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OpenIDEO - How might we inspire and enable communities to take more initiative in making their local environments better?

OpenIDEO - How might we inspire and enable communities to take more initiative in making their local environments better? | Possibilities | Scoop.it

Singapore started out as a small fishing village but, rather quickly, turned into a sprawling metropolis. Like many other countries, it has reached a highly developed state. Public agencies such as Singapore's National Environment Agency would like to envision how to rejuvenate our local environments to inspire and enable communities to make our living environments better – and are eager to collaborate with the global community to explore solutions which resonate in Singapore and across the world.


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Hao Yu Li's insight:

Singapore is a modern country with short but fantastic history. It begins with proverty and undevelopment, but in these days Singapore changes a lot. It develops as one of the fastest countries in the world and people's lives are getting much better. The reason why Singapore has changed so much is that Singapore has caught the possibilities to change itself. Opportunities are very precious and rare, so we need to catch it hard so that we will not let it go away. With the help of possibilities, we can succeed finally.

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Nathaniel Loreno Arendayen's curator insight, July 2, 2013 12:17 PM

Using the 'see-think-wonder' I can see that Singapore is enthusiastic about collaboration with other countries. This is because a country cannot survive on it's own especially a country as small as Singapore. But even though Singapore is a small country it is recognised globally. I think that this is a great opportunity to foster good ties with other countries especially those in Asia as more problems are arising regionally and globally. By working together with other countries, global or regional crisis can be averted, like the recent Haze issue. Working together can prove to be effective and may stop major issues from happening ahead of time. I wonder what other ways can we foster good relationships with other countries and how we can solve the problems we face.

Wu Weiyang's curator insight, July 3, 2013 11:30 AM

I see that Singapore has reached the status of a developed country and we are still trying to further improve ourselves. I think that collaborating with the global community will allow Singapore to be heard and enable ourselves to reach greater heights with the help of other countries' opinions. I wonder if there are other ways to make our living environments better other than collaborating with the global community.

Teoh Jun Fang's curator insight, July 5, 2013 10:27 AM

(See-Think-Wonder) From this article, I can see that Singapore has developed very well and quickly over the years. Singapore started out small but now, it is a bustling city with good economy. Now that the population is growing, we need to have a good environment, connection with neighbouring countries,etc for the future generations. I think that working with the other countries is the best solution since Singapore is such a small country that does not have much natural resources. I wonder what will happen if other countries refuse to work with Singapore?

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The story of Ehje, Peanut Butter Manufacturer-- Technology transfer via USAID Peanut CRSP

The story of Ehje, Peanut Butter Manufacturer--  Technology transfer via USAID Peanut CRSP | Possibilities | Scoop.it

 

 

I met Ehje at a training course held as an activity in a USAID funded Peanut Collaborative  Research Program (CRSP) project that I led in the Philippines for 11 years until 2007. She attended and brought with her a 4 oz. plastic container of peanut butter, and approached me during a coffee break to ask for an evaluation of her product. Litlle did I know then that her family had difficulty making ends meet, and that a she had scraped whatever means she had to try to attend our course--on peanut processing. 

 

A few years have passed since that fateful day. This tiny, deterined  lady has, through a vison of success, hard work, some micro-financing, and a ton of common sense, graduated from being a 1 Kg per week casual preparer of peanut paste, to sell to her assembly line co-workers, to a tons per day peanut processor marketing her products to superrmarket and bakery chains nationwide, in the Philippines.

 

Ehje's peanut butter is one of the highest quality peanut butters being marketed in Manila.  She has expanded her operations several times but growth has necessitated a move to a  brand new processing plant. 

 

It is the success stories of people like Ehje that make my hard work, the tremendous amount of time  and effort worthwhile. I felt a sense of of pride when Ehje and her husband and business partner Boyong came to see me in Makati, to relate the tremendous transformation in their lives. She sends me videoclips, news stories as you read above, eternally grateful for the knowledge and advice she has obtained.  I cannot help but smile when out of the blue, Ehje is there chatting with me on Facebook, always with a technical question on peanut processing. Ehje will forever be my student, as I am forever her teacher.

 

Anna Resurrecccion, Ph.D.

Distinguished Research Professor

The University of Georgia

     

 

 


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We are always envious of other's achievement and success, without knowing what they have paid for it. They are always very hard-working and would spend much time on their work. They live with their work and finally succeed. They always begin with hardship and many problems with their jobs and lives. Only due to their presistence and personality of never giving up do they finally succeed. It is never impossible to be successful as long as you put your effort and heart into in.

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Finland leads the way in high-tech innovation

Finland leads the way in high-tech innovation | Possibilities | Scoop.it

People from other countries often ask: “How is it possible that Finland, a small country, is able to cover such a wide field of innovations?”

One of the answers may be that they really care– as individuals, companies, universities, institutions and government.

The newly published book, The Finnish Miracle, by Canadian-born André Noël Chaker, who has lived in Finland for 20 years, describes the Path of Possibilities, a success model founded on Finnishness. To Chaker, the strengths of Finnishness include solution- centred thinking, adherence to rules, closeness to nature, a good education system, competitiveness, security, openness, equality and minimal hierarchy.

The various stages of the success model Chaker has structured on Finnishness include an open mind, trial and error, working harder and smarter and, of course, having Finnish sisu, or grit...

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This is a possibility of a successful innovation. According to this article, the success of a group of people or even a ountry depends on many things. Firstly, every part must do their best to finish their jobs. Then they have to cooperate with each other and communicate to discuss about the issue. Next, a good leader is crutial. He must be far-sighted and able to handle this work. They will make many mistakes and faults. However, they cannot give up but keep on working till the final success.

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