Category: World Changer



Jesus said, you must be born again in order to enter the Kingdom of Heaven.”  By this, he meant  that you had to be born once to the world, and once again to the knowledge of God through Him.  I have come to believe that we must be born three times — once to the world, once to God, and once to ourselves.  Because only when we can see who we are and what we stand for — what we want to be about in the world — does every action we take suddenly seem significant.  That is the point at which we have realized a vision for ourselves and our path through this world — a path that defines success. – Laurie Beth Jones

This quote clearly defines where I am now.

It’s been a while since I have been having a question in my mind of why I feel happy and content despite the more pressures at work, difficulties of doing my field work with my expanding belly, swelling feet, and sleepless nights.  I thought of many things like the blessing of having our baby at the perfect timing, my supportive bosses now after a series of.. shall I say.. crappy politics and emotional stress from my previous job, lots of opportunities coming my way, supportive team at work.   All these I’m thankful for.  But really, when I thought about it really hard, I wouldn’t be this happy if I didn’t know my purpose in life. I was truly born again when God showed himself to me and even became more intune with myself when my creator revealed to me what my life is for.  Now truly, as laurie says it, everything I do becomes much more significant and thus, I am content.

Content that doesn’t sit lazily but content thinking that I am where God wants me to be.  When everything that’s happening makes sense.  🙂

We have closed recently a project that is close to my heart: The DSWD‘s NHTS project.  It’s a multimillion project that will impact how our government provides to the 9 Million poor households in the Philippines where 5 Million are considered poorest of the poor and will become beneficiaries of the government’s 4Ps project.  Take note that’s 5 Million HOUSEHOLDS! Multiply it to an average of 5 people per family, that is 25Million people! I am happy that through my job I am helping impact the lives of these people.  There are so many projects in line still which I am very excited about like the project we have with PAG-ASA and DENR about climate change, and the potential solutions we can provide Department of Education and Department of Energy.  They say handling the government in the Philippines is very hard and most sales people will shy away from it.  But as for me, I am excited to cover it because the solutions are exciting and I know I’ll be making a difference in the lives of my fellowmen especially the poor and my country’s environmental state.  I know it will not be easy but I am more hopeful now with the new government.  🙂 and I’m much more purposeful because not only am I following God’s leading in my life but I am creating a better future for my baby Solara.  I’m excited to tell her all the things we can do to help the poor and the environment.  With her name connoting the Sun, I am excited to see how God will use her to brighten people’s lives. 🙂 Can’t wait to see you my little darling.


I totally agree with Mr. Neric Acosta’s article below, that the climate is truly crazy and damaging. Fatalities are increasing in millions around the world. 😦 And, it’s a direct consequence of a long time neglect. Mr. Acosta couldn’t have said it better that “our work is patently cut out for us citizens of the earth. We delay and dilly-dally at our own peril.” Nobody can solve it alone, it should be a concerted effort of EVERYONE. From citizens to business owners to government leaders.  We should all be good stewards.  May it be as simple as conserving energy, or recycling, or implementing policies, or creating greener innovations.  It should be acted upon NOW, else, fatalities will increase.  I just hope and pray we are not next.

Brazil 2010-2011
Australia 2010-2011
USA 2005 (Katrina)

 

Pakistan 2010

Philippines 2009

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CLIMATE CRAZY by Dr. Neric Acosta

by Neric Acosta on Saturday, January 22, 2011 at 8:05am

ASTUDENT IN a recent climate change forum remarked, “The earth has gone berserk!” Another asked rather perplexedly, “Are we being punished by God?” Such are common and plaintive musings of those who wonder with a strange sense of foreboding and helplessness what all the catastrophic events of the last several weeks mean.

Floods of unprecedented magnitude leave swathes of Australian territory, including its third largest city Brisbane, vastly inundated for weeks. Months earlier, floods in Pakistan destroy villages and regions larger than Western Europe. The same scenes come out of calamities in China, Sri Lanka-and strangely, even in the flooding of the desert city of Jeddah, Saudi Arabia!

2010 was declared the hottest year on record and forest fires raged from Moscow to Athens to California. Meteorology explains that the warming of the poles causes cold air to rise, setting off more precipitation and greater rainfall, severe winter storms and freak blizzards earlier or later than usual.

