Monthly Archives: April 2011

RADICALS : What will we be without them ?

An informed look into a controversial topic “A ‘No’ uttered from the deepest conviction is better than a ‘Yes’ merely uttered to please, or worse, to avoid trouble.” – Mahatma Gandhi – Radicals…  That is our theme for this issue.  … Continue reading

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The ‘Cheerleader’ In remembrance : Dr. Ray Wijewardene

‘Ray’ was a radical who few knew about.  Sadly, Sri Lankans never quite understood his worth, and his inventions were only taken ‘seriously’ by the Japanese and the British, who went on to produce his legendary invention the ‘hand tractor’ … Continue reading

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Towards Innovation within the Corporation by Vidusha Nathavitharana

What is termed radical most often is something ‘different’ something ‘out of the ordinary’ or downright ‘crazy’ : however, such ‘different, out of the ordinary, and downright crazy ideas’ are the very things that propel an organization towards greater success … Continue reading

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Patch Adams – The doctor who was a clown too

As a teenager, during one of his stints at a mental institution – admitted for attempts of suicide – Patch realized that by engaging with people and making people laugh, it actually helps them to heal themselves. So did he. … Continue reading

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A Beautiful Mind – A gifted mind in pursuit of an original idea

John Nash had a brilliant mind, but early on at Princeton, he realized that he had to do some thing unique in order to be noticed among brilliant minds : an original idea. In this journey – being a schizophrenic … Continue reading

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The Motorcycle Diaries – One bike, two men, one continent

They had a goal : to volunteer for three weeks at a colony for people affected with leprosy in Peru. But they wanted this endeavor to be adventurous and fun – so they decided to take a trip across the … Continue reading

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The dream, she lived and died for

As a 31 year old in 1963, all she wanted was to see a mountain gorilla in its natural habitat. She headed to the mountains of Rwanda in pursuit, and what she saw during that trip, ended up defining her … Continue reading

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All airlines flew, one wowed

Southwest Airlines was incorporated in 1967 to provide inter-state flights in the US state of Texas. Thanks to its competitors taking legal action – they did not take off until 1971. But when they eventually did, they flew so high, … Continue reading

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Unimaginative kid, redefined imagination

As legend has it, Walt Disney was infamously told by his teacher in school, that he was ‘unimaginative’. For the rest of us, he has redefined as to what imagination means – from cartoons, to animations to books to music … Continue reading

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Making ‘taboo’ mainstream

Hugh Hefner is anything but uncontroversial. The self made billionaire of ‘Play Boy’ fame radically altered our perception about what was once an absolute taboo topic. Not only did he ‘talk’ about it – he printed it in glossy pages, … Continue reading

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A whole new dimension to ‘loving my job’

Ever wondered what it is to TRULY love your job : well, Shaun Ellis redefined it ! Here is a man who chose to live amongst wolves, becoming their ‘pack leader’ so that he can ‘teach’ them how to hunt, … Continue reading

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Love redefined

Betty Anne Waters probably was just another woman – just like any one else you know. However, when her brother is convicted of murder, she decides to free him : believing unconditionally about her brothers innocence. What makes Betty a … Continue reading

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Give it for free !

In a day and age when everything is copyrighted, and copyrights have become a ‘big deal’ : here is a man who wrote a full length ‘radically different’ book, and asked everyone to ‘copy it please !’ Introducing Seth Godin, … Continue reading

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Fly to space : for a holiday !

If you want radical business ideas, here’s one for you : going to space for a holiday ! Radical ? Totally ! But… with Sir Richard Branson anything is possible! Virgin Galactic – the flamboyant and radical tycoon’s newest venture … Continue reading

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Does my bum look fat in this hon ?

Too fat ? Too thin ? Too bulky in the wrong places ? Too small in the wanted places ? Not to worry : we can now change almost any part of our body : including completely changing our face … Continue reading

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Making umpiring fun

Billie Bowden is probably as radical an umpire as it gets : and has made umpiring something that its NOT supposed to be : FUN ! What is supposed to be a sombre and serious affair was never that when … Continue reading

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All of us complain… and then there is John !

For all our lives, day in day out, we have been complaining about one thing or the other. Very few of us make an effort to think about why, and what needs to be done to improve the situation. And … Continue reading

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