In a quest to earn a living over the past decade, especially the rather boisterous and fluid time since 2014, I look back at the birthdays of mine and loved ones that I have missed, the anniversaries and ofcourse the numerous weddings of friends I have missed which I dearly wanted to attend in Yangon, … More Time, a register of loss.
Predictive analytics and community level resilience have to couple up for climate adaptation to occur. Quantify impact of GHG emissions in Dollars and Cents, so that the impact is crystal clear. A lot of our impact assessment is qualitative bordering on vague as meaning making hinges many a time on the context.
For more than a library of research papers on low income migration from the global south, a community organisation with lawyers and doctors do more to help deliver aid, than an academic who writes on the lived experience with out helping out in any tangible manner. How many papers do labor policy bureaucrats read?
I am glad that the Migrant Culture scene in Singapore has evolved from being an opposition minded anti PAP theatre to one which is thoroughly mainstreamed. The poor migrant workers who are interested in aid and support primarily are spared from being used as a pawn by so called activists.
Big Fat Weddings are good for business and they create jobs in the events sector. MICE is a big urban employment generator from Davos to Singapore. Social theorists who are criticising the large spends would probably vie for an endowed chair in a university sponsored by them. Jobs are real, and jobs created support lives, … More Weddings Create Work
The role of the Think/Do Tank is the reimagine the role of the knowledge mediator in the Sustainability Ecosystem with the generation of not merely white papers for the PR Mill but to develop actionable intelligence for the practitioner ecosystem whether it is in making science work for policy to guiding the consulting sector with … More Think Tank Vision
The migrant culture scene in Singapore and Malaysia has boomed and is indeed very vibrant with amazing talents. A lot of them are known to me and have taught me resilience. The ‘low skill migrant’ as a case for celebration is however problematic sans interrogation. If one extrapolates these lessons globally, migrants need legal aid … More Real Issues not Theatre
Without sponsors, mentors and souls willing to support us in our journey to support them, one cannot do anything substantial as every phenomenon, organisation and profession is a network of capital and idea flows. This is something not taught enough in college, as the same professor that one hates, offers a great interview tip a … More Network Flows
A few evenings back, I sat in a cab shuttling between malls, when I flagged down a cab which was driven by Salman, a massive Bollywood buff. When he heard that I was from Mumbai (my passport address is a Navi Mumbai one at least, a bureaucratic anchor for a fluid identity at best) he … More Conversations with Cabbies: Muscat Edition
A prolonged conversation on migrant workers with an old friend, based in SE Asia ignited a part of my life which I have parked by the side at this bend of my life. I worked on migrant worker issues for a research think tank in Singapore and am associated remotely with Mohsin Malhar Bhai on … More Lived Experience Matters