The Green Dollar
Media, Planning the Green Dollar

Handling Opinions

An objective of the “Green Dollar” is to facilitate progress in renewable energy as a viable part of economic systems and be an accessible source of unfamiliar information for people in varying parts of the industry. So it will provide renewable energy science information for energy fund analysts and vice versa, coverage on impacts on real lives for policy-makers and lawyers, and making sustainable development law easy to understand for people in general.

So it turns out that when I finally get to be the publisher of “Green Dollar”, acting right, it will be what I define as an achievement. Right now, I am engaged in a technology advancement forum with a few Einstein looking people based in Europe, going for financial seminars here in Singapore, and cycling as a person on the street. What I am doing has made me appreciate Singapore’s educational system, never before. Just say I used to see every flaw there is in the system’s emphasis on grades, studying 10 varying subjects (who can be interested in all 10) and in the school I went to, anything below grade A2 was considered vile. I always thought it was stifling and plus the system’s demand for excellence in extra-curriculum (sports,clubs etc.)  as well does seem a little inhuman. I change my mind now. Looking at the number of unrelated balls I have to juggle, yes it does give you an edge over many others, but I guess the problem is that more often than not, people are not realizing their fullest potential and believing in them as unique gifts enough to do something with them even if you don’t get paid.

Apart from developing the brain, I’m trying not to flounder and to develop better character. Things like being punctual, not taking things for granted, treating every meeting, even if it’s not directly beneficial, with importance. I also have no relationships. I need to grow sharper. Motherhood does things to you like slow you down. Don’t get yourself down, and don’t lose the faith that you can pick yourself up to speed. I was pretty slow in the past to start with, but now that age has caught up, it’s running uphill twice the gradient. Most importantly, lower risk and seek the right highs.

It’s one thing to give an opinion, and another to handle opinions. One of Green Dollar’s primary functions is to handle opinions. It is only through this that progress can be made. Hearing voices out and pleasing them is one thing. Really making everyone agree on something is another. It seldom happens, and you have a lot to question when it comes to judgement and disappointing some who have ideas in polar opposites. There are all sorts of comments, not in Singapore, but yes in more vocal countries, and it is an attribute to work with patience to get around those that often post just to get attention. Unnecessary questions, provocations, publicity to self etc. We don’t want to ban them, they add spice, but there has to be regulation and right intervention to get them going the right direction.

Still honing on forming opinions as the editor of Green Dollar, and hopefully will be ready when people starts getting interested in the content of Green Dollar enough to post opinions loudly, clashing, bashing, whatever, you can do, in the written word in that little rant space. It will be exciting but may come to a time when reacting to opinions is a job on its own. Pre-requisite of job: a judge’s temperament. There are no fireworks without gun powder.



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