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A Flood of Ideas

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A Flood of Ideas

Written by: Ayodhya Ouditt        Updated: Jan, 2020      2 min read

The recent downpours have undoubtedly brought destruction to many. And while this has sobered the national spirit, it has also sparked solidarity and community. The team at Vessel agrees that there’s tremendous room for improvement in our national infrastructure, but it isn’t all about drainage, engineering, or littering.

Here are 18 ideas we put together, to nudge T&T towards flood-security.

  1. Free Wi-fi so that students, teachers, workers and parents could work at home. This will clear up roadways, and in turn reduce the risk of accidents.
  2. The ability to trade-in all flood-damaged appliances for discounts on new ones. Flood-damaged appliances to be salvaged for workable parts and scrap metal.
  3. PHITT Public Health Information of Trinidad and Tobago — a public health database with centralised information on nearby clinics for those stranded, and / or in need of emergency assistance.
  4. Water trucks to collect and filter water to be reused, maybe for washing away silt once the conditions permit.
  5. Training for all who helped in flood relief to become certified as disaster safety officers.
  6. Suspension of property tax for 10 years.
  7. Suspension of VAT on all appliance and furniture purchases.
  8. Creation of a global school or programme for flood management and relief.
  9. Trinidad and Tobago becomes a global advocate and evangelist for sustainable development and climate change, to create expert publications and develop a global research agenda.
  10. Land exchange. Residents in flood-prone areas can exchange their land for non-flood prone areas on a short term basis while working on sustainable solutions.
  11. An online citizen chat, “Flood Solutions”, where people document their problems and share solutions.
  12. Government sale on all those massive and expensive ‘official’ vehicles, downsizing a bit to smaller ones. The money saved would be invested in a unit of helicopters for times of disaster.
  13. Dissuasion of religious leaders from linking this, and any natural disaster, as punishment from god, especially for lifestyle matters such as sexual orientation. This is counter-productive.
  14. Creation of community laundromats to wash and dry all clothes at inexpensive rates.
  15. Development of ‘fast-inflatable-dingy-kits’ for cars and homes, schools, other institutions and business places.
  16. Incentives to encourage the preservation of trees and the building of tree houses so that people won’t have to sleep on roofs.
  17. Encouraging the construction of rope ladders.
  18. Limited use of rooftop flashing lights on houses and cars.



What do you think? If you’ve got thoughts on our ideas or brilliant ones of your own, we’d love to hear from you. Email us at info@lokjackgsb.edu.tt

And stay safe!

An old mindmap of ours, featuring some of T&T’s big environmental topics.

Presentation on the Transformation of the Trinidad and Tobago Police Service delivered at Leadership Conference in Canada by Lok Jack GSB Director

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On 24 – 27 October 2019, Dr Kamla Mungal, Director, Leadership Institute, Lok Jack GSB, presented on the transformation of the Trinidad and Tobago Police Service within the last year at the International Leadership Association (ILA) conference held in Ottawa, Canada. The ILA is the largest worldwide community committed to leadership development and practice. It brings together professionals with a keen interest in the study, practice and teaching of leadership.


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This year the overarching conference theme was “Leadership: Courage Required”. The topics of the two panel discussions were:

  1. The Courage to Act: Challenging the Status Quo
  2. Intuition in the Face of Adversity: The Courage to Go With Your Gut

Participating in both panel discussions, Dr. Mungal firstly examined how courage in leadership can enable the process of institutional transformation. In her second presentation, Dr. Mungal dealt with the mechanisms used to challenge gut reactions and facilitate the shift from an embedded negative psychology to a more positive and empowering approach to change.

The international multidisciplinary group of panellists who took a deep dive into uncovering the nature of courageous leadership action also consisted of:

  • Adi Walker, Phd, MSc., B.Tech (Eng), POD International Consulting, Kathmandu, Nepal
  • Shanita Baraka Akintonde,  MBA, M.Ed., DTM, Associate Professor, Communications Department, Columbia College, Chicago
  • Lunthita Duthely, EdD, MS, BS, BA, Assistant Research Professor, UM Miller School of Medicine, Ob/Gyn