Thursday, March 14, 2013

The only way... to have it way: build my own SE, my own rhythm, my own projects!

Having embarked on a specific research project for the coming 4 to 6 years, inducing a trip to India of 1 to 2 months every 6 months, I have to adjust, build my own rhythm around it, my own activities.
Consulting comes as a natural time and punctual activity.
As well as my own social enterprise.

But Gosh is it hard and time consuming right now.
Trying to find a balance:

  • geographically between where I need to live (Munich), where I have most of my professional contacts (Paris and London), where I am conducing my research, PhD project and studies, where I would love to live (Biarritz, islands...)
  • financially: how to find projects to be paid for and yet to be free enough to travel, lead the research projects I have started in India... generate enough money to sustain myself and a starting family
  • emotionally: between a place of heart, a choice of climate, a necessity of studies... a place of spiritual practices...

So here ya go, finding balance, as a core to perseverance, to systemic change? innovation??

Saturday, March 9, 2013

Retour aux sources... quelques jours de ... campagne francaise!

Quelle joie de venir souffler un peu au ...pays!

en pleine campagne... pres de Vichy... magnifiques Allier... Auvergne!

where you can find...
Flying... cats! fake ones.. real ones... really lazy!
and of course...

My dear friends Lynn (SA) and Olivier... we go back 21 years now... started in Paris with a conference on South Africa in 1992, and a rugby tour with Nick Mallet in 1994
 And reconnect with great food, great wines, relaxing times...and ... spring! after 3 years of Kerala tropical weather...

what a pleasure to enjoy a fireplace, long dinner conversations...

Perfect place to start my 1st PhD article: read, compare, write, analyse, propose new concepts, design new models...:
Technology at the BoP, an Indian perspective.

I will publish it for the next Insead ISEC conference, in Madrid in April, and that is a lot of work to put those 10 to 15 pages together... but so much worth it!