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Igniting innovation

Views - 6398 Thursday, 4 July 2013 00:27

Ideation to action by our human capital It was a warm and dry yet pleasant evening at Anuradhapura. A tour guide sounds pretty excited and full of pride when he explained about the marvels of what our forefathers have done to a group of tourist


Innovation imperative: The only way forward!

Views - 2989 Thursday, 20 June 2013 00:00

Prof. Epasinghe, who is the Presidential Advisor on Science, addressing Ananda College students requested them to invent and make the country rich and united. He was addressing the school’s inventor society gathering. However, we know that a stude


400 PPM: More action and less talk please!

Views - 2519 Thursday, 6 June 2013 01:14

We are in a week in which Global Environment Day will be celebrated and for sure the day would provide room for many to make quite profound statements and make promises to herald change and with eloquence too. Audiences world over will clap and


A tale of two systems

Views - 1484 Thursday, 23 May 2013 00:00

With the same inputs but with different systems of management, you will derive different answers as it should be. ‘Garbage in is garbage out’ as well known to information process system designers and software architects, but this is not s


Slave Island, upcountry or another country!

Views - 3857 Thursday, 9 May 2013 00:00

Changes are at times quite slow to show immediate effects. Time will inexorably move forward taking people along with it. Babies will grow into adults and help in shaping the character and the future of the society in which they live and work with th


Economics of incompetency

Views - 3013 Thursday, 25 April 2013 00:44

An economy can suffer and growth affected in two ways when analysed from a non-economist’s point of view. One aspect is gross inefficiencies of all what one does. Inefficiencies in that context were addressed in my earlier column comparing with


Economics of inefficiency: Growth with learning

Views - 1370 Thursday, 11 April 2013 00:37

We live the day thinking about growth and additional action to stimulate more growth. We appear to be in no hurry to analyse what we are doing or what we have done with a view of learning and bringing in more efficient and effective ways of doing thi


Green Hat CEOs for geo responsibility!

Views - 1541 Thursday, 28 March 2013 00:00

Waste is a necessary evil with our existence and needs to be managed to ensure us a civilised living. The process of waste management is not straight forward and today the way we do it may in fact define our economic system as with recycling economy,


In a world full of standards, why are we sub-standard?

Views - 3139 Thursday, 14 March 2013 00:29

As we have moved on with varying degrees of societal development models, from conquering each other to democracies with different practicing models, the observable qualities of processes and systems differ widely. Economists simplify by allocat


Our sons must know: Knowing precedes care!

Views - 1159 Thursday, 28 February 2013 00:00

In 1971, the American Society for Advancement of Science asked this question: How can we live a quality life in a finite world? John Ruskin, who was admired by Mahatma Gandhi for his economic thoughts, stated there is no wealth but life. Our own phil


In land we trust: The next gold rush

Views - 1694 Thursday, 14 February 2013 00:00

We have witnessed a few recent events of going after gems on gravel placed on stretches of road down south or of immersing oneself into the Kelani River desperately in search of pure gold. After a few days, it is no longer news for the media and f


Regulating the unseen!

Views - 1950 Thursday, 31 January 2013 00:00

The issues that one faces with regulating the known are quite well-known and have been well-experienced. With multiple systems and complexities, regulating has never been an easy task and all are never satisfied. The world has seen executive or


Let boldness be our guide!

Views - 2172 Thursday, 17 January 2013 00:00

As we come into 2013, we will be looking at what has happened as well as what we would like to do – that is of course if we are serious about results and progress. Such people will reflect on the past and would be imaginative about the future.


Waking up to reality

Views - 1175 Friday, 28 December 2012 00:01

The year 2012 had been an eventful year, but aren’t all years more or less like that? It is just that this year and all its events are fresher in our minds. This human aspect of forgetfulness has been a factor in our existence and may be mor


Red Lady for our economy

Views - 2198 Thursday, 13 December 2012 00:14

This is not dressing up the article with the colour of Santa and fantasising as the year come to a close but about a fruit and an economic impact. Some may anticipate with bated breath numbers emanating from immigration about the tourist arrivals to


Outlook of Serendib: We are what we do!

