Sunday, July 28, 2013

Top Innovator Of Today Inspires Others To Impact The World

Everyone probably knows Bill Gates, but not everyone knows of his personal website that inspires, promotes innovation and encourages reading to improve personal intelligence and help cure curiosity of the unknown. He has retired from his corporate creations to have a focused pursuit of curing diseases plaguing people of 3rd world. While charging forward to cure, he has been creating unique solutions to help him get closer to success. Personal cooling device to keep antibiotics cool without electricity and toilets without plumbing are a few to help 3rd worlds in disease prevention. You can follow his journey and learn from one of the great minds of this century. Innovation is a journey, the path is easier to follow if there are footprints to follow. I encourage you to checkout:

Sunday, July 7, 2013

Germany Sets A New Solar Record 7-7-2013

Germany produced a output of 22.68 Giga watts in solar power to achieve a daily peak output a record in the month of July 2013. That means it is creating nearly half of its electrical needs in the summer. Germany has a public Photovoltaics tool for people to monitor the solar output of their country. Go to: Germany Solar output tool. Germany is a world leader in solar production, however other Euro -countries are closing in on them. How did they do this amazing feat? With the country's geographical position on the globe, how can they be that successful? Check out the full details at this link: 10 ways to get Germany's success!

Brief Summary of the Ten Ways To Make Solar Work
  1. Government support with tax and financial incentives
  2. Develop a mature solar market to lower prices
  3. Streamline the permitting process
  4. Subsidized Tariffs on solar products to help common man
  5. Educate the public now that they're interested
  6. Design the grid to handle it
  7. Level the playing field for power bidding process
  8. Don't allow geo location to be a reason not to
  9. Never give up, Coal & Oil companies will always be trouble
  10. Polls show the masses prefer solar, use that! 
If you are not located in an area of sunny days you can import it. Part of Germany's effort to help Greece during their economic down turn are plans to develop about 20,000 hectares of solar power parks for exporting renewable energy to Germany. With the Greek economy poised to contract for a fourth consecutive year, officials say green energy could create 60,000 jobs at a time of record unemployment in Greece. Turning Despair to DE- Light
This Solar field in Spain is very similar to the new solar fields being installed in California, USA backed by Google 

Friday, July 5, 2013

Cambodian Innovation In Business Management, We Could Learn From!

Like many travelers going to a hotel they have never visited, a person will read the ratings a hotel has been given by the previous visitors. On my last travel to Washington DC, USA, I found very few hotels along my travel route with a 4 star rating. Most had a 2 or three star rating. To find a hotel with all 4 and 5 star ratings was almost non-existent. I recently found a 4 to 5 star rating hotel in Siem Reap, Cambodia of all places.

I have to submit part of a 5 star rating so you can see where I am going with this:
***** "Wonderful place - hotel with heart”
Reviewed June 1, 2013

 "I would highly recommend staying here! This is a hotel with a social conscience. Can't say that about many hotels. It is 51% employee-owned, has educational programs for the employees, and works with many charities. Check out their website.

We had a free hotel pick-up which was nice. We were glad to see the driver waited around despite our rather long delay getting out of the airport. When we arrived we were warmly greeted.

One very nice thing for us is that we were able to stay in a triple. We have 4 kids (the eldest being 13) and trying to get this many people into one room typically causes a problem. (Not for us but for the hotel.) They did ask if we'd rather book 2 rooms but were fine with us in one.

 I don't think I've stayed anywhere where the staff were so friendly or concerned about our happiness. They also are able to help you book any trips you want to take. They have a nice brochure with helpful information and a whole array of trips. We hired a wonderful driver and a tour guide to Angkor Wat and everything was charged to the room. No fuss!" ......etc. Trip Advisor

The hotel was owner by Norwegian owners, who decide to move back to Norway, but do something very innovative. They feared that the hotel would get sold  to someone that may take the hotel staff down the path of other hotels that were taking advantage of the employees. They devised a plan to give the employees 51% of the ownership. Combining money made and years worked they were awarded points. These points carried stock and voting power in the company. This ownership transformed the employees to take an even more concerned approach to the success of their business. You have to read or listen to a complete story at: Who's the Boss? We Are!
2012 Wild Asia Responsible Tourism Awards Winner: Best in Community Engagement and Development

Soria Moria Impressive Award