Sunday, December 21, 2008

Dec 21---being polite?

We spoke for 2 hours about how our world seems to be on the edge of being an impolite haven.
We have a lot of excuses for being rude.
Some even say to be rude is a sign of stature! WOW.
But there is no substitute for a thank you and a smile.
So why are we so impolite?

Tuesday, December 16, 2008

Dec 16---Citizen Journalism and Books

Do we trust citizen journalism? To get an idea of what it is all about read this.

We also talked about why we need books.

Monday, December 15, 2008

December 15---india and zimbabwe

Hour one we spoke about the right to food in India.

Hour two we revisited Zimbabwe.

Sunday, December 14, 2008

December 14--- Government and Investing.

Hour one we spoke to Nabil Ali Alyousuf the Director General of The Executive Office of His Highness Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, United Arab
Emirates Vice President, Prime Minister, and Ruler of Dubai.

His current duties in his capacity as a Director General include leading the
development of Dubai Strategic plan, designing and implementing policies and programs that aim at enhancement of the public sector in Dubai and development of initiatives to improve the competitiveness of the national workforce in the labor market.
He is currently the Chairman of Dubai Institute for Human Resource Development, Executive
President of Dubai School of Government, Director of Mohammad Bin Rashid Al Maktoum Award for Arab Management, and Vice Chairman of the Arab Strategy Forum.


We spoke about the culture of government in the UAE, Educating for for government and the future.

In hour 2 we spoke to Edward Roderick about ENVESTORS.

Ww spoke about angel investing and how it might be the way to think about a balanced investment portfolio today, if you are a sophisticated investor!

Wednesday, December 10, 2008

Dec 10---Arab Art Scene.

Charlie Pocock of the Meem Gallery joins us for a conversation about the state of the art industry and where it is going.

Tuesday, December 09, 2008

December 9---Responsible Consumption

Annelies Hodge joined us for 2 hours to talk about the idea of responsible consumption, very cool!

Monday, December 08, 2008

December 8---Haj and an Eid Home Business.

Hour 1 we talked about the Haj.

Hour 2 we spoke about the RAYHANAH project during Eid in the UAE.

You can contact or go to RAYHANAH on facebook for more information!

Wednesday, December 03, 2008

Dec 3=====education needs what?

Mishal Kanoo and I had a lively talk about what education really needs today. My thoughts are simple, more application of content to the real world!

Education is an individual activity, yet when we get into the business world the success of a company is seldom due to one person!

Yet we are never taught or directed on how to actually work together!

Then we had a romp around the idea that maybe we are a bit too negative! As a population! Globally.

Food for thought!

Tuesday, December 02, 2008

Monday, December 01, 2008

December 1---Sharjha banning 86 professions from driving.

We had an interesting conversation about the driving permit ban that will be pushed through in Sharjha!

Great idea came out of 2 hours of conversation, why are the governments and organisations int he UAE not using NIGHTLINE as a live focus group?

<span class=Sharjah skyline" border="0" vspace="0" width="226" height="170" hspace="0">
the poor state of public transport in the emirate may compound the problems caused bythe ban

Sharjah, one of the seven emirates that make up the UAE, is to bar workers in certain jobs from applying for driving licenses, a newspaper has reported.

The ban will cover 86 categories of mainly menial jobs - including cooks, housemaids, gardeners, and tailors.

It was brought in by Sharjah's police traffic department to curb congestion and pollution, the report says.

The United Arab Emirates have one of the highest ratios of car ownership to population in the world.

The report, which appeared in the Gulf News daily newspaper, was linked to from Sharjah's official police website.

The impact of the ban on workers may be compounded by the poor state of public transport in the emirate.

Many, if not most, of those hit by the driving ban will be foreign workers in low-paid, unskilled jobs.

The report said driving licence applications would still be accepted from those with university degrees.

The UEA is heavily dependent on foreign labour to fill positions which locals have not traditionally filled.

Expatriates make up 84% per cent of the United Arab Emirate's 5.6 million population, often sending remittances home to boost family income.

Sharjah's move comes in the wake of a decision by the other emirates to shelve a plan which would have banned all vehicles over 20 years old.

No official reason was given for the change of mind, but it is thought that the impact of the global economic downtown may have played into it.