Thursday, November 30, 2023

🚗IMSPARK: Transit-Oriented Development🚗

🚗Imagine... Transit-Oriented Development🚗

💡 Imagined Endstate: 

By 2030, Hawaii has transformed its urban landscape with transit-oriented development (TOD), creating vibrant, walkable, and affordable communities along the rail corridor. 

🔗 Link: 

https://www.hawaiinewsnow.com/2023/11/23/promise-transit-oriented-development-how-hong-kong-singapore-can-inspire-hawaiis-plans/ 

📚 Source: 

Cristobal, E. (2023, November 23). The promise of transit-oriented development: How Hong Kong and Singapore can inspire Hawaii’s plans. Hawaii News Now. 

💥 What’s the Big Deal: 

TOD is a strategic approach to urban planning that integrates public transportation, housing, and amenities within a compact area. TOD can offer multiple benefits for Hawaii, such as:

          • 🌱 Reducing traffic congestion and greenhouse gas emissions by encouraging the use of rail and other modes of transportation besides driving.
          • 🏡 Increasing housing supply and affordability by creating mixed-income and mixed-use developments near transit stations, with incentives for developers and residents.
          • 🤝 Enhancing quality of life and social equity by providing access to jobs, education, health care, and recreation for people of all ages and backgrounds.

#HNN, #TransitOrientedDevelopemnt, #TOD, #Traffic, #Housing, #QOL,#IMSPARK,


Wednesday, November 29, 2023

🎥Welcome to IMSPARK - Imagine Pacific Information Spark! (VIDEO)🎥

 

🎥Welcome to IMSPARK - Imagine Pacific Information Spark! (VIDEO)🎥

🌐 In today's episode, join us as we delve into the dynamic world of global tourism with the theme "Leading Global Tourism Transformation."

Imagine Endstate: Picture a world in 2030 where tourism becomes a driving force for global business, sustainable development, and prosperity. Explore the potential of robust public-private partnerships shaping a positive transformation in the global tourism landscape. 🌍✨

Source: Our insights are drawn from the World Tourism Organization's landmark involvement in the 10th Global Tourism Economy Forum. Discover more in the UNWTO's Press Release of 2023. 📚🔍

What's the Big Deal: Dive into the significance of the 10th Global Tourism Economy Forum, where the UNWTO solidifies its role as a bridge between tourism's public and private sectors. With a focus on harmonizing transformation and rapid recovery post-pandemic, the forum emphasizes how tourism can benefit people, the planet, and prosperity through strategic partnerships, investments, and education. 💡🔄

Conclusion: Thank you for joining us on this exploration of "Leading Global Tourism Transformation." We've uncovered the pivotal role played by the United Nations World Tourism Organization in shaping the future of global tourism.

Don't miss the chance to engage further - check out the QR code for the Imagine Pacific Pulse online daily blog. Remember to like, subscribe, and share this episode and more on the Imagine Pacific YouTube channel.

Stay tuned for more exciting IMSPARK episodes! 🚀🌟

#UNWTO, #GlobalTourism, #tranformation, #UN, #sustainabledevelopment, #IMSPARK,

Tuesday, November 28, 2023

🚗IMSPARK: Solving School Bus Driving Shortages🚗

🚗Imagine... Solving School Bus Driving Shortages🚗

💡 Imagined Endstate:  

All students have access to safe, reliable, and equitable transportation to school, supported by well-paid and respected bus drivers.

📚 Source:

Hickey, S. M., & Cooper, D. (2022, February 3). Raising pay in public K–12 schools is critical to solving staffing shortages. Economic Policy Institute

🔗 Link:

Read Here 

💥 What's the Big Deal:

School bus drivers are essential workers who face low wages,🦸 pandemic risks, and challenging conditions. They deserve better compensation and investment💰from state and local governments, school districts, and communities.🏢Improving bus driver jobs and solving staffing shortages are not only important for the welfare and success of students,🌀but also for advancing racial and gender equity.


#equity,#fairwages,#transportation,#K-12,#racialequity,#IMSPARK, 








Monday, November 27, 2023

🌐IMSPARK: AI Enhancing National Security and Economic Growth🌐


🌐Imagine... AI Enhancing National Security and Economic Growth🌐

💡 Imagined Endstate:

The U.S. government leverages AI to improve its defense capabilities, protect its citizens’ privacy, and foster innovation and competitiveness in the global market.

📚 Source:

White House. (2023, October 30). Executive order on the safe, secure, and trustworthy development and use of artificial intelligence. 

🔗 Link:

White House Brief

 💥 What's the Big Deal: 

AI is a powerful tool that can enhance the U.S. national security and economic growth, 📈but it also poses significant challenges and risks. The executive order establishes principles and guidelines🔍for the federal government to ensure the responsible and ethical use of AI, while promoting its development 🤝and adoption.


