access should work and look like this belwo:

APN – Settings for virgin media (Virgin Media uses the T-Mobile Orange Network in the UK):


Name:T-Mobile Internet


Proxy:Not set

Port:Not set



Server:Not set

MMSC: Not set

MMS  proxy:Not set

MMS port:Not set

MCC: 234

MNC: 30

Authentication type: PAP

APN type: default,supl

London Heathrow Airport

There is a WHSmith Bookstore for example at the departure floor before going into the security check.

I bought a Pay As You Go PAYG prepaid sim card from Vodafone at London Heathrow Airport at Terminal 5. The PAYG sim card costs 1.99 Pounds with zero balance on it. I also purchased a top up for 10 Pounds.

Once you started your mobile phone with the sim card you need to get the new telephone number by placing a call to *#100#
You need the telephone number as soon as you want to contact the help line of vodafone.

These are the APN Settings for the Vodafone PAYG sim card:
Name: Vodafone PAYG
APN: pp.vodafone.co.uk
Port: 8799
Username: wap
Password: wap
MMSC: http://mms.vodafone.co.uk/servlets/mms
MMS Proxy:
MMS Port: 8799

Detailed Step by Step Guide on how to setup your Android Phone to access the internet:
How to avoid data roaming and roaming fees ? Mobile Wlan Hotspot devices (router/smartphones/…)

See also: List of settings for different countries to surf over data networks with your smartphone

How to buy a prepaid sim card for internet access at the Copenhagen Airport: http://ppalme.wordpress.com/2013/08/08/how-to-buy-a-prepaid-sim-card-for-internet-access-at-the-copenhagen-airport/


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