The earth has perhaps gone berserk, indeed, even considering that nature has had perpetual cycles of hot and cold, wet and dry weather changes throughout human history. And while some circles insist climate change is a hoax and that the science surrounding it is inconclusive, there is no denying that more and more places on this planet are increasingly vulnerable to calamitous climactic occurrences.

The country itself, of archipelagic make-up, is battered by over 20 typhoons a year, several of which, like Ondoy and Pepeng in 2009, are characterized by growing ferocity and destructive power. The eroded hillsides and barren mountains, long stripped of vital forest cover, become frightening geo-hazard zones, prone to deadly landslides and fatal flashfloods. The tableaus of displaced communities and inundated cities in the Caraga region, known as the country’s “timber capital,” and in Eastern Visayas and the Bicol region speak of woe and despair-and deepening poverty. The stark irony is that the regions most endowed with natural and mineral resources are those with the highest poverty indicators in the country. And these regions, because of having relied almost exclusively, if perilously, on extractive industries like logging and mining for their local economies, exacerbate their vulnerability to the impacts of natural disasters.

Something ostensibly does not make sense when a patch of God’ good earth, a land so rich in biodiversity, finds itself facing an unsustainable future because the very ecosystems that should abundantly give us life and livelihood are gravely threatened or depleted. Why, pray tell, should there be poisoned rivers in Mindanao, or why should hunger stalk its towns and hinterland? This is, after all, the long-heralded food basket of the Philippines, that could well feed its millions and far more.

Instead, we have intermittent corn and rice shortages-and an ever-expanding pool of undernourished children in Mindanao and the rest of the country. And when their parents’ marginal or traditional farming ways are imperiled by periods of El NiÒo drought or small-scale fishing affected by dwindling fisheries brought about by coral bleaching and warming ocean temperatures, we know what is said of a new phenomenon of “climate refugees.” Not simply refugees displaced by war or conflict, but hordes of poor farmers and fisherfolk dislocated by the ravages of climate.

Beyond the arguments for adaptation, which was a breakthrough in itself in the recently-concluded climate change conference of parties in Cancun, Mexico, a new, serious global rethink is imperative. What is at stake is survival and life itself, but solutions towards sustainable development can only be hinged on a consciousness that sees the emergent trends in the ecology and economy of the planet and acts from those reference points.

As to the bewildered student’s question itself, “Are we being punished?,” we can possibly say that images of divine wrath and cosmic retribution ought not be the way to cause this ecological rethink, as it were. If anything, the climatic imbalances should engender a reawakening of our intrinsic connectedness to the elements and rhythms of nature.

In physics we learn that for every action there is a reaction, a dynamic of clear cause and corresponding effect. We do something to upset a delicate balance, a universe of energies seeks to reorder and restore it. We tear down ecosystems and foul up the atmosphere, we pay a high environmental price with nature striking back. We put a higher premium on economic value at the expense of vital life-support systems like clean water and clean air, we reap the non-linear and exponential repercussions of ecological damage.

Our work is patently cut out for us citizens of the earth. We delay and dilly-dally at our own peril. Across sectors-infrastructure, investments, insurance (risk management) and institutions-there must be a defined, common thread of climate resilient policy thinking and action. This is needed not only for more effective adaptation to a “planet going berserk”-but also for the imperative of seeking a way to a greener, truly sustainable future.

http://www.manilatimes.net/index.php/opinion/39250-climate-crazy

 


This is exciting! It will save the problem on waste and our dependency on fossil fuel. And jets are the biggest gas-guzzler.

Im really happy to see that a lot of people are doing their part in finding the solution for us to counter climate change.  We can all do something from as little as unplugging those unused electronic devices to investing and innovating something as big as this.

The problem of climate change is really felt by so many people around the world.  Flooding, hurricanes, tsunami, snow storms, la-nina etc.  It’s scary but we can either be overwhelmed by fear or just do something about it.

 

 

 

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Leftovers on the menu for jet fuel

Matt O’Sullivan
January 4, 2011 – 3:00AM

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FOOD scraps and grass clippings could one day help fuel Qantas passenger jets.

But the airline has confirmed that its plans to convert rubbish into biofuel does not include harnessing the other, less appealing, form of human waste.

Qantas has taken its most tangible step towards reducing its carbon emissions by signing a deal with a US fuel producer, Solena, to consider constructing a trial plant near Sydney Airport to turn waste into biofuel.

The airline said it expected to complete a feasibility study for the waste-based aviation fuel plant within a year. Should it become feasible, the biofuel will be trialled on aircraft.

