Hope you are doing well so far in this COVID-19 period.
As I follow
what is happening in and around the world, I want to stick in this blog to
Design Thinking in Government. Especially that Caribbean Leaders need more
Design Thinking in Government to succeed more.
I am design
and created by mother nature. Everything is designed. Design is not only just
what it will looks like and feels like. Design is how it works. Everywhere you
can use design thinking. Yes even my car insurance company uses design.
Thinking is nothing more then a user-centered (people centered) approach to
my own opinion Design Thinking is less about thinking, but more about doing.
You just start from what people, users, customers, consumers etc. need or want
In this case
EMPATHY is the key. It is not about you. You need the ability to understand and
share the feelings of others a very good way.
Thinking stimulates you to look at situations differently and come up with new
effective solutions that go beyond and improve existing alternatives.
thinking is key. You need the ability to look at the different aspects of a
discussing start working. Make ideas tangible. Prototyping is thinking with
your hands. Test your hypnotises. I do hope you can follow me so far.
life, we experience how leaders are struggling to succeed. The road to success
does not follow a straight line. The more you are able to loop through
(understand, create, learn), the higher the chance you have for good results.
aren’t running your way, this is the frustrating whirlwind ride we all go on.
Disagreements between people and parties keep us from making any stable form of
progress. They happen very often, and we are so uncompromising that Government
Shutdown might as well be considered a trend.
I my humble
opinion politicians live in a bubble, where they shut themselves in a cave for
a period of time only to emerge gloriously with ludicrously lengthy bills,
preaching their so called glory as if they reached their solution by grace and
wisdom of God. Furthermore they simply pass what they think they should pass;
sometimes they pass what has an earmark with their name on it. And if or when things fail, they repeal the
entirety of it, and try again.
In order for
Government especially in the Caribbean region to better serve their people,
their process should be user-centered9 people centered). Yes clear by the
people, for the people.
to thoroughly research the problems themselves. Who are the people most
affected by the problem. What is the problem, really! How does it impact the
people and how can we try to solve it, and never taking biased view from the
perspective of special interest groups or corporate entities that seek financial
or regulatory gain. Once we identify a problem and hypothesis, we test, Test
way for us to start is to iterate upon that which already exists. The best
solutions come with research and iteration. And the iterations must be watched
with a sharp, keen eye, as to identify problems the instant they become
visible, so as to buffer any major impact they may create down to road.
I work within the realm of user- centered design and its benefits are very
familiar to me. Design Thinking is a scientific, human-centered, and empathetic
process that yields the best designed solutions. It gets us together in to a
platform of understanding the people and their problems; with firm
understanding and empathy, along with daily continuous innovation, we can
create the best solutions.
blog I hope that more people can and will agree that regardless of political
party of stance, a government educated and practicing design thinking methodologies
will help us all to establish/create a more perfect running country, community,
Thinking is not always the answer to every single problem. Keep that in mind.
questions you will need rational thinking, spreadsheets, presentations and even
more women and men in suits to come to a valid answer. If you as a leader want
to become more effective train yourself in Design Thinking.
I am leaving you with the following words : Empathise, Observe, Engage, Watch and Listen….
Now that the new government has been formed in Suriname, it is more than ever time to think carefully about how to make Nickerie a top district of Suriname. We don't have to keep inventing the wheel. So many things are obvious to start with. In this blog I start generating electricity by the local population. We have the sun with us. Policymakers must work towards promoting the green economy. By bringing the people with you,
Nickerie will eventually grow into a sustainable energy district. Together with the local population and other actors, the self-generation of sustainable zone energy will give the district enormous support. Together, the energy transition will have an impact elsewhere in the country. Suriname is getting greener and greener.
As awareness increases, more people will contribute together to biodiversity, nature conservation and the quality of life of local communities.
We must all go for more and more Green. It means that in our future (the new normal) many more people will use energy which they have generated themselves. Even if the sun is not shining, or if there is no wind and the generation of green electricity at that time is minimal, this is no problem.
