We opened this year with both a tribute to the private sector for its very active role in development in Asia and for significantly stimulating community engagement; as well as an introspective look at its role in and dealings with global firms’ factories and outsourcing providers across the region.
Economics is first. If your children don’t have food or good health, how can you expect them to learn well in school or grow up to be innovators?
Dear hardcore Catholics/moral terrorists: Clicking on “Like” or “Share” on someone’s body ravaged by disease or commenting “Amen” on angels’ or Jesus’ photos does not up your odds at your so-called heaven. In the same token, not circulating the chain letter does not diminish one’s stake at your self-professed salvation. You are allowing yourself to be fooled by those bored and confused geriatrics in the Vatican who are simply out to get your pledge money. You really think they don’t spend your money on their luxury SUVs and schooling their bastard children?
…and how to paddle and probably even build the boat, too—one step at a time, with not just one person doing the teaching part.
ODA (official development assistance) may no longer be that sustainable, considering the shifts of economic powers and political positions in the world order in the last half-decade. In the last two decades we also saw the rise of corporate foundations (CSRs), multi-laterals, development agencies and bi-lateral relations come to the fore in advancing global development.
How about diverting all your negative energies, pent-up anger and imperfections to helping other people or passionately doing your job better?
Mom: So, how’s India?
Me: I don’t know, really.
Mom: I thought you’re in India?
Me: I thought so, too…