Sustainable Development : Data and Facts

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These are interesting stuff I learned. Data is ever available, you can browse and understand how the world has changed for the past hundred years

1) Wealth & Health of Nations at Gapminder (http://www.gapminder.org/world)

a) There are graph shows how long people live / mortality rate and how much money they earn. Click the play button to see how countries have developed since 1800.

Life Expectancy for Sweden and Mozambique   from 1800-2012

Life Expectancy for Sweden and Mozambique from 1800-2012

b) Can check the CO2 emission since 1820. In 1820, at the dawn of the Industrial Revolution, United Kingdom emitted most CO2 - both per person and in total emissions.  Click Play to see how USA becomes the largest emitter of CO2 from 1900 onwards.

2) World Bank Development Indicators data (http://data.worldbank.org/indicator)

From mortality rate, economic growth rate,  foreign investment, electricity consumption, freshwater withdrawal, to CO2 emission.

CO2 Emission ( metric ton per capita), comparison between low, middle, high income countries against the world average

CO2 Emission ( metric ton per capita), comparison between low, middle, high income countries against the world average

3) Compare 2 countries data (http://www.nationmaster.com/index.php) from education, energy, democracy to crime rates.

4) CIA website (https://www.cia.gov/library/publications/the-world-factbook/) that include world wide data. Can compare and download the data.

5) Building energy data in US (http://buildingsdatabook.eren.doe.gov)

6) The Keeling Curve  is a measurement of the concentration of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere made atop Hawaii’s Mauna Loa since 1958. It is the longest-running such measurement in the world. It recorded concentrations of the greenhouse gas carbon dioxide in the global atmosphere are surpassing 400 parts per million (ppm) on weekly average for the first time in human history in  May 2013 ( http://keelingcurve.ucsd.edu/)

7) The Great Gatsby Curve ( http://www.bloomberg.com/infographics/2013-10-08/the-great-gatsby-curve-explained.html) illustrates the connection between concentration of wealth in one generation and the ability of those in the next generation to move up the economic ladder compared to their parents. The curve shows that children from poor families are less likely to improve their economic status as adults in countries where income inequality was higher – meaning wealth was concentrated in fewer hands – around the time those children were growing up.

二舅,一路走好

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二舅在4月11日下午因病逝世,今早在柔佛新山出殯火化。

二舅是我媽媽最親的家人,從小看著我們長大。他的脾氣雖然很怪,但很重感情。

我和妹妹媽媽陪同他家人送了他人生最後一程。

二舅,安息吧,一路走好!

 

Sustainable Innovation Solution

Ever wondered if paper was actually better then plastic when it comes to shopping bags? What would make a plastic bag better? How many times can paper be recycled anyway? Find out the answers in this interesting TEDx Sydney talk by Leyla Acaroglu on environmental folklore by introducing the Product Life Cycle Assessment concept!

Leyla is a designer, social scientist, educator and sustainability strategist that developing unique and innovative ways of communicating, engaging and developing real world sustainability solutions.

Here is the link to her other presentations. http://www.ecoinnovators.com.au/#!presentations/c1uqc

Chronic dry eye disease

After left leg ligament injury ( getting better after few til tar therapy), there is an additional baggage load to my health today : Chronic dry eye disease or dry eye syndrome!

Problems : My eyes are dry, excessive tearing for more than 2 months, blurred vision, and my left eye ball is protrude since 3-4 weeks ago.
Causes : Aging, and hormone issues due to thyroid dysfunction n menopause. Climate n prolong computer usage may be other cause.
Damages are visible n disturbing my routine, if condition persist, it’s surgery to rectify the protrude eye ball. And a big holes in my pocket.
Treatments : Restasis for a month, lubricant eye gel / ointment at night, and non stop dripping of artificial lubricant tear drops when there is any discomfort.

As the problem is chronic, means this will be a long term baggage :(

20140410-104511.jpg(2nd morning, tearing reduced, condition slightly improved)

Wait listed

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When I saw the status on screen : wait listed! My heart sunk :(
Although wait list means I have reached some achievement and almost “make it”, but I would rather get a “Rejected” than “Wait-listed”. At least I know what’s my next moves n way forward.
This also means my future is put into pause while waiting for others to make their decision. This may be another 2-3 months of miserable n life torture, if I don’t do anything about it now.
Oh, I need to seriously think about plan B n prepare my speech for negotiation.

The Great Gatsby Curve

Interesting to learn this new term / phenomenon today. This is not a new finding though.

The Great Gatsby Curve illustrates the connection between concentration of wealth in one generation and the ability of those in the next generation to move up the economic ladder compared to their parents.

The curve shows an increasingly rigid economic structure, that children from poor families are less likely to improve their economic status as adults in countries where income inequality was higher – meaning wealth was concentrated in fewer hands – around the time those children were growing up.

