Perhaps you have been waiting to hear about what’s happening with us in South Africa… I am too… We’ve been so busy, it’s been difficult to catch up even with ourselves! Since we arrived in Muizenberg on August 24, set up has taken much of our time, but just before I left we completed our office set up and had just starting regularly going into the office. Blogging has fallen behind. Our internet at home, while more reliable, is no longer unlimited. I have to use the unlimited connection at the office for blogging.
I need to get into a new groove. I have no rut yet… expect more later. I’m longing for some routine. We’re nearly there.
In the meantime, I’ve been in Singapore since Monday last week involved in meetings with leaders in our organization from around the world. I would guess that participants are coming from at least fifty nations. The meetings finish soon; it’s been great to catch up with colleagues I haven’t seen in a while and network with everyone while we’re all in one place.
This is the first time I’ve been to meetings like this not as an observer, but as an participant. The whole group has been processing some organizational changes. Table groups have been providing input on each proposed change. My group includes people from New Zealand, Taiwan, Austria, the Netherlands, Papua New Guinea (he was taking the photo), the USA, and the Philippines.
I’m generally an early adopter, so these discussions have activated my mind to think of all the possibilities and new opportunities that could come about as a result of what we are discussing. For me, this is an exciting time.
Most of my time has been in hotel meeting rooms, but we have had a little time to do some exploring. I would describe what I’ve seen in Singapore this way: clean, secure, organized and efficient. It so secure that there are signs posted around that say, Low crime doesn’t mean no crime.
The security does come with a cost. The fine city is certainly a place where you want to be sure you are following the rules. In case you are wondering, gum is not entirely illegal; however, it is a controled substance.