While giving a refresh on the website, I re-read the post. To put into context, it was written prior to major lockdowns in Vietnam and Singapore. Particularly the last paragraph, "...and when you look out, the air may be fresher, and the colors brighter."
Well, if we recall, after a couple months of lockdown, the air did get much fresher and clearer, and the colors much more radiant.
I remembered thinking and expressing, that mother nature does take care of our planet rather well. That just with a couple of months of non-industrial activities, the pollution index went down to mere high single to low double-digits.
Alas, we're perhaps back to pre-pandemic levels of pollution with resultant smoggy air. When will we ever learn? Even the best efforts of greening initiatives would take decades to equalize the cleaning of environment.
Here's a thought; random thought, I might add. What if we regulate production of anything to 10 months, and total production reduce to 80%, maybe over a period of 24 months. When a sizable percentage of produced items end up in landfills, could we reduce even further?
Do we even need so much things in our lives?
I know this sounds downright naive, to think that it could ever be. But the critical fact is, it needs to be.
Did we even consider, and the 'we' as in, relevant authorities around the world, that a reboot and a deeper examination of our living habits is sorely wanting. The future generation will look to this period in history and conclude that we didn't learn much, and that we missed the biggest part of the lessons given to us.
Here's the irony. I heard that Shein is looking for someone to look into the environmental impact of its business. Well, how about reducing production by 30%? Again, another random thought.
So much for my Sunday. See you in another couple years...NOT.
Overcoming the Disruption
Just concluded another session on Crucial Talking Points. At this session, I had 3 of my good friends and VCs sharing their thoughts on navigating through this crisis. Special thanks to Michael Lints of Golden Gate Ventures, Saikit Ng of Captii Ventures, and Justin Nguyen of Monk's Hill Ventures.
Many great points and tips were made and given. The conclusion was, keep doing what you're doing, but do it in smarter ways.
Please click the link to the video, as the file is too big to be posted here. Do come back and comment and let me know what you think.
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Iterating for a Greater Good
This was the broadcast I did with 3 brilliant minds earlier. We talked about how they've quickly adapted their platforms to help contribute in the fight of Covid-19.
Coronatracker.com, developed by Dr Lau Cherhan, is a realtime portal to see what's going on around the world with Covid-19, Private Kit: Safepath, jointly developed by Mr Riddhiman Das along with MIT, is an anonymous contact tracing app to let users know if they've come in contact with any infected person, and Qsearch is a social listening platform that is currently sifting through social media channels to identify hotspots and the CEO/Founder is Roger Do.
It's exciting to see how startups and technology are able to move quickly to offer a greater good to society. After all, this is what innovation is all about.
Watch the broadcast and let me know what you think.
This is a terrible period. 2020 hasn't exactly evolved in the ways we thought it would be.
This crisis we called a pandemic has certainly thrown a lot of questions our way, what we thought would be the norm, all the norms are now being rewritten.
But in anything that happens, we the human race will survive. Global economy is going to tank but as a HK friend said, "If the problem is about money, then it's not a problem". Let's hope this is true.
More importantly, we have learnt, or forced to learn, that we need to live for each other. Just simply keeping our distance so that we don't inadvertently infect others and not hoard, are fundamental behaviors that will greatly help human kind.
Let's try and wade out this period of uncertainties, and when you look out, the air may be fresher, and the colors brighter.