Linzi Lewis: eco-warrior for environmental awareness

first_imgLinzi Lewis wears many hats. She describes herself as an urban geographer and ethno-botanist. Fiercely protective of her Mother Earth, she says she is constantly mindful of her relationship between herself and the planet.Constantly looking for ways where art and science collide Lewis uses arts facilitation techniques for shared learning. Lewis, also a dancer, is a woman of action and works at a grass roots level. In 2011 she galvanised an “AMbush revolution” and formed the AMbush Eco-Art Collective. This is “a collective of eco-artist-activists, sustainable designers, social change makers, performers, recyclers and ‘evolutionaries’”, she says.last_img read more

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Oracle Reverses Course, Embraces Cloud Before Its Customers All Flee

first_img3 Areas of Your Business that Need Tech Now Tags:#Amazon Web Services#cloud computing#Oracle Five years after Larry Ellison called hype about cloud computing “complete gibberish,” his company announced no less than 10 cloud computing services during the Oracle OpenWorld show yesterday.Ellison didn’t kick off those new services himself, nor could he be bothered to attend his company’s annual trade show at all. He preferred instead to stay on Oracle’s chase boat to watch Oracle Team USA in the America’s Cup race (though to be fair, the Oracle team has pulled off a major comeback in the race).Maybe the snub is just another one of Ellison’s idiosyncrasies, but it’s also possible that the Oracle CEO didn’t want to be in the building while his company completely reversed his earlier strategy of deriding cloud computing at every opportunity. In 2009, a year after his rants on cloud computing hype, Ellison told attendees at a Churchill Club event:Cloud’s water vapor… Cloud computing is not only the future of computing, it is the present and the entire past of computing…Our industry is so bizarre. They just change a term and they think they’ve invented technology… You can’t just come up with a [tagline] like ‘Let’s call that “cloud.”Oracle: Hey, Wait, Let’s Go Ahead And Call That ‘Cloud’One wonders, then, how customers are supposed to view Oracle’s new cloud services, which include Business Intelligence Cloud, Compute Cloud, Database Cloud and Object Storage Cloud. These are not the only things Oracle is sending to the cloud. Oracle Database as a Service, Oracle Java as a Service and Oracle Infrastructure as a Service are also part of the available offerings.But are these just relabeled technologies intended to prevent the departure of customers from Oracle’s ecosystem to other vendors and services? Compute Cloud, after all, is a direct competitor to Amazon Web Service’s EC2 service, Object Storage Cloud is no doubt taking on AWS’s S3 service and so on. It’s easy to be a bit cynical about these offerings based on Ellison’s past commentary.Tactically, this is still the best move Oracle could make. Cloud computing is something that, Ellison’s notions to the contrary, customers want, and they’ve been leaving Oracle to get it. It doesn’t help that Oracle’s licensing costs are perceived as still high, and the availability of less-expensive services, even from different vendors has driven a lot of bottom-line decisions to migrate away.Oracle is clearly hoping that by providing a single Oracle-dominated stack of services to customers, they will be less inclined to endure the pain that any migration must undergo, no matter how good the final destination. Migration is a lot like ripping off a bandage: you know you should do it, but you also know it’s going to hurt.All of these cloud services are Oracle’s way to coax people to leave the bandage on a little longer. Image by Reuters/Robert Galbraith Related Posts Cognitive Automation is the Immediate Future of…center_img IT + Project Management: A Love Affair brian proffitt Massive Non-Desk Workforce is an Opportunity fo…last_img read more

