Over the past few weeks Ridealist has been planning to produce a video for a grassroots non-profit in Uganda that has an open door to needy children, mostly orphans.
Wednesday, 29 December 2010
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Thursday, 4 November 2010
If you checked out the previous post about Holiday for Hope, you might be interested to know the interview with Robert Waters was done via skype-video.
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Wednesday, 3 November 2010
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Saturday, 23 October 2010
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Sunday, 17 October 2010
Through our research for projects on Ridealist, we've been scouring the internet for Hong Kong-based non-profit organizations, local grassroots groups and other non-governmental organizations with whom we might collaborate.
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After a bit of a hiatus from actually doing any video production or photography work, Shirley and I were suddenly hurled into activity with three projects in a little over a week!
Weekend before last we spent a wonderful day with a group of 50 kids and their 50 “buddy” volunteers at an organic farm out in the Fanling district of the New Territories.
Organised by Hands on Hong Kong the afternoon was a terrific success!
We’d just begun production of the video when we received an urgent call for help from the local chapter of 350.org and their preparations for the 10/10/10 event.
We managed to get their promo up in less than 24 hours…. entirely due to Shirley’s fast but impressive editing skills.
This past Wednesday we attended a seminar that explored the risk of death in domestic violence cases organized by local charity Harmony House.
Currently in “editing mode” and trying hard to prevent the finished product looking too much like a news report!
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Sunday, 25 July 2010
Life is all about opportunities.
Such an opportunity presented itself in March when Chris was offered a position with local television broadcaster, TVB Hong Kong.
Making the move from Beijing to Hong Kong was a positive development on many different levels. Obviously it meant leaving behind our home of several years, our friends and established jobs to begin a new life in the sub-tropical south. But having said that, it really wasn’t a difficult decision to make.
The following months were filled with preparations for the big move. There were so many things to do. Moving is always a stressful and time consuming business, consequently our work on Ridealist was put on temporary hold until we could reestablish ourselves in our new home.
Well almost. While we took a break from producing original material, Shirley worked on a number of video editing projects, using her skills to produce localized versions of animal welfare videos for our friends over at the International Center for Veterinary Services.
The move is almost complete. We’re settling into our new apartment in scenic Clearwater Bay, Brian the dog and Socks the cat are in quarantine, and Chris is back on the air with TVB.
It is perhaps a little too early to declare that Ridealist (Hong Kong) is “open for business” – but we’re certainly open to suggestions for future projects.
We’d love to hear from you.
Vist our website: www.ridealist.com
Chris & Shirley
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Friday, 4 June 2010
There was a joke doing the rounds at the start of the global financial crisis: If the company at the center of the crisis had been called Lehman Sisters instead of Lehman Brothers, we wouldn’t be in the mess we are now. It raised a smile at the time, but how much truth is there in the humour? How much different would the world be if more women were pushing the levers of power in business and politics?
We put that question and many more to a very impressive line up of guests:
Ripa Rashid, Senior Vice President, Center for Work-Life Policy
Helen Zhang, Managing Director, ChinaTime Inc and author of 'Think like a Chinese"
Prof. Yang Jia, Chinese Academy of Sciences, Vice Chair, UN Committee on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities, Member, of Women's Federation Division of the Chinese People’s Political Consultative Conference
Julia Broussard, Country Programme Manager, Project Office in China, UNIFEM
In the words of one of our colleagues who was listening to the show outside in the newsroom, "It was inspiring." If you only download one podcast this week, this should be the one.
If you are in the mood to be inspired, listen to Women and Leadership on Today!
And since the show was all about women taking responsibility and a leadership role, we thought it only right and proper that our producer, Lv Xiaohong, join us for another show photograph! Sphere: Related Content
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Thursday, 3 June 2010
What might be considered an encouraging pat on the back to one person, could be considered offensive and threatening to another. When it comes to sexual harassment there are some pretty obvious boundaries - and in today's show we're investigating how much those boundaries can shift depending on an individual's perception and sensitivity.
Our distinguished panel included:
Joy Chen, former Deputy Mayor of Los Angeles, now a global executive recruiter and blogger at www.globalrencai.com
Zhang Weiwei, Attorney at Law; Project Manager of Beijing Zhongze Women's Legal Aid Center
Michael Zhang, US-based Attorney at Law
You might be surprised by some of the advice offered - but you will certainly be well informed. For the full story, listen to Sexual Harassment on Today! Sphere: Related Content
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Wednesday, 2 June 2010
It is the stuff of urban legend. Unsuspecting tourist wakes up in a bathtub full of ice with a terrible pain in his back – the victim of kidney thieves. It is a myth, but it does highlight the darker side of a life-saving medical science – organ transplants and the trade in black market organs.
