The economy an organ of society? – The European Economic Model as an answer

Society consists of different spheres, each of it with its own logic and “culture”. During the last decades the economic structure started to dominate all other spheres until it almost completely disconnected from society. This might be seen as the root cause for our ongoing, long-lasting (economic) crisis. The economic structure has to change and adapt again. …

How Racist Roots backfire on Development Aid …

… and make it increasingly irrelevant ” … we must embark on a bold new program for making the benefits of our scientific advances and industrial progress available for the improvement and growth of underdeveloped areas. More than half the people of the world are living in conditions approaching misery. Their food is inadequate. They are victims …

Authoritarian Development and Systems Thinking

William Easterly argues in his new book “The Tyranny of Experts” that for the last decades authoritarian development has been the default consensus on global poverty reduction. Authoritarian development relies on technocratic solutions, tries to implement pre-fabricated ideas and plans in whatever local situation and – this is its core misunderstanding – beliefs that development is the result …

Africa’s Next Billion – WEF on Africa

Africa’s next Billion WEF on Africa – Today the World Economic Forum in Davos brought a very interesting discussion on Africa. “We’re enjoying in Africa what I call the democracy dividend“, said Ghana’s president John Dramani Mahama. The basic assumption behind almost all statements was that Africa will be the success story for the next decades. …

Europe supports authoritarian Chinese development model in Ethiopia

Recently I had a very interesting talk with my colleague Johannes Fiedler, architect and urban planner, who just came back from Ethiopia where he spent one year as a Visiting Professor at the University EiABC (Ethiopian Institute of Architecture, Building Construction and City Development). Read what he is saying about Ethiopia, the Chinese development model, …

Is Shareholder Value Thinking a thing of the past?

I’ve just got a link from McKinsey, the management consulting firm, to a recent statement of Bill George, Harvard Business School professor and former Medtronic CEO, on rethinking capitalism. “I don’t subscribe to the notion that companies do exist to create value strictly for the shareholders. I think they are there to create value for the …

Nelson Mandela and Change Management 3.0

The South African transition from the apartheid regime to a multi-racial democracy in the early 1990s was one of the most successful change management projects in history. It is commonly agreed that Nelson Mandela was the leading figure and without him things would have gone differently. Although the greatness of Nelson Mandela stands out, present-day change …