Category Archives: Global Understanding

Five Inconvenient Truths -Global steel industry

Interesting article, it discusses trade, overcapacity, raw materials, growth/slow down in building, and re-purposing of existing mills.  Maybe that is true. Read more here.

I must admit I am most intrigued by the existence of this group:

John Lichtenstein is a managing director for Accenture Strategy and the global lead of Accenture’s metals group.
The article did not discuss:  
  1. Changes in Environmental regulation. What if the total cost of an item was part of the selection process for materials (Aluminum vs. Steel)? What if LEED building specified LOCAL MATERIAL use or adding the effects of long distance shipping into the environmental degradation? What if shipping companies were forced to contribute money to the clean-up of the plastic gyre in the Pacific Ocean when shipping across the Pacific Ocean?  Unlikely, but possible and more sensible than carbon credits.
  2. Quality of the steel produced in China (I’d really like to know why the Bay Bridge is rusting with its low quality steel imported from China), coupled with the environmental devastation caused by converting raw materials to finished goods in a country that does not have strict environmental regulations and technologies.
  3. The main premise that global demand is slowing and will remain so, flies in the face of the greatest population being urban, and the population continues to expand. Housing in urban areas is made with steel, when it is high-density.

There is always room to learn more. I’ll be interested in Accenture’s next set of statistics.

There are many other Accenture articles; here is another from the same author.

Origami Whales: A Gentle Way to Teach Conservation

Thanks TED Talks for this lovely broadcast!  Watch the video, link below

Allow things to unfold and you will find your Purpose in Life. | Peggy Oki | TEDxQueenstown   (time 16.34)

Image result for Origami WhalesThis insightful artist folds paper whales using origami and thousands of volunteers to fold the whales & dophins and give a clear call to action and visual reference point.  Children, Adults, Students, Seniors – all join in and FOLD then STITCH these whales into curtains to be displayed in galleries, schools, civic centers.

HINT: There are YouTubes and Pinterest on origami

Peggy Oki leads with passion. She gives advice to a beginning environmental activist: “Follow your heart with vision and actions, create your fold and you will find your porpoise in life.”

ART THAT HAS PURPOSE:

Published on Apr 28, 2016

With an appreciation of flow and motion Peggy’s life has been always been driven by passion. From surfing and skateboarding to the intimate appreciation what she calls the ‘Cetacean Nation’. Discovering the transformative force of participation artwork through her Origami Whales project was the first step to realising that passion could be harnessed, amplified and ultimately inspire for a deeper purpose.

Surfer, Skateboarder, Artist and Activist.
Once the only female member of the famous Zephyr Skateboard team from documentary ‘Dogtown and Z-Boys’: Peggy’s love of the outdoors inspires her to travel worldwide in search of good surf. In 2004, she founded the Origami Whales Project to raise awareness about commercial whaling. She has also developed the Whales and Dolphins Ambassador Program and led campaigns such as ‘Let’s Face It’, which petitions to save New Zealand’s critically endangered Maui’s dolphins and Hector’s dolphins.

This talk was given at a TEDx event using the TED conference format but independently organized by a local community. Learn more at http://ted.com/tedx

 

Hurricanes – Be Prepared

With the start of the Atlantic hurricane season beginning June 1, it is time to prepare and use emergency procedures and resources to stay safe.

According to NOAA’s Climate Prediction Center, there is a 45 percent chance of an above-normal season. Forecasters predict there is a 70 percent likelihood of 11 to 17 named storms (winds of 39 mph or higher), of which five to nine could become hurricanes (winds of 74 mph or higher), including two to four major hurricanes (Category 3, 4, or 5; winds of 111 mph or higher).

Take these steps to prepare:

  1. Secure your home, including windows, roof, soffits, and other openings.
  2. Know your evacuation route.
  3. Don’t hesitate when it’s time to leave.

To be ready for any emergency, make a personal disaster plan that fits your needs and those of your family. Take a look at the Disaster Prepper’s book!

Consider how you will contact each other and where to meet if you can’t go home. Also think about creating a “go kit” that includes a battery-powered radio, medications, records you may need, food and water, and comfort items if you have to shelter or evacuate for a few hours or days.

Download the American Red Cross Hurricane App for iPhone and Android devices to monitor conditions in your area or throughout the storm, prepare your family and home, and notify others you’re safe even if the power is out.

You can get free community training throughout the USA, look up CERT – Community Emergency Response.

