November 2009

Interview with Kate Wood

When Kate Wood was retuning from her summer season buying trip in India for her business “The Dancing Feather”. I met her en-route in Bangkok. Having agreed to be interviewed by me, there was no better time than as we travelled together to Melbourne together . I was especially interested to hear how she is able to stay tuned in to the fundamentals of her business. She has many common sense ideas on what many see as complex issues, especially on buying and dealing with multiple suppliers in Asia. My interest in Kate was not just paternal. The youthful enterprising approach she and her peers take is always refreshing and interesting to hear about. On this occasion i was also keen especially keen to hear about her approach in her business to financial management. As one who has made her name in her own right, my Kate wanted to cut right to the chase and dispense with any preliminary questions, such as why and how she began. So here is the text of our conversation that began with. To kick this off, Kate can you tell me what is so special for you about fashion business? [...]

Copenhagen 2009: Climate heat is on.

With the die now cast for the outcomes of the United Nations agreement in Copenhagen on Dec 7th to 18th 2009, Incoming COP15 president, Connie Hedegaardon, says Failure in Copenhagen is not an option. And complexity is no excuse for complacency. There will be unlikely to be a chance again if we miss this one or postpone. To build up again the pressure to get world leaders to deliver will be impossible, so it must be done. Getting the text right and removing the square brackets to make the issues and political choices clear is the work to be done. But just weeks before the international conference, the United Nations signaled it was scaling back expectations of reaching agreement on a new treaty to slow global warming. Janos Pasztor, director of the secretary-general’s Climate Change Support Team, was reported last week as saying. “it’s hard to say how far the conference will be able to go” because the U.S. Congress has not agreed on a climate bill, and industrialized nations have not agreed on targets to reduce their carbon dioxide emissions or funding to help developing countries limit their discharges. In 1998 Tony was one of the survivors of the ill fated Sydney to Hobart Yacht race that claimed many lives. The deteriorating climate that saw those sailors lost is high in the minds of world leaders. Next month in Copenhagen these people will try to agree on a plan to manage the causes of climate change that threatens the very survival of the human race. This will update the expiring Kyoto protocol agreement of 1997. The essence what Copenhagen is all about is getting agreement on 1. Emission caps 2, Who picks up the bill and 3. Adaption Regardless of the arguments a Carbon Constrained World Reality just makes sense. But the September 2009 Bangkok UN conference of world leaders and advocates, staged to position for smooth agreement at Copenhagen, was not encouraging. Those leaders attending Copenhagen, who are determined to make the difference, and Connie Hedegaardon, who heads it all up have a daunting task. [...]

Shadow Show

Here is Something to enjoy. I found this on Claire Hanbury’s site. She is now proactively focusing on a project with Unesco to find best policy and practice on pre-service teacher training on HIV and Aids. Check Clair out if you are interested to know more. In the meantime here is a Louis Armstrong version of “What a Wonderful World” from performer Raymond Crowe. [...]

Letter from India: Following that dream

Here is part of a letter from India sent home to family and friends by Kate Wood. it was dated on April 26 2006. Since then Kate has gone on building her original design fashion house. In the face adversity of reduced consumer spending. she went against the odds to start her business The Dancing Feather. Based around the unique of flavor of India, with its emerging high end “India” fashion tastes now highly sought after, her success to date is all to do with her determination to define and get in touch with her chosen market. In this crowded space she has sought a way for people to express themselves with quality distinctive fashion that is also very affordable. Here is her letter around the time she was getting it all started…. [...]