The waste considered as potential sources of biofuel includes food scraps, packaging and tree cuttings.

Qantas has been investigating the possibility of fuelling planes with biofuel for several years but the latest memorandum of understanding with Solena will kick-start its efforts to find alternative sources. The airline spends about $3 billion a year on jet fuel.

”While we are still in the early stages of this project, the possibilities are exciting. We hope to announce further details soon,” a spokeswoman, Olivia Wirth, said.

Solena formed a joint venture with British Airways in February to build a £200 million ($305 million) plant in London by 2014 to turn up to 500,000 tonnes of waste a year into 73 million litres of jet fuel. This would be enough to fuel about 2 per cent of BA’s aircraft based at London’s Heathrow Airport.

Qantas said it was too early to say what a waste-based fuel plant would cost but it is likely to reach into the hundreds of millions of dollars. It is also talking to other companies about its options for biofuel.

The airline’s chief executive, Alan Joyce, is among 18 business leaders who sit on the federal government’s business advisory committee on climate change.

Qantas, Virgin Blue and Air New Zealand are members of the global Sustainable Aviation Fuel Users Group, whose goal is to fast-track the commercialisation of sustainable aviation biofuels.

Air New Zealand has also trialled the use of a blend of jet fuel and jatropha oil in an engine of a Boeing 747-400.

 

This story was found at: http://www.theage.com.au/environment/energy-smart/leftovers-on-the-menu-for-jet-fuel-20110103-19dwo.html

 


I think everyone should watch the inconvenient truth. I should have watched this 5 years ago. The predictions are happening now and the 2050 prediction is so grim that I fear for the future generations. We owe it to our children to improve the way we live now.


The internet has revolutionized the way we learn and do things nowadays. When we don’t understand something, we no longer look for a hardbound encyclopedia or dictionary. We simply connect to the internet and google. There’s a vast information available in the internet, one just has to discern which ones are trash and which ones are helpful or even life-changing.

As I traverse this new path that I’m exploring now, I’m doing so many research that sometimes I feel like I’m seeing the world in a whole new perspective. I felt that the corporate world has limited my learning to become more of “performance-based” rather than becoming an innovator or sharpening the skill I inherently have or pursuing the passion that was always burning in me.

With this new found time out from the corporate world, I feel my brain is working more than ever. With all the time I have, I reliazed that the best resource for entreprenuers is TED GLOBAL. Since I discovered it, it became my daily source of inspiration and ideas. It’s like my classroom and the speakers are my teachers, who more often than not share the same vision I have. Changing the world one day at a time. 🙂

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I got too inspired today. I think I spent the whole day watching TED videos. It’s so easy to lose track of time with the way they talk about their passion, their vision and how they successful implemented it and their ideas..whew.. are revolutionary,.. these people are just amazingly smart. I hope to learn from them and become like them.
I was especially inspired by Chris Anderson and Shaffi Mather.

Below are their talks:

TED Talks TED’s Chris Anderson says the rise of web video is driving a worldwide phenomenon he calls Crowd Accelerated Innovation — a self-fueling cycle of learning that could be as significant as the invention of print. But to tap into its power, organizations will need to embrace radical openness. And for TED, it means the dawn of a whole new chapter …

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TED Talks Shaffi Mather explains why he left his first career to become a social entrepreneur, providing life-saving transportation with his company 1298 for Ambulance. Now, he has a new idea and plans to begin a company to fight the booming business of corruption in public service, eliminating it one bribe at a time.

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Freed Suu Kyi goes back to work

Myanmar democracy icon Aung San Suu Kyi went back to work Monday at her National League for Democracy (NLD) party after being freed over the weekend from seven years under house arrest.

On Sunday, thousands of supporters massed outside the NLD headquarters in Yangon to hear Suu Kyi’s first public speech since her arrest in May 2003, in which she vowed to continue struggling for democracy, reconciliation and human rights.

The 65-year-old Nobel Peace laureate spent 15 of the past 20 years under house arrest.

Her first task will be to make the NLD opposition party a legal entity again, party sources said.

It ceased to exist as a political party in May after refusing to register for the Nov 7 general election, the first held in more than 20 years.

The NLD won the 1990 polls by a landslide, but was blocked from assuming power by the military.

The party leadership decided to boycott the polls to protest the election laws that would have required it to drop Suu Kyi as a member if the NLD sought to contest the polls.

