Showing posts with label #Pacific. Show all posts
Showing posts with label #Pacific. Show all posts

Wednesday, February 21, 2024

🎚️ IMSPARK: Enhanced Semiconductor Cooperation in the Pacific🎚️

🎚️ Imagine... Enhanced Semiconductor Cooperation in the Pacific🎚️

💡 Imagined Endstate: 

A Pacific region will benefit from the U.S. government’s plan to invest over $5 billion in semiconductor-related research and development, including in the National Semiconductor Technology Center. 

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Reuters. (2024, February 9). U.S. announces over $5 billion investments in semiconductor-related research and development. 

💥 What’s the Big Deal: 

By partnering with the U.S. and other Pacific allies, the Pacific region will boost its semiconductor capabilities, competitiveness, and resilience while also advancing its strategic interests and values.🌊Semiconductors are critical for the Pacific region, as they enable innovation and growth in various sectors, such as communication, defense, energy, and health. 

However, the Pacific region also faces challenges, such as the global chip shortage, the rise of China’s semiconductor industry, and the vulnerability of the supply chain. 🇺🇸The U.S. investments in semiconductor-related research and development offer an opportunity for the Pacific region to strengthen its collaboration with the U.S. and other like-minded partners, such as Japan, South Korea, Taiwan, and Australia, to address these challenges and seize new opportunities.💯 The Pacific region can leverage its existing strengths, such as its market size, talent pool, and research institutions, to contribute to and benefit from U.S.-led initiatives, such as the National Semiconductor Technology Center, which aims to accelerate innovation and commercialization of new technologies.  🎯The Pacific region can also align its semiconductor policies and standards with the U.S. and other allies to promote a free, fair, and secure semiconductor ecosystem that supports the region’s economic and security interests.


#SemiconductorCooperation #PacificRegion #USInvestments #Innovation #StrategicPartnership

Tuesday, February 20, 2024

x 🧑‍🦽IMSPARK: Empowered and Resilient Workers in the Pacific 🧑‍🦽

  🧑‍🦽Imagine... Empowered and Resilient Workers in the Pacific 🧑‍🦽

💡 Imagined Endstate: 

In the next 3-5 years, the Pacific region will enhance its vocational rehabilitation services to support workers with disabilities who face complex and evolving challenges in the labor market. 

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📚Source: 

Taylor, J. P., Avellone, L., Wehman, P., & Brooke, V. (2023). The efficacy of competitive integrated employment versus segregated employment for persons with disabilities: A systematic review. Journal of Vocational Rehabilitation, 58(1), 63-78.

💥 What’s the Big Deal: 

By using tools such as pre-employment transition services, personalized healthcare, and digital technologies, 💻vocational rehabilitation services will help workers with disabilities achieve competitive integrated employment, increase their income and independence, and improve their quality of life.🌈Vocational rehabilitation is a vital sector for the Pacific region, as it provides opportunities and support for workers with disabilities, who often face discrimination, marginalization, and poverty. 🏢Vocational rehabilitation can also help workers with disabilities cope with the impacts of domestic risks, such as natural disasters, pandemics, cyberattacks, and social unrest, which can disrupt their employment and well-being. Vocational rehabilitation requires imagination and innovation to address the diverse and dynamic needs of workers with disabilities and to prepare them for the future of work.


#VocationalRehabilitation #WorkersWithDisabilities #PacificRegion #Imagination #FutureOfWork

Friday, February 16, 2024

🎇Imagine... New Era of Physics in the Pacific🎇

🎇Imagine... New Era of Physics in the Pacific🎇

💡 Imagined Endstate: 

The Pacific region will become a hub of scientific discovery and innovation as researchers from various countries collaborate to explore the existence and implications of a new force of nature. 

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📚Source: 

Ghosh, P. (2023, August 10). Scientists at Fermilab close in on the fifth force of nature. BBC News. 

