Thursday, November 30, 2006
This competition is open for young people, between 15 and 25 years of age, who are nationals of a European Union Member State. DDL to submit your scenario is on 31st December.
More info available on http://www.aids-remember-me.eu/
Also do not forget that 1st December is the World AIDS Day
Tuesday, November 28, 2006
The GSVC is a partnership among the Haas School of Business at UC Berkeley, Columbia Business School, London Business School and the Indian School of Business.
The partnership aims to foster a new generation of business leaders that values the social as well as the profit potential of business. It achieves this by catalysing and promoting ventures that create both social and financial returns.
Successful business plans demonstrate:
- Quantifiable social returns on investment
- Superior social and economic returns compared to other firms in their industry
- Sustainable social and economic benefits over time
Innovate and win funding
Have an idea? Build a team. Let us help you reach out to the resources to bring those ideas to fruition. There is no limit to the number of teams that can enter from a school. As part of the process you will network with venture capitalists and others who can help shape your ideas ? and your future. You will be exposed to potential sources of funding through judges and people affiliated with the competition.
Learn about social return on investment
Education and mentoring are key components of the success of the GSVC. Entrant teams build relationships with members of the business community ? seasoned, high-profile professionals who provide indispensable advice, guidance and networks that endure beyond the competition. These mentors and their networks can be prospective advisers, board members, additional management team members or potential investors. In addition we hold the GSVC Symposium, a day long session of education, inspiration and information on social enterprise. Confirmed speakers include Jeremy Nicholls of the new economics foundation and John Bates of the Foundation for Entrepreneurial Management, London Business School
For more information, visit http://socialvc.net/
If you are interested in entering, attending the Symposium, mentoring or judging, or want to talk about joining another team, contact the London Business School team:
Subho Moulik: firstname.lastname@example.org
Gaurav Rekhi: email@example.com
Johanna Walker: firstname.lastname@example.org
The winner will receive $25,000 prize money. All entrants will receive feedback, and if requested, mentoring at every stage of the competition, plus the chance to meet advisors and investors.
Key steps and dates
2 December 2006
Global Social Venture
A day of learning and inspiration, with lectures on calculating Social Return on Investment and creating good business plans
16 December 2006
17 January 2007
GSVC Business Plan
9 February 2007
First judging round
(London Business School students)
9 March 2007
Grand Final at Haas
Monday, November 27, 2006
I found this cool thing - John/Jane Doe's in each language
In Arabic it's Fulan - or Fulan al Fulani as a full name.
The cool thing is that in all spanish languages it's also Fulan(o) - Victory for the Arabic Language!
Other favorites are Joe Bloggs, John Citizen (Australia, NZ) , Marko Markovic, Petar Petrovic (Bosnia) Pierre-Paul-Jacques (France) Hans/Max/Otto (Germany) Mario Rossi (Italy)
I found them funny coz when you think of a person from that country that's the name that pops up in your mind.
At Ericsson we refer to employees in case studies as "Eric Ericsson" or "Erica Ericsson"
I don't know why i am finding this really interesting
Why people think that rivals are better looking than they really are
IF YOU have ever sat alone in a bar, depressed by how good-looking everybody else seems to be, take comfort?it may be evolution playing a trick on you. A study just published in Evolution and Human Behavior by Sarah Hill, a psychologist at the University of Texas, Austin, shows that people of both sexes reckon the sexual competition they face is stronger than it really is. She thinks that is useful: it makes people try harder to attract or keep a mate.
Dr Hill showed heterosexual men and women photographs of people. She asked them to rate both how attractive those of their own sex would be to the opposite sex, and how attractive the members of the opposite sex were. She then compared the scores for the former with the scores for the latter, seen from the other side. Men thought that the men they were shown were more attractive to women than they really were, and women thought the same of the women.
