Can tourism ever be sustainable?

This article was first published in World Economic Forum website here.  Referring to data from Mandala Research and Destination Better, the article showed very interesting opportunities for the growth and development of sustainable tourism.     The article also poses very interesting questions and discussions. I think the question is, among other things, how do we get enough investments into sustainable tourism while keeping it sustainable? Here are some of thoughts: Enabling an ecosystem. I agree with the author that most of the responses and initiatives currently undertaken are quite fragmented driven mainly by consultants and…

Driving business growth & innovation with Sustainability (Executive Introduction)

We are introducing an in-house executive briefing sessions to help organizational leaders and senior managers develop strategies for business growth based on sustainability. There is a growing global trend where companies are realigning their strategies to address markets of the future by aligning to environmental preservation and positive social impact. Contact us for a session. Email info@endeavour.asia “sustainable development is development that meets the needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs.” (Brundtland Commission of the UN, 1987)   Program Overview Investors instinctively understand how weak corporate…

Planning for a future we cannot predict

Had a busy weekend of intense dialogues, meetings and workshops.  Here’s a summary of lessons learnt: a. When planning, make sure we understand and appreciate KEY PRINCIPLES  of intended activities. b. Historical data are important to guide plans for the future. Try not to let our past experiences cloud how we see the future, checking with others would be good. c. Think through actions and ANTICIPATE next steps (and a few more steps ahead).  Sometimes, it is okay to over plan a little. d. Don’t be afraid to change plans when situations arises. e. Make use…

Manage Business Risk – Address Climate Change

Here are some possible risk to businesses and why we need to develop address it. The weather is getting increasingly unpredictable. Monsoons are getting scrambled, changing wet-weather patterns in South and East Asia—and residents of Vietnam have even seen snow for the first times in their lives. In recent years, researchers have probed history books and weather records and come to a rather troubling conclusion: climate change is likely to contribute to increased political tensions and widespread conflict.   Yes, there are opportunists who, rather than help address climate change – profits from it. Climate change will…

Snow in Vietnam: Climate Change happening in Asia

    The weather is getting increasingly unpredictable. In our last visit to Laos a cabinet minister lamented that both extreme cold and heat is messing up the agriculture industry. Monsoons are getting scrambled, changing wet-weather patterns in South and East Asia—and residents of Vietnam have even seen snow for the first times in their lives.

Kazakhstan – Green Economy Opportunity

Had the opportunity to listen to a presentation on investment and business opportunities in Kazakhstan. Seems like the Silkroute is being revived. Would be interesting to see this revival driven with a digital innovative and green supply chain ecosystems to fuel a green economy. Having some interesting discussions here     (Astana picture credit)

It about people and sustainability 

We think this is a very good article to articulate that people play a central role in making smart cities. The role and input of the residents cannot be understated. While technology  This mean that feedback and consultation from everyone, the process must be inclusive. Everyone, including children. There are way of getting their thoughts and ideas and all effort must be committed to it. While getting feedback is really good, smart cities must also be sustainable. The people’s needs need to be contextualized in a sustainable framework that allows for cities to create positive…

Corporate Governance and Sustainable Development

We had a very interesting dialogue and discussions this afternoon on corporate governance, integrity management, data analytics, security and privacy this afternoon. Corporate governance is increasing becoming, what some would seem as a solution or a prevention of corporate fraudulent practices. Corporate governance is increasingly being fine-tuned to a science of monitoring and surveillance to improve corporate practices. Many regard this as a way not to be entangled with the law of and to ensure good corporate practices. Their main concern, corporate integrity  (brand and corporate image) and financial sustainability. We feel that corporate governance…

US Energy Policy: A Window of Opportunity?

In the past weeks, after the withdrawal of US from the Paris Climate Agreement. All news about his “new”We would like to see Trump’s energy policy a huge opportunity for Renewable Energy’s development, outside of the US. It is an opportunity to funds, resources and more importantly, innovation to be diverted away from the us and allow other regions to grow. Some questioned is how would the EU and China responding? More importantly, how will South and South East Asian countries capitalize on this opportunity? It would be a matter of time before a next…

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