💥 What’s the Big Deal: 

By using advanced particle accelerators and detectors, such as the ones at Fermilab and the Large Hadron Collider, 🔭they will test the anomalies observed in the behavior of sub-atomic particles called muons, which suggest the presence of an unknown force beyond the four fundamental ones. This could lead to a breakthrough in our understanding of the Universe 🌌and its origins, as well as new applications in technology and engineering.

The discovery of a fifth force of nature would be one of the greatest achievements in physics. 🔬The interactions between all objects and particles in the Universe is a complex and fascinating subject. 🤝It would also open up new possibilities for exploring the mysteries of dark matter, dark energy, gravity, and quantum mechanics. The Pacific region, with its diverse and dynamic scientific community, is well-positioned to contribute to this exciting endeavor and benefit from its outcomes.

#FifthForceOfNature, #ParticlePhysics, #Pacific, #ScientificDiscovery, #NewEra, #Physics,#IMSPARK,   


Tuesday, February 13, 2024

📖 IMSPARK: Accessible and Inclusive Pacific federal information and communication technology 📖

 📖 Imagine... Accessible and Inclusive Pacific federal information and communication technology 📖 

💡 Imagined Endstate: 

A Pacific where we can access, use, and benefit from the information and communication technology (ICT) provided by the federal government, regardless of our abilities or disabilities, and where we can participate and contribute to the government’s missions and services as employees, contractors, or citizens.

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📚Source: 

U.S. General Services Administration. (2024). FY 23 Governmentwide Section 508 Assessment Report. 4


💥 What’s the Big Deal: 

Section 508 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 provides that the government makes ICT accessible to people with disabilities.  🎧This means that ICT must be operable, perceivable, understandable, and robust for people who use assistive technologies, such as screen readers, magnifiers, or keyboards.  💻Accessible ICT benefits not only people with disabilities but also people with temporary or situational impairments, such as low vision, hearing loss, or limited mobility. 🦽The report provides an overview of the government’s progress and challenges in implementing Section 508, as well as recommendations and best practices for improving accessibility and compliance.⚖️ The report also highlights the importance of accessibility for the Pacific region, where many people face barriers to accessing ICT due to geographic isolation, limited infrastructure, or cultural diversity.


#Section508 #Accessibility #Pacific #ICT #IMSPARK

Sunday, February 11, 2024

🌡️ IMSPARK: Pacific protecting and promoting health and well-being in a changing climate🌡️

 🌡️ Imagine... Pacific protecting and promoting health and 

well-being in a changing climate🌡️ 

💡 Imagined Endstate: 

A Pacific where we reduce the risks and impacts of climate change on our health by enhancing our adaptive capacity, resilience, and preparedness and by supporting mitigation actions that also benefit our health.

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📚Source: 

USGCRP. (2018). Impacts, Risks, and Adaptation in the United States: Fourth National Climate Assessment, Volume II. 4

💥 What’s the Big Deal: 

Climate change affects the health and well-being of Pacific Islanders. 🌊Changes in the environment can impact our health in various ways, such as by increasing our vulnerability to climate events or by exposing us to infectious diseases that are transmitted through vectors, food, or water.💦 Additionally, alterations in quality and safety can pose health risks, while stressors to our mental health and well-being can also arise. These health effects are projected to worsen with additional climate change and disproportionately affect vulnerable populations, such as children, older adults, low-income communities, and some communities of color. 🏥However, proactive adaptation policies and programs can Take into account the potential risks and effects of climate-sensitive health outcomes and disruptions in healthcare services, which can help minimize their impact. 👍🏽Moreover, accounting for climate change risks in infrastructure planning and urban design can bring about added health benefits. 💚Moreover, reducing greenhouse gas emissions would benefit the health of Pacific Islanders in the near and long term by avoiding thousands of premature deaths and billions of dollars in health-related economic losses each year.


