The Alchemist Formula… From Graphite to Diamonds!

There is a fascinating example from nature that I use in my public presentations to show the importance of creating the right kind of bonds between members of an organization; it is that of the difference between graphite and diamonds. These two minerals are chemically identical, made of exactly the same carbon atoms. It is […]

Reality Check Please…

I must admit I really enjoy the use of the verb “communicate” in Modern Greek slang as a “certification of sanity.” “Epikinonis? (do you…communicate?),” my daughters ask me every time I say something that sounds crazy to them … and they couldn’t be more accurate. This “certification of sanity” necessitates three important prerequisites. First, it […]

System Trust Fault… System Reboot Required!

There has been a lot of discussion in Greece lately about “what went wrong and “how to fix it”. Many of those who are trying to figure out “what went wrong” and “how to fix it” are what social scientists call “future oriented” people. In other words, they work today and invest precious resources in […]

Systems Thinking and Education – An Analytical Trap

Post-Renaissance scientists developed and established what we now call Traditional Analysis Thinking, or Reductionism. They reduced problems into ever smaller questions and, by answering them, re-constructed the problem and arrived at solutions. At the time, this was helpful. The problems we were trying to solve were really simple problems with solutions which could be proved […]