Dr Hill had predicted this outcome, thanks to error-management theory?the idea that when people (or, indeed, other animals) make errors of judgment, they tend to make the error that is least costly. The notion was first proposed by Martie Haselton and David Buss, two of Dr Hill's colleagues, to explain a puzzling quirk in male psychology.
As studies show, and many women will attest, men tend to misinterpret innocent friendliness as a sign that women are sexually interested in them. Dr Haselton and Dr Buss reasoned that men who are trying to decide if a woman is interested sexually can err in one of two ways. They can mistakenly believe that she is not interested, in which case they will not bother trying to have sex with her; or they can mistakenly believe she is interested, try, and be rejected. From an evolutionary standpoint, trying and being rejected comes at little cost, except for hurt feelings. Not trying at all, by contrast, may mean the loss of an opportunity to, among other things, spread one's DNA.
There is an opposite bias in women's errors. They tend to undervalue signs that a man is interested in a committed relationship. That, the idea goes, is because a woman who guesses wrongly that a man intends to stick around could end up raising a child alone.
On looks, however, men and women make the same error. So go on, pluck up your courage: you may think the competition is frighteningly hot, but then so does she.
From The Economist print edition
Sunday, November 26, 2006
This is an initiative to remind drivers of speed limits. The video might not be safe for work because it shows topless women holding 50km speed limit sign on the road side.
"Traditionally, Southeast Asian Muslims have been known for their tolerance and their incorporation of traditional beliefs into an Islamic framework. Indonesia and Malaysia are thought to be models of multicultural democracy. And yet, say mainstream Islamic scholars, political analysts and even former Indonesian president Abdurrahman Wahid, Southeast Asia's two most important countries are both drifting toward fundamentalism?a trend made scarier by the inability or unwillingness of some senior political leaders to condemn those promoting the shift. Some analysts are already calling this the "Arabization" of the region." (Newsweek)
I haven't been home for 5 years although I'll be back soon temporarily. But these trends spotted by foreign media are definitely worrying. I think we will know before the end of this decade which path Indonesia is choosing, whether it is the never ending conflict of the Middle East totally trapped with the issue of Palestine and Israel or the increasing prosperity of the South East Asia following the lead of the Tigers (China, Japan, Taiwan, Korea)
The former would be ironic as we are seeing Middle Eastern countries like UAE and Qatar are opening up and looking toward the East as a model for development, opening market, moving towards human resource oriented economy instead of commodity.
The more fundamentalist your society is, the harder it is for you to embrace new ideas that are crucials in capitalising human potentials.
Friday, November 24, 2006
Read the complete article here
|2||Condoleezza Rice||Secretary of State||US|
|3||Wu Yi||Vice Premier||China|
|4||Indra Nooyi||Chief Executive-Designate, PepsiCo||US|
|5||Anne Mulcahy||Chairman and Chief Executive, Xerox||US|
|6||Sallie Krawcheck||Chief Financial Officer, Citigroup||US|
|7||Patricia Woertz||Chief Executive, Archer Daniels Midland||US|
|8||Anne Lauvergeon||Chairman, Areva||France|
|9||Brenda Barnes||Chairman and Chief Executive, Sara Lee||US|
|10||Zoe Cruz||Co-President, Morgan Stanley||US|
|11||Irene Rosenfeld||Chief Executive, Kraft Foods||US|
|12||Melinda Gates||Co-Founder, Director, Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation||US|
|13||Sonia Gandhi||President, National Congress Party||India|
|14||Oprah Winfrey||Chairman, Harpo||US|
|15||Anne Sweeney||Co-Chairman, Disney Media Networks||US|
|16||Mary Sammons||Chief Executive, President, Rite Aid||US|
|18||Hillary Rodham Clinton||Senator, New York||US|
|19||Ann Livermore||Executive Vice President, Hewlett-Packard||US|
|20||Helen Clark||Prime Minister||New Zealand|
|21||Safra Catz||President and Chief Financial Officer, Oracle||US|
|22||Margaret Whitman||Chief Executive, President, eBay||US|
|23||Julie Gerberding||Director, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention||US|
|24||Susan Arnold||Vice Chairman, Beauty & Health, Procter & Gamble||US|
|25||Patricia Russo||Chairman and Chief Executive, Lucent Technologies||US|
Thursday, November 23, 2006
Wednesday, November 22, 2006
Ayatollah Morteza Bani Fazl, who is willing to give his house to anybody who kills a blasphemous Azeri writer....
