Twoandahalfweeks in India – on the way to rural villages

At 4 am I leave Mumbai and go with a small travel group, organized by a foundation that has more than 30 projects running in India, to Dharawadi, about 200 km from Mumbai. In Dharawadi there is a learning and a social center. Here we will stay some days and visit from there villages, farmers…

Twoandahalfweeks in India – Elephanta island

The trip starts at the Gate of India, from 8.30 am onwards. It takes more or less an hour before arriving at the island. The ferries are often crowdy, it is hot sitting at the upper deck. But the journey – once the ferry starts – is relaxing. When you arrive you can take a…

A perfect day in Mumbai

The day starts with a visit at a traditional fish market. Unfortunately, after the terrorism attacks in 2008 it is forbidden to take photos. But this market is quite impressive. Crowdy place, huge amount of fish I have never seen before, women and men carrying huge baskets with fish on their heads, many young girls…

Twoandahalfweeks in India – Contrasts and challenges

When I arrive at the airport the streets are empty. 3 a.m. in the morning. Everything works well: Visa check, changing money, meeting the pre-ordered taxi driver at the arrival meeting point, getting into the hotel. I feel welcome in India. People here are very kind, without any doubt. The first adventure? Just take a…

A travel to India – Ready to go

The backpack is ready.  The hours before starting a travel are always spcial – when you pack and unpack, reorganize and reflect if you have thought of all necessary things. You get the basics into the backpack, then you start thinking that one or another detail could be added unless you find that it is…

Twoandahalfweeks in India – Thoughts before leaving

Just a few days before leaving Sounds promising, somehow still unrealistic and far away: Going to India. I am sitting at home with a coffee, the newspaper on the table, the family members hurrying from the bathroom to the kitchen, where is the key, Mum, I need to pay a book at school, Mum, I…

Next month you will do better, won’t you?

Do you know this? Thinking of what is happening with your health, your relationships, your business, your surroundings, your private life – you know the challenges and you know where change is needed. There is so much we can do better: care for our partners, work in a more strategic way, start to implement long…

Social and business – the two worlds are still there. We need the big vision!

The two worlds are still there. Business thinks business and social is social. Simply said. But what about the huge trend, this trendy movement becoming big and bigger which is called “Social entrepreneurship”? Yes, that’s interesting to both organization types. People like it. Just the idea to fulfill society’s needs and to combine it with…

Innovation workshops? Just do it!

The last two days I have participated in an innovation workshop around health. Located in the middle of a huge hospital center, which offered the opportunity to talk to patients and to find out quickly whether a idea developed during the workshop could work or not. So, sometimes teams in middle of their work just…