#ClimateHealth #Pacific #Adaptation #Mitigation #IMSPARK

Saturday, February 10, 2024

🩺 IMSPARK: medical equipment accurate and reliable for everyone🩺

 🩺 Imagine... medical equipment  accurate and reliable for everyone🩺 

💡 Imagined Endstate: 

A Pacific where pulse oximeters, devices that measure blood oxygen levels, are designed and tested to account for the diversity of skin pigmentation, race, and ethnicity in our region and where healthcare providers and patients are aware of the potential biases and limitations of these devices.

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U.S. Food and Drug Administration. (2024). Performance Evaluation of Pulse Oximeters Taking into Consideration Skin Pigmentation, Race and Ethnicity.

💥 What’s the Big Deal: 

Pulse oximeters are widely used in clinical settings and at home to monitor blood oxygen levels, which can indicate severe health conditions such as COVID-19, asthma, or heart failure. 🌈However, several studies have shown that pulse oximeters can be inaccurate and unreliable for people with darker skin pigmentation because they use light to detect blood flow. This can lead to delayed diagnosis, inappropriate treatment, or missed opportunities for intervention.💉 The FDA issued guidance to improve the performance evaluation of pulse oximeters, taking into consideration skin pigmentation, race, and ethnicity. 🙌This document provides recommendations for device manufacturers, researchers, and healthcare professionals on how to design, test, and use pulse oximeters to minimize bias and ensure safety and effectiveness for all patients.


#PulseOximeters, #MedicalEquipment, #HealthEquity, #Pacific, #FDA,#IMSPARK, 

#CodedGaze

Friday, February 9, 2024

🌏IMSPARK: a Pacific Achieving Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) by 2030🌏

🌏Imagine... a Pacific Achieving Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) by 2030🌏



💡 Imagined Endstate: 

A Pacific where we overcome the multiple crises affecting our region, such as the climate crisis, the war in Ukraine, the COVID-19 pandemic, the weak global economy, and the weak global economy. 

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📚Source

United Nations. (2023). The Sustainable Development Goals Report 2023: Special Edition. New York, NY: UN DESA.

💥 What’s the Big Deal: 

The SDGs are a universal call to action to transform our world by 2030. They are based on a vision of dignity, equality, justice, and sustainability for all people and the planet.  🕊️However, the report warns that we are not on track to achieve the SDGs and must act urgently to rescue the 2030 Agenda.  💚 The report also highlights the immense potential for success through strong political will and utilizing available technologies, resources, and knowledge. 🚀The Pacific is susceptible to the impacts of multiple crises. Still rich in diversity, culture, and resilience, the Pacific has a vital role in achieving the SDGs and creating a better future for ourselves and the world.


#SDGs, #Pacific, #2030Agenda, #RescuePlan, #IMSPARK

Thursday, February 8, 2024

📔IMSPARK: academic access and shared knowledge freely📔

📔Imagine...academic access and shared knowledge freely📔

💡 Imagined Endstate: 

A Pacific where researchers, educators, students, policymakers, and the public can access, use, and contribute to the latest research findings and innovations in the social sciences and humanities without barriers or costs.

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📚Source: 

Ernst, E., Schulte, J., & Töpfer, M. (2020). How to fill the information gap: Open Access for the social sciences and humanities. Septentrio Conference Series, (4).

💥 What's the Big Deal: 

This presentation by Schulte et al. (2020) provides practical guidance and resources for researchers to publish their work in open access. Access is not only about increasing the visibility of research, but it is also about promoting equity and addressing the knowledge gap. Open access makes scholarly publications available online for anyone to read, reuse, and share without any restrictions or fees. 🌐It benefits researchers by increasing their work's visibility, impact, and quality. It benefits society by advancing knowledge, fostering innovation, and promoting social justice.🚀 However, many social sciences and humanities researchers face challenges and lack of information about open access. 

In a Pacific context, Open Access can be seen as another venue for equity, where the commodity is knowledge. 📖Knowledge creates opportunities for innovation, social justice, and economic growth. By making research freely available to everyone, regardless of their location or socio-economic status, Open Access can help address the imbalance in the production and distribution of knowledge, particularly in the social sciences and humanities. 🙌The result of this access could lead to a more informed future, where everyone has equal access to the latest research findings and innovations and advocates for open access in their disciplines and institutions.


