Social Progress Index (SPI) is a new framework used to measure the state of social progress of a country or a region. It has 52 measurement indicators defined within 3 major aspects, these are, Basic human needs, Foundations of well-being and Opportunity. It basically defines what it means and what it takes to be a good society. Continue reading
Vernacular schools and English proficiency are two issues of Malaysian education system that crop up time and again. These topics have been and still are the juice for a cacophony of debates and discussions over the national media. I too have wondered long on these issues and now ready to add another string of complexity to this matter in tangles. Continue reading
It is easily understandable when Malaysians celebrated the day of independence in 1957 and repeated it for a couple of following decades. It was real freedom after centuries of occupation by colonizers. Freedom to move forward with our own free will and to decide our own destiny. It’s a great thing to celebrate. However, celebrating it beyond a couple of decades in the same format we have today is, according to me, not acceptable. Continue reading
Sriman Bhaskar H. Save is a farmer in Gujarat, India. He has been practicing organic and natural farming since 1960 and revered as the Guru of natural farming. IFOAM (International Federation of Organic Agriculture Movements) of Bonn, Germany conferred on him the Lifetime Achievement Award in 2010. The questions he asks regarding nature and humans greatly interest me.
- Is there any creature that starves like we humans do?
- Do any of them do business? Or even social work? Yet, they live disease free and depart when nature calls.
- So, when all the creatures around us are living happily, why do we have to struggle so much?
- Are we trying to beat nature in some race?
Copenhagen maybe called the city full of cycling fanatics. According to available statistics, 52% of all Copenhageners cycle to their place of work or education every day. Not so strangely there are more bicycles than people in Copenhagen. The city has prepared in total about 400 kilometers of bicycle lanes which are highways exclusively for two wheelers. There are special accommodation in the trains and subways for bikers to take their bikes with them. The following are reasons by percentage for people of Copenhagen to commute by bicycle. Continue reading
Winston Churchill once said, ‘We shape our buildings, and afterwards our buildings shape us.’ Likewise, our public spaces shape our community identity and who we are.
It is less of a trend and has been the reality in the cities around the world that more and more people are coming and living in them. It is a fact that most people will be living in cities in the future. A lot of talks about innovation in city planning, real estate development, architecture, energy, transportation, housing and even tourism have been going on. While one group is busy with plans to accommodate more people and infrastructure within cities, I hear the voices of movements and community leaders reminding and promoting the need for public spaces in the cities where people would come together freely and have a good time. Continue reading
OpenStreetMap is an open initiative to create and provide free geographic data such as street maps to anyone who wants them.
– OpenStreetMap Foundation
Maps and location data has become big business. GPS equipped consumer products such as cars and mobile phones are ubiquitous. The company that has the most complete geographic data becomes the sought after source of location based information. That company has been Google with it’s Google Maps service. There is also no lack of competitors to it’s maps business. Continue reading
Lately I’ve been coming across the terms “Lean Start-Up” and “Lean UX”. It seems like these are a set of concepts and tool sets that have been developed as a result of experiences in the fast phased tech start-up world. Generally the core idea in these is to rapidly iterate and re-iterate development of an application, UX design or a business model to make improvements based on customer feedback. This is to speed up the delivery of the end product that meets the customer needs or fine tune a business model to succeed while actively improvising. It looks like even an automotive company like Tesla has adopted such ideas. Two leaders of these ideas are Steve Blank and Jeff Gothelf.