Chicken crossing the road

Panamanian chicken

Reda SadkiThinking aloud, Travel

Why did the chicken cross the road?

Lunch time, after a jet-lagged conference morning. Hand shakes and smiles, mingling Spanish and English. Forks and knives scrape plates as we skewer the plump, roast chicken.

Within the first 90 seconds, I am being mandated or tasked to request funding immediately upon returning to headquarters. Before dessert, we are exploring how Caribbean and Asia Pacific island nations could – should – work together on sustainability. There is funding for that, too.

Pause. Smile. Eyes light up.  Puckers his lips. Whispers. Confides.


“It’s a magic word,” he bursts out. Say this word and you are skewering the organizational silos. You are cutting through the red tape. You are opening the doors to the world. You are bridging the gap.

Why did the chicken cross the road? To get to the other side, of course.