Ticking off that checklist

The YSEALI Professional Fellowship is in less than two days, and it's a packing spree--my bedroom's littered with things from local travels, so it would be good to have a checklist of items and errands and prepare right for the journey. If you still haven't packed (or if you're procrastinating on the packing, like I'm … Continue reading Ticking off that checklist

Manila to D.C. – 27 Hours++ and 8,667.65 mi (13,949.23 km)++ Later

A few days left before the YSEALI-ICMA Spring Professional Fellowship Program. And here I am, not yet packed, I'm still rushing to finish off reports and other outputs before I leave the paperwork behind or else bring them with me for an extra baggage or two. But I just had to make this quick map … Continue reading Manila to D.C. – 27 Hours++ and 8,667.65 mi (13,949.23 km)++ Later

PARTICIPATORY BUDGETING IS MORE ABOUT EMPATHIC THINKING

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

Nothing is perfect!

Back at the time before I went to USA, I thought everything in USA was all perfect. Good transportation facilities, high public awareness, the good and open governance has been practically working, and other aspects that bolster up this country to be the superpower country in the world. News feed spreads like a disease and … Continue reading Nothing is perfect!

OREGON’S ENCHANTING BEAUTY

Famous Chinese Philosopher Lao Tzu once said that nature does not hurry, yet everything is accomplished. And that is exactly how it feels to indulge in the beauty of Oregon’s natural resources and tourist spots. Weekends adventures are the best time to contemplate lessons and values learned during weekdays’ meetings and activities. I highly commend … Continue reading OREGON’S ENCHANTING BEAUTY

Mayor of Eugene : ‘Open your Eyes’ Rock Star

When my agenda written to have meeting with Eugene’s mayor, I just act as another usual meeting. On the second the meeting run, I just realized that it was such a huge surprise and unbelievable session for me as well. I previously think that I only join with planning team who set the meeting with … Continue reading Mayor of Eugene : ‘Open your Eyes’ Rock Star

Triple Bottom Line Soul

Another attempt that show Eugene’s strong leadership in sustainability is establishment of Sustainability Commission which act as a policy advisory body to the council and city manager in the development or initiation that will enhance, develop and create sustainable practices within the community. The Sustainability Commission consist of 12 citizen members and one city councilor, … Continue reading Triple Bottom Line Soul

When Sustainability is already as Pop Song

Being placed in the city where has long-history of outstanding implementation about sustainable vision, I could not more beyond grateful. Eugene, the 160.000 city’s population, put ‘sustainability’ (particularly for city’s officials, public institutions, and the business sector) in the back of their mind. Members of the Eugene community consciously desire a healthy economy which conserves … Continue reading When Sustainability is already as Pop Song

“We should pay more taxes “

In my entire life, I never heard someone said consciously that He/She loves paying taxes. Study reports that every country has a complex tax system and there is always some people that have contradictory opinions with the taxes regulations in their country. The public doesn't feel like their money is being used properly by the … Continue reading “We should pay more taxes “

Because everyone is precious

It was a rainy day when the head of the youth center department said to me, "are you ready to go to our jail?".  All of sudden, I felt so creepy remembering all the bad people I saw in movies and the fact that U.S is the world's highest incarceration rate. In our way to … Continue reading Because everyone is precious