Ronald Vallecer

Hong Kong, Hong Kong

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Ronald Vallecer
Posted over 1 year ago
Enrique PeƱalosa: Why buses represent democracy in action
First, I can't believe that this man did not get a standing ovation! Also, to reply to those who commented that it is inefficient for single persons/ or single person low powered vehicles to use their time and effort to bring transport goods, the answer is of course innovation! I would think that this man's vision coupled with humanities' innovation, standard of living is a winner all around. If we as a society make is so that cars are goods of luxury, then I agree that owners should not be further given "luxury" advantage through traffic regulations and infrastructure. Planning ahead makes sense for goods delivery while planning smart makes for convenient immediate needs shopping! There is no excuse for wasteful transportation as and I must admit, this thought has never hit me before, private cars is the ultimate wasteful practice! It is the ultimate thumbs up to inequality! I feel that this man unknowingly has started an intellectual revolution in terms of how we value space and time in a democracy! I can imagine even Presidents in the future riding bikes, as the excuse of physical representation becomes obsolete and we move towards intellectual representation! In other words, it is the ideas of the president that needs to travel, and this can easily be accommodated by technology! Maybe when that day comes, the most powerful man in the world, will be that person whose ideas are traveling the most distance and positively affecting the most lives! I for one cannot wait to see this future!
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Posted over 1 year ago
Abha Dawesar: Life in the "digital now"
Last summer I taught an ICT course that taught user intention management skills. In a nutshell, what is the information you want to communicate and how can technology help! I also had online and offline days so the students so that students can reflect on their contrasting experience and measured improvement of resource management like time. The best thing I felt, about the course was the incorporation of visible thinking, the language 'what does fun or safety look like' when using a certain app. What does success look like in different apps and what is the output and how do we communicate, I found where really interesting visible learning points. My point is with relation to the topic, new technology always brings about news risks and opportunities. It is by designing curriculum and reshaping culture so that the next generation is equipped to deal with future challenges. And yes, I taught ages 4 to 8, so I am targeting the next gen. While I do agree that face to face interaction can and should never be replaced with technology, no one will also argue that from stone tools to smart phones, our tools have always been our ticket to civilization. But we must view and teach the youth to view this as resources to supplement and compliment what we hold dearest to our heart. To finish, I would say that while I too miss and reminisce about my Grandfather, there is nothing I wouldn't give to supplement those feelings with some Facebook posts of his, blog recounts, instagram photos and vine or youtube videos. The key is I feel, to figure out how technology can bring us closer, either by direct use or the result of extra time earned to be together all because now have the technology. Technology as a way to compliment physical intimacy, who here doesn't break into elation at the sight of a HD or 4k video of their child and or love one. Who here will complain that ICT has given us access to the most important of information, that those who are important to us are safe!
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Ronald Vallecer
Posted over 1 year ago
Hetain Patel: Who am I? Think again
Wow! That was powerful! I love how language artists reinforce empowerment through performing arts! It is a shame that so many of us have been told that our language wasn't good enough and with it they took away a big part of our identity as well. Be like water, whose beauty is only seen by those who see deeper than skin. Thanks for that!
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Posted over 1 year ago
Alessandro Acquisti: What will a future without secrets look like?
If we take Adam and Eve as a spectrum of the condition of humanity, content but unaware on one extreme, d distressed but conscious on the other, we can pretty much profile everyone with regards to the privacy issue. But then again, data is only useful if functional inference can be made. Most of us gladly give up our data in exchange of services. That will never change, but consumer Education should focus on supporting institutions that give us information on the ratio of risk/ reward of transacting with such corporations. I read that these institutions know more about us than we do. That is great knowledge that can be used to either help or harm us. I say to those who choose to go forward into the rabbit hole, WE need to be armed witth both information and choice so that service improvement will continue. i.e. If all the information is used to get us services and products more efficiently and effectively, then yes, but if it is used to manipulate me into wasting my resources, then no!
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Posted over 1 year ago
Amanda Bennett: We need a heroic narrative for death
If I may offer an insight to Richard, I propose to reflect on the attitudes respect and empathy. Although everyone has to right to form opinion, standards do exist as to which methods are effective or destructive. I do appreciate the contrast his perspective brings and the discourse it offers. But if I may, let me share the value I found by accessing those attitudes I mentioned. One, am I prepared to engage such a moment and create primium value if ever faced with such circumstances. Two, am I spending my time and effort on opportunities so that I too could be part of a heroic death? Three, and I find this one most controversial, is prolonging life no matter what quality it is best practice? Four, if death is certain, and it is, is it our goal as a specie to become immortal either in this life or after? Is yes, and I don't know why anyone sould say no, shouldn't se be figuring out best practice to achieve those goals?
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Posted over 1 year ago
Michael Porter: Why business can be good at solving social problems
What no one is bringing up in this discussion is the probable fact that while businesses surely are efficient (no argument there), what we should be discussing are those models that are not only inefficient but even destructive. Everyday you read the news, and you read about not only material waste but as well as human resource waste. I'd start with political systems and systems that proliferate bafkward thinking. Hint, if te main goal is the after life, there won't ever be any urgency to take care of this planet.
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Posted over 1 year ago
Michael Sandel: Why we shouldn't trust markets with our civic life
First, CEOs make what they make because of perceived value. Not everyone can be a CEO much less be a successful one. If your clamor is for increased pay for the worker bees, you'd have to argue that CEOs who will take lesser pay can do an equal or better job than the current one. But workers don't like organization as much as the management people. If you want better distribution throughout the commercial hierarchy, try the open source market. I have a feeling that as more people who have he skills and talent flock to the open source market, the better the distribution of wealth will be.
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Posted over 1 year ago
Michael Sandel: Why we shouldn't trust markets with our civic life
While I definitely agree that more money in its purest sense is always a positive as it always equates to transactions being made, meaning profit for participants, progress and development. There can be no debate that money is the greatest driver for technological progress and with it, much more peaceful times! Who can argue against the greatest carrot and stick package of "War=instability=lost in investors confidence=lost of money=Government will do anything in their power to stay away from War!" Come to think of it, don't know if it by design, but eventually War will not exist anymore because everyone will have invested too much to risk losing any of their investment value. Compare that to a scenario of leaders who are willing to kill for a belief, I'd rather have Corporate America running the show, at least they seem to know the price of peace! But going back to the contention, money is indeed a positive, but only if our sometimes flawed urge to be overridden by bigger numbers! wealth (i.e money, time, assets, talents, health, relationships, knowledge, technology) x informed perspective x opportunity (real time and place) = good investment choices LIke I always teach my kids, Leisure time is not free, it is earned rest! Always know what matters to you, because not knowing turns leisure time into a waste of time!