martes, 9 de febrero de 2010

SOUTH AFRICAN INSPIRATIONS

Last Friday we had a really interesting lecturer. Prof Mark Oranje, Head of Department of Town & Regional Planning of University of Pretoria, South Africa. Here you can read some of his projects. I had many aha! moments during his presentation. His reflections about grants' effects as perverse incentives in the rural-urban-rural nomadic cycle and the negative impact of shopping malls on local livelihoods and local economic networks made me think about the challenges faced by societies in our emerging economies.

Last Monday, we received the visit of Ezanne Swanepoel, CEO of the Global Business School of Entepreneurship. She has an amazing profile that combines Genetic Engineering, Psychology and Business Management from an intercultural perspective. She is able to talk about quantuum phyisics, theories of chaos and evolutionary biology and tell zulu stories during one day workshop. Really inspiring insights! Thank you, Nomwla, Queen of the Rain!
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