The (social) economics of gift and burying “knowledge is power” once and for all


“Giving a gift makes you indispensable. Inventing a gift, creating art-that is what the market seeks out, and the givers are the ones who earn our respect and attention.” (Seth Godin,). As I am continuing to listen to this excellent ‘Linchpin‘ book, at least one whole section of the book is worth exploring from an […]

Cultivating healthy human systems from the roots of the problem: fear and (lack of) self-confidence


Two drives prevent human systems from flourishing in healthy ways: Fear and lack of self-confidence. One of the ultimate ways to make a real difference – in whatever sense – in the short and long term is to cultivate the ability of people to conquer their fears and to gain self-confidence.   There lies the challenge. And only […]

The delicate balancing act of collective decision-making, between transparency and trust


Any group of people – and by extension any organisation, network or more complex form of such groups – needs to have a clear decision-making process – a ‘decision rule’ – in order to attain agreements that people genuinely subscribe to and that lead to effective implementation. Good learning and knowledge management depends on it just […]

Getting to ‘wow’ with public speaking and presenting


My current work environment is academic. Which means people around me produce a hell of a lot of information. And presentations. I would have thought their presenting and public speaking skills were very good, considering… uh uh… not quite the case. And there are many reasons for that. But I guess many people around me are […]