Change & continuity in global development

A report published recently by the Brookings Institution entitled "Global development disrupted: Findings from a survey of 93 leaders" (by George Ingram and Kristin M. Lord, March 2019) "reveals a global development sector in transition and perhaps even turmoil." This post will look at how the report uses three specific terms - culture, language, and … Continue reading Change & continuity in global development


Updated renewables & burnables Venn diagram

In a post last year entitled "Reframing 'renewable energy' & 'bioenergy'" I introduced several diagrams, including a simple Venn depiction of how various forms of bioenergy are found in the overlap of "renewables" and what is burned or combusted to release energy. I've made a few minor changes to that diagram (detailed at the end … Continue reading Updated renewables & burnables Venn diagram

[LI] East of ikigai: Motivated, needed, & paid, but not skilled

The ikigai meme - an image popularized as a way to show how overlapping of work you Love, are Good at, that the world (or some part of it) Needs, and that you can be Paid for can help you to find purpose (ikigai) - can be scaled as a Venn diagram depicting all of our relationships with all kinds of work. … Continue reading [LI] East of ikigai: Motivated, needed, & paid, but not skilled

International Year of Millets, 2023

Early last year I noted India's proposal to make 2018 the International Year of Millets (IYOM) and its subsequent rolling out of its own National Year of Millets in the same year. Apparently that IYOM proposal, submitted to FAO too late in 2017 to realistically have a chance, has been working its way through the … Continue reading International Year of Millets, 2023

[LI] Decoupling income from “traditional work”​? Maybe it’s bigger than that

Martin Ford, the author of Rise of the Robots: Technology and the Threat of a Jobless Future (2016) and Architects of Intelligence (2019), gave a TED talk in April 2017 entitled "How we'll earn money in a future without jobs." Just before he gets to his main topic of universal basic income (UBI),¹ there is a phrase that caught my … Continue reading [LI] Decoupling income from “traditional work”​? Maybe it’s bigger than that

International Year of Moderation, 2019

The International Year of Moderation 2019 (IYM2019) was declared in a UN General Assembly (UNGA) resolution in December 2017. It is one of three UN international years being observed in 2019 - the other two concerning Indigenous Languages (IYIL2019) and the Periodic Table (IYPT2019) - but so far the one getting the least attention. IYM … Continue reading International Year of Moderation, 2019

International Year of the Periodic Table, 2019

Another of the three United Nations (UN) year-long observances for 2019 is the International Year of the Periodic Table of Chemical Elements (IYPT2019), which has its opening ceremony today at UNESCO in Paris. This year marks the 150th anniversary of Dmitri Mendeleev‘s discovery of the periodic system and publication of the first periodic table(1869). It was on this basis that in … Continue reading International Year of the Periodic Table, 2019