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Panorama is the lifeblood of the organization, the indisputable factor or influence that gives the movement and its practitioners strength and vitality. The undeniable single factor that can authoritatively identify Trinidad and Tobago as The mecca of pan. I believe Panorama is necessary. If it is that there is consensus in the pan fraternity that the current administrators have consistently displayed their inability to responsibly and astutely manage that show and the returns it generates, what contingency plans have been developed over the past few months that can demonstrate a capacity to successfully supersede what exists?

Succession planning seems to be nonexistent in the wider steel band community, and should be prioritized in a structured manner to ensure smooth transitions in management at band level and at a national level. Critical thinking seems to be lacking, and analytic skills deficient, honesty in an oxymoron, and the ability to see past the next handout may be stifling band leaders, or those who consider themselves band owners, or delegated representatives the desire to progressively develop the human capital within their organizations. Succession planning seems to be forbidden and prohibited in organizations, where potential is ambushed, where any evidence of the capacity and ability to lead, instead of being nurtured is summarily executed. 

The evidence suggests that there is no shadow executive.

The evidence suggests that a steering committee has not been considered or in place.

Therefore it is not unreasonable to conclude that there are just two choices available, panorama with an executive that is being projected as undesirable, or no panorama.

What I would choose to describe as the sterility of some views, and the challenges associated with intelligently interpreting objectivity is regrettable, even mildly discouraging, and it would not be inconsiderate to compare that behavior with that of the host responsible for spreading the virus resulting in the stagnation affecting the local steel band movement, fueling its dormancy. Stagnation of views in an effort to take meaningful discussion forward. Stagnation of thought inhibiting meaningful dialogue leading to action on rational suggestions put forward. Stagnation of ideas resulting in the inability to propose intelligent, solution based responses to issues identified.

I did not come on this forum to be popular,  I did not come on this forum to win friends or influence people, as my name is not Dale Carnegie, I did not come forward to seek anyone's blessings or approval.  I am not running for, or do I have any desire or intention for office at any level, or on any platform, on any slate, or independently at any given time. I am not a supporter or detractor of anyone's, or any group's agenda. I have no agenda hidden or public, I do not intend, or desire to usurp anyone's authority, I speak openly, and the views I express are independently hatched in my simple mind.

I intend to address the mafia that is the delegate system next.

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Merrytonestothebone:  Thank you so much for your comments.  I really enjoyed reading it as it certainly opened my eyes into the history of what is now coming to pass.

As usual , great points raised , Merrytones....

Food for thought !

To quote the Scriptures , " He who has ears to hear , let him hear " !

Well played.Merrytones....Wisdom for the ages...thanks

I see that A BIG BOY named Tony Smith has come forward in an aggressive effort to continue blinding the eyes of ordinary panmen by aggressively attacking me. A man who seems to abhor the use of what he chooses to describe as BIG WORDS but takes pleasure in using them himself, a do as I say but not as I do kind of individual. A man who has offered nothing valuable to the discussion, but whose primary objective seems to be  attacking my contributions. A man from whom I have seen nothing of substance within the past week, as it relates to intelligent discourse on the topics raised, an obvious example of the jackass that may have gone to university and came out not as an educated jackass, but as a jackass with a degree having learnt about Metrics, Pie Charts,  The 4th Amendment,  Social Sciences and Methodologies. A man who seems to take pleasure in taking medicine for other peoples undiagnosed ailments. Quite likely a fresh water yankee, an un-welcomed and undesirable immigrant in someone else's country, a minority without a voice who believes that he can bully me into submission and stifle my views and freedom of expression, maybe he can tell us which amendment covers that. AGAIN I CHALLENGE TONY SMITH or THE ADMINISTRATORS of this forum, if my contributions, or the manner in which I present them annoy you, REMOVE ME, I HAVE NOTHING TO LOSE. Persons like Tony Smith are excellent examples of the sterility I detect and describe as being present on this forum. He has no intent or willingness to see anyone rise above the pedestal he has placed himself on, I am in competition with no one sir. I can make out the backwardness and negativity that he exudes around a corner. He sees himself as a Big Sawatee, an expat, and takes pleasure in listening to his own voice spewing sewage. I am allergic to sewage and the cesspits that it occupies.  Tony Smith, you asked me to point you..., I want to point you to the latrine and some gazette paper, and believe me I am willing to take you on literally literary, and physically. 

