Wednesday, February 28, 2007

Next generation Emirati!


Aida and Omar Al Busaday joined me on NIGHTLINE and gave us a nice window into the thinking of the generation next Emirati.

The sound western, they think like 20somethings with a mission to change the world.

Imagine if they were on your team?

Tuesday, February 27, 2007

tv on the mobile phone.

Do we really need TV on our mobile phones?

Yet another form of distraction.

Yet another obstacle to communicating with friends and family FACE-TO-FACE.

That being said the idea of film, tv, video on the mobile opens a new door to innovation!

What kinds of video products might you create for the mobile phone?

Monday, February 26, 2007

you have the power to make change!

Listen to last night!

The big issue last night was what can we do now, today to start an environmental shift?

1. conserve water
2. avoid plastics
3. reuse
4. waste less
5. teach
6. promote activity through cost/share

And the list went on.

Carrefour today has reusable bags in the UAE.

TheOne is well on the way to re-engineering its plastic to truly break down.

Where is the consciouses of industry?

Change is really in bed with the simple idea.

What is yours?

Wednesday, February 21, 2007

Know your youth!

Well last night on NIGHTLINE we talked about youth and how we deal with them in this rapidly changing world.

There is no rule book BUT we need to step back and remeber what it was like to be a teen!

How often do you do that?

Monday, February 19, 2007

survey on employment

Maybe we spend too much time looking at stats of dubious value!

One thing is for sure nobody is every happy with their salary.

What are you doing about it?

Sunday, February 18, 2007

teacher teach me and get a reward

So in the 1920s teaching might have been a vocation.

Teachers were given great benefits!

Maybe housing, maybe food, a salary.

Teachers were the moral and often intellectual heart of a society.

Today teaching in many ways is given the big slap with a wet fish!

"You don't teach to get rich!"

Uhhh why not?

Do lawyers practice law in the factory model for the fun? Some but the majority are compensated dearly.

Doctors? Sure some are doing it for the humanitarian aspects other are well rolling in it!

I think that the corporate community is benefiting from great educators and feeding them a nice story that you teach for the better good!


Time to re imagine teaching and education and make education the dream and not settle for a patch job of a flawed factory model of 1920...

Tuesday, February 13, 2007

Branson and publicity

The Virgin Earth Challenge was announced this week.

25 Million Dollars up for grads if you can remove 1 billion tonnes of CO2, a year , from the atmosphere !

Is 25 million the price of the planet?

Is Branson simply in need of more publicity?

What are your thoughts?

Monday, February 12, 2007

skills for success

So what skills are really needed today to be at the top of your game?

1hour and 45 minutes later... COMMON SENSE, and COMMUNICATION!

What would you add?

Sunday, February 11, 2007

immigration etc

February 11th!

Immigration is it an issue where you come from?

Mr. Le Pen, the french presidential hopeful would like the French to believe that immigrants could enslave them! Really.

Fortunately not everyone feels this way.

GPS shoes!

Imitation car parts, purses, stuff... how do you decide what to spend on and what to ignore?

Want to report offensive driving in Dubai? 800-43-53

Wednesday, February 07, 2007

Charles Fleming Company Scam

Dr. Denis Hardy was taken for USD 26,000, YES 26, 000 american Dollars! is a scam!

Check out what the Swedes say!

And they are still at it!

The scam is to buy shares in INTEL.

The story that is spun suggests that SONY and INTEL are going to have a link up and the shares will fly!

The moral of this story?


FEB 6 CBC & Prices

OK so we had our first look at Canada week with Andrew Tice, chairman of the Canadian Business Council.

Interested in the details?

February 17-22nd

I am sure we will hear about this again before the kickoff date!

And interesting point from Andrew, you do not have to be a Canadian to join the business council!

Pepsi has a new slogan, "more happy", oh please my children can do better than that!

And finally the minister of the economy rolled back the increase in cinema ticket prices!

1st increase in 6 years went from 30 to 35 dirhams!

The minister has not talked about etisalat and its directory assistance fees 1 dirham for 1st minute and 50 fils for each additional minute.

Nor has the Dubai Islamic Bank's new fee for services on current accounts caught any attention.

The point we had was simple.

If we are going to have a ministry reversing unjustifiable increases for commodities and services shouldn't this be an across the board activity and not adhoc?

Just a thought.

Sunday, February 04, 2007

Feb 4 Traffic

So the metro is being called the traffic beater!

Well the ruler of Dubai says that creativity is the way to solve the traffic problems.

Zaffar, thanks for the email, said maybe we need to simply get people living closer to where they work!

Robin suggests that business house its workforce in closer proximity to the job.

The reality is that traffic is just as much about vehicles as it is about housing and commerce.

Joe hit the nail on the head.

Maybe what we need to be thinking about is making the drive to and from work an experience and in that vein we can reshape traffic flows!

One thing is for sure people sure want intelligent distraction on the road!

Creativity is abound time to tap it!