When nature speaks


Causal Structure of the Human-Elephant Conflict



Level of Poaching in South Africa (not including Zambia, Namibia and Zimbabwe or deaths due to calamities, not withstanding natural deaths)


What kinds of data would be needed to affirm if
the above causal structure is indeed true?

This is classic Law #8.   Controversial but very simple.

It may not mean as great news as yet for you as the citizens but you would soon realize that the power to change the course of this story, poignant as it would like. lies also in your own hands.  But the key point is, it is not as helpless out-of control situation as you may think.

Think how you may react  within the systemic structure, so that you may control the outcome that you desire and yet, funnily enough, would not cost the system and can set into action, right away.

Now, that is what is called real empowerment.


The impact of increased levels of death on the elephant population:

  • When mammals become increasingly sexually active they produce female offsprings.  Heightened sexual activity is often read by nature as a need to replace lost populations and it does so by producing females to make the correction possible.
  • Populations may be lost as a result of bring inflicted by  diseases, natural or man-made calamities (floods, fires and so on), poaching, hunting or culling or simply as a consequence of lost access to food and shelter from humans encroaching their traditional habitats.  Just because the elephants had moved away (often in search of water and food), it does not mean they have given up their homes.
  • Female parents do not determine the gender of their offspring since they only produce carriers (eggs) with the X chromosomes.  They, however, determine the time-ness of the conception of the offspring.
  • The gender of the offspring is determined by the extent the male parent produces sperms with both the X and the Y chromosomes.
  • When, however, the male becomes sexually active, however, he produces at first ‘Y’ chromosomes, and then increasingly produces more carriers (sperms) with the ‘X’ chromosomes.
  • Nature is designed to take in the information that increased sexual activity as a signal that the population has a need to replace itself.

The impact of increased levels of elephant population on human activities:

  • When human communities are unable to ‘learn’ ‘from the elephants’ that this  may be happening, and so, if their response to increased population numbers is to cull or hunt them down, what do you think would happen next in the war of conflicts that exists between humans and elephants?
  • Will, in your view, hunting and culling them, effectively reduce the conflict  over time, between the two?
  • There is more to interfering with the population of other life forms in protecting it for commercial (tourism or adversely for their ivory) reasons than meets the eye.

For more of the full story: Be calm.  Love an elephant.  The gentle giants.


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Offers research, consultancy, training and facilitation in the use of disciplines and tools of Learning Organization. Works with leaders who are keen to learn, understand and work with their challenges. This subject becomes key to leadership and strategy management for the public sector. This is not mainstream management tool, as in individual or unit performance management. The five disciplines of Learning Organization was intended to help leaders recognize and deal with issues that resist change despite management. Been in this field for two decades.. Combines insights from works of Drs Peter Senge, Chris Argyris and Sandra Seagal. Established in the field since 2000, Just as it was for Peter Senge, as I completed a five year stint from 1996 to 2000 of practice and training in the works in Singapore, I have since been driven by the desire to understand how we can learn to understand and therefore work together in harmony with each other and beyond it to include nature. She continue to push the boundaries of our understanding of organizational learning sharing its principles in workshops and seminars across various countries including Asia and Africa. My wish is to continue uncovering systemic structures that dominate public life and pass on skills to teams so they may use it to create results that matter for them. I would like to see the lessons we are learning as a country go beyond the country. My wish is to take this work to the United Nations.

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