Hiking in Sormiou – enjoying life in a work-life balance

The internet has opened up a wealth of information and knowledge at our fingertips – when was the last time you used a Yellow or White Pages? At the same time this information superhighway has made it easier for us to communicate. Think about it. Email, chat, messaging, skype, facebook, twitter has revolutionized the way … Continue reading Hiking in Sormiou – enjoying life in a work-life balance

The Mind of the Strategist

Strategy. The word is one that gets thrown around a lot especially with more and more opportunities to start a business, improve an organization, or just be plain, dare I say it, “strategic”. I’m guilty of using the word more often than I need to. But I decided while reading books on advertising that it … Continue reading The Mind of the Strategist

October 13th is the International Day for Disaster Reduction

One of the things I’m doing at work is preparing for the International Day for Disaster Reduction on October 13th. This is the day when government, international organizations, and communities celebrate and promote reducing disasters. In most cases, “disasters” are labeled this way because it has an impact on human society. It’s kind of like … Continue reading October 13th is the International Day for Disaster Reduction

The Return of Euro-Work

Geneva. This is where I’ll be for the next 6 months. International development work especially with the United Nations is generally sporadic and short-term – that’s why I’ve been moving around a lot these past few years. I finally made it back to Europe – in 2005, I spent almost half a year in Eastern … Continue reading The Return of Euro-Work

Marketing with a bit of a conscience

UPDATE (4 March 2014): I just found the presentation we put together for the final project of the course on how to provide safe drinking water to South Sudan. Download it here. I’ve enrolled in a three-week course at New York University on using marketing and communications for social/environment/development issues… basically – taking what Coca … Continue reading Marketing with a bit of a conscience

Logo for Timor and Signs in NYC

If you’re wondering about the photo above, yes, that’s NOT New York… that’s Timor-Leste and that’s the logo I designed for an Asian Foundation project on Community-Police Partnership (the one on the far right). The whole process was an experience and interesting working with Asia Foundation and their local partners on figuring out how to … Continue reading Logo for Timor and Signs in NYC

Unemployment just means you’re a “freelance consultant” (Week1)

It’s weird to be unemployed. Every time a contract/job finishes, there’s always this downtime that inevitably occurs. During these periods in between jobs, I’ve volunteered, gone back to school, picked up a new hobby, and just taken the time to relax. This is the first time I’ve ever had this downtime outside of Canada. I … Continue reading Unemployment just means you’re a “freelance consultant” (Week1)

Data Can Be Cool.

Anytime you hear the word “data” or “statistics”, the image of a geeky-looking guy (probably with a pocket protector) probably comes to mind. We’ve come a long way from this image and hopefully the idea that data is boring and only for nerdy people will change. Technology has come a long way to both help … Continue reading Data Can Be Cool.

Day 4 (#GISDay) – It's all about the data!

More and more people keep attending the afternoon seminars… including today’s presentation by the National Statistics Directorate of Timor-Leste. One of the key things in this 10-year old country is to get a better understanding about its population and what are the challenges to its growth. Timor-Leste will be conducting its national census next year … Continue reading Day 4 (#GISDay) – It's all about the data!

Day 3 (#GISDay) – Timor-Leste event is half-way through

There’s 3 days left to With maps, we build the future of Timor-Leste at Casa Europa. I’ll try to get more pictures up of the different things that are going on for the week-long event. After three days, there’s been plenty of positive response from the event – a lot of people didn’t realize that … Continue reading Day 3 (#GISDay) – Timor-Leste event is half-way through