Sandip Sen

Author
New Delhi Ncr, India

About Sandip

Bio

I am an author, a journalist, an energy specialist with 30 years experience in manufacturing and consultancy. I currently write for Indian and foreign media on a regular basis. This includes Economic Times, India’s largest business paper, besides Business Standard Mumbai, Cleanbiz Asia HK, ISEdb Ohio, Mint (WSJ) New Delhi, NewsCollective Stockholm, Suite 101 Vancouver, and Technorati San Francisco. Besides I write a Risk Management Blog What Happens If ? for ET . I am also the author of the book The Project Management Time Cycle.

I am also a consultant to American Infotech Solutions Reston VA, on Federal Govt. Projects and a Technology Trainer for IDC Technologies Australia for training Indian plant executives in the energy and petrochemical industry .

Author, Business Writer and Journalist

The major part of my writings today can be classified under the following domains
A) Internet & Mobile Technologies B) Business, Finance and Economics;
C) Energy and Environment D) Marketing and Media.

a. Internet and Mobile Technologies
 It’s Advantage Apple in Suite101.com Vancouver http://www.suite101.com/content/its-advantage-apple-a300059
 Broadband Becomes A Basic Right in Technorati San Francisco http://technorati.com/technology/article/broadband-becomes-a-basic-right/
 Toshiba Woes To Hit Silicon Valley Gadget Makers in ISEdb Ohio http://isedb.com/20110420-12804.php

b. Business, Finance and Economics
 Dollar Opportunities in Mint (the Indian partner of WSJ) http://www.livemint.com/2008/11/04231456/Dollar-opportunities.html?d=1
 Tight Liquidity Won’t Tame Inflation in Economic Times New Delhi http://economictimes.indiatimes.com/opinion/guest-writer/tight-liquidity-wont-tame-inflation/articleshow/7408224.cms
 Will Afghanistan’s Trillion Dollar Booty Bring Peace or Violence in NewsColletcive Stockholm http://www.newscollective.com/blog/?p=823

c. Energy and Environment
 Wind Energy Majors Set Up Low Cost Plants In India in CleanBiz Asia HK http://www.cleanbiz.asia/story/wind-energy-majors-set-low-cost-plants-india
 Offshore Drilling Bill Needs Environmental Safeguards in Technorati, San Francisco
http://technorati.com/business/article/offshore-drilling-bill-needs-environmental-safeguards/ World’s Largest 1000 MW Solar Plant in California in Suite101 Vancouverhttp://www.suite101.com/content/worlds-largest-1000-mw-solar-plant-in-california-a301392

d. Marketing and Media
 Facebook To Layer Mail Before Google Layers Social Media in Technorati San Francisco
http://technorati.com/business/article/facebook-to-layer-mail-before-google/  Digital Advertisement to Outsell Print Media in Technorati San Francisco http://technorati.com/business/article/digital-advertising-set-to-outsell-print/
 Can Micropayments Scale the Online Paywall in NewsCollective Stockholmhttp://www.newscollective.com/blog/?p=933

e. My Book: the Project Management Time Cycle – Vol. I From concept to feasibility (ISBN 1440493332)
f. Work In Progress: Risk Management By Predictive Analytics

g. My Economic Times Blog: What Happens If? Insights on risk managing business, economy and nations

h. My Blog: “Ecology to Economy” Syndicated at Amazon Kindle Ecothrust ASIN: B0029ZAUAY on Kindle. OR http://bit.ly/ecothrust on the web (200 + articles)

I am also an advisor at Entrepreneurs Community Online Denver for training students to present their business needs to investors and a trainer with IDC Technologies Australia for training executives in the energy and petro chemical industry. Both are assignments rendered on pre-scheduled time slots.

Languages

English

Areas of Expertise

Energy & Environmental Policy, Technology / New Media, Technology & Business Change, Risk management, Busineess consultant, Business strategy" Business Inteligence" Social Media stylist" , Jounalism - web, magazines, newspapers, Business Writer

An idea worth spreading

I would like to spread the idea of efficient and sustainable solutions in 3 core areas initially as they affect 70 % of the global economy. 1) Banking and Finance 2) Energy and Environment 3) Education and Livelyhood. I believe that there is enough in the world to support a population of 10 billion comfortably, if we re-orient our current priorities.1) Recapitalization of Banks andmaking them bigger makes them inefficient. Both Capital efficiency and ROI drops and risk increases because banks get into unrelated areas like commodities and metals to bring in profits. The correct way would be to shrink banks and make them leaner,efficient and sustainable 2) Energy and environment must let go of Kyoto and carbon trading concept and invest directly in only 3 core areas a) Wind energy b) solar energy c) rainforest plantation to bring best returns.3) In Education and Livelyhood the focus must on development of skill for livelyhood which is different in US, India & Congo

I'm passionate about

Efficiency & sustainabilty. Global problems can be solved by efficient & sustainable resource utilisation. Optimum must replace maximum in free market economics

Universities

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Talk to me about

I would like to talk of 1) Smart Banks 2) Smart Energy 3) Smart Education To start with the concept of Smart Banks instead of Big Banks as global finance is in deep trouble & needs transperancy.

People don't know I'm good at

People don't know that i am good at public speaking because I mostly write articles or do power point presentations onsubjects of my interest.

