"Visions of World Benefit & Global Responsibility: Perspectives of McGill Students

Monday, March 31, 2008

Entegre Düşünme ve Holistik Perspektif

Yeni yüzyılın profesyonelleri kompleks problemleri bütüncül olarak görebilen ve çözümleyebilen liderler olacak. Holistik düşünce ve büyük resmi görme konularında dünyada en iyi atılımı yapan MBA programı, Toronto Üniversitesi Rotman MBA. İşte Entegre Düşünme becerileri ve Toronto Rotman'ın sunduğu yeni işletme perspektifi. Umarım beğenirsiniz.

Friday, September 14, 2007

Important message from TED's Chris Anderson

Dear friends,

I have just received the following message from Chris Anderson and I am sharing it with you immediately. Please watch the video and read his message; this is really an inspiring new paradigm! Please share your thoughts or any ideas. The message follows now.

Fahri Karakas

Dear Friends of TED,

Now this is exciting. A powerful, 2-minute TED video has just been given star billing at YouTube and I need your help to get it to spread further…The video heralds the launch of Pangea Day, called for by 2006 TED prize winner, Jehane Noujaim. For the next 24 hours, it is being featured on YouTube’s global home-page as well as all nine of YouTube’s international home-pages.Maybe it's just me, but every time I see this trailer, it sets my spine a-tingling. I hope you’ll take a minute to view it, rate it, write a quick comment about it and then blog it, or pass the link along to friends. Each of these actions will have a multiplying effect and will help us reach out to thousands of film-makers around the world who we need to submit content for possible inclusion in Pangea DayThe project is taking off, and its ambition level is spectacular. On May 10, 2008 - Pangea Day - Jehane’s wish will come to fruition as sites in New York City, Rio, London, Dharamsala, Cairo, Jerusalem, and Kigali will be video-conferenced live to produce a 4-hour program of powerful films - supplemented by visionary speakers, and global musicians. The purpose: to use the power of film to promote better understanding of our common humanity. A global audience will watch through the Internet, television, digital cinemas, and mobile phones. A powerful advisory board has come together to support the project. It includes:
JJ Abrams
Lawrence Bender
Nancy Buirski
lan Cumming
Ami Dar
Cameron Diaz
Goldie Hawn
Vik Muniz
Clare Munn
Eboo Patel
Alexander Payne
Meg Ryan
Deborah Scranton
Jeff Skoll
Philippe Starck
Yossi Vardi
Kevin Wall

If you’re interested learning more and/or helping out, please send an email to Pangea Day executive director Delia Cohen (delia@ted.com). More details are available at the project's beautiful website created for us by Avenue A/Razorfish: pangeaday.org. Now enjoy the film!Very best,
Chris AndersonTED Curator

Pangea Day Needs Your Videos!

Dear friends,
This is an inspring, great global project; and as a class I think we should take initiative this movement. Do you have any ideas on how??

Wednesday, September 12, 2007

Organizational Behavior Summer 2007 - Part IV

PART 4 of our lovely final celebration at Art and The Cafe! This has been an unforgettable experience and I really miss all of you!

Organizational Behavior Summer 2007- Part II

PART 3 of our lovely final celebration at Art and The Cafe! This has been an unforgettable experience and I really miss all of you!

Organizational Behavior Summer 2007 - Part III

PART 2 of our lovely final celebration at Art and The Cafe! This has been an unforgettable experience and I really miss all of you!

Organizational Behavior Summer 2007 - Part I

Our lovely final celebration at Art and The Cafe! This has been an unforgettable experience and I really miss all of you!

Monday, September 3, 2007

Videos From Our Last Class

They're finally uploaded, sorry it took so long. Here are the links to the videos.





Monday, August 27, 2007

What Will Be Your Legacy?

My dream is to have my own successful business one day so I can use my power to help the people who need help. Right now, there are many people living in rural areas of China are still extremely poor and have few access to enough food supply, clean water and medical care.

Since China is a communism country and has been operated under the same system for long time, it has a lot of disadvantages and weakness. To be specific, the political corruption is the biggest problem. Thus, I may need the help from local non-profit organization and the Chinese Red Cross Foundation (CRCF). They are the more effective and safe resources I can get help from.

Usually, the CRCF receives generous donation from the public and use them to improve the areas. Currently, there are many programs to help build village-based medical services in the remote western part of the country. Many health insurance companies fund them and the donation was used in philanthropic rural hospitals, doctor training, and assist serious illness relieving projects and research programs in poverty areas in West China.

