This is the last of the ‘gory’ flashbacks from history. I am perhaps more relieved than you are, but thought it worth sending nevertheless. While we might not be as savage towards animals today (whatever are left!), we are still by and large removed from nature, the major inflection point in human history that led […]
We also plundered our forests, as we rose above nature. We have modified a third of the Earth’s surface (due to deforestation and urbanization), and increased atmospheric carbon dioxide by 30% in just the past 200 years. Here is an extract from Wilbur Smith’s novel “Elephant Song”  that recounts how international conglomerates exploited Africa […]
And this elitism manifest most apparently into racism, defined as the prejudice, discrimination, or antagonism directed against someone of a different race based on the belief that one’s own race is superior. The ‘boarding’ schools were a horrifying manifestation of this, mostly unknown to most. ‘Boarding’ schools were set up across Australia, North America, and […]
Much more recently ‘we’ adopted elitism (and arrogance), which is the belief that certain people have a right to have their opinions heard more than others. We became individualistic (and hedonistic), and ‘civilization’ imposed itself on the world, through the annihilation of all that preexisted. The Pine Bluff service over, we took Dad to where […]
A long time ago, we used to be egalitarian, based on the principle that all people (including genders) are equal and deserve equal rights and opportunities. Empathy (and simplicity) was intrinsic to our way of life because “I” did not exist. This is a slightly longer story of the Mbendjele people, of which Emeka was […]
More on Audacity, Empathy, and Humility, the critical ingredients on which innovation can be built. While Audacity is easy to come by, and we must look a little back in history to understand this, Empathy and Humility are far more elusive. History shows that ‘we’ have not lacked in audacity. Western Europe colonized most of […]
What does it really take to innovate? Left-brainers often associate it with technological breakthrough, right-brainers with phenomenal ideas. But it is reasonably well known that 90+% of innovations fail. At ISC, we believe it entails – and this might sound ridiculous – Audacity, Empathy, and Humility.