This  means :

Rich children predestined to grow up wealthy, and poor children more likely to remain impoverished in adulthood. 

The parent’s income is a strong predictor of their children’s future income.

However, countries with low levels of inequality (Lower Gini Coefficient ~0.2) such as Denmark, Norway and Finland had some of the greatest mobility (a
low correlation of earnings of parents and children), while the country with the high level of inequality— US —tend to have lower social mobility.

Note : The curve was introduced in a 2012 speech by chairman of the Council of Economic Advisers Alan Krueger, and the President’s Economic Report to Congress, using data from labor economist Miles Corak

Read more :

http://www.businessweek.com/articles/2013-12-05/obama-talks-inequality-and-mobility-going-full-gatsby

http://www.whitehouse.gov/blog/2013/05/28/great-gatsby-curve

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危机乃企业常态 遵守5大程序化险为夷

“商场上没有永远一帆风顺的企业,因为危机的因素一直潜伏在企业方方面面的行为中,无论因素来自外部或内部,都会让企业遭遇一定程度的挫折,轻者可能伤痕累累,重者或从此一蹶不振。

可是仍有很多企业对危机抱着“兵来将挡,水来土掩”的心态,认为本身现在的发展很稳定,在经营中对小事不以为然,觉得只要大事处理好就行了,甚至放松警惕不对危机进行有效防范,直到危机爆发,才苦苦寻求解决之道。

这也说明,为什么很多企业在各领风骚几年后,便逐渐没落衰退,究其原因,就是企业缺乏危机意识,不重视危机管理。故以,Peplow-Warren 首席顾问陈慧君,一直都对客户强调,若企业想要得到更好的生存和发展,就必须把危机管理列为优先考虑的议题。”

 

文: Efei , 原文刊登于2014年4月(第6期)的中小企业杂志 (www.smeconnect.my)

Crisis Management and Business Continuity Plan

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After MH370 incidents, look at how the incident is mishandled, communication disaster and poor coordination of the search and rescue efforts. It drives me crazy. The incident surfaced the dysfunction and incompetency of the government that mainly due to poor crisis management.

As most of the people have this misconception that crisis management is about complicated tools and expensive training – as if the only way to solve complex systemic problems is with another complex system. This is totally WRONG.

Real crises CAN be solved with the simplest and most common sense strategies. They don’t cost much, because they aren’t about what you have. They’re about what you PLAN & DO!

Crises can be solved by simply changing how you look at things, evaluate risk and information, and manage the situation.

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What’s the impact if you don’t plan?

If you don’t plan and prepare, there are high costs cripple affected companies.
After a disaster…
43% of affected companies never reopen
51% of affected companies close within 2 years
75% of affected companies without business continuity plans fail within 3 years
An organization that successfully recovers from a disaster enhances its reputation for reliability and dependability.

Basic Rules in Crisis Management

Lets have a look at some of the basic rules in handling crisis (extracted from http://www.activepr.biz/blog/crisis-management/)

1.    There is no excuse for being unprepared

Ensure that you keep your crisis plan up to date and simple, this should be a live document that gets amended and changed on a yearly basis at least. Do not wait for something to happen before understanding what it is your crisis plan outlines.

2.    48 hours

These 48 hours are crunch time, if you do not communicate something within that time frame you can be sure that someone will and the information they share may be inaccurate, create the wrong perception and take months to fix and overcome. It is impossible to over communicate during a crisis.

3.    Listen and be present

You need to be aware of what people are saying, listen to your customers, acknowledge their concerns and ensure that you respond to them and treat their issues with importance. Simply dismissing an issue will not make it go away.

4.    Transparency

Trying to cover up justified but negative comments can make you look as if you are ignoring a problem or, worse off, don’t care about the customers. It is important to be honest and upfront about any issues your company may be facing. Making mistakes is human, if you have made a mistake, admit, apologise and correct.

5.    Social Media Management

Make sure you limit the number of people who have access to your social media forums to knowledgeable community managers who have the right training and experience in this field. It is also important that if your employees are on social media forums they are aware that they represent your company, and they need to maintain a certain online image that aligns with that of your company messaging and branding.

6.    Every crisis is an opportunity

In the midst of crisis, there is opportunity, yes, there is risk involved, but do not be afraid to seize the opportunity, should it arise.

If you ever find yourself in a crisis remember to take a deep breath, take one step at a time, maintain a live crisis plan with key messaging and keep open, transparent communication lines between yourself, the media and your customers.

