Wednesday, April 29, 2009

April 29---The Greenland Quest

www.greenlandquest.com

3 guys and a small quest to bring attention to the fragility of the planet!

And maybe these guys also want to prove that that they have the tenacity to do something that they have been dreaming about, kite sailing 3500 km!

Did I mention it is unaided?

Give these guys a listen!


Always a pleasure to speak to Adrian!

This story is just beginning!

Greenland 4 a Green and Sustainable Land

British UAE-based adventurer Adrian Hayes and Canadian adventurers Devon McDiarmid and Derek Crowe will be attempting a unique traverse of the full length of Greenland, from the Atlantic Ocean on the south coast to the Arctic Ocean on the north coast between May and July 2009.

Using the power of the wind to kite ski and haul 150kg sleds for 2 months over a 3500km route that has never been done before, the Emirates NBD Greenland Quest will also likely be the longest unassisted Arctic Polar journey in history.

The expedition is not about breaking records, however, nor is it just an extreme physical challenge. Aside from being an adventure that all three of us want to do first and foremost, it is also to convey a message: That is we live on 1 planet and need to stop living, in countries such as the USA and UAE, as though we have the resources of 5-7!.

Global warming is just one repercussion of this way erroneous way of being, and the Greenland ice cap perhaps the most visible illustrator of this. We aim to raise awareness of the melting Greenland ice cap and its possible consequences on the World, and will be carrying out a series of scientific monitoring tasks on behalf of a support team of international scientists.

Climate change cannot be looked at in isolation to the whole issue of the environment, however. And the environment cannot be examined in isolation to the economy and society. They are all inextricably linked and hence our partnership with BioRegional and One Planet Living. Sustainability – living a sustainable, one planet way of life on Earth – is therefore our message.

3 men doing a vertical crossing of the Greenland ice cap can't save the planet. But we will do our best to make sustainability and One Planet Living a household word during the process

Thanks for following our journey. And we hope that you will commit to making the world’s landscape a green and sustainable one!

April 2009


Tuesday, April 28, 2009

April 27---UAE Issues

3 rising UAE national stars join me in the studio for a conversation about their UAE.

Sunday, April 26, 2009

Apr 26---Wher eis ypour private and work life? And SATs

Hour one we spoke about the public/private/work life divide! A woman was fired for using facebook when she claimed to be sick and unable to use her PC.

Where does your life end and your work life begin?

Are you more cautious today?


Hour 2 Waheed Malik of K&K joined us for a talk on SATs and education in general.

www.knk.ae 04-431-1996

The SAT program they have has MIT students tutoring! These kids were in the 99th percentile!

Tuesday, April 21, 2009

April 21---Rwanda

15 years ago over 1 million people died in over 3 months in a genocide in Rwanda.

Have we learned anything? I spoke to Mr. David Russell the director of SURF the survivors fund and Ms. Liliane Umubyeyi a Rwanda genocide refugee.

Take a look at the survivors fund.


There is a lot to remember and a lot to learn from here.

Monday, April 20, 2009

April 20---UAE and Social Responsibility

Mr. Abdul Aziz Al Hinai Advisor to the Ministry of Social Affairs for Social Development Projects and Mr Martin Neurieter of the CSR Company joined me for a talk about social responsibility.

Here are some interesting links.

www.srfund.ae
www.csr-company.com

Sunday, April 19, 2009

April 19---Child Rights and Langauage Death.

In hour 1 we spoke about the rights of children.

Laurent Chapuis a UNICEF child protection specialist joined us on the phone.

Hour 2 Professor Peter Austin of the School of Oriental and African Studies at the University of London joined us to talk about the death and future of languages.

Wednesday, April 08, 2009

APRIL 8---politics and safety

In hour one we had a great conversation about our connection, as expats, to our home politics. are we connected? Do we feel a connection and can we be involved int he politics of our home country from afar?

In hour 2 we spoke with Ibrahim Al Ansarim CEO of Dubai First, about the CSR campaign called "Little Steps" designed to educate 6-10 year olds about safety!

Tuesday, April 07, 2009

April 7---the immediate environment.

Saad Lutfy joined me in studio to talk about internal environments and what we are doing with the air we breath!

Do we think enough about the environments in our homes?

Monday, April 06, 2009

April 6---TED Friends

I had the chance to talk to 3 very interesting people I met at TED, the Technology, Entertainment and Design conference.

www.TED.com is not just a collection of talks but also an assembly of people.

And it is the people who make the whole thing work.

Three people you want to meet are in this podcast.

Ross Evans www.worldbike.org & www.xtracycle.com a transportation revolution.

Eve Blossom www.lulan.com on sustainable textile production through 3rd world partnership.

Remo Giuffre www.remogeneralstore.com creating the consumer experience we want and need.

It isn't just what these 3 people are doing but how and why.

The message?

You can do anything you really want!

April 6---Getting through

We had Susan Castle in studio, look for her on Facebook or try www.outwiththedots.com.

From Toronto John Kanary was online! You can find John @ http://www.johnkanary.com/

How do we see ourselves and are we willing to be the change we want?

Read more, get some help, DO IT, try those things...

Wednesday, April 01, 2009

April 1--Keith Taylor of Modestneeds.org!

Hour one of the program I had the opportunity to talk to Niousha Ehsan about the idea of direct selling.

Hour two Keith Taylor of www.modestneeds.org, in one word, WOW!