Magna Carta

There are specific times in History that cause a paradigm shift, where the established rules are changed and the way we live is substantially improved.  June 1215 was one such time.  The Magna Carta was an agreement between the Barons of Medieval England and King John.  It was signed at Runnymede near Windsor Castle.  In it were a number of …

Mohands Karamchand Gandhi (1869 – 1948)

The scale of Mahatma (great soul) Gandhi’s influence needs to be viewed from the perspective of the time.  India was ruled by the British and included what is now Pakistan and Bangladesh.  There were deep spiritual divisions especially between the Hindus and Muslim populations and the caste (class system) was inextricably set, dividing the rich from the poor.  From this, …

Get on yer bike…

‘Cometh the hour, cometh the man’ is a proverb that gives us another set of Paradigmeers.  Here are a group of people who changed the rules and as a result, the outcome in response to a particular situation. The GB Cycle Team at the Beijing Olympics provides us with an excellent example of this genre of Paradigmeer. With a few …

Free energy for all – Nikola Tesla

 There are few people who have changed the world to such an extent and yet have become confined to relative obscurity than Tesla.  You would not be reading this had Tesla not invented alternating current (AC) as a means of producing and distributing electricity.  He quite literally has powered the world for over a century. Born in Serbia in 1856, …

Taking a risk…

I’d like to thank my good friend Mike Rix for the following brilliant historical example.  It shows the best of Paradigmeering from the English Army, especially since the risks associated with failure were so high.  On the flip side the French brilliantly demonstrated the antithesis of Paradigmeering and suffered the consequences. In 1346 the English led by Edward III were …

The Birth of a Paradigmeer

Have you noticed that every so often you need a word to describe something and every word you try isn’t quite right? You need a word that is somewhere in between those other words. At which point you can give in and use something that you feel is unsatisfactory… or do something different. I wanted a word which would describe …