A bit of technology is available for everything. It requires new developments and behavioral change. It is ambitious, but it is possible. If we do it together. Dare to dream big. Who knows, we may see a lot of people driving around with solar panels on the roof of their car[s].
As an active blogger, from time to time I will also focus on Suriname where I come from and stay. Sometimes the triggers may be less beautiful, but they are certainly constructive and offer eye openers to policy makers and other interested parties.
Before our eyes, the old world collapses. The new world is forming and everything is still possible. This situation requires extreme alertness. Everyone is now invited to stand up, share information and provide assistance where necessary. I call on you all to participate in the whole.
Everything is changing. The earth is in the
middle of an energetic transformation that is also expressed on the physical
level. We feel this deeply within this new running energy… an enormous desire
for inner and outer freedom, for wisdom and self-determination.
A deep desire for more peace and loving
fulfillments. Suriname is part of the whole. Do not underestimate this. Let us
continue as a large group together and move stronger.
Suriname is our Heaven on Earth
The new world is characterized by this
loving group awareness. The deeply felt recognition that we are all ONE. If we
live by this invocation, we bring heaven to earth. Or rather, we will see that
the earth IS heaven. And even more that we as Surinamese as a unity will and
will continue to be a further example for the world. I mean it from the bottom
of my heart.
This new awareness/consciousness is
accompanied by the realization that we have lived in a big bubble so far, in a world
full of misconceptions and illusions. The drive for power and money prevailed
and we had to work a lot to keep everything going.
Many people believed almost everything the
media and politics told us. Their certainties were based on these destructive structures
and were far removed from universal truth and thus from their own wisdom. I
hope that you as a reader can still follow me.
Our way in the world is to create
conditions in which others can find safety and satisfaction.
Learn to look through the eyes of your own
soul. Because never forget …
We are divine beings who have an experience
as a human being.
Changing of Power in Switi Sranang Kondre
The energetic change that we are now going
through takes place on many levels, not just politically. At the geopolitical
level, in local communities and in the soul of every individual. Yes, you too
as a citizen of the country called Suriname.
Where the new awareness takes shape, the
new world also begins to manifest itself. Whether this will be a long and
painful process or a quick and smooth transition depends on the extent to which we are open to the new energy flow.
It will certainly not go by itself, because
the old world is resisting a lot. This attempts to maintain the old structures
with medical and military coercion, among other things. In its utmost
consequence, the earth becomes a slave planet. Silenced and defiled individuals
living under the knot of a ruthless world government. That is the dream of the
old rulers, but not ours. No, not from our beloved Republic of Suriname.
In the end, the best dream wins.
Let’s help them with that! Above all, let
us realize that we are all ourselves. The world is a reflection of our
consciousness. So the fear of the old rulers is also our own fear. If we free
ourselves from that, we also deliver these opponents.
Getting rid of your own fear
The Higher Self invites you to go in, relax
first and let go of all your luggage. Not being busy with all kinds of
assignments, but just BEING. We are not human doings but human beings.
If you can let go of everything, you can start by focusing
your attention on something that you find pleasant and relaxing.
This way you learn to focus your attention
effortlessly and in the meantime you also learn to really be present in the
now, in the moment. Such a form of presence is strongly linked to your
intuition. It is ubiquity, omniscience, multidimensional consciousness. It is
the ENERGY. Living in connection with all that is around you, is making you
feel free and positive. That’s how you’re led. Here you find the truth of the
moment and you are free from fear.
The real truth is based on trust. There is
nothing to lose because it knows that its origin is universal, a
multidimensional consciousness. The real Self Truth knows where we come from
and where we move collectively. But first… what is hidden must now be revealed.
In silence and full of confidence I keep
feeding my idea, I see it as a perfect shape in my mind. I just have to wait
for it to manifest. I fully realize that I can participate in the principle of
abundance and that everyone can do it.
I know that the Universe is listening to me and that the
universal substance and the power of my own soul will fill every pure desire,
so that it will take its form on earth in Suriname. Because the development of
our inner consciousness, the knowledge of our real nature and origin, belongs
to every person. Only we have the ability to wake ourselves up and embrace new
lifestyles, helping each other. Now is the time for a spiritual re-evolution. A
new world is born from the old world. We are in the middle of heavy
contractions. This transmutation is not without a struggle. Suriname is our
Heaven on earth.
