Today marked my last day with Dogwood Alliance. It makes me realise that I'm leaving Asheville before I know it. I still remember the first day I arrived at the office, feeling so nervous and thrilled to meet everyone. I feel so welcomed here. I have a chance to present about WWF-Laos work and my … Continue reading How the real journey starts from the last day
It was exciting to see how these amazing people plan to make a change. I joined Dogwood Alliance team for their annual 2 year planning retreat at the North Carolina Arboretum. All the trees look incredible at this time of the year. It was interesting to see how Dogwood Alliance planned for the strategies to … Continue reading The path to make a change: how shared vision and action plan are made
My trip to Raleigh is followed by a visit to North Carolina governor's office. I had an opportunity to join Dogwood Alliance and Clean Air Carolina team to meet with Governor Roy Cooper's policy advisor. It was an intense discussion which many critical issues were presented, especially the pollution that caused by wood pellets facility. … Continue reading Urging NC Governor to Protect Public Health: voice from the community
Today is my last day at my host office. During four weeks in Connecticut, I have a great chance to broaden my professional expertise, knowledge and understanding for better address the challenges facing in my country especially in term of promoting local participatory in governance and legislation. Moreover, I have been offered the opportunity to … Continue reading Food for Friendships: Culinary Diplomacy
I had the privilege over the weekend to attend the Fletcher Initiative on Religion, Law & Diplomacy at Tufts University. Being from an Asian country where culture and religion is very much intertwined with all aspects of life, and having worked in development work across the region, I could very much relate to the view point … Continue reading Religion, Law and Diplomacy
Most of the time we think technology is good for us, good for our government, good for our society. It makes life easier and more convenient hence technology has become an integral part of the way we live. A couple of decades ago most people struggle to use or adapt to new technologies. Nowadays, we … Continue reading Technology: a double-edged sword
Annual budget forecast for local government unit is always a balance between strong fundamental sources of revenues to facilitate its operations and the growing expenditures to address the needs of the community. Considering the demand and supply side of local budgeting is a general principle applicable worldwide. However, the vitality of it lies on the … Continue reading PARTICIPATORY BUDGETING IS MORE ABOUT EMPATHIC THINKING
We have been in Albany for more than 3 weeks and one of the most impressive things is the working culture of the staff here. Let me first spend some words for the Mayor of city of Albany. I was impressed by her statement “I want to make people feel happy when they are here. … Continue reading Voluntary and Dedicated Spirit
Solar energy is available for all, Sun, sweat and heat are part of the job; Climb the roof careful not to fall, SOLAR STATES is here to complete the job. Click here for video snippet of the installation.
By this fellowship, I supposedly lived only in one city during one-month placement. I am just a lucky bastard, who had chanced to stay on the second city for almost one week in the midst of placement. -- My luck was doubled. First, about the city, it is Portland, where already on my wishlist places … Continue reading In Portland : One of the greenest city in the U.S.