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

Friday, February 2, 2024

🌊IMSPARK: Enhanced Resilience and Emergency Management in the Pacific🌊

🌊Imagine… Enhanced Resilience and Emergency Management in the Pacific🌊


💡 Imagined Endstate: 

A Pacific region successfully integrated resilience and emergency management into its policies, plans, and practices, to cope with and recover from the impacts of natural and human-made disasters.

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Bergeron, W. P. (2023). Resilience versus emergency management. Domestic Preparedness. 

💥 What’s the Big Deal: 

The article by Bergeron (2023) explores the differences and similarities between resilience and emergency management, and argues that both concepts are complementary and essential for disaster risk reduction. The article defines resilience as the ability of a system to absorb, adapt, and transform in the face of shocks and stresses, and emergency management as the coordination of resources and responsibilities to prevent, protect, mitigate, respond, and recover from emergencies. 🛡️The article suggests that resilience and emergency management can be integrated through a holistic and systemic approach that considers the interdependencies and feedback loops among various elements and actors.

Resilience and emergency management are key challenges for the Pacific region, as it faces the impacts of climate change, natural hazards, and social disparities, which can threaten its security, development, and well-being. 🌟By integrating resilience and emergency management, the Pacific region can enhance its ability to cope with and recover from disasters, and reduce the risk of morbidity and mortality. 🙌The integration can also support the region’s preparedness, adaptation, and learning, and enable more stakeholders to work together to reduce risks, build capacities, and seize opportunities.


#Resilience, #EmergencyManagement, #PacificFuture, #DisasterRiskReduction, #Integration,#DRR,#IMSPARK,



Thursday, February 1, 2024

🏢 IMSPARK: Safe and Sustainable Buildings in the Pacific 🏢


🏢 Imagine… Safe and Sustainable Buildings in the Pacific 🏢


💡 Imagined Endstate: 

The Pacific region has successfully adopted and enforced rigorous and regular building inspections and maintenance standards, as well as innovative and resilient design and construction practices, to prevent the collapse of aging buildings. The region has fostered a culture of safety, sustainability, and accountability, where building owners, managers, engineers, and regulators work together to ensure the structural integrity and performance of the buildings.

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Bolan, M. (2024). How to prevent America’s aging buildings from collapsing – 4 high-profile disasters send a warning. Route Fifty. 

💥 What’s the Big Deal: 

The article by Bolan (2024) reveals that the U.S. faces a looming crisis of aging and deteriorating buildings, which pose a serious threat to public safety and health, as evidenced by four recent high-profile building collapses that resulted in fatalities, injuries, and displacements.  🛠️ The article also discusses the causes and consequences of building collapse, such as poor design, construction, maintenance, and regulation, as well as the economic, social, and environmental impacts. 🏗️The article suggests some possible solutions, such as adopting more stringent and consistent building codes and inspection protocols, investing in building repair and retrofitting, and promoting green and resilient building practices.

Building safety and sustainability are key challenges for the Pacific region, as it faces the impacts of climate change, natural hazards, and urbanization, which can exacerbate the risks and damages of building collapse.🧱 By adopting and enforcing rigorous and regular building inspections and maintenance standards, as well as innovative and resilient design and construction practices, the Pacific region can enhance its building safety and sustainability, and reduce the risk of morbidity and mortality. ⚰️The standards and practices can also support the region’s safety, sustainability, and accountability, and enable more building owners, managers, engineers, and regulators to work together to ensure the structural integrity and performance of the buildings.



Wednesday, January 31, 2024

🌊IMSPARK: A Pacific Future with Resilient and Equitable Communities: 🌊

🌊Imagine… A Pacific Future with Resilient and Equitable Communities: 🌊



💡 Imagined Endstate: 

The Pacific region has successfully participated in the Community Disaster Resilience Zones program, which provides priority access to federal funds for climate resilience and mitigation projects for the most at-risk and in-need communities. The region has fostered a culture of solidarity, cooperation, and partnership, where all stakeholders work together to ensure the resilience and equity of the communities.

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Griswold, A. (2024). What could FEMA’s new disaster resilience zones mean for communities? Smart Cities Dive. 

💥 What’s the Big Deal: 

The article by Griswold (2024) reveals that the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) has designated 483 Community Disaster Resilience Zones across the nation, based on the National Risk Index and the Climate and Economic Justice Screening Tool. 
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The zones will have priority access to federal funds for climate resilience and mitigation projects, as well as potential private and philanthropic investments. The article also discusses the challenges and opportunities of the program, such as the risk of green gentrification, the need for community engagement, and the potential for regional collaboration.

