Newspaper Column #7: Have Greens, Will Rain! – Part IV


As it appeared in the Sunday Standard, Botswana on  Sunday December 2, 2012 edition. All is not what it seems So was your answer similar to or different from that of your friends? In last week’s discussion (Part III) we saw gradual increases in rainfall levels rose levels of vegetation as well.   Vegetation begins to grow in…

Newspaper Column #6: Have Greens, Will Rain! – Part III


As it appeared in the Sunday Standard, Botswana on  Sunday November 25, 2012 edition. What goes around comes around. The Good and Bad.  Today we move to the more exciting bits of this series! We will uncover the vicious cycle causing water tables to decline and learn how they contribute to growing aridness to seeing the economy turn…

Newspaper Column #5: Have Greens, Will Rain! – Part II


As it appeared in the Sunday Standard, Botswana on  Sunday Nov 18, 2012 edition Cycle?  What cycle? In Part I last week, we were concluding that the water tables in the region were possibly declining. This series of articles in November is a dedication to this subject. It explores issues of primary industry (raw material) development to water…

Newspaper Column #4: Have Greens, Will Rain! – Part I


As it appeared in the Sunday Standard, Botswana on  Sunday Nov 11, 2012 edition. How high is the Water Table? One of my favorite subjects of the work that I do here is working with the water cycle. Well, all of us learned about it in school.  In Grade 5. Evaporation leads to rainfall.  Rainfall leads to seepage and runoffs. …

Newspaper Column #1: Is unmployment the real problem – Part I


As it appeared in the Sunday Standard, Botswana on  Sunday Oct 21, 2012 edition (maiden print). This is the 1st of a three part series of this article.  Each part will build on the earlier article to an eventual conclusion.  We invite you to participate in the column as well as do your ‘own homework’ – searching and…

Article 1: The Magic of Systems Thinking!


Dear all, Hope this mail finds all of you in good spirits among all that you wish for in your life. Some of you may know that I have been away from Singapore since 2007 being part of a programme here in Botswana where I had assisted the government learn and appreciate the five disciplines…

Article 3: We are peaceful people


“We are peaceful people,” because we do not talk to each other when we are feeling angry (about something or somebody). Instead we keep it (bottled) inside within us (causing our body blood pressures and the cost of running the Ministry of Health in the country both to rise).  We do this, because, “should we…

National Article 19: What causes fidelity?


We know what causes infidelity? But what causes fidelity?  Whatever that causes fidelity, when it is not there, causes infidelity! So, what causes fidelity? A couple goes through different stages or types of intimacy during their times together and experience one or more stages in their lifetime.  To the extent the couple moves through the…

National Article 18: What would it take to ‘cure’ HIV?


Should we pay attention to: Curing the disease when it is already transmitted (attack the problem that we can see)? or Preventing the disease from being transmitted (defend ourselves from the problem?) or ‘Cure’ ‘the reason that causes the disease to be transmitted (what causes the problem)? Let’s take this situation.  Suppose there is a couple, both…

Regional Article 17: Is unemployment real?


UNEMPLOYMENT = SUPPLY OF LABOUR > DEMAND FOR LABOUR In a country, where levels of unemployment stay persistent over time, then it is a sign that the rates of growth of the supply of labour (population numbers -” child creation”) each year is growing at rates faster than the rate of growth of the demand for…

National Article 16: So, who is the (real) criminal?


Stressed so I took my boss hostage (thesun.co.uk) I found this part interesting: Thompson then tied his victim to a chair and subjected him to a 20-minute ordeal that left Mr Grady suffering depression and post-traumatic stress. He remains off work five months later. The court heard the worker (Thomson) told his boss: “This is the…

National Article 14: What is the right answer?


Focussing on how one teaches or how one learns?  Can one exclude the other?  Which would lead the other within the school system? When a student shows he has understood (by his grades) what the teacher has taught him, would that mean he is learning? Would that mean should the teacher stop teaching (such as…

Hello World!


One day my neighbour as he passed by my garden, noticed how the grass in my garden appeared greener than the ones in his garden.  The next day he approaches his gardener and asks, “Why is the grass in Sheila’s garden greener than the one in mine?” In all humbleness, the gardener turned to face…

The Viralness of HIV/AIDs – Part VI: The Twelve Kinds of Love


As it appeared in the Botswana Sunday Standard on June 30, 2013, Systemic Thinking Column The column is currently exploring the link between the states of level of emotional fidelity that exists between couples and HIV/AIDS prevalence rates that exists as a nation. It is difficult to imagine that something that prevails by as much…

2012 in review


The WordPress.com stats helper monkeys prepared a 2012 annual report for this blog. Here’s an excerpt: 600 people reached the top of Mt. Everest in 2012. This blog got about 2,100 views in 2012. If every person who reached the top of Mt. Everest viewed this blog, it would have taken 4 years to get…

Newspaper Column #9: Why do some problems defy, no, NOT change? – Part I


As it appeared in the Sunday Standard, Botswana on  Sunday Dec 16, 2012 edition. Dynamic Complexity vs. Detail Complexity We face problems daily.  And, we do not doubt our ability to deal with them. Sometimes, this confidence can pull wool over our heads that we can deal even with the stubborn ones, in much the same way.  We would…

Newspaper Column #8: Have Greens, Will Rain! – Part V


As it appeared in the Sunday Standard, Botswana on  Sunday Dec 9, 2012 edition. Actions have consequences When we bring a bowser to a place that needs water, is that a solution to, or a relief from the problem? The test will be, if that’s the only time we have had to do it.  Then…