#AI,#capacitybuilding, #globalmarket,#Innovation,#risk,#IMSPARK, 









Sunday, November 26, 2023

💻IMSPARK Preventing Digital Discrimination 💻


💻Imagine... Preventing Digital Discrimination 💻

💡 Imagined Endstate:

All Americans have equal access to fast, reliable, and affordable high-speed Internet service regardless of their race, ethnicity, income, disability, or other protected characteristics. 

📚 Source:  

U.S. Department of Commerce. (2023, November 24). NTIA urges FCC to adopt strong rules against digital discrimination.  :star2: 

🔗 Link:

💥 What's the Big Deal: 

Digital discrimination is a form of systemic inequality that harms vulnerable communities and widens the digital divide. 🚫By adopting clear and effective rules to prohibit ISPs from discriminating based on protected characteristics, the FCC🏛️can ensure that everyone has fair and equal access to the Internet, which is essential for education, health, work, and civic participation. 


#DigitalAccess,#NITA,#disrimination,#ISP,#FCC,#IMSPARK, 









Saturday, November 25, 2023

🏦IMSPARK: How CRA Modernization Can Benefit Indigenous Communities🏦

🏦Imagine... How CRA Modernization Can Benefit Indigenous Communities🏦



💡 Imagined Endstate:

A more inclusive and responsive Community Reinvestment Act (CRA) that recognizes the unique challenges and opportunities of banking in Indian Country.

🔗 Link:

Link Here

📚 Source:

Center for Indian Country Development. (2022, January 11). CRA modernization and Indian Country: Banking agencies seek feedback on new rulemaking proposal. Federal Reserve Bank of Minneapolis. 

💥 What's the Big Deal: 

The CRA is a federal law that encourages banks to meet the credit needs of low- and moderate-income communities.🙋‍♂️ However, the current CRA framework does not adequately reflect the realities of banking in Indian Country, where many areas lack access to basic financial services. 💼 The proposed rulemaking aims to address this gap by clarifying how banks can earn CRA credit for activities in Indian Country, such as lending, investing, and providing financial education.  🏹This could potentially increase the availability and affordability of capital for Native communities and businesses, as well as foster stronger relationships between banks and tribal governments.


 #federalreserve,#CRA,#capacitybuilding,#rulemaking,#EconomicDevelopment,#IMSPARK,









Friday, November 24, 2023

💪IMSPARK: Reshaping Disaster Response: NAACP and FEMA Forge Equity Alliance💪

 💪Imagine... Reshaping Disaster Response: NAACP and FEMA Forge Equity Alliance💪

💡 Imagined Endstate:

A future where disaster response is inherently equitable, safeguarding vulnerable communities against climate-driven threats.

📚 Source:

Franklin, J. (2023, September 22). NAACP signs agreement with FEMA to advance equity in disaster resilience. NPR.

🔗 Link:

Read Full Article

💥 What's the Big Deal:

In a groundbreaking move, NAACP and FEMA unite against climate injustice. 🤝 Their renewed commitment ensures that Black communities, disproportionately affected by disasters, are not left behind. 🚀 This partnership signifies a leap toward resilient, equitable disaster response, setting a precedent for inclusive practices nationwide. 🌐As climate change amplifies the impact of natural disasters, collaboration between civil rights organizations and emergency management agencies becomes crucial.🌀 This alliance not only addresses immediate challenges but also sets a precedent for inclusive and equitable disaster resilience efforts nationwide.


#NAACP, #FEMA,#partnerships,#Collaboration,#equity,#IMSPARK, 


Thursday, November 23, 2023

🌏 IMSPARK: Unveiling Oceania's Kinship Path to Climate Justice 🌏

🌏 Imagine... Unveiling Oceania's Kinship Path to Climate Justice 🌏


💡 Imagined Endstate:  

A Harmonious Oceania Embracing Climate Justice Through Kinship Connections 

📚 Source: 

Morgan, E. A., & Petrou, K. (2023). "Climate justice through climate finance? Lessons from Oceania." Climate Action.

🔗 Link:  

Read More

💥 What's the Big Deal:   

Climate justice is not just about policies; 🌱it's a shift in perspective. 🤝Discover how embracing Pacific kinship values can revolutionize climate finance, making it more accessible and just. 🌿Dive into Oceania's wisdom for a sustainable and interconnected future. 


#ClimateJustice,#PacificIslands,#Oceania,#kinship,#IMSPARK, 



📖IMSPARK: A Wave of Knowledge: The Unsung Heroes of the Pacific Libraries📖

📖Imagine... A Wave of Knowledge: The Unsung Heroes of the Pacific Libraries📖 💡 Imagined Endstate :  A thriving network of libraries acros...