Dr. Frank Marangos is CEO and Founder of OINOS Educational Consulting. He received a Doctors Degree in Adult Education (Ed.D.) from NOVA Southeastern University (Ft. Lauderdale, FL) and a Doctorate in Ministry and Childhood Education (D.Min.) from Southern Methodist University (Dallas, TX
“Facts do not cease to exist because they are ignored.”
What happens when the facts of a particular situation do not match pre-conceived frameworks? Why do leaders as well as followers stubbornly adhere to misplaced confidences when evidence can be presented to demonstrate the contrary? What are the consequences of failing to face the facts?
In the late 1800s a group of wealthy industrialists decided to establish a private retreat in the mountains of western Pennsylvania. They purchased a reservoir that had been formed in the early 1800s on the Conemaugh River and created the South Fork Fishing and Hunting Club. Over the years, due to poor maintenance and alterations, the aqueduct’s dam had become increasingly unstable, leaking, and in a state of disrepair. Regrettably, rather than face the facts and use some of their incredible wealth to strengthen it, they patched the ever-dripping dam using inexpensive clay and straw.
Dr. Periklis Gogas, Associate Professor and
Mr. Orestis Piskioulis
Senior Economics Student
Department of Economics, Democritus University of Thrace
The significance of the analysis of the Greek exports’ evolution derives from the fact that exports play an indisputably important role in every small open economy like the one of Greece. It is apparent that exports of goods and services represent the value of all goods and other market services provided for the rest of the world. In effect, exports can have a major influence on the level and speed of economic growth, employment rates and consequently on the balance of payments.
During the course of the previous year, there was a decline in Greek exports by 5.1% to a total of €25.5 billion in comparison to the €26.9 billion a year earlier. However, after excluding the contribution of mineral oils, we have an increase of 7.8 % or to €17.9 billion as compared to the €16.6 billion in 2014.
Dr.Peter H. Diamandis is a Greek American engineer, physician, and entrepreneur best known for being the founder and chairman of the X PRIZE Foundation, the co-founder and chairman of Singularity University and the co-author of the New York Times bestseller Abundance: The Future Is Better Than You Think.
Right now, online platforms like Khan Academy and Coursera have made a plethora of educational resources available 1) for free and 2) on demand, such that you can pick and choose what you learn and at what speed you learn it.
Khan Academy has delivered over 300 million lessons since it started in 2006, features 5,000 free instructional videos in 65 languages, and allows users to complete 4 million exercises every day – simply amazing.