#OpenAccess, #GrayLiterature, #Pacific, #Knowledge, #IMSPARK,#equity,#academics, 

   


Monday, February 5, 2024

🌏IMSPARK: A Pacific Future with Better Banking Services for Small Businesses 🌏



 🌏Imagine… A Pacific Future with Better Banking Services for Small Businesses 🌏


💡 Imagined Endstate: 


The Pacific region has successfully leveraged the best practices and insights from the McKinsey report on how banks can better serve small-business clients. The region has fostered a culture of innovation, trust, and partnership, where banks and small businesses work together to create value and growth.


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📚Source: 


Campbell, B., Madan, A., Nunez Maxwell, M., Oliveira, F., & Sridharan, A. (2023). Five ways for banks to better serve small-business clients. McKinsey & Company. 


💥 What’s the Big Deal: 


The report by Campbell et al. (2023) reveals that small-business banking represents a significant opportunity for banks to strengthen their revenues and relationships, especially in the context of rising competition and changing customer expectations. 💳The report also identifies five ways for banks to serve better small-business clients: knowing what they want, capturing money in motion, delivering end-to-end cash flow management, integrating payments processing, and offering a broader suite of commercial enablement tools.


Small businesses are a vital driver of economic and social development for the Pacific region, especially in the face of global challenges such as climate change, health crises, and the digital divide.📱By leveraging the best practices and insights from the McKinsey report, the Pacific region can enhance its banking services for small businesses and increase their satisfaction, loyalty, and profitability.🏦 The banking services can also support the region’s innovation, trust, and partnership and enable more banks and small businesses to work together to create value and growth.


#SmallBusinessBanking, #microenterprise,#ValueCreation, #Innovation,#Partnership,#Pacific,#RICEWEBB,#IMSPARK,

Friday, January 19, 2024

🎓IMSPARK: Higher Education for All in the Pacific🎓


🎓Imagine... Higher Education for All in the Pacific🎓



💡 Imagined Endstate: 

The Pacific region has successfully increased the access and affordability of higher education for its residents, especially for underrepresented and disadvantaged groups. The region has fostered a culture of lifelong learning, innovation, and excellence, where everyone has the opportunity to pursue their academic and career goals.

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Halliday, T., & Inafuku, R. (2024). Estimating the returns to higher education using administrative data: A case study of the University of Hawai‘i System. University of Hawaii Economic Research Organization.

💥 What’s the Big Deal: 

The report by Halliday and Inafuku (2024) reveals that a college education from the University of Hawai‘i (UH) offers a significant investment return for its graduates🌏The authors find that lifetime earnings for bachelor’s degree holders are 27% higher than for those who exited the program without a degree. 💼 The report also shows that community college degrees and certificates can boost earnings and serve as stepping stones to four-year degrees.

Higher education is a key driver of economic and social development for the Pacific region, especially in the face of global challenges such as climate change, health crises, and technological disruption. 🏫By expanding the access and affordability of higher education, the Pacific region can empower its residents to acquire the skills, knowledge, and credentials they need to succeed in the 21st century. 🚀Higher education can also enhance the region’s competitiveness, diversity, and resilience, and contribute to its well-being and prosperity.









Thursday, January 18, 2024

🏠 IMSPARK: A Pacific Future with Fair and Equitable Access to Homeownership 🏠

🏠 Imagine… A Pacific Future with Fair and Equitable Access to Homeownership 🏠




💡 Imagined Endstate: 

A region that has fostered a culture of inclusion and diversity, where everyone has equal opportunity to build wealth and stability through homeownership.

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Brown, J. R., & Cookson, J. A. (2024). Lender-reported reasons for mortgage denials don’t explain racial disparities. Federal Reserve Bank of Minneapolis. 