Views - 6866 Thursday, 29 November 2012 00:00

Doing good is catching on in developed economies and for some the impending doomsday concept has meant the urgent need of some positive deeds under their belt. Maybe we have had decades of action devoid of this objective and concentrated too much o


Don’t drink but blend!

Views - 2157 Thursday, 15 November 2012 00:00

This was a short line I coined in a submission to a national committee around 2005/’06 when Sri Lanka was seriously contemplating both ‘Mathata Thitha’ and biofuels for transport. At that time price of crude oil was rising up to U


Tryst with Nature

Views - 1101 Thursday, 1 November 2012 00:07

As I write coastal lines in several countries in many parts of the world are bracing themselves to hurricanes and typhoons and cyclones and Sri Lanka too is not an exception. We know that they mean the same thing but are named by us differently to un


The General support!

Views - 1241 Thursday, 18 October 2012 00:00

While we may be gazing at scoreboards and enjoying 20 times the normal value on usual interactions on a plot of grass, there is a need to understand the importance on investing on your future and what we may be really missing out in the present.


OMG: Oh My Garage!

Views - 1440 Thursday, 4 October 2012 01:12

A Sri Lankan doctor who is domiciled in Australia writing to a Sri Lankan business magazine once stated that if Sri Lankans take care of their bodies as much as they take care of their vehicles, the country would have much less health-related issues.


Be visible and stand tall

Views - 2434 Thursday, 20 September 2012 00:18

Help in the change that we all want to be! This is not about personalities getting onto the stage to be visible. Today stages are a plenty, propelling many to stardom. The emphasis is about making national institutions productive and then making a


To be or not to give: The GDP dilemma

Views - 3725 Thursday, 6 September 2012 01:07

Sincere apologies, Hamlet! This distortion is to highlight the current impasse and to stress the need for thinking beyond short-term situational measures. The impasse is in getting the public university system going and in dealing with demand


Conference maketh a ready man!

Views - 1889 Thursday, 23 August 2012 00:00

With apologies to Francis Bacon whose quote is misquoted but not in essence of what he meant. Bacon’s comment that “reading maketh a full man, conference a ready man, and writing an exact man” is to be seriously looked at today in e


Elephants and academics: Extinction in Paradise

Views - 2495 Thursday, 9 August 2012 01:10

This may sound startling and an unwarranted call, but as extinction is forever, it is better to take heed before it is too late. Waiting for the reality to sink in and to derive some satisfaction by uttering didn’t I say so is not what one want


This Fourth of July!

Views - 1308 Thursday, 26 July 2012 01:15

This is a day quite dear to some 300 million plus people in United States of America. Irrespective of their land of origin, the day is celebrated as the day of independence commemorating the adoption of the Declaration of Independence and the Foundin


Our own special science park: Going beyond Jurassic Park!

Views - 1779 Thursday, 12 July 2012 01:54

When Michael Crichton scripted ‘Jurassic Park,’ Steven Spielberg was interested in making it into a film even before the book hit the stands. The film was an epic and till ‘Titanic’ came along, held the highest grossing film s


Our planet: The current burning platform!

Views - 13102 Thursday, 28 June 2012 01:20

Rio+20 has come and gone. For some, with June gone, the task may be looking at the flavour of the month for July to prop up different hoardings. The conference was concluded successfully and most of the final photos and comments indicated it was well


Let us green our economy: No greenwashing please!

Views - 1612 Thursday, 14 June 2012 00:03

We are in the month of June where stirrings of environmental conscience or rumblings of environmental activities are heard and reported. Corporate big guns line up many photo events. Some may be eagerly waiting to get down to business in Rio where


Made in Sri Lanka and being proud about it!

Views - 7772 Thursday, 31 May 2012 00:26

Every day we wake up to news from the economic front – and that is the war we declared after the conclusion of the 30-year conflict and with some zeal – and sometimes the figures and news are not quite enthralling, maybe to some extent we


A tale of two countries

Views - 1044 Thursday, 17 May 2012 01:53

It is important to understand that when your processes are efficient and effective, your system is on a growth curve. Equally, it should be understood that when you spend hours and hours discussing much but achieving very little, you are only pushing


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