Registration rules prohibited parties from including members who were serving prison terms. Suu Kyi was freed a week after the polls.

“On Thursday we are going to lodge a case to reinstate the NLD as a legal party,” spokesman Nyan Win said.

NLD security guards stopped local journalists from approaching Suu Kyi Monday morning.

Another task Suu Kyi is expected to tackle will be to assess the outcome of the Nov 7 polls, which many Western critics dismissed as a sham.

The Union Solidarity and Development Party, a junta proxy, won an estimated 80 percent of the 1,159 contested seats in the three chambers of parliament.

The party has been accused of tampering with advance ballots, and bribing or intimidating voters.

Suu Kyi said she would wait to read a report on the election compiled by the NLD before commenting on the outcome.

Another junta-friendly party, the National Unity Party, won 63 seats. The pro-democracy National Democratic Force, a breakaway from the NLD, won only 16 seats.

Two parties representing ethnic minorities did reasonably well in their states. The Shan Nationalities Democratic Party secured 57 seats, while the Rakhine Nationalities Development Party won 35.

http://www.hindustantimes.com/StoryPage/Print/626472.aspx
© Copyright 2010 Hindustan Times


I admire what these young men are doing. It made me wonder how will I fair if I was doing the same experiment.  They say experience is the best teacher.  And these boys are immersing themselves in the lives of the poor to gain awareness of their living conditions and to see if microfinance is really sustainable.  This is something I’d like to answer myself.

I have been impressed by the idea of Muhammad Yunus on microfinance and have since believed in his advocacy. But it has always intrigued me of what a few of his critics claim that the poor are getting into further debt trap in this kind of system. I can’t help but wonder if those really have a basis or its just a phase that the micro-entrepreneurs will have to go through at first but will eventually grow out from through hardwork.  There might be some truth to this but compare this to the number of people who were helped by this system..  I found more success stories than the negative feedback.  So, I still believe more that empowering poor people who lack access to capital will help them get out of poverty or at least idleness.  As the saying goes “Give a man a fish and you feed him for a day. Teach a man to fish and you feed him for a lifetime.”
Giving this people capital to empower them to start a small business, rather than donate them goods, will make them capable of sustaining themselves.  It will give them a sense of purpose and power that THEY CAN lift themselves out of their poverty.   This claim can be further strengthened by experiments like this and can either prove or disprove negative claims.

I have a curious personality.  I always want to try stuff even if other people warned me against it.  I want to know for myself so I try it anyway.  😀 I have all the time now to do this.. now that I have decided to devote my life to helping the poor, the society in any little way i can.. I probably just need 2 or 3 more people. Hmm… and that’s hard, who would want to try to live one dollar a day.  I don’t even know if I can do this.  But what the heck, I want to try it just for the sake of curiosity and adventure. =D This will definitely be in my Bucket list.


TED Talks Jacqueline Novogratz shares stories of how “patient capital” can bring sustainable jobs, goods, services — and dignity — to the world’s poorest.

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TED Talks What do you think of people in poverty? Maybe what Jessica Jackley once did: “they” need “our” help, in the form of a few coins in a jar. The co-founder of Kiva.org talks about how her attitude changed — and how her work with microloans has brought new power to people who live on a few dollars a day.

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Been sitting on this social entrepreneurship idea of helping poor rural artisans market their handicraft via the web.  I am distracted all the time because there is this lingering fear in me that it might not work or I’m not capable of accomplishing such..  but time and again my faith and the belief that this is God’s will for me has led me on the path to continue.  So how do i start?  This morning I was looking for inspiration and where’s the best way to get it? @www.ted.com.  There are hundreds of ideas and inspirational stories of Entrepreneurs there who have succeeded in changing the world.  There’s so many that struck me but 2 of them have moved me to a more practical way of starting this vision of mine.  It is to do an experiment first.  Don’t think of a big launch because it will overwhelm you, which it did for me.  Think of a small experiment and if does make some positive change relevant to your vision, then launch it and get other people who believe in the same cause join the boat. 🙂

Here are the two women who inspired me today:

Jessica Jackley of Kiva

– http://www.ted.com/talks/lang/eng/jessica_jackley_poverty_money_and_love.html

Jacqueline Novogratz on Patient Capitalism

– http://www.ted.com/talks/jacqueline_novogratz_on_patient_capitalism.html

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