Tuesday, November 21, 2006
His death comes amid a political crisis in Lebanon, following the resignation of six pro-Syrian cabinet members. Mr Gemayel was a member of the Phalange Party and the son of former President Gemayel Amin.
Gunmen opened fire on Mr Gemayel's convoy as it travelled through the Jdaideh neighbourhood. Television pictures from the scene showed two cars peppered with bullet holes, the bonnet of one of the vehicles crumpled." (developing story - here's the BBC main coverage)
Related article - Profile: Pierre Gemayel
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Rude immigration officials and visa delays keep millions of foreign visitors away from the United States, hurt the country's already battered image, and cost the U.S. billions of dollars in lost revenue, according to an advocacy group formed to push for a better system.
To drive home the point, the Discover America Partnership released the result of a global survey on Monday which showed that international travelers see the United States as the world's worst country in terms of getting a visa and, once you have it, making your way past rude immigration officials.
Read the whole article - amazing figures showing overseas visitors to the US dropping by 17% since 2000, and business travellers dropping by 10%Just for the record, pretty much anybody gets an Egyptian visa for 15 bucks as the airport, and once you are in, feel free to stay for a year or two.....
Monday, November 20, 2006
Like this map of the world based on HIV prevelance:
Or this one based on immigrants:
Saturday, November 18, 2006
Friday, November 17, 2006
In one hours time (6pm GMT) they will be showing a long interview with Tony Blair, and from the clips they have been previewing, it looks amazing, and will certainly make the news tomorrow - Blair basically acknowledges the positive role he wants Iran to play in the stability and future of the Middle East - and the headline you will see around the world tomorrow morning is "Blair open to talks with Iran".
If Jazeera keeps scoring big time scoops and interviews like this, it will become much more likely that the channel will be picked up by a US operator - right now they are all too scared of the "broadcasting enemy propaganda" reaction they will get. That (bullshit) argument will become less tenable as the quality of the network and the news they present becomes globally recognised.
I`d vote for her regardless of the political agenda :)
PARIS, Friday, Nov. 17 ? Ségolène Royal moved a step closer to becoming the first female president of France early Friday, apparently crushing her two male rivals for the Socialist Party nomination in next April?s election.
Thursday, November 16, 2006
Looks like it's gona be big - Reese Witherspoon - an Oscar Winner and Jake Gyllenhaal - an Oscar nominee!
Plot goes as follows:"Witherspoon will star with Jake Gyllenhaal in Hood?s next film, Rendition, written by Kelly Sane. The plot finds a CIA analyst (Gyllenhaal) whose world starts spinning out of control when he witnesses the brutal interrogation of an Egyptian-American by the Egyptian secret police. Soon, he?s on the run for his life, and must in turn help the tortured man?s pregnant American wife Isabella El-Ibrahim (Witherspoon)."
Funny thing - the movie, which takes place in Egypt is shot in Morocco and South Africa.It's quite a trend to have movies whose plots take place in Egypt being shot in Morocco. (English Patient, Mummy Returns)
Want to see what police bruitality we are talking about? Check this post by sandmonkey - but beware - it's horrific and it will haunt you!!
Wednesday, November 15, 2006
(this was, by the way, the first news item in the very first minutes of broadcasting for Al Jazeera International, the English language 24 hour global news channel that launched today. Check out their first 5 minutes of broadcast - looks pretty sweet!)
UPDATE - Looks like its not as bad as feared - phew.
