Archive for February, 2008

Employee reviews

Posted by Tom, UK MD

Some giggles about less than perfect employees:

1. ‘Since my last report, this employee has reached rock-bottom and has started to dig.’
2. ‘I would not allow this employee to breed.’
3. ‘This employee is really not so much of a has-been, but more of a definite won’t be.’
4. ‘Works well when under constant supervision and cornered like a rat in a trap.’
5. ‘When he opens his mouth, it seems that it is only to change feet.’
6. ‘This employee has delusions of adequacy.’
7. ‘He sets low personal standards and then consistently fails to achieve them.’
8. ‘This employee is depriving a village somewhere of an idiot.’
9. ‘This employee should go far, and the sooner he starts the better.’
10. ‘Got a full 6-pack, but lacks the plastic thingy to hold it all together.’
11. ‘A gross ignoramus – 144 times worse than an ordinary ignoramus.’
12. ‘He doesn’t have ulcers, but he’s a carrier.’
13. ‘I would like to go hunting with him sometime.’
14. ‘He’s been working with glue too much.’
15. ‘He would argue with a signpost.’
16. ‘He brings a lot of joy whenever he leaves the room.’
17. ‘When his IQ reaches 50, he should sell.’
18.. ‘If you see two people talking and one looks bored, he’s the other one.’
19. ‘A photographic memory but with the lens cover glued on.’
20. ‘A prime candidate for natural de-selection.’
21. ‘Donated his brain to science before he was done using it.’
22. ‘Gates are down, the lights are flashing, but the train isn’t coming.’
23. ‘He’s got two brains cells, one is lost and the other is out looking for it.’
24. ‘If he were any more stupid, he’d have to be watered twice a week.’
25. ‘If you give him a penny for his thoughts, you’d get change.’
26.. ‘If you stand close enough to him, you can hear the ocean.’
27. ‘It’s hard to believe he beat out 1,000,000 other sperm.’
28. ‘One neuron short of a synapse.’
29. ‘Some drink from the fountain of knowledge; he only gargled.’
30. ‘Takes him 2 hours to watch 60-minutes.’
31. ‘The wheel is turning, but the hamster is dead.

February 20, 2008 at 10:44 am Leave a comment

Flowers In Their Hair

Posting by Nick, US MD

San Francisco’s long had a green vibe to its community. With curbside recycling programs amongst the highest in the nation, a recently appointed Director of Climate Protection Initiatives, and a longstanding connection to the counter-culture revolution of the 1960′s that stirred loose activists’ environmental consciousness, the City remains poised to lead the nation towards a greener future. As a native Californian, this transformation seems natural. San Franciscan’s are conscious citizens, if nothing else. What’s both fascinating and heartening is to see how quickly these ideas are propagating out to the rest of the nation, and how the attendant flow of ideas and human capital is reshaping the US marketplace. Communities nationwide are quickly closing the recycling gap due to programs like Recycle Bank, a New York-based starup that’s changing the economics of curbside programs. Vinod Khosla’s venture investments are spinning off cleantech and greentech startups that are taking root nationwide, often in the most unlikely of places, and in the process, multiplying the effect of each dollar invested ten fold by creating new jobs. Organizations like the Ella Baker Center are reshaping the national debate about the importance of green collar jobs, integrating issues of social and racial justice into the dialogue, and pushing politicians and citizens to come to grips with decades of injustice. And with Federal incentives coming out of Washington DC as a response, Americans are effectively pushing environmental change at the local, business, and federal levels in ways unimagined even five short years ago. And they’re doing it nationwide, together. In every community. And inspiring others to do the same.

Admittedly, there’s still much to do in America, and San Francisco in particular. The challenge is grand, and the potential rewards great for those environmental leaders seeking to shape a healthier, more sustainable world. If you can only join us in spirit, brilliant! But if you should come to San Francisco, know that we’re waiting with open arms, and encouraging you to wear flowers in your hair as you travel.

February 14, 2008 at 7:09 am Leave a comment

More China

Here’s some more information about China from Forum for the Future’s Jonathon Porritt’s blog.

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February 7, 2008 at 11:27 am Leave a comment

McChina

Apologies for the lack of postings here, I’ve been away in China where the Great FireWall of China prevented me from accessing my blog.

Ever since studying the great Chinese opportunities at business school and hearing Jim Slater (a famous investor) say that the best investment you could ever make was to teach your children Chinese, I’ve been keen to visit the country to see this great giant as it awakens – and it was no disappointment. There is little doubt that China will be the world’s leading economy in the not-too-distant future.

From a Bright Green perspective, China is particularly fascinating for many reasons. Here are a couple that might not necessarily spring to mind:

1) In Beijing, it’s -5C in the winter and +30C in the summer, meaning that there are HUGE power demands both in the summer (air conditioning) and winter for many of the cities in China.

2) Much of China is desert and this has massive ramifications in terms of water usage in the cities. Water will be one of China’s greatest environmental and in turn economic problems in future. See this article, about the opportunity from an investment perspective and this from the NY Times

3) There are western brands everywhere – from the moment I arrived in the airport (KFC and McDonalds were the first things I saw through the passport control) to our hotel in Beijing (where there is a shopping mall full of Burberrys and Chanels in our lobby). As a result, these brands have more potential to influence the environmental/social agenda than I had anticipated and as such more responsibility too. This further deepens the need to get the right people into the CSR teams at these firms.

4) There has been a massive rise in meat consumption in China (and India) in recent times, which is a great danger to the environment if it continues. This year I’ve decided to try to reduce my meat consumption because of it’s considerable contribution to our environmental problems.

Here’s an interesting article that gives some views of pollution from the Chinese perspective

China is both a very exciting and very worrying concern to environmentalists. I look forward to opening a Bright Green office in China in the not-too-distant future. China, more than anywhere else in the world, needs to attract the best people to address their environmental issues.

February 4, 2008 at 4:07 pm Leave a comment


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