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When Individuals Are More Innovative Than Teams

This has been a blessing and a curse for the duration of my business careers in both Real Estate investment and Energy Sector business model creation.
The problem is not the innovation part. The problem is figuring out how to explain it to the “teams” that are critical to the implementation.

I’ll be working on that for the rest of my life. Until then I’m just grateful that the ones I’ve done are still working, and providing the intended benefits.

It depends on what the goal is.

Source: When Individuals Are More Innovative Than Teams

A Brave and Startling Truth: Astrophysicist Janna Levin Reads Maya Angelou’s Stunning Humanist Poem That Flew to Space, Inspired by Carl Sagan – Brain Pickings

Some days, as I contemplate the machinations of the human species, with the core Amorality of human nature, commerce, and the capitalistic style rationalization of the continuing destruction of our planet, I wonder if we’ve even evolved enough to deserve to survive.

Then I’m led to work like this poem, and the overall efforts of the “Brain Pickings” writer and my spirits are lifted.

“Out of such chaos, of such contradiction / We learn that we are neither devils nor divines…”

Source: A Brave and Startling Truth: Astrophysicist Janna Levin Reads Maya Angelou’s Stunning Humanist Poem That Flew to Space, Inspired by Carl Sagan – Brain Pickings

Burn, Pay, Or Shut It Down: Three Evils For Permian Drillers |

Or we could be using it to make electricity to eliminate the need for all of the diesel, and fuel oil-fired generation.

Today, natural gas-fired generation is actually carbon negative

Permian producers are facing a difficult choice; pay a premium to haul off excess natural gas or literally burn it, and their profits

Source: Burn, Pay, Or Shut It Down: Three Evils For Permian Drillers |

Why AID money isn’t reaching the poor in Africa | One African Voice Amongst A Billion

This is a very timely article in light of our Isiolo venture.

Why AID money isn’t reaching the poor in Africa

Happily, our Isiolo County agricultural productivity model has been designed from conception forward with all of these very important observations embedded.
As I write and share various implementation experiences, we’ll be working through these issues, and sharing how they can be experienced when the principal of the project is a well-educated man, Ph.D. who grew up in and lived the realities discussed here. That’s who introduced me to the landscape and translated discussions with the various leaders of tribes, failed enterprises and colonialist ruins.


Wikipedia defines aid as “a voluntary transfer of resources from one country to another, given at least partly with the objective of benefiting the recipient country.“ There are thousands of …

Source: Why AID money isn’t reaching the poor in Africa | One African Voice Amongst A Billion

Carbon dioxide emissions in the U.S. have fallen to the lowest levels in a generation—natural gas is a big reason why — Quartz

This gives a hint as to why I’m so obsessed with getting the natural gas that is being wasted in flares and venting into the “reliable” clean energy mix in Africa.

And in our African opportunities, we will also use this clean fuel to generate the electricity to displace diesel fuels, coal and other dirtier fuels

Natural gas provides more than 30% of the energy consumed in the U.S. Here’s how leading technologies make it more reliable, clean, and affordable than ever before.

Source: Carbon dioxide emissions in the U.S. have fallen to the lowest levels in a generation—natural gas is a big reason why — Quartz

Before I could talk about the possibilities I see in, and for, "darkest"Africa, I had to see it for myself.

A lot of evolution has gone on since this was filmed and we are ready for next steps.

And, since this was filmed, many of the situations and potentially useful technologies have been weathered, characterized, and can be implemented based on the future we can plan, rather than the past we are trying to overcome.

Real life observations of what we’re actually starting from, a whole new version of enhanced productivity, from all segments of the population can emerge in ways that we can only foresee from today’s present reality.

Rather than discussing the “Cliche” phrases like “New Energy Economy,” we’ve been working on defining the “New Economy” that we can create with our current global technologies, and realities.

One situation that has seemed to cry louder and louder is that this is only going to happen as a “private” ownership venture. Those cries are not just coming from what we are observing today.

They are also coming from 25 years of retrospect as the best intentions of 25 years ago have weathered time.

With that insight, todays now-sight, and foresight, we’ve developed a modified perspective of what sustainably “Private” needs to look like.

On the surface it’s not going to be shockingly “innovative.”