Tuesday, November 14, 2006
They attacked local authorities which used titles like "Winterval" for their Christmas celebrations and avoided using Christian symbols in case they offended minority groups, especially Muslims and Hindus." (Yahoo News)Let Christmas be Christmas, diwali be diwali, eid be eid, etc.
Monday, November 13, 2006
Saturday, November 11, 2006
All Men and Women, you and everyone you know.
Everywhere in the world, but especially in countries with weapons of mass destruction.
Winter Solstice Day - Friday, December 22nd, at the time of your choosing, in the place of your choosing and with as much privacy as you choose.
To effect positive change in the energy field of the Earth through input of the largest possible surge of human energy.
Our minds influence Matter and Energy fields, so by concentrating any thoughts during and after orgasm on peace and partnership, the combination of high orgasmic energy combined with mindful intention will reduce global levels of violence, hatred and fear.
Orgasm is something just about everyone can do and enjoy. And you can orgasm by yourself or with someone else. You don't even have to tell anyone you're going to do it!
PS I am just spreading the word, as aiesecers can make the difference, right?! :o))
Friday, November 10, 2006
It is bit sad to see the glory of the wedding knowing Mayanmar to be the poorest Asian country with millions people starved and malnutrished, not mentioning the living conditions in such military regime.
The wedding cost accounts for more than a 3 year budget on healthcare expenditures for the entire country of Myanmar. Chains of diamonds, gifts for tens of million of dollars - according to some south asian press agency, the attempts to purchase diamonds as a gift or decoration for the wedding raised the price of the precious metals in the region.
I've been wanting to start a hip hop blog for a while, where I can talk about my thoughts on various happenings in the hip hop world. I was wondering if anyone out there in the nomadlife universe would be interested in contributing to some such... The blog could include elements of both mainstream and underground hip hop and, of course, being "nomadlife"... a heavy focus should be on breaking new and interesting hip hop artists from around the world.
Yep, good old Windows sounds. You know, that really annoying sound when you start up. Or the really annoying sound when you login, or the really, really annoying sound when you do something you're not supposed to do? These are actually some of the most-heard sounds on earth, with estimates that they have been played hundreds of billions of times worldwide.
So like everything else, the Windows sounds have been polished up, altered and sometimes completely changed, for the newer, slicker Windows XP. Click here to listen to a side by side comparison of all the new sounds versus the old ones. The new startup sounds is a thousand times less obnoxious than the old one, and the new "ding" is charmingly discrete......
Background to the new sounds here, and here....Get used to these sounds, they will be haunting your life for at least the rest of the decade.....
The evidence of failure is incontrovertible. The precise numbers will never be known, but perhaps 200,000 died in Bosnia, 800,000 in Rwanda and now 300,000 have died - are dying - in Darfur. The question is how this can happen when the "international community", as embodied in the UN, has promised to stop it. The genocide convention of 1951 commits signatories to intervention. More recently, almost all states have signed up to the "responsibility to protect" civilians, even to the extent of intervening in other countries. And yet the killing goes on.
Adam LeBor's new book Complicity with Evil - The UN in the Age of Modern Genocide cuts through the usual waffle and shirking of responsibility officials offer to excuse their gross inadequacy. In a driving and angry tale, he tells the story of each of these three mass murders: who did what to whom, and who failed in their duty to stop them. Some of his material is familiar from other sources, but his retelling is still shocking. Much is fresher, with first-person accounts of these very contemporary horrors. And with mass murder happening right now - today - citizens, and our governments, still need to be reminded of our obligations.
It's incredible how I missed this during World Cup 2006, but it's definitely worth keeping an eye on for the future. The clip above highlights the power of the global street football concept, probably more so on the global and regional level (the actual org itself is more concrete about getting kids off the streets, playing fair, and having a goal). Pretty sweet stuff.
The guy who filmed this is a travel vlogger and has a pretty neat site - think: a hybrid between a travel blogger & a youtube guy.
