Geography’s centricity

Economy, military might and ethnic dynamics notwithstanding, the importance of geography is undeniable. The old adage “you can’t change your neighbors” will always stand true. There is either immense brotherhood or animosity between neighbors.. mostly the latter. Centuries of wrongdoing, victimization, capturing of resources.

The more powerful tribes of the past and the stronger imperial nations have often felt compelled to violate the sovereignty of other nations. Some of those relationships have transformed into mutually beneficial economic relations.

Access to water, trade routes, resources, etc. have historically had greater impact on how two regions deal with each other. This, even though territorial conflicts continue to prevail (Sino-Japan, Sino-India etc).People from up the Indus used to trade with people from down the Indus: modern day China and Pakistan. Same applied to communities around Nile, Tigris, Euphrates, etc.

It is intriguing how nations of the past dealt with each other and how they do so now. Of course, there were fewer regions back than as opposed to nation-states of today. This reduced regional unity and hence the realization to create more geographical blocks like the EU, SCO, BRICS, etc.

This note is hardly the tip of the iceberg in in the importance of “geo” in geopolitics, it will be revisited in greater detail in the future..

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Teoriya Resheniya Izobretatelskikh Zadatch

TRIZ, introduced to me by my a good friend of mine, delves into generating innovative ideas and solutions to problem solving in a systematic and simplified manner. The solutions to individualized problems cover most logical and practical angles. It is nothing

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but a starting step to brainstorming and opening my the mind to possible solutions that could have been over-looked otherwise. Here’s the Wikipedia profile of it.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/TRIZ

Obstacles surrounding full implementation of Green Processes

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Being a student of this field, it pains me to see the limited progress renewable energy technologies are making even in a country like Canada which offers so much potential and incentives to the green industry.

Some key issues mentioned in the white paper below:

  • Lack of consumer choice in selection of suppliers
  • Monopolization of market by major energy firms
  • Failure to account for environmental externalities caused by conventional energy-producing methods
  • Failure to address implementation barriers

Here’s the link: http://www.canwea.ca/images/uploads/File/Resources/lostopps.pdf

Positively Negative Syndrome

..Is what a lot of us experience on a regular basis, especially when it comes to professional decisions. Personally, it seems to be that the second or third thoughts regarding a particular decision seem to be negatively inclined. It is often a case of one foot in the positive and the other in the negative territory! This slip is called Positively Negative by the author of the article whose link is attached below. I think most of us can at least partially relate to it.

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http://cultivategreatness.com/2007/01/05/the-positively-negative-mindset

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