💥 What’s the Big Deal: 

The article by Brown and Cookson (2024) reveals that Black and Hispanic applicants are more likely to be denied mortgages than White applicants, even after controlling for income, credit score, and other factors. 🏦  The authors find that the lender-reported reasons for denials, such as debt-to-income ratio, credit history, and collateral, do not fully account for the racial gap in mortgage outcomes. 🌈 This suggests that there may be other factors at play, such as discrimination, bias, or structural barriers, that prevent people of color from accessing homeownership.

Homeownership is a key source of wealth and economic security for many Americans, especially in the Pacific region, where housing prices are high and rising. 🏘️ However, the racial gap in homeownership has persisted for decades, contributing to the racial wealth gap and intergenerational inequality. 📈 By addressing the root causes of mortgage denials and ensuring fair and equitable access to homeownership, the Pacific region can empower more people of color to achieve their financial goals and improve their quality of life.


#homeownership,#racialequity, #Mortgage,#WealthGap,#Pacific,#Poverty, #Inequality, #Participatory,#RICEWEBB, #IMSPARK,

Wednesday, January 17, 2024

🌎 IMSPARK: A Pacific Future Powered by Clean Energy🌎

 

🌎 Imagine… A Pacific Future Powered by Clean Energy🌎

💡 Imagined Endstate: 

The Pacific region has successfully transitioned to a low-carbon economy, using renewable energy sources such as solar, wind, hydro, and geothermal to meet its growing energy needs. 

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U.S. Senate Committee on Appropriations. (2024). Further additional continuing appropriations act 2024 text.

💥 What’s the Big Deal: 

The Further Additional Continuing Appropriations and Other Extensions Act, 2024, provides funding for various energy and water programs,  🌊 including $2.2 billion for the Department of Energy’s Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy. 🌞This funding supports research, development, and deployment of clean energy technologies that can benefit the Pacific region, such as solar photovoltaics, wind turbines, 💨hydroelectric dams, and geothermal plants.🔥 These technologies can help the Pacific region reduce its greenhouse gas emissions, diversify its energy sources, lower its energy costs, and create new jobs and industries.


#CleanEnergy, #Pacific, #RenewableEnergy, #ClimateAction,#energytransition,#IMSPARK,

Tuesday, January 16, 2024

🌟 IMSPARK: Sustainable Future for the Pacific🌟

🌟 Imagine... Sustainable Future for the Pacific🌟

💡 Imagined Endstate: 

A future where the Pacific region is a global leader in sustainable development, with thriving economies, healthy ecosystems, and resilient communities.

📚Source: 

World Economic Forum. (2024). The Global Cooperation Barometer 2024. 

💥 What’s the Big Deal: 

The Pacific region is home to some of the world’s most vulnerable communities and ecosystems. 🌊Climate change, overfishing, and pollution are just a few of the challenges that threaten the region’s future. However, the Pacific also has enormous potential for sustainable development. 🌴By investing in renewable energy, 🌞sustainable tourism, and ecosystem restoration, the region can create new economic opportunities while preserving its natural heritage. 🐠This IMSPARK calls on Pacific leaders to work together to build a sustainable future for the region, one that benefits both people and the planet.


#GlobalLeadership,#Pacific, #WorldEconomicForum,#ClimateChange,#Sustainability,#IMSPARK, 

Thursday, January 11, 2024

📱 IMSPARK: Social Media and Crowdsourcing Can Boost Disaster Resilience in the Pacific 📱

📱 Imagine… Social Media and Crowdsourcing Can Boost Disaster Resilience in the Pacific 📱



💡 Imagined Endstate: 

Imagine a future where Pacific communities and organizations can leverage the power of social media and crowdsourcing to enhance their disaster risk management processes. 

🔗Link: 


📚Source: 

Links Consortium. (2021). Social media and crowdsourcing for disaster risk management and resilience: A European perspective.

