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21st century development-solving game on leadership in 3rd world countries

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Let’s say you have a problem… You are the leader of a small developing country in the Southern hemisphere, which in itself is not the problem. Your family lives comfortably and the children are off in Europe finishing their Ivy League degrees, prone to repeat the self-feeding cycle of kings to become and kings to be kicked. No, your problem is the crawling development of your state.

People are late to work, and the new golf hotels eat up the budget of the infrastructure program. The important internationals that you have invited into your country are bringing foreign labor and training and educational programs, but implementing them for their own purposes, not for the young start-ups that try to boost the appeal of your national propaganda news agency.


You think to yourself that you wish you could have a striving local economy cooperating with international organization successfully. As a good friend of Pachamama (1), you decide to help her and ultimately your blossoming tourist economy. After walking through your home late at night for a full hour you have the solution.

The Solution:

“Plastic bags and bottles made of plastic are tools of economic terrorism. I need housing for the poor, but quickly! I want them to stop harboring terrorists. I want to stop the complaining of my ministers and advisers! (…) I stand by the idea that in this century we need to invest in people not roads.”

Quote by you in Liberty Square commencing the “Solution Project”

Yes, you were right in your assumption that the solution for the problem lay in:

1. Building houses that are 95 percent recycled plastic bottles. Melded in companies that collect and fabricate the houses. Buyers receive a discount for do-it-yourself assembly. Now your slums? look much better. And you should see the countryside! Your houses are gradually replacing old stone houses. (2)

2. All the cardboard coming from the imports are collected after use, building a $9 bicycle made from 95 percent cardboard and 5 percent melted plastic bottles as well as old tires. Local companies compete with regard to style and durability. (3)

3. The delivery to remote locations (the ones outside the capital without access to the sea or inaccessible by roads is done by car-sized Quadro-copters with swarm intelligence and a net holding the goods between them. This means you can keep the new golf hotels, while remote villages are happier and less prone to harbor terrorists. (4)

Why am I reading this?

This problem may not be one you face personally, but by other leaders around the world. Understanding geopolitical developments of low-tech solutions in the fields of energy, infrastructure, and security in poor countries should overcome its 20th century understanding of country development by which outsiders implement solutions. The leaders that will adapt to the new realities of a 21st century will make third-world countries look radically different than its polluting predecessors.

The economic exploitation of 1st world resources that are not attended to, like garbage in whatever form, will be the tools of economic empowerment. More so than education, the knowledge of how to tap into the national electricity system of, for example, Favelas in Brazil is improving domestic living conditions more widely than a long term educational strategy. India’s IT junk is melted down send to China to be made into Apple products and sold back to an Indian who will also to get next year’s iPhone, creating cycles of economic empowerment that will be tapped into by brave leaders. From a cardboard bicycle to flying swarms of robots, local solutions to development problems created in the past century will bring some sustainability to parasite-prone 3rd world economies.

For further information:

1. Pachamama

2. Plastic Houses

3. Cardboard Bicycle

4. Quadro Copters

Sorry, forgot to mention the Author.

Author: Georg Hoehne. MSc in Global Politics from the London School of Economics.

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