Co-creation Or How We Prevented World War I

The myth by Christopher Clark that England “sleepwalked” into WW I [1] is put to rest by Helmut Roewer, who has analyzed the pre-war diaries and letters of war instigators Herbert Asquith and Lloyd George (PM and FinMin in 1914) [2].

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Roewer considers Germany’s large merchant fleet the key factor – by 1914 both Hamburg’s HAPAG and Bremen’s Norddeutscher Lloyd became 4 to 5 times bigger than the largest English shipping company [2].

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Willy Stöwer: The turbine speedliner Vaterland of HAPAG. 1914

When asked during a presentation however, if an English shareholding of up to 50% in these companies could have prevented the war, he gets defensive and even lauds HAPAG’s closed shareholder structure [3].

Amazing, how traditional attitudes prevail in some people.

What could have been prevented and what achieved if we had had an Anglo-German Co-Creation process in the 1890s?

Co-Creation is an appreciative process of collaboration. It can be used in all creative areas. Co-creation successfully overcomes the emotional impression of separation and fear and replaces it with unity and love.

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More about Co-Creation:
http://www.livingcocreation.com/

Let’s start a Blitz of the hearts! Let the lobbyists and foreign ministries in London, Berlin, New York, Washington, Beijing and Moscow become global centers of co-creation!

[1] Christopher Clark: The Sleepwalkers: How Europe Went To War In 1914, Penguin, 2013, Amazon

[2] Helmut Roewer: Unterwegs zur Weltherrschaft. Warum England den Ersten Weltkrieg auslöste und Amerika ihn gewann, Zürich, 2016, Amazon

[3] During a book presentation on 23 October 2017

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260 Years Ago Today: The Battle That Brought Prussia On Its Way To Becoming A European Superpower

On 5 November 1757, Prussia seemed to be finished. At Rossbach a superior French army marched on and threatened to eliminate Prussia as a European power.

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Two cavalry attacks secured Prussia an overwhelming victory on 5 November 1757 [source: Ullstein Bild]
Contrary to expectations, Frederick the Great won, which he owed above all to the skill of his young general von Seydlitz.

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The 36-year-old Friedrich Wilhelm Freiherr von Seydlitz (1721-1773) commanded the entire Prussian cavalry [Source: UIG via Getty Images]
With his hard-won victories, Frederick the Great solved his self-created problems at the expense of his subjects – what else is new for the observer of contemporary politics?

How would history have gone without his gambling – without his invasion of Silesia, without his pointless provocation of Tsarina Elisabeth (at an evening round table!)?

No war and no trauma in every generation? No “German mission” of Prussia? No 1871? No World War I? No cultural and social decadence?

[1] Berthold Seewald: Friedrichs Ass hieß Friedrich Wilhelm von Seydlitz, WELT, 5.11.2017