Resilience and equity are key challenges for the Pacific region, as it faces the impacts of climate change, natural hazards, and social disparities, especially among the low-income, unbanked, and underserved populations.  🤝By participating in the Community Disaster Resilience Zones program, the Pacific region can enhance its resilience and equity, and reduce the risk of morbidity and mortality.  🌟The program can also support the region’s solidarity, cooperation, and partnership, and enable more communities to access the resources and opportunities they need and deserve.



#Resilience, #Equity, #PacificFuture, #DisasterZones, #Partnership, #DRR,#RICEWEBB,,#IMSPARK 




Monday, January 29, 2024

🌞IMSPARK: A Pacific Future with Early and Accurate Detection of Skin Cancer🌞

🌞Imagine… A Pacific Future with Early and Accurate Detection of Skin Cancer🌞

💡 Imagined Endstate: 

The Pacific region has successfully adopted the FDA-cleared device that uses artificial intelligence to non-invasively detect skin cancer in the primary care setting. The region has fostered a culture of prevention, awareness, and collaboration, where patients and health care providers can easily and quickly diagnose skin cancer and initiate appropriate treatment.

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Bassett, M. (2024). FDA clears AI-powered non-invasive skin cancer detector. MedPage Today. 

💥 What’s the Big Deal: 

The article by Bassett (2024) reveals that the FDA cleared an artificial-intelligence (AI)-powered device designed to non-invasively detect skin cancer in the primary care setting. 🌡️ Developer DermaSensor said the device uses AI-powered spectroscopy technology to non-invasively evaluate cellular and subcellular characteristics of a lesion for any of the three types of skin cancers – melanoma, basal cell carcinoma, and squamous cell carcinoma. 🙌 The wireless, handheld device then provides a result in real time using an FDA-cleared algorithm. Skin cancer is a challenge for the Pacific region, as it affects the health and well-being of its residents, especially those who are exposed to high levels of ultraviolet radiation from the sun. By adopting the FDA-cleared device, the Pacific region can enhance its early and accurate detection of skin cancer, and reduce the risk of morbidity and mortality. 🌅The device can also support the region’s prevention, awareness, and collaboration, and enable more patients and health care providers to access and use a simple and effective diagnostic tool.

 

#SkinCancer #PacificFuture #AIDetector #Prevention #Collaboration

Thursday, January 25, 2024


💳 Imagine… A Pacific Future with Inclusive Financial Systems💳 


💡 Imagined Endstate: 

The Pacific region has successfully built an inclusive financial system that provides access and opportunity for all its residents, especially the low-income, unbanked, and underserved populations. The region has fostered a culture of innovation, trust, and leadership, where financial services and products are designed and delivered to meet the diverse and evolving needs of the people.

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Wallace, M., & Rademacher, I. (2023). Building an inclusive financial system: A global economic & social imperative for this decade. Aspen Institute. 

💥 What’s the Big Deal: 

The report by Wallace and Rademacher (2023) reveals that an inclusive financial system is essential for achieving global economic and social goals, such as reducing poverty, promoting equality, and enhancing resilience. 🌏The report also identifies the key elements and challenges of an inclusive financial system, such as access, affordability, quality, diversity, and regulation🙌 The report proposes a framework and a roadmap for action to advance inclusive financial systems at the global, regional, and national levels. ⚖️An inclusive financial system is a key opportunity for the Pacific region, as it can empower its residents to participate in and benefit from the digital economy, especially in the face of global challenges such as climate change, health crises, and digital divide. 💻 By building an inclusive financial system, the Pacific region can enhance its economic growth, social cohesion, and political stability. 💰 An inclusive financial system can also support the region’s innovation, trust, and leadership, and enable more people to access financial services and products that improve their well-being and prosperity.



#InclusiveFinancialSystem, #PacificFuture, #Access, #Opportunity, #Innovation, #Apsen,#WealthEquity,#IMSPARK,#RICEWEBB,


Wednesday, January 24, 2024


🐟 Imagine… A Pacific Future with Sustainable and Profitable Fish Farming🐟


💡 Imagined Endstate: 

The Pacific region has successfully developed and expanded its aquaculture industry, which produces high-quality and environmentally friendly fish and seafood for local and global markets. The region has fostered a culture of innovation, collaboration, and stewardship, where fish farmers, researchers, regulators, and consumers work together to ensure the sustainability and profitability of fish farming.

