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Public health for people like us

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Public health for people like us

Posted on 30 May 2015

At TEDxAuckland 2015 -two of the most outstanding talks were about health issues. Prof Grant Schofield spoke about putting the public into public health, and Dr Hong Sheng Chiong on Fighting blindness with $20 and a smart phone Grant told a story about a diabetes project in Tarawa on in Kiribati when he worked with […] Continue Reading

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Solar Reaches Flipping Point

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Solar Reaches Flipping Point

Posted on 06 May 2015

A few days ago Tesla solved one of the bigger problems for renewable energy – low cost storage. “Tesla’s home battery, named “Powerwall,” is a rechargeable lithium-ion battery that mounts on the wall and comes in 7 kilowatt-hour or 10 kilowatt-hour versions, the company said in a statement. Deliveries will begin in late summer and the […] Continue Reading

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big ideas, featured, TEDx

TEDxAuckland 2015 – My Notes

Posted on 03 May 2015

TEDxAuckland 2015 #TEDxAkl was most excellent yesterday. Sixteeen speakers, live music, great coffee and 2000 or so attendees all along for the ideas adventure. wow just wow #tedxakl was mindblowing and amazing and all things wonderful!! — Vivian Chandra (@vivster81) May 2, 2015 Back in 1676 Isaac Newton ““If I have seen further it is […] Continue Reading

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Disagreement as way forward

Posted on 13 April 2015

Back in the early 90’s I read a book called ‘Maverick’ by Ricardo Semler. In it he tells the story of of how the hyperinflation of Brazil opened his eyes to a radical re-thinking of the way that companies worked. The story told in the Maverick book was an eye opener for me. At the time […] Continue Reading

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big ideas, featured, TED

There are no crew on spaceship Earth -mixed messages about Mars

Posted on 19 March 2015

TED 2015 is on right now in Vancouver and while I am not there (one day:) I have been watching the various media streams when I have a moment. What I was struck by on the first day was what I think is a profound dissonance between a couple of presentations on the general topic […] Continue Reading

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Is 2015 the year that VR gets real (Oculus Rift:) from @WemoLab

Posted on 08 January 2015

Back in September last year at the 2014 MORGO conference I was able to try out the Samsung Gear Oculus VR device and I was very impressed to see a swim by of a Blue Whale and more on the screen. VR as a concept; has been around for quite a while and like many […] Continue Reading

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Is Solar Power for Home Practical for NZ?

Posted on 04 January 2013

Many NZ consumers will be wondering if solar power for the home is a practical option. In simple terms despite New Zealand having mostly renewable energy our power costs to the home have continued to climb in the past few years despite low inflation. In real terms power costs have pretty much doubled for me […] Continue Reading

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big data, big ideas, featured, TED

The Ultimate Infographics are here now

Posted on 02 June 2012

One way that newspapers and other media try to manage a lot of information is by making an infographic or diagram. This type of visual “map” often helps the media to convey complex ideas more quickly and makes it easier for most of us to process. Unfortunately many of these infographics are becoming quite cluttered […] Continue Reading

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culture, music

On a Slow Boat to China

Posted on 19 November 2012

Mainstream TV in New Zealand seems to think that besides cooking shows, building renovations and talent shows we need to see X factor, Idol, the Voice and various other talent shows. Luckily there is lots of great music around and if you have ears to hear it is easy to find. Luke Thompson has been […] Continue Reading

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big ideas, culture

Politics as universal comedy

Posted on 16 October 2012

In a few weeks it is Presidential elections in the U.S. The choice there is between a President who has done very little to change the daily lives of US people and a candidate who intends to ignore most ( about 47%) of the population and further dismantle the state. Part of the problem for […] Continue Reading

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