Sunset in Hangzhou
I see Shanghai in the backdrop of smog. I also see rooftops perfect for solar panels. If only we can figure out the process
Because of news as such-
A report from South China Morning Post: An eight-year-old girl has become the mainland’s youngest lung cancer patient, with her illness blamed directly on environment factors.
The girl from Jiangsu lived by a busy road where she inhaled all kinds of dust and particles, China News Service cited Dr Feng Dongjie of Jiangsu Cancer Hospital as saying. These included superfine PM2.5 particles, less than 2.5 microns wide, that are considered the most dangerous component of smog, Feng said.
The country’s breakneck urbanisation and industrialisation has created some of the world’s worst urban pollution, which is blamed for soaring rates of cancer and respiratory diseases.
In Beijing, which has suffered frequent, severe smog in recent years, deaths from lung cancer rose by 56 per cent from 2001 to 2010. A fifth of all cancer patients suffer lung cancer, figures from the Beijing Health Bureau show. It became the leading cause of cancer deaths among men in the capital and the second-biggest among women, after breast cancer, in 2010.
There is a need to reduce reliance on dirty fuel. Clean energy is reaching a level of grid parity, with the provision of financing and integrated solution, there is a way out.
People, work and food, 10 months flew by, last day in the field as an Acumen Global Fellow in Ghana, working with WaterHealth International
Drawing upon discussions with fellow Acumen Fellows and reflecting on my own journey, one of primary challenges in our work is talents crunch. Acumen CEO Jacqueline Novogratz’s article- Standing with the Poor on Stanford Social Innovation Review 10th Anniversary- highlight it succinctly.
A talent is an individual who can hold the tensions of audacity and humility, equipped with disciplined skills and execute with moral courage and resilience.
“…perhaps most difficult, we must develop talent and leadership with the moral courage to see the world as it is and with the audacity and skills to imagine and then build it as it could be. Our portfolio companies constantly cite lack of talent as one of their biggest challenges. Some of our companies are growing from a few dozen on staff to more than a thousand in only a few years. One can imagine the recruiting hurdles, the need for new management systems, and the training that is required to achieve that kind of growth…”
Of Acumen’s 6 investment sector, we know that-
Water quenches thirst
Healthcare eradicates disease
Agriculture rids hunger
Education ends gullibility
Energy terminates impossibility
Housing shuts down insecurity
An input output equation
How about the inputs for creating Outputs of Water, Healthcare, Agriculture, Education, Energy, Housing… to create the society we want to live in?
Part of the Input is capital, Acumen and more and more players are funneling in.
Another Input is talents. Thirsty for talents
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“Where does Ghana stand today and what is the country headed for? How can we bridge the divides in society so everyone will have equal access to opportunities? And finally, who will make this change happen – the change that will impact the future of the underprivileged who have been left to their “fate” for many years?
As part of the search for answers to these questions, we launched the first TEDxOsu event in Accra on June 1, 2013. Our goal was to discuss pressing issues faced by Ghana, to shed light on the opportunities and potential that its people possess, and to collectively envision the country’s future in the next 10 years.”
Time and again, over the fellowship year, I noticed how a decision can change our trajectory and those around us.
Penelope, heroine of the documentary, made a decision to share her story. She was orphaned at a young age, losing both her parents and elder sister to HIV AIDS, and subsequently reverted to prostitution. Her decision is courageous because her experience, though widely shared, was a taboo. By saying yes, she will need to re-enact her unspeakable hardships in front of a camera. It was also generous - since her story is not one of glory, it is of plight- this film will be shown to her village and the wider communities in Zambia to raise awareness.
Because of Penelope’s decision, she was featured and the film was produced. The film was shown in many communities. In each community where the film was shown, discussions started and members came forth to share their own stories. By saying yes at that moment when the documentary coordinator dropped by her classroom, she has helped to bring light to the unspoken plight of HIV AIDS, of how children are orphaned due to the loss of parents at a young age, and how this perpetuates the vicious cycle of penury.
Fast forward a few years later after the documentary was made, a group of women watched this film in Accra, Ghana. Amongst the audience is a vivacious lady Brigitte, founder and executive director of Mentoring Women Ghana. ‘I recognized her, she is Penelope,’ Brigitte exclaimed as Penelope appeared on the screen. Brigitte then explained and showed us photos of how she and Penelope received an award in recognition of women leadership in San Diego. I also saw another familiar face in the photo, standing next to Penelope was Warren Buffet.
Penelope has not stopped there, she now runs the first and only internet center in a remote region of northern Zambia.
In the moments of difficult decision, lean into courage and generosity.
Ghana has begun cracking down on Chinese migrants who have overstayed their visas in the hope of getting wealthy in one of Africa’s richest gold fields.
a very good reminder of ‘work’
You know that expression, “a twinkle in her eye”? She has it. An energy radiates around her. She smiles, then laughs when asked how much she sleeps. She’s speaking to us in a room no larger than 5 feet by 12 feet- it’s her living room, her bedroom, her kitchen. She has chosen to live in the…