My TED story

I have just started my TED journey proposing a debate: : Will Bankers or People Control Decision Making in Global Economies

Comments & conversations

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Sandip Sen
Posted over 2 years ago
Will Bankers or the People dominate economic decision making? What is the Future of Democracy?
You are right to an extent when you say it has outgrown its usefulness in this world.......I still believe in free market economics,but the problem is that today we do not have free markets anymore Bankers have hijacked free markets by the virtue of fictional paper money and helped create mountains of debt,to first distort and then control free markets. A free market is an equal opportunities market. But today credit is not available to the puny physical commodity traders while Banks awash with liquidity gobble them up.... result is a failure of the free trading markets, price rise ,inequality etc.
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Sandip Sen
Posted almost 3 years ago
What alternatives are there to the current economic system? Should global capitalism fail, what would be the best model to replace it?
You are right. It could easily happen witthout chaos. However the measures taken after the 2008 crash shows that we are working to build a bigger pack of cards,hoping that it will stayup. I am not defeatist but an optimist in thinking that a second crash is close because one of the biggest strength of free markets is that it mercilessly does away with the inefficient system and brings about a more efficient mechanism. Only this time I hope there will not be appetite for a make shift repair job , it will be a rebuilding work from ground zero.
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Sandip Sen
Posted almost 3 years ago
What alternatives are there to the current economic system? Should global capitalism fail, what would be the best model to replace it?
I still feel that free market economics is good provided we can maintain transparency and competitiveness and respect the basic tenants of democracy . We are failing consistently on these accounts. The fact that monopolies and oligiopolies have hijacked the system and the system is malfunctioning also shows that it will be rigged as long as the monopolies are not weakened and dismantled. We can only think of implementing alternatives after the present system crumbles again....possibly after.... another market crash !
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Sandip Sen
Posted almost 3 years ago
Will Bankers or the People dominate economic decision making? What is the Future of Democracy?
True a nobel prize winning economist may not have a clue of coming out of the recent financial mess. I don't think even Ben Bernanke had a clue because his solution of liquidity push is not working. Neither economic growth has picked up nor has unemployment reduced, while both the Fed debt and the US Govt debt has baloonedHow can one ever think that the financial mess can be cleaned up without writing off the toxic assets as Ben Bernanke believes. I read your TED conversation Jayanta about steady state economics, but am not sure how it could be achieved without increasing the efficiency of resource utilisation. People will accept zero or negetive growth only once they get more bang for the buck.So perhaps you have to think how you would acheve the same. That is going tobe a big challange but I believe that innovative use of technology could perhaps make it possible
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Sandip Sen
Posted almost 3 years ago
Will Bankers or the People dominate economic decision making? What is the Future of Democracy?
Interesting to know that you keep away from high-profile banks due to possibilty of high risk....very few customers including me would really do that in practice, though we would perhaps avoid Banks with a poor credit rating or historical record of poor performance or brushes with the law. What i do not agree with however is that Banks have the solutions. I would believe a physical trader of wheat or copper would have a better knowledge base of the production, trade and supply chain Similarly GEwould have a better hold on energy issues, though you would find principally Bankers as principal advisors to UN or any Govt Energy comittees just because they do or arrange the funding.
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Sandip Sen
Posted almost 3 years ago
Will Bankers or the People dominate economic decision making? What is the Future of Democracy?
True our economic model of today is not perfect. Changing that is not easy. However here we are not proposing a debate on the economic model, but on banks virtually taking over decision making from our elected leaders. Your opinions on the role of both bankers and borrowers within the system are also welcome, apart from your responses on the 5 key questioons proposed.
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Sandip Sen
Posted almost 3 years ago
What alternatives are there to the current economic system? Should global capitalism fail, what would be the best model to replace it?
Workable ideas for the solution I am suggesting can be put into practice only once the decisionmakers have the will to optimize not maximize.The key roadblocks that lie in implementing the changes is in the decisionmaking process. If you have the right people to take decisions, they will take the right actions. Unfortunately decisionmaking is increasingly done by the banks be it in issues related to energy, education or development. In a UN subcomittee on energy the principal advisor is a BOA executive. Why is it not a GE employee ? Supposedly because bankers are fund raisers and have access to funds.I am new to the TED format which I find extremely engaging and educative . I have raised a new topic for debate today that raises this basic question of change in decision making. About who must lead the economic decision making process . I hope you give valuable insights from your experience Who will dominate economic decision making? Bankers or the People: http://www.ted.com/conversations/edit/6948
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Sandip Sen
Posted almost 3 years ago
What alternatives are there to the current economic system? Should global capitalism fail, what would be the best model to replace it?
Like Communism that outlived its utilty some 30 years ago, capitalism is fading due to structural weaknesses of a concept that was designed 100 years ago. Things are radically different today due to the fact that 1) There are no real shortages for the humungous global population of 7 billion. Inequality remains but in a surplus world. 2) Technology has made everything easily accessable and easily distributable. Governance and a system that works today must be both transparent and accountable, and communism and capitalism fails on both counts. It is just that communism had far more shortcomings and took the hit earlier. The biggest problem that haunts the world of capitalism today is poor efficiency because global capitalism still preaches maximization not optimization. The solution is in creating a new world order that is based on high effeciency, better resource utilization, far reaching distribution, that spreads the global wealth and helps optimization of expenditure that is sustainable not merely for humans, but for animal and plant life too which share the planet earth.