Debra Budiani-Saberi, Ph.D., Director and Founder Coalition for Organ- Failure Solutions (COFS). Research Associate, Center for Bioethics, University of Pennsylvania.
Denis Campbell, Editor and CEO, UK Progressive.co.uk
- More than 100,00 registered on wait-list for organ donations in the US
- Denis Campbell says "opt-out" program for organ donation would help resolve the organ shortage program
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Tuesday, 1 June 2010
Last month the J. Craig Venter Genomics Research Institute announced that it had created the first totally man made synthetic organism. The institute claimed it was a potential breakthrough in our understanding of how complex life began and said its implications for industries such as pharmaceuticals and agriculture were immense.
Widely applauded for its innovative science, the development has not been without critics who've accused the institute and other scientists involved in synthetic biotechnology of trying to "play God".
We put the questions of science and ethics to our distinguished panel:
Qiu Renzong, Professor of Bioethics, Institute of Philosophy/Centre for Applied Ethics, Chinese Academy of Social Sciences, Centre for Bioethics, Chinese Academy of Medical Sciences/Peking Union Medical College Hospital
Arthur L. Caplan, PhD, director of the Center for Bioethics at the University of Pennsylvania
Eckard Wimmer, Department of Molecular Genetics and Microbiology, Stony Brook University, New York. Led a team that in 2002 created the first synthetic virus.
For the full and fascinating story listen to The Development of Artificial Life
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Monday, 31 May 2010
A recently signed accord commits Iran to transfer 1,200 kilograms of low-enriched uranium to Turkey within one month. In exchange, 120 kilograms of more-highly enriched uranium will be supplied within a year to Iran, where officials claim it is needed to produce medical isotopes. On the surface this should have gone a long way to resolving the nuclear issue but quite the opposite is true.
To share their knowledge and insights we had the pleasure to host:
Li Hong, Secretary-General, the China Arms Control and Disarmament Association
Hua Liming, former Ambassador to Iran
Prof. William O. Beeman, Department of Anthropology, Minnesota University
Soraya Ulrich, Independent Analyst on US Foreign Policy
There is far more to this story than what you are seeing on CNN, Fox or the BBC - for the complete background, listen to Iran; Is it really about the alleged nukes?
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Friday, 28 May 2010
Virtually all professions or occupations that have a direct interaction with the general public are held accountable by a set of rules - and are often held legally accountable. But what about journalists - the traditional and now the new 'internet' journalist - what set of rules hold them accountable for their actions?
On Today's panel:
Jeffrey A. Dvorkin, Rogers Communications Distinguished Visiting Professor of Journalism, Adjunct Professor, School of Graduate Studies School of Journalism, Ryerson University, Canada, Former NPR Ombudsman (2000), Currently the Executive Director of Organization of News Ombudsmen. On the board of the International News Safety Institute. Co-authored the Ethics Guide for Public Radio for the Corporation for Public Broadcasting.
Kwame Karikari, Executive Director of Media Foundation for West Africa
Dr. Liu Chen, PhD, Associate Professor, Director, Centre for Intercultural Studies, School of English and International Studies, Beijing Foreign Studies University
For valuable insights into media ethics from different parts of the world, listen to the lively debate here; Media Ethics (Or, Don't let the facts get in the way of a good story!)
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Some analyses say that with a decline in exports because of the global financial crisis, China needs to put more focus on its domestic consumption - and that means developing or refining its domestic consumer culture. So what is China's domestic consumer culture like? What are the major influences? Where is it today, and where is it heading?
On today's panel:
Mike Bastin, Marketing and Research Methods Lecturer, Tsinghua University, Beijing
Ben Cavender, Associate Principal, China Market Research Group, in Shanghai
- Younger generation focused on spending and lifestyle, savings rates are on the decline in China.
- Foreign goods still perceived as better quality, safer, but Chinese goods are improving their image among Chinese buyers.
- The perception remains that foreign goods are better quality, safer, but Chinese goods are improving their image among Chinese consumers.
- In China marketing, over-reliance on TV commercials and under-reliance on digital marketing.
- Need more market research on consumer personalities in Chinese.