The old rulers do not like such powerful
intentional groups and dynamic local networks. They prefer to see isolated
individuals, because they are more manageable and controllable. Everything that
contributes to these small, maneuverable, self-healing, self-sufficient and
self-managing cores is thus crossed out by Mr. Global. Because of the
transformation and the knowledge that is now released by many, we will remember
who we really are: multidimensional beings. We used to be able to identify with,
for example, a religion, now something else is asked from us these days. Your
self –responsibility is needed. Dispel the illusion of separateness. We are ONE.
Dear all, with this article I hope that I
have given everyone and in particular the population of the Republic of
Suriname a real trigger to wake up and thus give their contribution and support
to the new Government of Suriname.
Suriname a Unique Nation where it’s people live and work in Peace, Unity and Harmony.
As many of
us continue to work from home, I wanted to share with you some of the things I
do to maintain my productivity at home. Some are habits you may not even
realize, but are important or can make a difference in keeping your
productivity high. Please reed further as you will surely discover more of your
A. Set the stage
If you must
utilize more than one workspace in your home, establish the same environment,
such as a pad of paper, photo, or inspirational quote, in each location every
the set up tells your brain that work is “on,” and the visual cue of
returning to the same orchestrated workspace over and over will give you a
sense of power.
I have a
little office set up at home where I go to do my work, so I won’t spill over to
the living or dining or other areas of my home. I’ve found that this helps me
separate my work and personal time now that I’m working from home.
B. Get rid of low value activities
tasks that fills our day like emails, meetings, paperwork, protocols that can
drain the critical capacity of work-from-home teams. These low-value activities
can become a barrier to getting to the important and meaningful aspects of your
work, and reducing the burden requires a shift in mindset and language.
I usually set myself a fixed amount of time each day to check my emails. I also
set certain days for meetings. You might have other things instead.
C. Add whitespace
feel like you’re drowning in calls, when you tingle from adrenaline, or when
your body is craving sugar or email or caffeine or any of the compensatory
techniques for rest, take a break. Yes kick back and relax
productive is not all about doing as much as you can in a day. It’s also about
conserving energy so you can do things well. Are you still with me . . .?
D. Keep emails to intervals
this in point B about getting rid of low value activities and I’m repeating it
here again because this is one of the most common habit that drains people
without them even knowing!
see or hear an email notification, it’s almost instinctual for us to respond to
it. And we end up losing focus on what we were just working on. And it takes
time to get back into the zone after you’ve checked that email that was
probably an advert.
So set a
fixed time to check your emails every day and stick to it! BAM BAM BAM !!!
E. Create a clocking out ritual
can hinge on compartmentalization, which is a vital habit of work-from-home
professionals. Anytime you can put something in a box, literally or
figuratively, it helps you focus.
concept to end your day visually by opening a literal compartment, such as a
drawer or a cabinet, or just leaving the room that you’ve been working in and
closing the door.
easy to clock out in a virtual world where we can be—and sometimes feel we
should be—constantly available. By having a physical clock out ritual, it helps
your mind get used to differentiating between work and personal time at home.
How have you
been coping with working from home? Are there more distractions or
interruptions that you have to overcome? Help yourself to find out more.
struggling to overcome your distractions, then check out how you can create an
effective method for yourself so you can apply it every time you feel
distracted to clear up your mind, refocus, and sharpen your attention all the
In the so called new normal where COVID-19 is rolling over all screen around the world, we must not forget to pay sufficient attention to ourselves and love once. From my side I went to do some research which I am sharing in this blog item. I do hope that you as reader and follower can find yourself in the different circumstances. I wish you happy reading. It’s all about you yourself and your environment.
FIRST IMPRESSIONS ARE LASTING
If you were raised by parents who continually told you what a good person you were, who loved you, encouraged you, supported you, and believed in you, no matter what you did or didn’t do, you would grow up with the belief that you were a good and valuable person. By the age of three, this belief would lock in and become a fundamental part of the way you view yourself in relation to your world. Thereafter, no matter what happens to you, you would hold to this belief. It would become your reality.
