The herd mentality

At airports, especially at immigration points, people queue up to the longest tail. I am not kidding, I know, because I was once like that. What I thought then was ‘this is long, so this should be the right queue’. I never questioned, did not bother to look up at sign boards – but waited  with my neck bent on the phone. Recently I did few experiments. To my surprise it opened up many doors. At airport – I could see many counters with few people, but in a distance. All I need to to do was to walk 100 feet. Probably people do not want to take the trouble of hauling their luggages ( they are quite large, of course) to save 20 minutes. They stay where ever they are, mostly in the longest queue. At a bank – I asked the person at the next counter (because there was no queue in front of him) whether I can

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Up in the air

I can understand and appreciate all new tech advances, still I can’t believe how a plane works. It’s mind boggling for me to fathom that first commercial aircraft took off in 1914, which is more than hundred years ago! I just arrived in Hague, Netherlands to attend a workshop for Civil Society leaders, invited by Open Government Partnership. (more on that in a future post) I had the opportunity to fly Airbus 380 for the first time in my life. Honestly, it’s like a pilgrimage for a traveller-the double decker plane. At Dubai, before boarding, everyone was taking a picture of the giant. I just observed the magic and tried to figure out how on earth can this kind of elegant beast could be a reality. I love window seats, and I take pics of earth from up above. When I’m up in the air, when the world I inhabit zooms out in to a birds eye view, I realize

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Future Forward

Today, I have changed the title of this blog site to ‘Future Forward’ from the old ‘common sense blog’. When I started this blog, I wanted to navigate the complexity of the world to make some sense through my writing. Lately I found out having common sense and writing about it, is not enough. We need to apply that sense to make things work for us all. I’ll focus more on why and how. What, is up to each one of us to decide. I have also created 5 categories: technology, education, mindfulness, leadership, and social enterprise. These 5 things fascinates me each day. What we do with these 5 things will shape up the world we build. Naturally there’ll be blending of categories in my writing. Not to worry, because world is too complex to categorise in to neat labels, so is my blog, which is a frequent evolution of my learning curve. Future forward – because we need

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Attention: Apply urgently.

  “I have been impressed with the urgency of doing, knowing is not enough; we must apply. Being willing is not enough; we must do.” ~ Leonardo Da Vinci I’m surprised about how much busy we are. No one seems to have time. Parents don’t have time for their kids. Managers don’t have time for their staff. And yet what happened to that promise of technology will make our lives much easier, speedier and better ? Da Vinci’s statement above is a paradox in modern times. He mentions urgency, and applying. Well we all are busy, ain’t we ? Working at office with inbox, whatsapp, facebook, instagram and twitter open is not urgency nor applying. It is simply distraction. What Da Vinci wants us to apply urgently is our attention. Reading about the maestro himself, I found how immersed he had been about his work. Nothing in the world – absolutely nothing would distract him from the work he had

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How to be a good technician. ( A different perspective)

I meet some remarkable young people in Sri Lanka at the most unlikeliest of places. I found one last week, in front of a hardware store in my neighbourhood. It was 730 in the morning. I was there to rent a water motor, he was there to rent a heavy duty drill. He’s a mechanic, an expert on tractors. We started chatting. He mentioned about a good mechanic he knows who’s work is like a super charm. I said, there are many good craftsmen in Sri Lanka, under the radar, not getting the recognition and respect. Then he said something amazing, that prompted me to write this post. Sri lankans:'can'ts find a good plumber or Mason bas'Also Sri Lankans: " he's a son of a plumber. How dare he approach my daughter" — (@isura) September 23, 2017 “Yes we have great technicians, but they don’t thrive to be what they truly can be. They don’t work hard as much

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