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On Investing in Oneself

first_imgOne of the reasons people don’t invest in themselves is because they really don’t understand the enormous return on that investment.I was fortunate enough to attend Harvard Business School for my executive education. The very first class I took was given by Professor Max Bazerman. Bazerman is one of the world’s foremost authorities on negotiation, and the biggest companies in the world call him when they need help because the stakes are high. I won’t share with you what Professor Bazerman did in that first class, but simply watching him go through one exercise has literally been worth millions of dollars to me.It Costs Too MuchIf you spend the money on an education without looking for—and applying—the million dollar lessons you will perceive education as being expensive.But education is cheap. What is expensive is not investing in yourself, not finding the priceless ideas that you can apply over the course of your lifetime. What’s expensive is making unnecessary mistakes and losing opportunities because you weren’t educated to recognize either.It Costs Too LittleA book costs almost nothing. Because it costs so little, you may not realize the value of the book.The three Neil Rackham books I read in the late 1980’s have been worth hundreds of millions of dollars in revenue to me and my companies over my lifetime. But only because I read the books and worked diligently to apply them to my work in sales and sales management. All told these books might have cost me $75.The monetary cost of a book is next to nothing. Most people don’t recognize that the cost of the book doesn’t reflect the value of the contents. They don’t recognize it as an investment because it costs too little.Getting a Return on Your InvestmentThe return on the investments you make in yourself is exponential. To realize that return you have to make the investments of time, energy, and money. Then you have to work to apply what you learned to your business and life. There is no greater investment you can make, and nothing produces a greater return.last_img read more

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Agent Viru

first_imgAnupam MukerjiTuesday, March 1An optional practice day for the team. But the coach showed select players some highlights from the match against England. Bhajji was shown his dropped catch, followed by how he growled at others for their misfields. Piyush Chawla (PC) was shown how he got tonked for two sixes and then reacted to a wicket like he had taken a hat-trick. And Munaf was shown his performance with the bat again and again till it could pierce through his head. “All you had to do was run, you idiot,” Kirsten Kaku was overheard screaming. “But, it’s good to have him in the side,” Agent Viru told me later. “Now I am not the only bull head in the team.” Kaku has sought Sunil Gavaskar’s help to teach Munaf how to put the bat behind the crease. An obvious choice as teacher, given his fascination with “sliding the bat in”, as we have painfully heard a million times in his long career as commentator. But Munaf is quietly confident he will make Gavaskar forget it himself. Amazingly, most of India is wishing the same.Wednesday, March 2PCB Chief Ijaz Butt held a press conference after Pakistan’s win against Sri Lanka. Other than the victory, he spoke of how it was now clear that the Sydney Test Match, famous for Kamran Akmal’s 123 missed chances, wasn’t fixed at all. “It’s clear now that Kamran really can’t keep wickets. We should stop accusing him of dropping catches intentionally,” Butt said. Kamran, in turn, has turned to PC for help with a text that reads, “Please teach me how not to look stupid while doing stupid things on the field.” Viru tells me that PC has promised to teach Kamran as soon as he finishes teaching S. Sreesanth.advertisementThursday, March 3 Suresh Raina is getting desperate to break into the playing eleven. While the rest of the team trained at the Chinnaswamy Stadium, Raina headed to a leading cosmetic surgeon to explore ways of getting dimples on his cheeks. “Look like PC and you can get in,” Viru had suggested to Raina a few days earlier. All for a good cause, after all, Raina can definitely bat better and couldn’t bowl any worse. Raina even called up Praveen Kumar (PK) to confirm the pecking order. Raina was under the impression that his name came after PK’s in the Uttar Pradesh quota. “Even I know this much English yaar,” PK replied. “P comes before S.” And C is closer to D,” Viru added with a wry smile as he narrated the story to me.Friday, March 4I met Agent Viru at his house in Delhi where he had returned to get his rib injury scanned. He updated me on a few mysterious incidents. Apparently, Ashish Nehra’s after shave bottle was found filled with a warm fluid of similar colour but very dissimilar odour. Unfortunately for Nehra, he discovered it much after he had liberally applied it all over his face. Bhajji’s shoes were found filled with sand. And R. Ashwin, another bowler vying for a spot, couldn’t sleep the whole night as he felt his room was haunted. “A pattern seems to emerge if you combine these two incidents with how Sreesanth bowled a beamer at Yuvi and then smashed the bowling coach’s knees,” Agent Viru explained the conspiracy theory. When I asked about his rib injury, he explained, “Ribs were always fine, yaar. I was tired of the bisibele bhath in Bangalore. I had to have my mom’s aloo parathas. Now, I am all set for the next match.”The writer was formerly known as the Fake IPL Player. He will observe the 2011 World Cup through Agent Viru’s eyes.last_img read more

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