Thursday, November 09, 2006
Two former AIESEC members (me & Scott Tworek) have formed a band and have been playing around NYC recently. We're currently recording an album of original music. I wanted to let you all know that we're live-blogging the experience on our myspace page (please forgive us the blogging-transgression of blogging elsewhere!)
Follow along at www.myspace.com/thesurefireway
The shift dramatically alters the government's balance of power, leaving President Bush without GOP congressional control to drive his legislative agenda. Democrats hailed the results and issued calls for bipartisanship even as they vowed to investigate administration policies and decicions.
"In Iraq and here at home, Americans have made clear they are tired of the failures of the last six years," said Sen. Harry Reid (news, bio, voting record) of Nevada, in line to become Senate Majority leader when Congress reconvenes in January. (...)"
Wednesday, November 08, 2006
Tuesday, November 07, 2006
"All religions, human codes and ethics, and even our most primitive intuition regard terrorism to be villainous. True Islam also rejects and condemns terrorism.
?Terrorism has no religion? is our on-going communication campaign against extremist ideology that breeds terrorism, and we use Quranic Verses in their true Islamic meaning; free of the distortion committed by the misguided malicious terrorists." (noterror.info)
Their TV Ads have been playing around in the Middle East for the past couple of days.
Congo, Democratic Republic
and we have a winner Haiti !!
Haiti is ranked as the most corrupt country in 2006.
The cleanest government in the world are dominated by those Vikings countries.
Sunday, November 05, 2006
BAGHDAD, Iraq (CNN) -- The Iraqi High Tribunal on Sunday sentenced a combative Saddam Hussein and two other defendants to death by hanging for a brutal crackdown in 1982 in the Shiite town of Dujail.....(link)There is an automatic appeal process for the death sentence, and he still has other trials to face, so it will be a while before the sentence is carried out.....perhaps sometime in October 2008?
Friday, November 03, 2006
When men spend the night with a bed mate their sleep is disturbed, whether they make love or not, and this impairs their mental ability the next day.
The lack of sleep also increases a man's stress hormone levels.
According to the New Scientist study, women who share a bed fare better because they sleep more deeply. -- BBC News
Austrian scientists, proving to the world that it's women that's disrupting their worklives.
Thursday, November 02, 2006
Wednesday, November 01, 2006
This story would have remained one of those word of mouth Cairo legends, like so many other things you hear in Egypt - it was not reported by any local or international media. The difference was that this time, a whole bunch of Egyptian bloggers were on the story, many with vivid first hand recollections and photos." (Tom Gara)
This reminds of the Central Park mob sexual assaults back in 2000.
UPDATE (Tom G) - 9 full days late, but the BBC is finally reporting this story, and Mai tells me that it has been covered in a feature article in todays Al-Ahram (the biggest Arabic language newspaper in the world)
"....with planning, intelligence, execution and luck, it is possible that the American intervention in Iraq could have a gray ending?one that is unsatisfying to all, but that prevents the worst scenarios from unfolding, secures some real achievements and allows the United States to regain its energies and strategic compass for its broader leadership role in the world."The whole piece is grim but refreshing, and it's nice to read some actual realistic analysis of Iraq that doesnt descend into a political argument about how clueless Democrats and/or Republicans are. I highly recommend it.
Zakaria was a cautious supporter of the war in the beginning, and like many of his class of responsible, well intentioned war supporters, it is interesting to see how they are thinking and feeling about the absolute disaster that their intellectual support at least partially enabled.
Their hook is... "If a picture is a thousand words, then a video is worth a thousand pictures."
And to get things rolling, they're having a contest.
- 1st Place - $300
- 2nd Place - $200
- 3rd Place - $100
What are we looking for?
- It must serve as a travel guide for any location on the planet.
- It must be between 1 minute and 5 minutes in length.
- It must be submitted between October 1st, 2006 and December 31st, 2006.
Usefulness, Factual Content, Quality