Wednesday, October 29, 2008

Oct 29---Unicef and Jenny Hamdan on communication.

We spoke about why people do or do not jump into humanitarian roles these days... no clear answers here!

Hour 2 we spoke to Jenny Hamdan about communication in the family and how it can go very wrong!

Tuesday, October 28, 2008

Oct 28---TA talks public transportation

Mr. Essa Al Dosari the CEO of the RTA Dubai's Public Transport Agency talks about where we are and where we are going with public transportation in Dubai.

Monday, October 27, 2008

oct 27---women and marketing

We spoke about marketing to women!

Can we men really market to women?

Oct 26---Hour 2 George Walker

Mr. George Walker former director general of the IB organisation spoke to us about education for the real world!

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Professor George Walker (born 25 January 1942) is a British educator, and the former director-general of the International Baccalaureate Organisation. He is also a productive author of articles and other works regarding international education and physical chemistry.[1]

Walker has studied chemistry at Oxford University, and music at the University of Cape Town in South Africa. He has worked as a schoolteacher and headmaster at several UK state schools, as well as a lecturer on education at the University of York. Between 1987 and 1988, he served as a member of the UK National Curriculum science working party. Between 1991 and 1999, he worked as the head of the International School of Geneva, the oldest and largest international school in the world. In 1999, he was appointed director-general of the IBO.

Walker has since retired as head of the IBO, and has been replaced in office by Jeffrey Beard as of 2006.

[edit] Bibliography

  • To Educate the Nations (2002)
  • To Educate the Nations 2 (2004)

[edit] References

  1. ^ Who's Who 2008. London: A & C Black.

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oct 26--- hour 1 Carl Hodges

Carl Hodges of the Sea Water Foundation spoke to us about the rising sea levels and how we can use this!

Tuesday, October 21, 2008

oct 21---global warming scam?

Hans Schreuder,, joined Saad Lotfy, an expert in sustainability and environmental science, to talk about the science of global warming.

Is it a scam?

Has Al Gore fooled us?

Is the science a mess?

Who can we believe?

Monday, October 20, 2008

Oct 20---raymond hamden on terrorism

We had an amazing conversation with Dr. Reymond Hamden about the psychology of terrorism.

Very quickly we discovered that the ability to separate politics from the equation is very difficult.
But we do need to think long and hard about who and what a terrorist is the answers are not cut and dry.

oct 20---technology

Gitex is back in Dubai and the question that was on my mind was do we really need the technology that is being thrown at us?

Sunday, October 19, 2008

oct 19--- hour 2

MOVEMBER is here and Nicole Betts joined us in studio to talk about why this is a big deal and why she is involved.

Adam one of the original MoBrothers answered his phone in California and said that 70% of people donating to this cause are women!


Become a mobrother!

oct 19 hour 1

In hour one of the program we spoke about the study done by Al Wasl hospital staff with respect to parents and child safety seats.

60% of mothers believe they will not be in an accident and thus think holding a child is safe!

The callers were great, listen to the podcast, there is no shortage of goodwill here!

Some suggest there is a cultural element here, I think that is a load of trash no parent want to possibly have to bury a child.

Wednesday, October 15, 2008

oct 15---hour 2 public private partnerships

So increasingly we are living in an age where the cost of education is extortion and this cost cannot necessarily be mat by the state alone! But what about the expertise to bring the best education to a nation? Do all states have the intellectual infrastructure to make the allow the education complex to thrive?

Margaret Corcoran from the School Improvement Partnership joins us for a lively discussion.

Oct 15--- hour 1 discrimination

Hour one was devoted to a conversation about institutional discrimination in the UAE!
How can business ask a women if she is going to get pregnant before they hire her?
How can we hire based on age or colour?
How can we pay people for equal work different wages based on colour and nationality?
Yet multinationals here in the UAE do this!

Tuesday, October 14, 2008

Oct 14---Archeology

Dr. Emma Thompson of the Sharjha Archeology museum joined us to talk about why this field of study is important to us all!

Oct 14---Architecture.

Mr Rashad Mohammed Bukhash Director of Dubai Municipality's Department of Architectual Heritage talked about the state of Dubai's architecture.
All may not be as it seems.

Monday, October 13, 2008

Oct 13---Susan Macaulay

We spoke about! Check it out!

oct 13---rta

Mr. Abdul Majid Al Khaja the CEO of the Rail Agency joined us in studio to talk about the master plan for Dubai transportation!

