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Jacques Marais

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About Jacques

Founder, eCALA Life and IPMS Global

  • Founder, eCALA Life and IPMS Global
  • Specialist in ‘applied Systems Thinking’
  • Architect of every toolkit and programme used by clients globally
  • Has led mulitple projects internationally
  • Passions include practicality, accessibility and instant execution
If you could invite 1 person to a dinner party – who would it be and why?
JRR Tolkien in the guise of Gandalf – because he is a wise, funny Epicurist and a great storyteller too boot !
What motivates you? Makes you happy?
Motivates me: Stupidity that harms children and future generations spurs me into action

Happy: Watching people’s minds open like sunflowers

What advice would you give your 10-year-old self?
Never trust an adult who start a sentence with
“I don’t really want to do this, but……” or

“It’s for the greater good…”

If you could make 1 global change – what would it be?
Make systems thinking compulsory in schools, at age 6

Skip the industrial revolution – Adam Smith and Taylorism

What are your Top 3 achievements?
Father, writer, teacher
What does sustainability mean for you?
Leave it intact or better for future generations
What was the most important event/influence that changed your perspective?
Realising that hedonism is a 21st Century, 1st world, authentic human disease and one needs to step quietly aside and make robust plans that educate future generations to avoid catching it
Is there anything else you would like to share with us?
Giraffes don’t drive on the left because they don’t need roads

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