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74 Miles Away...

Piere Anckaert, monkey robot

Clipboard with Pencil_16x16My friend Peter told me, "Let’s go to a concert. There is this great band called 74 Miles Away and they are giving their last gig this year." Well, Peter really knows about music, but the concert was on a Sunday at 11h00 a.m., in a small town somewhere in Belgium...
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A different perspective on shrimps…a little experiment



In my work as a psychologist I became especially interested in the reasons why it’s so easy for people with a different cultural background, to have misunderstandings or even conflicts... Read More…

Have we created a system that we can’t control anymore...?

Recently we are hearing in the media that our economy is out of balance. What is often meant is that the current economic structure favors a very small proportion of the rich over the rest of us. However, out of balance can have also a different interpretation... Read More…

A need for a revision of the separation of powers?

A fundamental principle in democratic governance is the trias politica, or the separation of powers. Many democratic states are therefore divided into three branches, a judiciary, a legislature and an executive power. Although there are differences among countries in the way that the trias politica is organized, the reason it is implemented is the same: when a single person or group has too much power, they could become dangerous to citizens… Read More…

Voice is power...

I spend the last two days in Amsterdam following a seminar on vocal awareness. The name of the seminar was “Your voice is power. Maximize your leadership potential”. Normally I’m very skeptical about seminars with such a title. I’m probably biased but it triggers a kind of fuzzy New Age image in me... Read More…

Finding our soulmate

An acquaintance of me has a new girlfriend. Together they have five children. Two from his two previous relationships and three from his current one. He is the biological father of the first two. Most of my sons friends are...

Social - IM_48x48 Update January 9, 2012

This article got a lot of response. Here is one I really want to share. It’s a funny but really interesting too. “Arranged marriage: How to find a beautiful wife?” see http://comedy.rajiv.com/goodwife.htm The author is Rajiv Pant, find more of him on Twitter @rajivpant


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The Chinese man and a confrontational view on the BHV problem

Being a Belgian, I come across quite some people in different countries that ask me about the current problems with the Belgian government. This is one example of such a conversation... Read More…