Related Links: CERT Training Classes    Disasters Infographic  Disaster Prepper’s book

Geocaching and Letter-Boxing

On May 3 2000, Dave Ulmer, a computer consultant, wanted to test the accuracy by hiding a navigational target in the woods. He called the idea the “Great American GPS Stash Hunt” and posted it in an internet GPS users’ group. The idea was simple: Hide a container out in the woods and note the coordinates with a GPS unit.

The finder would then have to locate the container with only the use of his or her GPS receiver. The rules for the finder were simple:

“Take some stuff, leave some stuff.”

Geocaching is a real-world, outdoor treasure hunting game using GPS-enabled devices.

Participants navigate to a specific set of GPS coordinates and then attempt to find the geocache (container) hidden at that location.

*A great summer activity.* Some helpful websites:

Geocaches can be found all over the world. It is common for geocachers to hide caches in locations that are important to them, reflecting a special interest or skill of the cache owner. These locations can be quite diverse. They may be at your local park, at the end of a long hike, underwater or on the side of a city street.

Maybe Geocaching is a little like Pokémon Go, but it has been going for a long time… even before GPS, when compasses were used for scavenger hunts. It is a fun way to explore and learn more about the local area that you live in!

As my favorite  professor said decades ago,  Arnold Schultz…. “Everything is connected to Everything else”.  This was part of a discussion on the Arctic Tundra and environmental degradation… the role of humans, technology and pipelines. His idea is as relevant then as now.

Enter Facebook, LinkedIn, social media in general and years later we have people learning about their world through social media, getting help for complex math algorithms on social media and becoming an “instant success” on social media. It’s not verified, its not vetted and  its messy and the very best way collaboration can be. Lots of voices, lots of ideas. I wish more people would call out, “Bullshit” however that doesn’t see to be PC.  So we learn in fits and starts, relevance and accuracy being discovered with exploration, looking for the facts and digging deeper.

Secrets of the Next Wave author

The Next Wave is different. It’s an attempt to use data to fillet out of the world around us a sense of what’s working now. And, by implication, what’s not. Our world runs on networks after all—for medicine, finance, transportation, just about everything. These networks can be studied and measured and understood. So why not use them to tell us something about work?

Fisheries and Location

NATIONAL FISHERMAN: When is menhaden like a mortgage?

April 7, 2017 — The following is an excerpt from an article published today by Jessica Hathaway of National Fisherman:

What do forage fish and real estate have in common? Location, location, location.
A new study led by University of Washington fishery science Professor Ray Hilborn reveals some surprising relationships between predator success and prey abundance.

The paper, “When does fishing forage species affect their predators?” was published Monday in the journal Fisheries Research in response to the 2012 Lenfest Report, which set the recent standard for forage fish management by asserting that an across-the-board reduction in the commercial harvest of forage fish would result in higher numbers of fish species that prey on them.

“It looked reasonable that if you appropriate half of the production of a prey species by a fishery that you can’t support so much production of predators,” said Carl Walters, professor emeritus of the University of British Columbia’s Institute for the Oceans and Fisheries. “That seemed perfectly reasonable. It was just wrong.”

According to this study, prey species follow the real estate principle of investing in prime locations. When forage fish are abundant, the research shows, their population spreads over a wider area, creating smaller subpockets around a core reproduction zone. When they’re in low abundance, they retract to the core region. Successful predators keep their breeding grounds close to that core region, maintaining access to food even in times of low prey biomass.

Read the full story at National Fisherman

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Israeli Holidays for Beginners

Takw a class on Jewish holidays to learn more. You will enjoy this free class offered by the SF JCC. There are many classes to choose from and the JCC is easy to get to get to. Home » Adult » Adult Classes » Jewish Culture & Thought » Advanced Modern Israeli Holidays for Beginners (AMIHFB)
ADVANCED MODERN ISRAELI HOLIDAYS FOR BEGINNERS (AMIHFB)
The Jewish national calendar of Israel is populated by new holidays that Israel has placed at the center of our national and Jewish consciousness and which define and set aside the most significant time of the year in Israeli society. These holidays – bunched together within one week – are Yom Hashoah (Holocaust Memorial Day), Yom Hazikaron (Memorial Day for Fallen Soldiers) and Yom Haatzmaut (Independence Day). It would not be an exaggeration to say these three days together constitute the “High Holidays” season of Israeli life. To understand the kind of emotional response this dramatic week provokes, we will read some of the songs and poems that are traditionally sung and recited at public memorials and celebrations in Israel.