Tool for crisis management & business continuity plan

To make you life easier, here is a free tool you can use to develop your organisation’s business continuity plan and disaster recovery plan. Let’s give it a try.  http://www.ready.gov/business-continuity-planning-suite

Training : http://training.fema.gov/EMIWeb/edu/busind.asp

other resources : http://managementhelp.org/crisismanagement/

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Recently a local magazine interview me on Crisis Management, here is the link to the article in Chinese. 危机乃企业常态 遵守5大程序化险为夷

Sunday Brunch

20140330-123946.jpgI have not cook for awhile, fridge is empty. So decided to go for midnight grocery shopping after the talk on Xinjiang last night.

Tatata……Here is the first meal cooked for the week : A bowl of green salad with Japanese sesame soy sauce dressing n pan fried chicken fillet (marinated for more than 3 hours with various herbs). Plus a cup of fresh brewed Lao coffee and a scoop of ice cream.  Yummy n satisfy !

Price tag? Less than RM7 for a complete wholesome meal. Can’t ask more.

 

台灣太陽花運動

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台灣反貿運動在3月18日進入高潮,學生抗議者佔領立法院已逾一周,後續力量還很強,靠的是後勤。

「外行人談作戰,內行人談後勤」

這也是我這些年來參與社運的心得,我一直強調組織、內部協調和危機管理,當然成敗還要靠策略運用、溝通和媒體配合。

http://www.cw.com.tw/article/article.action?id=5056813&page=1

對MH370事件的感想

 

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MH370事件,讓我看清了很多愚昧無知的網民和只為反對而反對的民聯政客。航班失聯不久後,我還有耐性一個一個的在臉書上留言提醒糾正,可是後來卻發現大多數人都認定國陣在演戲騙人,認為自己的偏見無錯(DAP國會議員余德華就是一例)。以其讓自己難受(還有花時間也無法糾正的無知想法),我最後選擇放棄,unfriend 了這些人。

可能我也有偏見,也可能是我的危機管理和事故調查的專業訓練,看東西角度不一樣,我從一開始就選擇不看哪些不合邏輯思維的報道或來自大陸像鳳凰台沒有認證前就發佈的新聞(或看了也把這些新聞給丟出去了),只選擇冷眼旁觀的看官方文告和新聞發佈會,和一些航空專家的分析(而不是哪些亂來自稱專家的看法和無釐頭的陰謀論)。雖然大馬政府開始時信息很混亂,態度不專業,事情處理很怠慢,可是我認為政府沒有意願去矇騙大眾,因為航空事件是一個很複雜的調查工作,需要很多很高的能力去協調執行, 牽涉很多調查國家部門,所以很多事情是難以掩飾的。也有很多信息在被確認前的確是不能發佈的,這不是掩飾,而是調查的專業守則,我選擇了相信大馬政府已盡力而為。

我也認為很多媒體選擇報道的角度、記者的素質語文能力都大有問題。好比很多人一直在追問為何在Inmarsat 發現數據的12天後才行動?大馬政府之前已發佈了timeline, 可是很多人仍然不滿意給於的答案,第二天記者再提問,航空局局長也耐心回答了,可是大家仍然選擇不信任官方問答。

大馬危機處理可能很糟,可是你認為馬來西亞有能力去矇騙其他26個一起行動的國家嗎(包括美國法國澳洲)?如果說大馬是無能, 那無能的不只是大馬, 所有參與搜救行動的國家都無能, 包括也派出了軍艦戰鬥機的中國。

中國乘客家屬的激烈反應我可以理解,可是網民藝人有偏見的說大馬謀害人命、陰謀論、呼籲抵制大馬等無理謾罵我就不能接受了。自稱泱泱大國的子民,眼裏只有153位中國人,無視其他89條生命的存在,這些都讓人生氣,更讓我生氣的是還有大馬人跟著這些暴民起舞。我只想對中國子民說,大家都是受害者,互相叫囂於事無補。對於馬航MH370客機的各種揣測,將會加劇乘客家屬的痛苦與悲痛。

身為大馬公民,我期望這個國家能走向更好的未來。嚴厲問責是好的,施壓是應該的,追求真相和改革更是大家的責任,只是希望大家考慮到前線救援人員的壓力和家屬的心情,請以同理心來看待此事。自以為是的謾罵是不會帶來任何進展和成果的。

對於民聯政客,想跟他們說,批評之前也請三思, 不要一味的跟著外國人的情緒起舞,這能夠爭取到國陣那邊的支持者嗎?一個負責任的在野黨,是一個在危機中能夠冷靜而理性探討問題找出弊端,尋求補救/替代方案的候任政府 (government-in-waiting),不是人云亦云的政客。

每個人尤其是家屬都想知道MH370的下落,我認為到這時刻仍然是個未知的大問號?現已快要失聯20天了,專家都說這是最神秘複雜的航空事件和艱難的搜索工作,大家都祈望奇蹟會出現,有希望那才有生命!