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 […]

Is it time to rethink education?

I recently contributed an article to the “Inclusion” issue of Social Space, a publication produced by the Lien Centre for Social Innovation at Singapore Management University. The Lien Centre team then asked me to join a panel on the topic. My article was on the dual need of making our educational systems evolutionary and progressively […]

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. […]

The First Brexit Anniversary

Today is the one year anniversary of the UK’s fateful Brexit referendum. The unexpected twists have kept me busy writing, editing, and rewriting (and rewriting) as I’ve worked on what will now be a book of at least four parts. Below is the Preface from Part 1: It’s Not Dead Yet, which shares a bit […]

Cratering Respectability Politics

I’m not certain of much in life, but that Donald Trump is a disgrace who is in over his head seems pretty unquestionable. The London terrorist attacks were yet another chance for him to show a bit of leadership (or just a shred of decency), but it was yet another test that he failed miserably. […]