Tackling Problems: Plastic – An Example from Guatemala

Tackling Problems: Plastic - An Example from Guatemala

I saw this video yesterday, it impressed me for two reasons.

  1. It shows that modern societies problems can be tackled with common sense and a joined will.
  2. The importance of clear priorities no matter the economic cost, in this case respecting nature and safe guarding it.

A Remarkable Example

These people have given it a shot, an entire community joining together and banning the use of plastic, so that their future generations can enjoy their living place as they do.

In essence going back former consumption habits and valuing nature, the environment and acting accordingly out of respect to its resources. It is an example of the movement of an entire community including its leaders wholeheartedly supporting this commitment.

Technologically innovative?

Not at all since they are going back to the former ways of their people. In essence by looking back to former ways they tackle a problem without sophisticated technologies.

The innovativeness here in my opinion stems from the fact that they have banned the use of plastic in an entire community. Radical but see and judge for yourself.


Do you know of other examples? What do you think of this?

Worth reading: Stop worshipping unicorns. Your firm can be entrepreneurial | London Business School

Excellent article on corporate entrepreneurship by Professor Gary Hamel and Anna Johnston.

Where they make a point about some of the fallacies that large companies are at a disadvantage to be entrepreneurial.

The article gives insight into Haier’s corporate structure and approach to make its employees effectifely act like they were their own start-ups.

Source: Stop worshipping unicorns. Your firm can be entrepreneurial | London Business School

Online Teamwork Tools: Trello, Slack and Google Suite Apps

About two months ago I initiated a team with two others to work on some ideas. I did some research on web based applications and finally I decided to use Trello, Slack and combine them with Google’s apps. I wanted something free, that could be combined with each other, easy to use and with mobile app support.


The developers define it as a visual project collaboration tool that lets the user organize everything in the form of boards filled with lists. Its free plan is what I have used so far and I have found it very useful and simple to use. It lets you easily create private boards as well as team boards to which you can add members. Once you are on a board you create lists which you fill with so called cards. All these can be arranged and moved around on the board from one list to another or to another board, copied, deleted, etc. It is pretty straightforward and other options are available through the menu on the right. The configuration and set-up is easy and you can download mobile apps for the different operating systems to collaborate on the go.

Here are some screenshots to give you an idea.

Trello keyboard shortcuts


It is a team collaboration tool, focused on easing communication by letting you create different chat rooms per topic and add easily links, files, etc. It can be integrated with other third party applications like Trello, Google Drive, Box, Dropbox, etc. Its contents is searchable and filters can be applied. The configuration and set-up is easy and you can download mobile apps for the different operating systems to collaborate on the go. You also have the possibility to make individual or group calls, the latter however are not free.

Here are some screenshots to give you an idea.

Slack keyboard shortcuts

Google apps

They are the free online office applications set by Google. I had not used them much before but after having them used for team projects I have come to appreciate them. You have the standard offering of the paid Microsoft version for office. The whole range works well, it takes a little to get used to them. If you switch over to them from lets say Word or Excel you will possibly have no problem if you are a basic user. If you are a poweruser, however you will have to go and do for example some reading for sheets and customize it to suit your workflow.

When it comes to same time online collaboration the apps are impressive since all the team members can be connected at the same time after they have been granted access to the file or folder. One note though is that al will need a gmail account and to have a good internet connection.

Here is a screenshot to give you an idea of the range of cloud apps that can be handy to use.

Here is a link to the Google Suite learning center where you will find all the necessary information.

Also here are some reviews on some of the Google solutions:

Why use them?

Simply stated they are efficient and free, if you are on a tight budget or just do not feel like you want to pay for the software you want to use they are a good start to get going with teamwork.




Just give them a shot, they are free! You have got nothing to loose!

Let me know if you found this useful or whether you are using other tools for online collaboration.

Tips to be creative

Tips to be creative

Are you creative or can you be creative?

I have met people who say that they are not creative. They accept things as given and do not even try to be. It is a self-fulfilling prophecy so to say. They will never come up with a bright idea because they do not consider even having one.

Ironically there are others, who when confronted with a problem, do not step back but step forward. They do not accept the status quo and give it a shot. They think of finding a solution and the fear of ridicule and failure is secondary. Some of the greatest inventors had hundreds of ideas before they came up with one bright one. This group creates the other stagnates.

What’s the difference between the two? — Their mindset.

“Think left and think right and think low and think high. Oh, the thinks you can think up if only you try” – Dr. Seuss

Creativity is just another skill

I have always been considered creative by others. In school it was because I was good at drawing and later at work, it was because I came up with solutions. Continue reading

Looking for solutions or ideas? A step by step approach

Ideas search


The other day I was talking to a friend who is currently trying to solve a major technical problem of a product. From what he mentioned this problem had already been challenging others for some years. He did not know where to start due to the complexity of the task. I am no engineer but at my work I have had to solve complex problems too, so I mentioned my approach to him.

Until today I had never thought about the process I followed since it always appeared to me as an exercise of common sense and keeping an open mind.

An Open Mind

Whatever you try to solve, start out with an open mind. I mean by this to start out with the following assumptions:

  • Everything can be improved but first it must be understood
  • You are not the first one who has had this problem
  • There may already be a different approach that can work
  • You do not know everything
  • Sometimes a good solution is better than a perfect solution
  • There is no such thing as a dumb question

By keeping an open mind and not taking things for granted you are capable of three things: Continue reading