Mahatma Ghandi, on the Dynamics of Change

“First they ignore you, then they laugh at you, then they fight you, then you win.”

Niccolo Machiavelli, on the Trials of Change

“There is nothing more difficult to carry out, nor more doubtful of success, nor more dangerous to handle, than to institute a new order of things.”

Pablo Picasso, on the Meaning and Purpose of Life

“The meaning of life is to find your gift. The purpose of life is to give it away.”


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Assisting with Strategic Planning and Communications in Zimbabwe — 2009/2010


Above: Along a street in Harare, the capital


Zimbabwe in 2008 saw an electoral crisis, international sanctions, food shortages and economic collapse so bad the currency was abandoned. Under international pressure, the long-time president and opposition leaders formed a Government of National Unity. The president’s main rival became Prime Minister.

Below: Victoria Falls


My work involved provision of technical assistance to the Prime Minister’s office. Planned/conducted multi-day retreat for the Prime Minister, his cabinet and staff, where the focus was rank-ordering priorities among issues thought to be in the Prime Minister’s manageable interests.


Zimbabwe’s assets beyond natural wonders include solid infrastructure, if tired around the edges, rich farm land, though it’s not well managed, and abundant resources including diamonds. English is the language of business and politics. Literacy exceeds U. S. levels. They have all the building blocks to be a success story, yet growth and reform remain the urgent challenges.






















Above and Below: sculpture garden, outside Harare.



Below: Found on Office Wall



Two photos below: Mana Pools. Courtesy Patrick Fn’Piere.



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