Monday, April 27, 2009

Call it what you want, this is slick

In the States we call it Hacky Sack, while in older countries it's called Footbag. Call it what you want; when you see it in action, it's impressive.

I'll leave him anonymous so his fanmail won't distract from finals coming up, but this guy in our cohort may be wasting his time with the AGSM MBA. This is obviously a world competition level footbagger:

The best I can boast is maybe being seen as a carpetbagger, coming back to Duke after a semester in New York. That's not even a good thing. I'll get back to work now in a constant effort to improve myself.

Saturday, April 25, 2009

White House Publicity for DC Greenworks

I was charmed to find a video clip about DC Greenworks on the official White House website,

This is a strong example of the good work happening in DC. It's encouraging to see the wave of Energy Policy fueled by Obama's sea change.

Green Jobs for a Green Future from White House on Vimeo.

Kudos to my friend Ty Voyles who gave this to me and appears on the roof carrying some dirt.

Sunday, April 19, 2009

AGSM Hosts UNSW Photovoltaics Speaker

We recently had a visit at AGSM from David Jordan, Director of Business Development at UNSW's Faculty of Engineering. Primarily he works with the UNSW School of Photovoltaic and Renewable Energy Engineering. He has a background working with BP in their Solar Energy investments and currently drives the emergence of a new manufacturing operation to complement UNSW's traditional excellence in solar technology research and development. A small group of students joing David in the AGSM boardroom after Stacy Mellman, President of the Corporate Social Responsibility Club, organized the event.

David Jordan's talk on Photovoltaic technology was delivered at light speed! His brain functioned like a supercomputer as he clipped through every aspect of Solar panel research at UNSW and the exciting future ahead. He excited me with the plans for an industrial solar panel production facility to be built adjacent to the AGSM building in the currently lackluster car park. With these two institutions as neighbors on the UNSW campus, the possibilities for collaboration will be ripe in a global climate demanding renewable energy. David’s background with BP speaks to the potential for big business in renewables. Despite the hardships David Jordan shared, those in our generation are able to provide enthusiasm. Combining the seasoned experience of one generation and the optimism of the next, together we can see sustainable initiatives overtake investing as a primary MBA employment prospect.

I am not the only person inspired by David Jordan. With the wave of future plans and developments ahead, I will be one in many to realize a sea change in renewable energy innovation. David mentioned he is a big fan of Better Place, a global initiative for electric cars where Australia is one of many countries participating. Additional credibility for what David Jordan represents is given by the fact that the wealthiest man in China, Dr. Shi Zhengrong, with his company SunTech is a product of the UNSW School of Photovoltaic and Renewable Energy Engineering. Everybody needs heroes, and my list is only getting longer.