- How to look rich China-style: Buy a Starbucks coffee, save the cup, and keep refilling it with tea.
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Wednesday, 26 May 2010
A recent spate of attacks on school children captured headlines in a country where such acts of random and mass violence were relatively unknown. Today we'll be asking what could be the possible motives, could they have been avoided, and what can be done to prevent future attacks.
On our panel:
Victor Gao, Director of China National Association of International Studies
Joshua Miller, Ph.D. Professor, Chair of Policy Sequence, Smith College School for Social Work
Prof. Huang Jing, Visiting Professor at Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy, National University of Singapore
Listen to this lively and robust debate here: Keeping China's schools safe Sphere: Related Content
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Tuesday, 25 May 2010
Are we heading into another financial crisis triggered by government debt? Some economists think the time to act to prevent a crisis is now, others think that we've pretty much already passed that point and we should be into damage control already with governments tightening belts and introducing unpopular austerity measures. Today we ask the experts!
On Today's panel:
Huang Ying, researcher with Economic Security Research Center in China Institutes of Contemporary International Relations
Uri Dadush, senior associate and director of Carnegie’s International Economics Program
Lex Rieffel, Professor in George Washington University; Former U.S. Treasury official and author of Restructuring Sovereign Debt
For the full, frank, and fascinating panel download the MP3 file: Is sovereign debt the new sub-prime? Sphere: Related Content
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Monday, 24 May 2010
Since the beginning of this century, piracy off the coast of Somalia has presented an increasing threat to shipping. There is now an international fleet in the area offering some measure of protection - but hijackings still occur. But the question of what happens to pirates after they are captured by international forces still remains to be adequately answered. Today we ask the experts.
On our panel were:
Prof. He Wenping, Director of African Studies Section, Institute of West Asian & African Studies (IWAAS), Chinese Academy of Social Sciences (CASS)
Peter Eichstaedt, a veteran journalist on African affairs. The author of an upcoming book titled "Pirate State: Inside Somalia's Terrorism at Sea"
Douglas Burnett, an international maritime legal expert, Partner of Squire, Sanders & Dempsey
Among the points raised:
- A strong deterrent against attack would be merchant ships with strong defenses, armed guards and barbed wire strung around the hull.
- Piracy problem can't be left up to Kenya alone - international community must share the burden of prosecuting pirates.
- Peter Eichstaedt says there is a growing number of indirect links between pirates and terrorist groups in Somalia
- Douglas Burnett says creating an international tribunal to handle piracy cases is too impractical, would take years.
Listen to the full panel discussion here on Prosecuting the Pirates! Sphere: Related Content
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Friday, 21 May 2010
Thursday, 20 May 2010
Security officials in the United States appear to be in general agreement that any major terrorist attack on the US could just as easily be the work of an American citizen, as opposed to foreign nationals, as was the case in 9/11. Today looked at homegrown terrorism in the United States, and asked the experts why some Americans are becoming radicalized?
Da Wei, Deputy Director of American Studies at China Institutes of Contemporary International Relations
Rick "Ozzie" Nelson, Senior Fellow and Director Homeland Security and Counter-terrorism Program, CSIS | Center for Strategic and International Studies
Prof. David Schanzer, Associate Professor of the Practice for Public Policy. Director, Triangle Center of Terrorism and Homeland Security in Sanford School of Public Policy at Duke University
Download and listen to Homegrown Terrorism in the United States on Today! Sphere: Related Content
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Wednesday, 19 May 2010
China has lifted an entry ban on people living with HIV. This follows similar moves earlier this year by the United States and South Korea. So what is it like these days for an individual living with HIV - and how far has China come in respect to the way it regards people living with HIV over the past decade?
Contributing to this fascinating debate were:
Mark Stirling, UNAIDS Country Coordinator in China
Wu Zunyou Director, China National Centre for AIDS/STD Control and Prevention, China CDC
Chin-Yih Ou, PhD. Deputy Director for Laboratory Sciences, Global AIDS Program in China, US CDC
Ron MacInnis, senior advisor, International AIDS Society
Among the many interesting facts raised during the discussion:
- In the mid-90's most new HIV infections in China were from drug use. Now 44% are from heterosexual sex and 33% from homosexual sex.
- Educating the population of men having sex with men about HIV will be the next biggest challenge in China.
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Tuesday, 18 May 2010
Thailand is known globally as 'The land of smiles' - but few people are smiling these days as the death toll in street clashes edges higher day by day.
