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…

Meet Prof X

We have been very interest in Big Data, Analytics and AI. Especially since one of our client/partner is very much in the AI space. Our learning has brought us to this person. Meet Prof X.  His team of world-class researchers and engineers at AutoX is creating disruptive A.I. technology for autonomous vehicles. They invented a camera-first self-driving solution that amounts to only a tiny fraction of the cost of traditional LiDar-based approaches. Behind all the AI technology,  here is what I like best about his philosophy. “We believe that autonomous driving should not be a…

Thoughts behind tweets: Renewable Energy

In recent days, we have been very active in discussions over the the topic of renewable energy. We think the industry is ripe for disruption and we are watching very closely its development. In this post we share some thoughts (and tweets) during a round table discussion held on Feb 3. In-depth discussions: Renewable Energy must have context and drive an impact. #renewableenergy #sustainability #Socialimpact I think this is fundamental. While we need green tech and RE businesses to be in the forefront and be sustainable, it is easy to fall into a situation where…

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