Last week, just as the sun was rising, I took a walk along the beach outside my apartment in Penang, Malaysia, where I live. I stood at the edge of the water, where the glow of the sun’s rays danced upon its surface, creating a beacon of golden light, inviting me to step onto its path. As I stood in the ocean, the golden light shimmered and dissipated, merging into the waves of the sea.Staring at the pathway made me think about hope. Our hope for a better future, our hope for things to change, or, for many, to go back to things as they were.
It is June 1st, in 8 days we will find out whether the CMCO (Conditional Movement Control Order) in Malaysia is to be extended, or relaxed. If the past is anything to go by, it will no doubt be extended, with less restriction gradually being introduced. Penang Island, where I live, has had no cases for 35 days, we are a Green Zone.
It’s day 48 of the lockdown in Malaysia, or the Movement Control Order (MCO) as it is known here. This week, there is a relaxation of the controls and people are allowed to emerge into the daylight and step into this brave new world.
Natalie: Tell us a bit more about your background. Harvey: My innovation journey began at Allianz UK almost 15 years ago, where I designed, setup and ran the employee innovation program for Allianz UK. It was an amazing time, lots of success but also a lot of things that didn’t quite work out.
Today is the United Nations World Creativity and Innovation Day. It is early morning and I am watching the sun rise over the horizon from my apartment in Penang, a small island off the north western coast of Malaysia. Liquid gold merges into blue streaks as the sky begins to light up.
Nothing teaches you resilience quite like going through the ups and downs of life. If we are to build this character trait, in ourselves and others, and get better at making our ideas work, we have to have courage to keep going, even when the going gets tough.
Natalie: Hi Bettina, you are the first person in the world to be Certified in the Six 'I's® of Innovation! Tell us a bit more about your background. Bettina: Inspired by my insights and learnings from my MBA, I have allowed my passion for understanding and enabling to guide my professional journey since 1992.
Natalie: Hi Denise, tell me a bit more about your background. Denise: I wandered in the wilderness before I found my calling, so to speak. I started out in operations and project management. But I wanted to know things like, why are we doing this? Couldn’t we be more efficient? What’s it all for? What about learning? Isn’t there a better way to treat people in organizations?
Entheo: So tell us about your background? Chye Seng: I am an engineer by training and after graduation, I worked for MNCs like Motorola, Infineon and Intel. Most of the time I was in a regional sales and business development management role. My last role was at Mediatek Innovation Centre Singapore (ICS).
It was a cold and rainy day in London, and I had invited a good friend over for a catch up. "Have you ever done a Future Interview?" He asked as we made a cup of tea together in the kitchen. I poured water into the kettle and stared out of the window. Things were tough. It was 2010 and we were in the midst of the global recession.