REIC: Real Estate Investment Cooperative

REIC is an example of how a community could take charge of its place and with that its culture and destiny. It is a community organized real estate investment fund where everybody from the community could invest and become a member-owner. It’s barn-raising 21st century style where all members have a vote in decision making. REIC is formed upon the belief that when none could do it alone, it could be done by leveraging contribution of a community. Continue reading

Opinion: Political Leader, Religious Leader

I despise political parties. I wish for the demise of them all. But then political parties and politicians are the norm of politics and state leadership in the present context.

Having accepted this bitter pill, in my opinion a political leader must never assert himself or herself as a religious leader. A political leader who takes up position in the administration of a state or nation must always discuss ideas and programs that would bring social and economic progress to the community he or she serves. This goes to all political parties too as a whole. Continue reading

I Wish : A Great Malaysian National Day

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

Agroecology

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.

  1. Is there any creature that starves like we humans do?
  2. Do any of them do business? Or even social work? Yet, they live disease free and depart when nature calls.
  3. So, when all the creatures around us are living happily, why do we have to struggle so much?
  4. Are we trying to beat nature in some race?

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Cities Inspire

Copenhagen

Left: Crown Prince of Denmark Frederick with his kids. Right: Biking still on in the winter. Img src: Dorte RasmussenDouglas Graham

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

Cities and Public Spaces

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.

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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