Obama’s Speech at the 2018 Nelson Mandela Annual Lecture

This week there are celebrations of the life of Nelson Rolihlahla Mandela all around South Africa, marking a centenary since his birth. For me one of the highlights of this week of celebrations was the speech of  Former US President Barack Obama during the annual Mandela Lecture to commemorate Mandela Day, Johannesburg, South Africa, 17… Continue reading Obama’s Speech at the 2018 Nelson Mandela Annual Lecture

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Elon Musk on keeping on keeping on

As a promoter of innovation and good decision making, I am always hesitant of getting too attached to what the icons like Google, Tesla, GE and others are doing. People take ideas from these organisations while forgetting about the culture, the context and the past of these organisations. Trying to copy and paste things that… Continue reading Elon Musk on keeping on keeping on

Republish: The ‘fourth industrial revolution’: potential and risks for Africa

The ‘fourth industrial revolution’: potential and risks for Africa Klaus Schwab, the World Economic Forum founder, holds his book about the Fourth Industrial Revolution. Reuters/Denis Balibouse Ross Harvey, South African Institute of International Affairs Klaus Schwab, the founder of the World Economic Forum, argues that the single most important challenge facing humanity today is how… Continue reading Republish: The ‘fourth industrial revolution’: potential and risks for Africa

Radio interview on technology

Following the interview on Cliffcentral.com two weeks ago on innovation during The Leadership Platform show, I was asked to return. This time the conversation was about technology. You can download the podcast here. Richard, Shawn and Daniel (left to right)   After 30 minutes, the attention switched to a small and medium enterprise. I had invited… Continue reading Radio interview on technology

Linking: Changing the world and no one notices

If you want to feel inspired by a great story of innovation, then take a look at the great post by Morgan Housal. It is about the Wright Brothers and the consequences of their innovation and also their vision. If you are inspired by this story, you will also enjoy the Knowledge Project Podcast where… Continue reading Linking: Changing the world and no one notices

Linking: Rodrik on industrialisation

One of the leading scholars on the topic of industrialization is Prof Dani Rodrik. Two of his recent blogposts are relevant for the readers of my blog. The most recent post by Prof Rodrik is titled “Premature deindustrialization in the developing world“. In this article he explains that industrialization is affecting the developing world more… Continue reading Linking: Rodrik on industrialisation

Linking: Gregory Mankiw article “when the scientist is also a philosopher”

In the last two years we (Mesopartner) have been exploring how complexity science affects development practice. Well, we were quite shocked to realize how much of development is based on preference and bias, and how little is actually based on proper scientific research. Frequently practitioners takes little bits and pieces of different theoretical bases to… Continue reading Linking: Gregory Mankiw article “when the scientist is also a philosopher”

Linking: Change: simple, but not easy by Tim Kastelle

I am humbled that Tim Kastelle has quoted a paragraph from a recent blog I wrote in an article he just published on Change and why it is simple but not easy. For my students and online learners, I recommend that you also subscribe to Tim’s blog as he deals with many issues relating to… Continue reading Linking: Change: simple, but not easy by Tim Kastelle

Linking – Posts on innovation and science

Somewhere in December I started to rest and neglected reading some of my favorite blog sites. I have now caught up and here are some important posts that I would like to share with my readers. One of my favorite authors on innovation, Tim Kastelle, made the following posts: Innovation: Are you a gardener or… Continue reading Linking – Posts on innovation and science