We’re pretty stuck on our awareness of Homeostasis as it pertains to human nature. Plus we don’t have to guess. Instead of guessing, we have at least 50 years, of “data” we can now access to identify the kind of models cited in the book “Built to last” by Jim Collins, and Jerry I Porras.

Plus we have the sustainability of the business models that seemed to be the greatest thinking of the time. These have been sorted by the realities of human nature, and that’s the only thing we feel can be trusted.
This has also been true of post colonial Africa, and we don’t have to gues much about how well that’s been working. Not!

Sustainability as it has been proven will only succeed if the “systems” it exists in are able to maintain their “balance”

That, in turn means that the outcome is determined by what society believes is in it’s best interest Governments can’t seem to balance, but there are some great models in the private sector, many of which can be found in the “Buffet, Berkshire Hathaway basket of holdings.

We do have “endorsement, and encouragement” from the Governors, office and ministers, but we are not subject to any decision making at the “government” level.

If the United States has demonstrated anything to the world, it’s that the complete separation of the Government, and the capitalist business free market environment works incredibly well.

What has emerged from this first visit is the irrevocable allocation of a substantial amount of land, that is now under private business rule. And, as a 100% private “bootstrap” agricultural enterprise “Fetcha Farms” has proven the business concept and is ready to expand to a very real “impact enterprise.”

A new world of “Private Productivity” that will benefit all of the population living and working under the existing governments, but is not suitable for the “chicanery” universe.

We plan to foil that world by making it possible to Google every move we make, and laugh or be sad with these moves as the unpredictability of human nature come out of nowhere.

A primary purpose of this entire undertaking is to help the world learn with us as we implement what we think are great ideas, and discover if they are great ideas, or ones for the wastebaskets.

Our current learning environment is the presentation of knowledge with only accidental correlation. That’s not working and it’s not how we are intending to present this.

In this case we are going to show it all in the context of the fully correlated evolving system, so that everyone can see, if they care to, exactly what happens as a result of their actions.

When they fail, what else fails with them? Obviously there is only so much one consciousness can assimilate, but we believe it’s time for creating whole teams that understand the significance of every player.

Bringing light to the "darkest" parts of Africa.

Getting lights, food security and discretionary income to 600 million people is achievable. No “charity,” just productive work and fair earnings for the adults in the families

The potential profitability is in the areas of Sub Saharan Africa where no one is looking.  And, it’s sustainable productivity that supports business structures where  “every party wins”.  From the poorest subsistence farmers, up through the entire supply, services, and support tiers of a high value-added  processing plant

The only thing new about the approach is the broad-based business model. The revenue model is already working in South Africa where the raw ingredients are grown, and concentrated, frozen or powdered into long shelf life exportable products. The difference between South Africa and the rest of Sub-Saharan Africa has been South Africa’s availability of cheap and reliable electricity.

There are many large underutilized areas of Sub-Saharan Africa that have complete ecosystems capable of growing the needed raw food products. They just lack the reliable energy needed by the value-added segment of the process.

Now, with affordable and reliable clean and renewable electricity that can be near the point of food production, we can bring the capability to do the value-added food processing to the food farming areas.

This will bring a whole new economy to the area by enabling the gross revenue enhancement of food processing.  Sustainability is in the fabric of this business model.  A new food processing plant using 50 employees, will create a minimum of 1000 peripheral jobs.

Another essential is creating privately owned and managed farmers cooperatives. Business-oriented management at the outset will also provide the capability of maintaining the transparent equitable distribution models. The cooperatives can maintain the new buying power and affordable electrification at the farmer level.  

The distributed energy and food processing approach can now make it possible for smallholder farmers to produce and monetize crops that would be lost to spoilage without the markets, and refrigeration capability in the immediate areas of production.  Tomatoes, avocados, citrus, extractives for essential oils, can now be grown and processed for far-off markets.

Part of our commitment is to develop this enterprise in a way that also allows others to replicate the successes and avoid repeating the inevitable –Surprises- that accompany first implemented new enterprises.  

For more information call or text Bill Williams at 01 303 888 0380, William@Altresco, or connect on Facebook or LinkedIn with William Ross Williams.

©William Ross Williams 12.02.2019.