Scotland Will Not Go Gentle

Scotland is not a willing participant in Theresa May’s Brexit plans. The country had the highest portion of Remain votes of any region in the UK with 62% of the country’s votes going that way. Theresa May promised the devolved administrations (Northern Ireland, Scotland, and Wales) they’d agree on the approach to Brexit prior to the […]

Is the WTO a Good Brexit Safety Net for the UK?

I’m wrapping up a book “Keep Calm and Brexit On?” that I’ll be publishing in multiple installments. The first one, “It’s Not Dead Yet” opens the book with the usual front matter and the first couple of chapters which set the stage for last summer’s historic referendum on the UK’s EU membership. There’s a lot […]

March 13 Bangkok Stammtisch: Owen Jones meets Rutger Bregman

Tonight’s the night (March 13, 2017) for the monthly Bangkok Stammtisch for RSA members and friends. As part of our meetup, we’re planning to discuss Owen Jones’ interview of Rutger Bregman. I’ve outlined the discussion below as a conversation starter. If you’re in Bangkok, and this is of interest, come join us at the Queen […]

Hate speech ain’t free (Boycott Bill Maher)

Lately, there’s been a lot of talk about the necessity of the universal right (or lack thereof) to free speech. Much of this has been due to the tiresome provocations of a couple of sad souls who are either clamoring for attention via a morally repugnant, dangerous path of self-promotion, or they’re truly advocating for […]

Beware confirmation bias in reviewing exit polls (On hand-waving away income inequality)

I’ve seen the chart below being shared widely on Twitter as an “Aha!” to prove that the vote wasn’t about economic anxiety or a working class revolt. Taken at face value that seems a reasonable response. But if you peel back the onion, you see the big u-turn for voters making less than $30k who went […]

LightBlue supports Zero Waste in Singapore (5 Steps to Zero Waste)

I’m visiting Singapore with LightBlue Environmental Consulting for the Singapore Hotel Association’s event on waste. We expect it to be interesting and informative as local hotels will be awarded for their sustainability efforts. We created this short video with tips to help businesses that are thinking about implementing zero waste practices get started. Reach out […]

Waste & Recycling in Singapore

I’m headed to a zero waste event with the Singapore’s National Environment Agency and the Singapore Hotel Association next week. In doing some homework for the event, I found a surprisingly large gap between what I’d call commercial vs. retail recycling rates. I’m looking forward to working with businesses to help close that gap. If […]

The SDGs turn 1 (Do you know what they are?)

The UN’s 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) turn 1 year old this weekend. Before the SDGs, there were the MDGs (Millennium Development Goals), a UN program that’s widely held to have come up far short of its 8 targets. The UN took a more coordinated approach with the SDGs, aligning all of its units around the 17 goals, and […]