Thailand is Drowning in Waste! – Part 1: The Challenge

I participated in an interesting summit of academics and government officials towards the end of the summer. The event, “Revitalizing Rural Development for Poverty Eradication in Asia,” featured three tracks of discussions about (1) natural resources and the environment, (2) rights and democratization, & (3) livelihood and wellbeing. I joined the track around natural resources and […]

Can we shut up and listen to people who want our help?

I listened to an interesting talk recently. I liked it so much that I listened to it again a few weeks later. The talk features Dr. Ernesto Sirolli, an Italian academic with decades of experience working in development. Dr. Sirolli made several interesting points in his talk, but one that he borrowed from E. F. […]

IDDS Sisaket Thailand – Creating a Food and Agriculture Innovation Hub in Rural Thailand

A few of my colleagues who also run Designing for Social Innovation and Leadership Global (DSIL Global) are running a design summit and setting up a center for innovation that will work to improve food and agriculture practices for a marginalized community in Northern Thailand. (The project is also being supported by MIT’s D-Lab and […]

The EU is Not Gonna Fall for that Banana in the Tailpipe

When we last left the train wreck known as Brexit, I mentioned that the UK was pulling the EU ripcord, while pretending regulatory agencies were negotiating pawns, and that things don’t work like that. The EU has since made it clear that it is not having any of that nonsense. (check out the video at […]

The Brexit Signal is Lit

Theresa May became Prime Minister in the wake of the EU referendum that was held on June 23, 2016. The results of that election sent former PM David Cameron out of office in disgrace. A week later, May made her first public statement in which she claimed there would be no early election, a claim that has […]

Keep Calm and Brexit On? – Part 2: Should They Stay or Should They Go?

The second installment of my book on the Brexit mess is out! This one looks at key forces that played into the EU referendum vote — matters like austerity in the form of cuts to the UK’s education system and its National Health Service, as well as concerns over immigration (among others). It also has […]

Merkel Rejects Parallel Talks

In their letter to the EU, the UK requested parallel discussions: one for the “divorce bill,” and another for the go forward agreement. Per Sky News, Angela Merkel has already shut down that bit of wishful thinking. With that, the 18-month window to negotiate a new deal with the EU (that’s already likely down to […]

Down the Brexit Hole

They did it. Theresa May sent her emissary to Brussels today to officially deliver the divorce papers. They now have two years to negotiate the tab for existing commitments, as well as a go forward deal. The last six months will be needed for the EU and UK governments to debate and approve any deal […]