If you were raised by parents who did not know how powerful their words and behaviors could be in shaping your personality, they could very easily have used destructive criticism, disapproval, and physical or emotional punishment to discipline or control you. When a child is continually criticized at an early age, he soon concludes that there is something wrong with him. He doesn’t understand why it is that he is being criticized or punished, but he assumes that his parents know the truth about him, and that he deserves it. He begins to feel that he is not valuable or lovable. He is not worth very much. He must therefore be worthless.
Almost all personality problems in adolescence and adulthood are rooted in what psychologists refer to as love withheld. The child needs love like roses need rain. When children feel unloved, they feel unsafe and insecure. They think, “I’m not good enough.” They begin to engage in compensatory behaviors to make up for this inner anxiety. This sense of love deprivation is manifested in misbehavior, personality problems, bursts of anger, depression, hopelessness, lack of ambition, and problems with people and relationships.
YOU ARE BORN UNAFRAID
The child is born with no fears, except those of falling and loud noises. All other fears have to be taught to the child as he or she grows up.
The two major fears we all develop are the fear of failure or loss and the fear of criticism or rejection. We begin to learn the fear of failure if we are continually criticized and punished when we try some- thing new or different. We are shouted at and told, “No! Get away from there! Stop that! Put that down!” Physical punishment and the withholding of love, possibilities that scare us and make us feel insecure, often accompany these shouts and criticisms.
We soon begin to believe that we are too small, too weak, incompetent, inadequate, and incapable of doing anything new or different. We express this feeling with the words, “I can’t, I can’t, I can’t.” Whenever we think about doing something new or challenging, we automatically respond with feelings of fear, trembling, and a churning stomach. We react exactly as if we are afraid of getting a spanking. We say, “I can’t” over and over.
The fear of failure is the primary reason for failure in adult life. As the result of destructive criticism in childhood, we hold ourselves back as adults. We sell ourselves short. We quit before we even try the ﬁrst time. Instead of using our amazing minds to ﬁgure out how to get what we want, we use our reasoning ability to create reasons why we can’t, and why the things we want are not possible for us.
THE NEED TO BE LOVED
The second major fear that holds us back, undermines our conﬁdence, and destroys our desire for a happy
life is the fear of rejection, and its expression, criticism. This emotion is
learned in early childhood as the result of our parents expressing disapproval
of us whenever we do something they don’t like, or don’t do something that they
expect. As a result of our displeasing them, they become angry and withdraw the
love and approval we need so much as children.
The fear of being unloved and alone is so traumatic for a
child that she soon conforms her behavior to do whatever she thinks her parents
will approve of. She loses her spontaneity and uniqueness. She begins to think,
“I have to! I have to! I have to!” She concludes, “I have to do whatever Mommy
and Daddy want me to, or they won’t love me, and I’ll be all alone!”
As an adult, a child raised with what is called “conditional
love” (as opposed to unconditional love, the greatest gift one person can give
to another) becomes hypersensitive to the opinions of others. In its extreme
form, he cannot do anything if there is the slightest chance that someone else
may not approve. He projects his childhood relationship with his parents onto
the important people in his adult life—spouse, boss, relatives, friends,
authority ﬁgures—and tries
desperately to earn their approval, or at least not lose it.
The fears of failure and rejection, caused by destructive
criticism in early childhood, are the root causes of most of our unhappiness
and anxiety as adults. We feel, “I can’t!” or “I have to!” continually. The
worst feeling is when we feel, “I can’t, but I have to!” or “I have to, but I
We want to do something, but we are afraid of failure or
loss, or if we are not afraid of loss, we are afraid of disapproval. We want to
do something to improve our lives, at work or at home, but we are afraid that
we may fail, or that someone else may criticize us, or both.
For most people, their fears govern their lives. Everything
they do is organized around avoiding failure or criticism. They think
continually about playing it safe, rather than striving for their goals. They
seek security rather than opportunity.