I am happy that someone has seen the value in my discourse on succession planning, someone can actually relate to the impact it's absence is having on the holistic development of the art form and its practitioners, on its administration and its relevance in a global framework.

And to Mr. Tony Smith the right and privilege is yours to report me and my contributions to the administrators of this forum, there is a tab at the bottom of the page for that.

Where ignorance is bliss, it's folly to be wise.


Your post shows that without knowing anything about a person, you are willing to make unfounded assumptions.  


To those people who are thinkers on this forum, your response shows that you are quite frankly an idiot and one who knows nothing about constructive criticism.  You have reached the gutter and I do not intend to follow you there.  "When they go low, you go high" [Michelle Obama].  In the words of your leaders, your response is rumshop talk and jammetry.  Kim Jong-un would not be so kind, we know how he will refer to you.  I hereby remove myself from your idiocy and any subsequent comment.  In the words of the father of the nation - you may continue to bray.  You have the floor.  

Be careful, however, that you make any statement that I deem to be threatening, slanderous or defamatory because the arm of the law is extremely long.  Of course, as a bush lawyer, you would know that.  Please be guided accordingly.

Russell, it is obvious that you are very passionate about  the pan progression which is why your postings have put the cat among the pigeons.  Whatever you are doing, it's definitely working!

Too much energy being wasted on the differences on “how” information is presented.

This is where the term “cultural intelligence” comes into play, the ole people used to say “common sense” was made before books and today some say common sense is not so common anymore, yuh have to teach people “how” to think.

I can recall attending a management training class where the instructor would ask the participants in their introductions to include the number of years’ experience they have in their position as management employees.  At the end of their introductions the instructor summed up the exercise by saying we have in this class over 150 plus years of experiences that we can utilize in the learning process.

Merrytonestothebone is bringing to LIGHT the problems where the “decision-makers” are not utilizing the type of skill-sets “critical thinking” “decision analysis” “problem-solving” techniques that’s needed to effectively improve the steelband movement.  Let continue to engage each other in producing the type of discourse that keeps the “big picture” focus.

I too know how Kim Jung Un will refer to you, he would call you a Dotard, as a country bookie, I will simply call you Dotish. Take me to court Dotard.

The 22 million dollar budget for Panorama, which President Diaz flatly deny exists twice, once at AGM, and twice when I presented the attached to him,.because it was confirmed by the Financial Manager of the NCC, was negotiated by Messrs. Forteau, Sheppard and Salvador, executive elected members of the World governing body for Pan, PanTrinbago..... see attached and exactly what players are getting for Carnival's Panorama.......last years DogChow but this year, only for Final Round Players....SAD SAD SAD....massa day far from finished here for dese beautiful players.

Whilst talk of boycotting , society views that as antagonistic, and while society may not support such an antagonistic viewpoint, getting in the way of the Nation's enjoyment of the national festival..., my 22 million dollar question is how much more are the players are to be used to only be discarded until Govt feels to pay...whatever they want whenever they want

Doh come and tell me nutten about times hard and de country under pressure economically, cause Arrangers, tuners, transporters, prize money ain't cutting by 33%,.....only players must feel the cut.....and carry the festival ..Nah man Tony.. Not so.....come on brother!

And on top of that, going back to an overall zonal quota system,...because Tobago bands excellence is so consistent, that the route to cutting transport expenditure is to go back to a unjust system of imposing zonal quotas impaired by subjective judging to ensure that gets their 10%....REALLY?!!!

When yuh go by KFC to buy a box of chicken, try getting food without paying the cashier first nuh,..see if Yuh will get nuh..
The form must follow the function, like the dog must wag its tail......

REFERENCES ATTACHED.......Ask me your questions, I promise to tell no lies
I want to thank everyone for this particular discussion thread and contributing the wealth of knowledge and depth of critical analysis towards developing a solution oriented outlook to our long standing cultural and organisational dilemma at the Mecca of Pan. an

Thank you to the usual suspects, Claude, Cecil, ODW, Ingrid, Merrytones, Glenroy, Mercer and others i elude to mention
your valuable input.
A special heartfelt gratitude to Russell for belling this cat AND to the ubiquitous Tony Smith; for both showing me, how best to push a conversation to the limitations of the threat to within the reach of the long arm of the law....... But walk away to agree to disagree,..without being disagreeable..

For the way forward, reporting from Mecca... Thanks for the lessons..


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