Thursday, November 23, 2006

Secret, Lies and Sweatshops

I recommend the last week's cover strory of Business Week: Secrets, Lies and Sweatshops about the difficulties foreign companies have to really be in control of their Chinese suppliers. Probably it is a Chinese problem BUT isn't it also our demands (cheap, fast and just-in-time) and hardcore capitalistic way of doing business that puts the pressure on the Chinese suppliers industry... ?


Wednesday, November 22, 2006

Will we ride on donkeys again?

As announced I went to Casa Asia's IV Asian Forum on Sustainable Enegry in Asian (Sencond day's subject matter). There were many interesting speeches, presentations and comments made but Mr Michael Nobel's framwork speech on the future energy crisis and Asia's growth was one to remember.

He started his speech saying, that maybe in a not too distant future, we might ride on horses and donkeys again if we don't find sustainable and safe alternative energy sources other then oil and coal (unfortunately nuclear energy is such an alternative for him...). Here's the MP4 of his speech. (sorry, but the quality is not too great).

BTW: yes, Mr Nobel is Swedish and yes, Mr Nobel is a relative of Alfred Nobel!