DOUBLE YOUR RATE OF FAILURE
Once an author named by Arthur Gordon approached Thomas J.
Watson Sr., the founder of IBM, and asked him how he could succeed faster as a
writer. Thomas J. Watson, one of the giants of American business, replied with
these profound words: “If you want to be successful faster, you must double
your rate of failure. Success lies on the far side of failure.”
The fact is that the more you have already failed, the more
likely it is you are on the verge of great success. Your failures have prepared
you to succeed. This is why a streak of good luck seems to follow a streak of
bad luck. When in doubt, “double your rate of failure. ”The more things you try, the more likely you
are to triumph. You overcome your fears only by doing the thing you fear until
the fear has no more control over you.
YOUR MENTAL HARD DRIVE
Everything you know about yourself, all your beliefs, are
recorded on the hard drive of your personality, in your self-concept. Your
self-concept precedes and predicts your levels of performance and effectiveness
in everything you do. Because of the law of correspondence, you always behave
on the outside in a manner consistent with your self-concept on the inside. All
improvement in your life therefore begins with an improvement in your
You have an overall self-concept that is made up of all your
beliefs about yourself and your abilities. This bundle of beliefs includes all
the experiences, decisions, successes, failures, ideas, information, emotions,
and opinions of your life up to now. This general self-concept determines how
and what you think and feel about yourself, and measures how well you are doing
You have a series of “mini-self-concepts” as well. These
mini-self- concepts combine to make up your overall self-concept. You have a
self-concept for every area of your life that you consider important. This
mini-self-concept determines how you think, feel, and perform in that area.
For example, you have a self-concept for how healthy and ﬁt you are, and how much you eat or
exercise. You have a self-concept for how likable and popular you are with
others, especially with members of the opposite sex. You have a self-concept
for what kind of a spouse or parent you are, for how good a friend you are to
your friends, how smart you are, and how well you learn. You have a self-
concept for every sport you play, and for every activity you engage in,
including how well you drive your car.
You have a self-concept for how well you do your work, and
for how well you do each part of your work. You have a self- concept for how
much money you make and how well you save and invest it. This is a critical
area. The fact is that you can never earn much more or less than your
self-concept level of income. If you want to make more money, you have to
change your beliefs about yourself relative to income and money.
CHANGE YOUR BELIEFS
In every case, if you want to change your performance and
your results in any area of your life, you have to change your self- concept—or
your beliefs about yourself—for that area. Fortunately, your beliefs are
largely subjective. They are not always based on facts. Instead, they are based
largely on information you have taken in and accepted as true, sometimes with
very little evidence or proof.
The very worst beliefs you can have are self-limiting beliefs
of any kind. These are beliefs about yourself that cause you to feel somehow
limited or deﬁcient in a particular
area. These beliefs are seldom true, but if you accept them as valid estimates
of your ability, they become true for you, exactly as if they were correct.
The starting point of unlocking your potential, and accomplishing
more than you ever have before, is for you to challenge your self- limiting
beliefs. You begin this process of freeing yourself from self-limiting beliefs
by imagining that, whatever they are, they are completely untrue. Imagine for
the moment that you have no limitations on your abilities at all. Imagine that
you could be, do, or have anything you really wanted in life. Imagine that your
potential is unlimited in any way. For example, imagine that you could be
earning twice as much as you are earning today. Imagine that you could be
living in a bigger house, driving a better car, and enjoying a more expensive
Imagine that you have the ability to be one of the top people
in your ﬁeld. Imagine that
you are one of the most popular, powerful, and persuasive personalities in your
social and business world. Imagine that you are calm, conﬁdent, and unafraid of anything. Imagine
that you could set and achieve any goal you put your mind to. This is how you
begin changing your thinking and changing your life.
The starting point of eliminating your fears, and releasing
your potential, is to reprogram your mental hard drive with new, positive,
constructive, and courageous beliefs about yourself and your future. I really
hope that you learned something more now you have read this blog.
Feel free to drop me your comments and maybe your very own COVID-19 lifestyle experiences. It will be highly appreciated. Thank you in advanced. Stay Safe and Blessings.