A Systems View on Food and Agriculture to End Hunger and Poverty

The Food and Agriculture Organisation of the United Nations, FAO, has recently published its vision document Future of Food and Agriculture. Trends and Challenges. The document provides a fundamental and concise view of how policy makers may look at interdependencies between key factors that affect the demand and supply of agricultural and food products. And all this from the perspective of realising Sustainable Development Goals 1 and 2: to end hunger and poverty. This insightful vision has several implications for policy makers, business and investors if one analyses the report one level deeper and from a system dynamics perspective. Continue reading

Fiction Books that Teach Valuable Lessons to Managers

Stories, or narratives, can teach valuable lessons to managers who have to act in times of complexity and unpredictability. These stories do not have to be descriptions of real life events, such as the story of what led to the sinking of the Titanic. Even fiction can provide these valuable insights. Here are some examples on good fiction that teach valuable human lessons to managers. Continue reading