Sunday, October 12, 2008

Oct 12----entrepeneurship
/Entrepreneurship: Driving Social, Economics & Business change

We spoke to Professors Sara Carter and Colin Eden about entrepreneurship, women and the role of the MBA today. Ranjit Gajendra also commented on the Strathclyde program in the UAE and abroad.

Oct 12----Back2School Festival

In hour one we spoke with Mel Curtis, principle of JPS, Mat Lecuyer head of year 6 @ JPS, Charlotte Grieves and Ron Malonga a music teacher at DAA.

We spoke about the Back2School festival that GEMS and CSM have pulled together for October 17th!

This exciting event will be held on October 17th at Dubai Festival City.

This event is a first for this region, and brings a unique addition to Centre Stage Management’s (CSM) festival portfolio.

This is an event created by the youth, for the youth.

CSM have recognized the need to organize an event, that specifically caters for the often overlooked and ignored 18 and under age group and it will combine international entertainment, exciting games and GEMS schools.

Students at the GEMS schools are currently voting for the international musical artist that they would like to see perform on the main stage at this unique event, and you can also vote here on the left panel.

We have also created many unique competitions with huge prizes, many of which include the chance to perform live, in front of thousands, on the main stage at the festival.

We are also offering unique mentorship programmes, where participants can work alongside and learn from key Industry professionals, on how to create, manage and run a certain position in a company.

This event is also open to non GEMS pupils; 18 and under? Come on down.

This is your festival and your chance to make it the event of the year.

Wednesday, October 08, 2008

oct 8---jazz

In hour one Mohammed Al Ansari and myself spoke about environmental issues and whether or not we are really tuned in.

In hour 2 Kamal Musallam a jazz artist, here in the UAE, joined us to play and talk about jazz.

Listen to the podcast!

oct 7---clean up naif

We had a rip roaring talk about the 500 dirham fine to be imposed on those who cause minor accidents in Abu Dhabi and then we moved on to spit!

How do we get the spit on the street culture to end?

Or as Steve suggested do we really want this piece of the fabric of the nation to dry up?

Monday, October 06, 2008

Oct 6--hour 2 Dr. Ali Al Numairy Plastic Surgery

Dr. Ali Al Numairy, President of the UAE Plastic Surgery Society joined us for a conversation about the state of the profession.

Oct 6----hour 1 Selective Mutism.

May Assaaf joined us in a conversation about SELECTIVE MUTISM.

What is Selective Mutism (SM)?

Selective mutism (SM), formerly called elective mutism, is best understood as a childhood anxiety disorder characterized by a child or adolescent's inability to speak in one or more social settings (e.g., at school, in public places, with adults) despite being able to speak comfortably in other settings (e.g., at home with family).

Affected individuals understand language use and, although they have the physical and cognitive ability to speak, they demonstrate a persistent inability to speak in particular settings over a particular period of time due to anxiety. This differs from the developmentally appropriate behavior of a child with limited speaking and social interaction behaviors during the first month of school or daycare when he or she is adjusting to a new social environment with peers and teachers. SM also differs from shyness, which is a socially adaptable personality trait.

To meet diagnostic criteria, the child or adolescent with SM shows significant impairment in daily functioning, typically in educational or occupational settings, and by refraining from social participation at school and other settings due to a pronounced fear of speaking. Most affected children and adolescents function normally in other ways and learn age appropriate skills; however, some may have other comorbid anxiety disorders, developmental delays such as impaired social skills, and communication disorders in addition to SM.

Sunday, October 05, 2008

Oct 5----UAE Culture

Is it possible that UAE culture is being swamped by expat influences?

Or is the issue simply globalisation?

Expats and nationals alike are asking the question about how to deal with UAE culture.

'Consumerism and foreigners' greatest identity threats

Anthony Richardson and Jen Gerson

  • Last Updated: October 04. 2008 11:56PM UAE / October 4. 2008 7:56PM GMT

Signs of the UAE's changing times at Marina Mall, Abu Dhabi. Andrew Parsons / The National

Residents of the UAE say the burgeoning expatriate population and consumerism are the greatest threats to national identity, according to a study published today.

In the survey, conducted by the market-research company YouGov Siraj, 60 per cent of Emiratis questioned said they felt a sense of isolation as their cultural identity became increasingly diluted by large numbers of expatriates. In contrast, 71 per cent of the western expatriates surveyed said that the biggest threat to Emirati culture and
identity was the country’s “highly materialistic and consumerist society”.

