Archives for January 2011

10. A biblical value-base

It’s Sunday in Samoa, so God gets a good look-in today. The SWAP Foundation is founded upon the biblical value system. Christianity is not required of our partners or team members but respecting the values contained within the Judeo-Christian value system is a prerequisite for working with us. This tenth principle is the one to Honour the Lord. [Read more…]

Everyone loves a winner

I know that it’s a rhetorical question but don’t you just love a winner? Be honest now, we all do! Getting behind a top performer is motivating and invigorating. Even leaders love engaging with and learning from other leaders. This understanding is our ninth principle in a series from Samoa.

9. Everyone loves a winner

Don’t you just love a winner? Be honest now, we all do! Getting behind a top performer is motivating and invigorating. Even leaders love engaging with and learning from other leaders. This understanding is our ninth principle
in a series. [Read more…]

Water water water

Can you believe it? A post without preaching! Just a few photos from the rainy season. No big deal over here. Just a bit of water . . . everywhere! [Read more…]

8. Financial Equivalence

A question now . . . who is worth more? An unemployed rural Samoan who works for a day on his plantation and feeds his family (maybe only just) OR someone like my lawyer who works for a day and feeds his family with the best food money can buy PLUS makes so much extra money that he can easily buy a new TV every day of his life? (272x more money per hour than an employed Samoan worker to be precise)? Your answer please? [Read more…]

7. Cross Cultural Partnership

The seventh principle we use over here is a concept that sounds easy but is a real challenge – we require a cross-cultural partnership. So what’s the catch? Well, it’s just darned hard to do! [Read more…]

Lies, Greed & Shame

I want you to read this – LIES, GREED & SHAME:

The vicar said

“It was easier for the farm to write out one cheque & for the church to distribute money to the workers … some of whom were on visitor’s visas … can’t recall the firm’s name”.

It’s probably called Mr Apple, Vicar.

You do it every year & this year you got caught.

Do you remember what bible says about lies and greed, Vicar?

Makes me sick!

I say, “Right let’s settle on ONE piece of land please, SIGN it & get going!”

I’ve got things happening all around me & offers of land & leases & businesses.

I just want a new home with a landlord (that has a brain) & that is secure (well at least as secure as I can get here where you are not allowed to ever OWN land!).

A ten acre block at Tafaigata is looking the best at the moment. The others are all “in progress” – Samoa!

 

http://www.dennis.co.nz/2011/01/859/

6. Giver’s Gain

The Good Book says that “It is more blessed to give than to receive”. This biblical principle is the sixth in a series explaining the values that we are using in our work in Samoa. [Read more…]

5. Take Nothing Home

The fifth principle will have alternative thinkers, greenies and liberals delighted. Just like the rules when visiting a natural tourist destination we require that our investors to “Take nothing home”. It’s a little different from the normal Western profit-based investor mindset, but it’ll all make sense when I explain. [Read more…]