Almost eighteen years to the day since the events of Black May in 1992 - Thai politics have once again erupted into violence in the capital Bangkok. The events this month are eerily reminiscent of those almost two decades ago. We'll be taking a look at the comparisons - and asking the experts what lies ahead for troubled Thailand.
Kan Yuenyong, Director Siam Intelligence Unit Co., Ltd
Col.Teeranan Nandhakwang, Ph.D. Deputy Director of Strategic Studies and Research Division, Strategic Research Centre, National Defence Studies Institute
In our panel discussion, Thailand - The Crisis Continues, our guests pointed out some significant differences between the unrest of 1992 and today's violence. They also expressed concerns that unless a resolution is found quickly, the situation could spin out of control and may even trigger a civil war.
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Monday, 17 May 2010
As two of the world's largest economies with huge amounts of trade and investment between the two sides, it's not really surprising that the United States and China sometimes butt heads over certain issues. With cooperation and not direct competition as the key to successful ties, we'll ask the experts just how well equipped the two sides are for this relationship.
Join our guests for a robust and lively debate Mending fences - Sino-US Ties!
Victor Gao, Director of China National Association of International Studies
Albert Keidel, Ph.D. Senior Fellow, The Atlantic Council of the United States. Adjunct Professor, Georgetown University Public Policy Institute
Michael Zhang, Political commentator and Los Angeles based attorney.
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Friday, 14 May 2010
It is a question that has fascinated man for thousands of years; Are we alone in the universe? And if there is other intelligent life out there, what do they look like, how advanced are they, and will they like us - as comparable intelligent beings, or as a potential food source! Today asks the experts, is there anyone out there?
On our panel:
Ian O'Neill, Space Producer, Discovery News
Dr. Seth Shostak, Senior Astronomer of the Search for Extraterrestrial Intelligence
Prof. Douglas C. Lin, director of the Kavli Institute for Astronomy and Astrophysics, Peking University
Among the predictions made during the program were assertions that we could expect an announcement regarding the existence of another blue planet like Earth "within the next few months."
The show was great fun, and packed with amazing facts and some quite astonishing data. Listen to the MP3 - Alien Life - Are we alone in the universe? Sphere: Related Content
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Or, are they just glorified golf carts?
We put the questions to the experts:
Klaus Paur, Regional Director Automotive North Asia of TNS Research International China
Dr. C. C. Chan, Co-Founder and President of the World Electric Vehicle Association; Fellow of Royal
Academy of Engineering, U.K; Academician of Chinese Academy of Engineering
Download and listen to the MP3 Alternative Energy Vehicles (hour 1) for an informative and often fun analysis of the future of alternative energy cars.
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Wednesday, 12 May 2010
As the Obama administration struggles to get support for immigration reform, the US state of Arizona has passed tough new legislation targeting illegal immigrants. The Arizona laws have been met with widespread criticism from Liberal groups, but are apparently popular with much of the general public.
We enjoyed a lively debate with expert and enlightening comments from:
Jan C. Ting, Professor of Law, Temple University Beasley School of Law
Grant Sovern, Immigration attorney at Quarles and Brady and Adjunct Professor of Law at the University of Wisconsin Law School
Gary Chodorow, Attorney; Chief Representative at Frederick W. Hong Law Offices- US immigration law, Publishes: LawAndBorder.com, a Beijing blog about U.S. visas and immigration law.
Download and listen to this fascinating debate on a pressing problem: US Immigration Row
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Tuesday, 11 May 2010
The Rev. Stephen Sizer joined Today on Beyond Beijing for Monday's panel discussion on the unique relationship between the United States and Israel.
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Our panel of expert guests painted a grim picture of what might lie ahead for the coastal residents of Louisiana - and say contingencies for this sort of disaster were pretty much non-existent.
Prof. Ed Overton, Professor Emeritus - Louisiana State U. School of Coast and Environment, Chairman of the Board and Founder of Analytical Specialist Inc. (ASI)
Dr. Frank Alcock, Director of the Marine Policy Institute at Mote Marine Laboratory and one of the chief authors of the Collins Center's oil drilling report-began researching the implications of offshore drilling in early 2010, Associate Professor, Political Science at New College of Florida
Ms. Qian Jingjing, Country Director, Natural Resources Defense Council
Click on this MP3 link to listen to the full story on the Deepwater Horizon Oil Disaster. Sphere: Related Content
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