Spinning Plates: Balancing Indonesia’s Many Economies All at Once

The economy of Indonesia is the largest in Southeast Asia and is one of the emerging market economies of the world. As a “middle income” country and member of the G20, Indonesia is classified as a newly industrialised country. It is the15th largest economy in the world by nominal Gross Domestic Product (and the 7th largest in terms of GDP based on Purchasing Power Parity).

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Avoiding The Old Normal

Photo by Josh Rose on Unsplash/NOWJAKARTA Alistair Speirs returns, this time talking about how to avoid going back to the old normal amidst a society boasting about embracing the new one while still clinging to the old ways of doing things whether they realise it or not.  

I Opened The Window and In Flew Enza

There is great confusion here in Indonesia which now, more than ever needs to be resolved. There is the Common Cold, which gives you a cough, a runny nose and probably a heavy nasty headache. Then there is Influenza, which is much more serious, and while it shares some of the same symptoms, it is not

Pandemic Effect – Part 2: How to Not Bleed Out as an Empath

Illustration of an emphatic behaviour. Photo by youssef naddam on Unsplash/NOWJAKARTA Last time we talked about people with narcissistic disorder and how the pandemic is helping them get better—it’s on Home Life edition six. We are now going to look at it from the other end of the spectrum: the empath, and how not to bleed out as one,

Pandemic Effect: An Unexpected Gift to Narcissists

Illustration of narcissism. Photo courtesy of Unsplash.com/NOWJAKARTA When Covid-19 hits the world, mental health in general took a back seat to physical health, which is only natural, making sure hospitals wouldn’t be overwhelmed and that as many lives as possible could be saved. Schools closed, work from home became the new norm, restaurants and other

Pandemic or Panic?

An Easter Message by Rev. Alan Wood, Vicar of All Saints Anglican Church Jakarta. In the past few months, the whole world has been turned upside down by the arrival of the Covid-19 virus. The terrible tragedy of so many lives lost and so much suffering in virtually every country will be a horrible lasting

What is the Potential Liability under Law for Escaped Viruses?

  Illustration of law and justice. Photo by Bill Oxford on Unsplash/NOWJAKARTA As an old insurance hand I had a sudden thought, triggered by this recent spate of accusations of responsibility for the release of the virus between various countries, which shows no sign of going away. What area of law would this kind of incident fall under, and

“You Have Nothing to Fear but Fear Itself”

“You have nothing to fear but fear itself”  These are the famous lines from Franklin D. Roosevelt’s inauguration speech before the US Congress in 1933. Here is the full first paragraph. “So, first of all, let me assert my firm belief that the only thing we have to fear is fear itself — nameless, unreasoning,

After Covid-19, What’s Next?

For more ideas you will have to pay…! But you see the idea, we need to prepare for post Covid-19 with new ideas to help industry, employment and the environment. If we don’t start now we will be back in 2002 waiting for months for the cavalry to arrive! Unsplash/NOW!JAKARTA The crisis will end. They

The Theory of Evolution and the Corona Virus 

Fascinating stuff and provides a good explanation as to where we are today, but also where we are heading, the evolution of SARS to MERS to Covid-19 is certainly only the beginning, somewhere out there is already Covid-Plus virus ready to take the battle to an even higher plain. Darwin told us 250 years ago.

Hope for the Best but Prepare for the Worst

"Hope for the Best but Prepare for the Worst." Not bad advice living in a city like Jakarta, which seems to be improving as it evolves into a world megacity, but slips quite easily and naturally into chaos as soon as difficulties arise. And here we are again, ready and prepared to cope with serious

Smart City Jakarta: The Great Challenge

Jakarta grows endlessly. When will it be a smart city, though? Photo by Gede Suhendra on Unsplash/NOWJAKARTA Nothing is impossible! But turning Jakarta into a ‘Smart City’ may be close. This is the challenge that my team have set me as we try to create the best scenarios to move forward to create “Sustainable Solutions for Indonesia” under our MVB

Tiny Steps to Solve the Traffic Disaster

Are you in this photo? Photo courtesy of unsplash.com/NOWJAKARTA In case you haven’t noticed, the traffic situation in Jakarta has worsened over the first two months of the year rather than improved. It is now as bad as I have ever seen it. There are jams, delays and diversions every day, caused by—well, everything—from floods,

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