💥 What’s the Big Deal:

Social media and crowdsourcing are innovative ways of using online platforms and tools to collect, organize, analyze, and share data and information from various sources, such as citizens, experts, or sensors. Social media and crowdsourcing can help improve disaster resilience in the Pacific by providing early warning systems, situation awareness, public engagement, feedback mechanisms, and learning opportunities. 🌏 The Pacific region is highly exposed and vulnerable to natural hazards, such as cyclones, floods, earthquakes, and volcanic eruptions, which can cause devastating human, economic, and environmental losses. Social media and crowdsourcing can help reduce these losses by enhancing information access, decision-making capabilities, and stakeholder participation in disaster risk management. 🚨 Social media and crowdsourcing can also help create a culture of disaster preparedness and resilience in the Pacific. However, there are also challenges and barriers to implementing social media and crowdsourcing in disaster risk management, such as cooperation, digital literacy, citizen inclusion, data quality, privacy, and ethics. 💪Therefore, there is a need for guidance, best practices, and resources to support the effective and responsible use of social media and crowdsourcing in disaster risk management.


#Crowdsourcing,#socialmedia,#Pacific,#DRR,#SocialCapital,#IMSPARK

Tuesday, January 9, 2024

🔥IMSPARK: Veterans Fire Corps: A New Opportunity for Pacific Veterans🔥


🔥Imagine... Veterans Fire Corps: A New Opportunity for Veterans🔥



💡 Imagined Endstate: 

Veterans who join the Veterans Fire Corps gain valuable skills, experience, and camaraderie while protecting the natural resources and communities of the region from wildfires.

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📚Source: 

U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs. (2023, July 14).

💥 What’s the Big Deal: 

The Veterans Fire Corps is a program that provides training and employment opportunities for veterans who are interested in pursuing careers in wildland fire management. 🌲The program is a partnership between the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, the U.S. Forest Service, and several non-governmental organizations. 🇺🇸The program aims to help veterans transition to civilian life, enhance their physical and mental well-being, and serve their country in a new way. The program could also benefit the Pacific region, which faces increasing threats from wildfires due to climate change, invasive species, and human activities. 👩‍🚒By joining the Veterans Fire Corps, veterans can help protect the environment and the people of their home islands, as well as other parts of the country and the world.


#WildFire, #VFC,#Pacific,#Veterans,#IMSPARK,




Monday, January 8, 2024

🌊IMSPARK: Rising Above the Tide: How Pacific Islanders are Adapting to Climate Change🌊

🌊Imagine... Rising Above the Tide: How Pacific Islanders are Adapting to Climate Change🌊

💡 Imagined Endstate: 

Imagine a future where Pacific islanders are not only resilient to the impacts of climate change, but also leading the way in finding innovative and sustainable solutions. A future where Pacific cultures, traditions, and values are preserved and celebrated, and where Pacific voices are heard and respected in the global arena.

🔗 Link: 

📚 Source: 

UN News. (2019, July 15). Climate change and its effects on the Pacific islands. 

💥 What’s the Big Deal: 

Climate change is an existential threat for many Pacific islanders, who face rising sea levels, saltwater intrusion, coral bleaching, coastal erosion, extreme weather events, and loss of biodiversity. 🌏These impacts not only affect their livelihoods, health, and food security, but also their identity, culture, and sovereignty. 🌿However, Pacific islanders are not passive victims of climate change, but active agents of change. They are adapting to the changing environment by using traditional knowledge, local resources, and community networks, as well as embracing new technologies, partnerships, and policies.🕊 They are also advocating for more ambitious and urgent climate action from the international community, and sharing their stories and experiences with the world.

 #PacificRising #ClimateAction #Adaptation #Resilience #PacificVoices

🦤 IMSPARK: Healthy and Diverse Migratory Species in the Pacific🦤

 🦤 Imagine... Healthy and Diverse Migratory Species in the Pacific🦤  💡 Imagined Endstate:  In the next 3-5 years, the Pacific region will...