The Design Thinking Behind London’s New $4B Subway Trains aims to eliminate the dangerous gap between the platform and the train. The design firm Priestman Goode have used design thinking to improve several efficiencies involved with the transport system. In particular, it will contribute to solving the issue of London's booming commuter population for the next several decades.
Although NZ's tertiary sustainability network in was to be admired, it is outstanding in the international context. It is important that countries are able to support and share with each other in order to generate sustainable practices. Forums in AUS aim to enhance and extend the community of practice around sustainability in the tertiary education sector in NZ. Involving a community made up of professional staff members responsible for facilitating environmental performance improvement.
Former Chief Financial Officer Andy Fastow says Enrons bankruptcy could have been avoided. Although often blamed for this financial crisis, he says his one time boss, Jeff Skilling is also not to blame for what is one of the largest bankruptcies in U.S history. Fastow realised that the transactions of Enron were misleading and fraudulent - they made the company look healthy when it was not, yet he claims that these transactions did not cause Enron to go bankrupt.
Whistle blowers play a vital role in exposing corruption and other misconduct committed within business operations. Unfortunately it is these whistle blowers who are infact reprimanded or fired, even when the allegations are true. Whistleblower protection laws have been enacted in order to solve this issue and preotect the employees responsible of whistle blowing retrieved from: http://pogoarchive.pub30.convio.net/investigations/whistleblower-issues/
All too often we treat problems in isolation, forgetting the networks of feedback that bind us together and to nature. Systems thinking can be used to overcome issues in our environment such as climate change, deforestation to collapsing fisheries & species extinction. Systems thinking offers 5 key lessons for business: It expands the boundaries of our mental models, recognizes constraints, moves beyond technical solutions, confronts our values and recognizes that we can make a difference.
In relation to our participation exercise playpumps - South Africa is a chronically water stressed country which has huge economic development and social upliftment challenges. In the past, South Africa has continuously invested in water infrastructure, however they are fast approaching full utilisation of water yields that are available on the surface. The issue surrounding climate change predicts significant changes to rainfall and temperature which will have negative effects on water…
There is a constant battle between the government wanting to reduce inflation, and the issue of unemployment. Government policies often provide New Zealanders temporary work, yet in with the aim to have a consistently low inflation rate unemployment begins to increase. As a result of this unions are put on the back foot, defending it's members while being forced to settle for these low inflation rates.
An article released by New Zealand Herald this morning states how the Act Party aim to drop the company tax rate from 28% to 12.5%. This will result in an influx of new business which will provide more jobs and increase wages. Act believe this can be achieved relatively easily, because company tax raises far less revenue for the government than income tax and GST. Retrieved from http://www.nzherald.co.nz/nz/news/article.cfm?c_id=1&objectid=11303404
This pin represents how the New Zealand economy has adapted and progressed. It shows that New Zealand is in a stronger position to handle economic fluctuations and as a result of this will be better able to avoid a downward economic spiral. With a low public debt the government is able to offer the necessary support to the economy during the hard times of a recession. Retrieved from - http://www.statisticalconsultants.co.nz/weeklyfeatures/WF28.html