With Rabbi Zac Kamenetz
Zac wants to know ‘What good can I do in this world? What have folks before me tried?’ Most often, Zac looks to ancient Jewish sources of wisdom for inspiration to these questions, but he gets some help from Leonard Cohen, Mark Rothko, and his wife Jen, too. Zac received rabbinic ordination in Jerusalem, and has degrees from the University of Maryland and the Graduate Theological Union. As a native of a couple of coastal states, Zac is always ready to jump in the ocean. When you see him around the JCCSF, you should tell him about the last best bite of food you had.

Thursday, Apr 20
12:00 pm – 1:00 pm
Member fee: $ 0.00
Non-member fee: $ 0.00

Are You Globally Present? Richard Richards

To ensure your success in making a connection across cultural divides? Here are some guidelines from Richard Richards:

Reference: A Seminar is coming, details: Global Thinking, Training, Success

Be Present

Being present is a universal courtesy that transcends culture, language, and whether communicating in-person or virtually. Key points to consider:
– Some cultures have personal relationships that precede business relationships. Results in a “Type A Sales first” behavior vs. calmer, contemplative start to a working relationship.
– Multi-tasking and BUSYNESS, can be seen as rude and unacceptable. Unplug!
– Looking at “body language” and cultural politeness.

Reach Out

Reaching out and connecting is essential. Key points to consider:
-Check-in frequently , discover acceptance or disagreement.
-Use empathy in timing, holidays, local happenings, religious events. Establish a “Do not Call List: for areas that are experiencing disasters, holidays etc. Think about time zones!  Bend YOUR work hours.

Be Expressive

Not just what we say, but how we say it (vocally, facially, physically, and emotionally). Key points to consider:
• Pace of their speech, clarity, loudness and enunciation will profoundly change the level of understanding with a new audience. Involve written communication with verbal. Have you ever misunderstood or had trouble understanding a faster pace? ASK your audience if they can hear you! Accents, slang, idioms can cause trouble.  Yup and Bob’s your Uncle!
• You might try SMILING when speaking. You can hear it (even in a phone conversation). Body language helps communicate, so if others cannot see you, enhance your descriptions.
•Watch out for filler words, “ums” and “ahs.” These are distractions. Practice in front of your team. Join the Toastmasters International club for encouragement and help.
•Acronyms will cause misunderstandings, even if they are explained, because B sounds like D and on a conference call, new people may join later or be afraid to “raise their hand”. Yes, check-in!
•Make sure to have supporting visuals or text. Increased understanding AND retention will help those listening in their non-native language.

Be Aware

Self-knowing is being aware your values, strengths, and limitations, especially when it comes to what you know about the other culture. Key points to consider:
– Admit what you don’t know. Own it with grace and humility and teach others what you learn so it can be adopted company-wide.  Be forthcoming,  Make sure to “honor” questions. Thank those that speak up!

At the end of the day, we need no language to be able to laugh together, and much of what “divides” us is really our own biases and lack of curiosity about differences. And as the author Ciore Taylor said, “Differences simply act as a yarn of curiosity, unraveling until we get to the other side.”

The Twin Tunnels and SF Waterways — Where’s the Balance?

WHEN: Wednesday,  March 8, 2017

WHERE: First Presbyterian Church 1510 5th Ave., San Rafael, CA 94901

WHAT: Lecture: 7:00 – 9:00 pm

The Twin Tunnel project is a contentious and confusing one. If you’re like most of us, you could use some accurate, updated information that answers important questions.

  • Will the Bay Delta Water Quality Control Plan save enough water for the salmon and smelt? How much is enough? Why is that so important?
  • Why have Diane Feinstein and Barbara Boxer feuded over an end-of-term $500 million water bill for California?
  • Might the Twin Tunnels drain the Sacramento River in a dry year?
  • How will it affect the northern sections of San Francisco Bay?
  • Can local action make a difference, when state and federal agencies claim jurisdiction?

The waterways of California are all connected, flowing into the sustaining one another, and providing habitat for migratory and resident wildlife populations. Though the Twin Tunnel Project may seem to be far from Marin, its effects will be felt across the entire Bay area. Join us to hear what experts from the have to say about it all.Lecture co-sponsored by the Gallinas Watershed Council

Peter Drekmeier Policy Director, Tuolumne River Trust Gerald Meral Director of the California Water Program, NHI John McManus Executive Director, Golden Gate Salmon Association Greg Reis Rivers & Delta Program Associate, The Bay Institute

More information and online registration: http://marinefm.org/event-2431352