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Griswold, A. (2024). Hawaii lawmakers want to make fish farming a bigger industry, but how? Honolulu Civil Beat. 

💥 What’s the Big Deal: 

The article by Griswold (2024) reveals that Hawaii lawmakers are considering several bills to promote and regulate the aquaculture industry in the state, which has the potential to create jobs, boost the economy, and enhance food security. 🌊The article also highlights the challenges and controversies that surround fish farming, such as environmental impacts, animal welfare, consumer preferences, and competition with wild fisheries.

Fish farming is a key opportunity for the Pacific region, as it can provide a reliable and nutritious source of protein for its growing population, especially in the face of climate change, overfishing, and marine pollution. ⛴️By adopting best practices and technologies, the Pacific region can produce sustainable and profitable fish and seafood that meet the standards and demands of local and global markets.  💰Fish farming can also support the region’s conservation, resilience, and well-being, and contribute to its blue economy.


#FishFarming, #PacificFuture, #Aquaculture, #Sustainability, #Profitability,#IMSPARK, 



Tuesday, January 23, 2024

🙌IMSPARK: Wage Equity for All in the Pacific 🙌

 🙌Imagine… Wage Equity for All in the Pacific 🙌

💡 Imagined Endstate: 

The Pacific region has successfully achieved wage equity for all workers, regardless of their gender, race, ethnicity, or other characteristics. The region has fostered a culture of fairness, opportunity, and inclusion, where everyone is paid fairly and equitably for their work.

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Wage and Hour Division, DOL. (2021). Independent contractor status under the Fair Labor Standards Act. Federal Register, 86 (4), 1168-1248. 

💥 What’s the Big Deal: 

The rule by the Wage and Hour Division (2021) revises the interpretation of independent contractor status under the FLSA, which requires covered employers to pay their nonexempt employees at least the federal minimum wage and overtime pay, and to keep certain records regarding their employees. 🌟 The rule adopts an “economic reality” test that focuses on two core factors: the nature and degree of the worker’s control over the work, and the worker’s opportunity for profit or loss based on initiative and/or investment.💸 The rule also identifies three other factors that may serve as additional guideposts: the amount of skill required for the work, the degree of permanence of the working relationship, and whether the work is part of an integrated unit of production. Wage equity is a key aspect of income inequality, as it affects the economic and social well-being of workers and their families, especially the most vulnerable and marginalized groups.🌈 By achieving wage equity, the Pacific region can enhance its economic growth, social cohesion, and political stability. Achieving wage equity can also support the region’s resilience to global challenges such as climate change, health crises, and digital divide.


#WageEquity, #PacificFuture, #Fairness, #Opportunity,#Inclusion,#IMSPARK,


Sunday, January 21, 2024

🌠 Imagine… A Pacific Future with Faster and More Reliable Internet Connectivity🌠

🌠 Imagine… A Pacific Future with Faster and More Reliable Internet Connectivity🌠


💡 Imagined Endstate: 

The Pacific region has successfully benefited from the Central Pacific Connect initiative, which consists of two new subsea cables that link the US, Guam, Palau, and Indonesia. The region has fostered a culture of digital transformation, innovation, and inclusion, where everyone has access to faster and more reliable internet connectivity.

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Bannerman, N. (2024). Google launches Central Pacific Connect initiative with two new subsea cables. Capacity Media. 

💥 What’s the Big Deal:

The article by Bannerman (2024) reveals that Google has announced the Central Pacific Connect initiative, which aims to improve the internet connectivity and resilience of the Pacific region.🌐The initiative involves the construction of two new subsea cables: the Echo cable, which will connect the US, Guam, and Indonesia; and the Bifrost cable, which will connect the US, Guam, and Palau.🚀 The cables will use the latest optical fiber technology and have a combined capacity of over 100 terabits per second.

Internet connectivity is a key enabler of economic and social development for the Pacific region, especially in the face of global challenges such as climate change, health crises, and digital divide.🌟By participating in the Central Pacific Connect initiative, the Pacific region can enhance its internet speed, reliability, and diversity, and reduce its dependence on satellite and existing subsea cables.🙌The initiative can also support the region’s digital transformation, innovation, and inclusion, and enable more people to access online services, opportunities, and information.

#InternetConnectivity, #DigitalAcces, #PacificFuture, #PacificTransformation,#DisasterPreparedness,#DisasterResponse,#IMSPARK

🦤 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...