Asset Management in Bogota, Jakarta, Glasgow, Copenhagen, New York – different contexts, but the issues and likely solutions are curiously the same. And across sectors, too.
Had a great conversation this month with a large supplier of manufacturing/ assembly line equipment, confirming that many manufacturers are hot on keeping such machinery and components working, because they have to - but awful at inventory control, using warranty properly, and maintaining rather than replacing. In other words spending something like 20% more than they need to, even in these tight times.
Why are we so poor at whole life efficiencies? Is it human beings in general, or just the ‘shiny new’ focus of current societies?
My working hours at the moment consists of:
- two parts Asset Management training for AMCL, particularly with Thames Water, RMS (in Bogota) and Scottish Water
- one part facilitation and strategy support for my old friends in Scottish Water, for example on risk appetite and capital reporting
- one part as a Trustee for Action21, a local sustainability charity here in Leamington – I am particularly involved in developing the East Lodge Sustainability Centre in Jephson Gardens (one of my very earliest memories is being in Jephsons with my paternal grandmother at its ‘Festival of Lights’)
- one part for Transition Leamington – last month I delivered ‘Training for Transition’, and facilitated an Open Space on Building a Sustainable Local Economy
- Parallel Programme student for the past five years at Rigpa – with much love and gratitude to Chris, Jennifer, Bridget and my original class in Sydney, and now to all in Birmingham
- Phoenix Writing Group with my friend Elizabeth from Theun’s group
- three parts family & friends, from my mother (now 88) to Raeya (nearly 1!)
Is this ‘work-life balance’? It’s too early to tell.
Why does anyone write on the internet?
- Show they are wonderful (and should be paid money for their wonderfulness) – ie advertising
- Display how much they know – from wikipedia on down
- Complain, attack, or otherwise rehearse a grievance
- Belong – like ticking ‘like’ on Facebook, or my brother’s favourite ‘Arseblog’
Or, in more or less the words of spiral dynamics, do orange, blue, red or even purple in public.
Is it possible to transcend ego on the web?