Despite those sentiments, 81 per cent of the 628 respondents – Emirati and expatriate – said they belonged in the UAE. More than half said the country’s safety record was the main attraction.

Most of those surveyed agreed that a sense of national identity could be developed by creating a “consolidated vision across the emirates that all citizens and residents can relate to equally” and by communicating traditional values.

High rents, traffic and inflation emerged as the three main problems residents have. Traffic was considered the biggest problem in Sharjah, where 56 per cent of those surveyed said it reduced the quality of their lives.

The survey found that nationals were the most likely group to say the UAE is a good place to raise a family. A fifth of all Asians questioned cited discrimination as a key complaint.

Most Western and Asian expatriates said their inability to speak Arabic had not been an obstacle to their career aspirations.

The survey will be featured this evening on Emirates Tonight, on the Arabic-language Emirates Channel.

Oct 5----Hugh MacLeod

Hour one we are joined by Hugh MacLeod!

Besides "cartoons drawn on the back of business cards", my main gig is Marketing Strategist for Stormhoek, a small South African vineyard, whose Web 2.0 approach to wine making is currently getting a lot of international attention in the wine trade.

My other main interest at the moment has been working with Microsoft on The Blue Monster Project, which has all to do with finding new ways to get the company to tell its story better.

The most-read page on gapingvoid is "How To Be Creative", with "The Hughtrain" ["The market for something to believe in is infinite"] running a distant second. My favorite page on the site is this one, where I talk about some of my favorite early biz-card cartoons, and what inspired the thinking behind them.

Besides taking on commssioned cartooning work, I also distribute them freely via the internet, or whatever means I have at my disposal [Please go here for more details/licensing terms etc].

If people want to use my cartoons for their own stuff, or just help support the cause, the best thing they can do in exchange is consider buying a bottle of Stormhoek, if and when they come across it. Or failing that, I really appreciate it when people add the gapingvoid widget to their blog.

Thanks for reading. Seriously. Godspeed!

Wednesday, October 01, 2008

oct 1----futurism

Hour 2 on Nightline a conversation with Thomas Frey!

Thomas Frey - Senior Futurist
Google's Top Rated Futurist Speaker
Executive Director of the DaVinci Institute

Public Speaker - Futurist Thomas Frey"The greatest value in understanding the future comes from spotting the major cultural, demographic, societal, and economic shifts early and translating them into viable business strategies," says Tom.

As the Executive Director and Senior Futurist at the DaVinci Institute, he works closely with his Board of Visionaries to develop original research studies, which enables him to speak on unusual topics, translating trends into unique opportunities.

As part of the celebrity speaking circuit, Tom continually pushes the envelope of understanding, creating fascinating images of the world to come. His keynote talks on futurist topics have captivated people ranging from high level government officials to executives in Fortune 500 companies including NASA, IBM, AT&T, Hewlett-Packard, Lucent Technologies, First Data, Boeing, Capital One, Bell Canada, Visa, Ford Motor Company, Qwest, Allied Signal, Hunter Douglas, Direct TV, International Council of Shopping Centers, National Association of Federal Credit Unions, Times of India, and many more.

Because of his work inspiring inventors and other revolutionary thinkers, the Boulder Daily Camera has referred to himMotivational Speaker - Futurist Thomas Frey as the "Father of Invention". The Denver Post and Seattle Post Intelligencer have referred to him as the "Dean of Futurists".

Before launching the DaVinci Institute, Tom spent 15 years at IBM as an engineer and designer where he received over 270 awards, more than any other IBM engineer. He is also a past member of the Triple Nine Society (High I.Q. society over 99.9 percentile).

Tom has been a columnist for the Denver Post, Rocky Mountain News, and Boulder County Business Report, and is the author of the 1998 book "Inventions of Impact". He currently writes a newsletter entitled "News from the Future" and has written numerous articles on a wide range of futurist topics. He has also been a contributing writer for The Futurist Magazine and is the Editor of the Impact Lab, an online emerging technology blog which was recently rated by Popular Science Magazine as one of the "top five science blogs in the known universe".

Other photos of Tom.
Photos of his recent speaking tour in India

Oct 1---lose weight

Dan from FM 92 joined us for an hour to take us on his weight loss journey!

5 months and 23 KGs later Dan has finally grabbed the weight beast by the horns and so far has it in a strangle hold!

How? The Weight Care Clinic in Dubai! 04-363-5395.

What is your health worth?