Wednesday, November 29, 2006

Getting the industry involved.

Robert Clark the director of revenue for the Intercontinental Hotel/Festival City joined me last night to explore the wild world of getting involved in the environment!

What?

You read right.

What if we adopted a picnic area, camp area?

What id industry and community groups said they would manage toilets for a season for a specific place?

What if we helped to put in place a system where interpretation of historic sites happened once a month on weekends?

Why not?

We have the collective ability so lets share!

Tuesday Nov 28th

So, what is your take on citizen patrols catching drivers in the act of being reckless with those pesky mobile phone cameras?

Well not surprising a good representation of the audience would like to know more information!

But not surprising many of you also believe that this is an innovative idea that could only help!

Read the story!

What do you think?

Sunday, November 26, 2006

Scott Herrington and Nepal

OK so we talk about making a difference a lot.

Would you take your family to a place where you CAN make a difference during your annual leave?

Scott is!

Check Scott out!

Scott is taking the whole family to Nepal to live in a Centre where the goal is not charity but to help the population do things for themselves.

SUSTAINABILITY!

Are you willing to do more than talk?

Hmmmm....

Success!

OK so why is it that success has little to do with a huge BMW, lots of cash and the simple ability to do as you please?

Most who tuned in last night sided with the idea that success is a personal thing.

We set a goal, reach the goal, then set new goals!

What if the goal is to be very rich?

Hmmmm... seems that while we talk about helping others in reality we are looking out for #1!

Thursday, November 23, 2006

Technology

OK so here is what we know!

GITEX should be pronounced GEETEX!

No excuses that was the case up to 3 years ago.

People are willing to give Du a try BUT there needs to be value beyond price added to the equation.

Mobile movies?

For news yes for full length features, no.

Technology is this addictive thing we all seem to want the best the newest the coolest, even if we have no immediate need or use for that thing... it is all part of the Jones factor.

COOL!

Tuesday, November 21, 2006

IDEAS

peterdalglish@hotmail.com
www.streetkids.org


What if you said, "I have had enough and need to be a change agent!"

Meet Peter Dalglish!

Shocked by images of the 1984 Ethiopian famine, Peter Dalglish organized an airlift of food and medical supplies from Atlantic Canada to the starving African nation. His encounter with emaciated and destitute refugees seared him for life. Peter Dalglish returned to Canada and informed the senior partners of his law firm that he was giving up law to pursue a career alongside some of the world's poorest children. They thought he was kidding.

In the Sudan, Peter Dalglish worked in an isolated desert region along the Chadian border organizing humanitarian relief for women and children displaced by drought and famine. After being transferred to Khartoum, Peter Dalglish began the Sudan's first technical training school for street children, supported by Bob Geldof of Band Aid. Pickpockets, petty thieves and housebreakers were transformed into carpenters, welders and electricians; the graduates were hired by local businesses. In May, 1986 Peter Dalglish set up a bicycle courier service run entirely by street children. The kids delivered mail and newspapers to offices that they once had broken into; along the way they learned the importance of discipline and hard work.

Inspired by the tenacity and ingenuity of kids society had written off, Peter Dalglish returned to Canada in 1987 to found Street Kids International. Armed only with $200, a borrowed office and an American Express card, he launched an agency that has become a global leader in designing creative self-help projects for poor, urban children. Between 1988 and 1990 Street Kids International developed Karate Kids, an animated film about HIV prevention; today the cartoon is in distribution in 25 languages and in over 100 countries, making it the single largest initiative for street children anywhere in the world. On account of the success of Karate Kids, in 1994 Street Kids International received the prestigious Peter F. Drucker Award for Non-Profit Innovation.

Peter is doing something!

Anyone can!

What do you need?

1. passion

2.passion

3. passion





Sunday, November 19, 2006

UAE prostitution

So there is no question that this is an issue in the UAE.

The police in Dubai are cracking down on hotels and bars to try and reign in the problem.

BUT! As many callers have suggested, what has to be done is punish the pimps!

Many have said that tourism is part of the problem, more people and more distraction.

But what about morality?

Are we just adjusting our morality to accept prostitution?

In the end the UAE is an country guided by Islam and we all need to respect this!

Hmmmm...

Thursday, November 16, 2006

wed 15th Nov Dubai

Youth in Dubai have opinions, ideas, issues and a voice.

The problem?

We as adults discount if not totally ignore what our youth have to say!

Too bad!

Wednesday, November 15, 2006

smoking and ADD

ADD has nothing to do with smoking but these were the two tipics yesterday!

Lots to learn and lots to think about.

The message?

There are a lot of interests out there trying to convince you that they have the answers and that this or that pill might help! THINK! THINK> THINK!

Talk, consult, talk, think... and some more it is a life you are playing with.

Smoking... it is a tough habit and has a giant footprint of impact!

The general response was as Phil put it, "I love smoking but with I had never started!"

And just a reminder that speaking on air is not a right but a privilege and I take it seriously!

Monday, November 13, 2006

Dubai public security and Arabic

OK when you call 999 in Dubai, whether you are an arabic language speaker or not what is your expectation?

So, have you taken the time to learn any arabic?

If not why not?

Sunday, November 12, 2006

Dubai RTA Nov 12

So the RTA in Dubai is going to bring in tolls as of July!

Great!
AHHHH!

Some say that unless there are alternatives it is like paying to breath.

Others say stop complaining and go home.

There is a tension in the air!

Expat/national lines are being drawn!

What is good for Dubai, what is good for us and what is good for the nation?

Transparency!

Participation!

And the drama continues!

Thursday, November 09, 2006

The Wednesday Edition!

Seat belts!

Amazing fact.

.29% of the traffic tickets last year in Dubai were issued for not wearing seat belts!

A new initiative is starting Saturday to improve awareness on the seat belt issue!

Maybe there needs to be more tickets given!

Application of the law!

Awareness is great but it needs to also take place with enforcement!

Tuesday, November 07, 2006

Punishment in school.

Caller, "my three and a half year old daughter is being hit on the head at school!"

This person talked to the school.

This person wrote a letter.

In shock is trying to weight moving to a new school and the possibility of the practice living on.

Callers thought maybe hitting on the head was too much.

BUT many felt, "six of the best on the hand was not a bad thing!"

Others any contact is provocation... touch my child you touch me.

Old school says a little punishment helps tomorrow!

WOW!

Monday, November 06, 2006

biobags

BIOBAGS!

Last night it was all about bags, plastic bags and the impact on society!

Thomas from THE ONE has joined the mission to try and do a little to move the mountain of understanding and caring.

Two hours of talk and what did we learn?

1. we care
2. plastic has made a big impact and made things easy
3. we want to do something BUT what?
4. change can happen through education
5. old ideas are new again

You said it not me and the reaction is great.

Keep it coming!

Thursday, November 02, 2006

Traffic vs anything!

Well last night was the proof that Dubai is traffic obsessed!

Given the opportunity to talk about service, the dolphinarium or traffic it was 100% traffic...

WOW!