In addition, there are many non-profit organizations help children who are not be able to attend school because of poverty. For instance, Overseas China Education Foundation (OCEF), which is a non- profit charity organization registered in Texas and granted by IRS as a 501 (c) (3), is dedicated to help less-privileged children in rural areas of China to finish their education up to 9th grade. Since the donation is sent to each supported school directly from OCEF and delivered to students at an open conference attended and monitored by OCEF's volunteering coordinators in China, so I can trust this reliable organization and donate money or just simply buy some studying tools for those children.

Since local government and parents are too poor to support school-age children receiving basic education, OCEF provides an opportunity for people who are willing to help them. There are about millions of such children waiting for our help. Through the program, children will learn basic reading and writing skills. They are the future of the country and only education can push them out of poverty and ignorance.

Moreover, I am planning to personally be responsible for children in these rural areas. I can directly help and finance them to receive not only basic education but also higher education like university. If my personally financial situation is allowable, I would adopt kids who are orphans and bring them to Canada and let they receive better education and more family care.

As we learned in our OB class, I realized that the whole world is connected together through various ways. When we are having plenty of food and access to good health care, many people are still struggling for their very basic needs. When the world is developed very unevenly, many conflicts will appear and will threaten the safety of all the people on this planet. Although my power alone might not be enough to assist all the children, I am willing to try my best in my study and career, not only for myself, but also for them.

Wednesday, August 22, 2007

What is your Legacy?

Too often these days, less fortunate people, like for instance people with disabilities are not treated equally to others without disabilities in our society. They can be looked down upon and shunned sometimes for no good reason. A good example of that would be that there are a lot of summer camps for children are only for people who are fully mobile or fully in a proper state of mental health and children with disabilities have to go to other special camps for people with special needs. Camp coordinators may have their own good reasons for making sure the kids are fully fit before accepting them into their camp, but I feel this separation isn’t very good for growing children whether they are in a wheel chair or not. As they are separated, children without disabilities do not learn how to deal and interact with those who are not, which I feel is an extremely important life skill to have.

I started sailing at the age of nine at a sailing camp in Burlington, Ontario. There I met a girl who was in the same camp as me. As years went by we always went at the same time and joined the racing program together, where we got very close. She would always tell me about her brother and how she wished he were able to sail, because he loved to watch the sailboats out on the water, but since he was paralyzed from the waist down he was not able to learn how to sail at a reasonable price and without special private lessons. She never thought it was fair that people with disabilities had to be split up from other people and that there should be a way that everybody could interact and go to the same camps whether they are in a wheelchair or can run ten miles.

As the years went by, she stopped racing and I kept on going and we eventually fell out of touch. Two years ago, I had the opportunity to catch up with her but she regretted to inform me that her brother had passed away. It was also mentioned that he was never able to learn how to sail, which I found very sad. Just because he wasn’t able to walk, why should he be subject to paying more for special lessons, apart from all others? We decided to create a business plan together in memory of her brother to start a summer sailing and other sports day camp in the Greater Toronto Area, which would be for everyone, those with disabilities and those without.

This girl has been a very good friend of mine, and I would support any of her ideas, even though if I thought they were out of this world, but I truly believe that the two of us together with the help of some foundations could create some place where all kids could go. With both of our creative but realistic ideas and our skills in the sport of sailing, together we could run and instruct children of all ages to learn how to sail. I have always felt a great need to give back to the new sailing community what my instructors had taught me when learning how to sail, but I feel it could be even better used and appreciated passing on this knowledge to underprivileged children who may not have gotten the chance to before.

Our mission is to provide a camp where any child or teen could go to learn how to sail at the same price that they would pay at any other sailing camp, with the same quality instruction, but it does not matter what physical shape the kids are in. Although sailing can be a very expensive sport, and it becomes even more expensive when having to purchase boats for the disabled, we feel that we have a great enough cause that many of the local and provincial foundation groups (like the Ontario Trillium Foundation) will look at us through a good light. These foundations are very willing to donate money to camps to help disabled or special needs children, so that they can participate in sports and activities too. Since our camp is trying to incorporate both the physically able and disabled so that they are all able to participate and interact together rather than in separate groups.

Similar camps have been created in the recent future, to allow children with disabilities to participate in more and more sports, but there has been no such camp as of yet to have physically fit and physically challenged children working together and playing sports together.

Management Education in the 21st century

The study of Management in post secondary education is a fantastic way for young men and women to get an idea of what to expect when they join the work force in the commerce sector. It gives them a head start of what to expect and how to go about daily business. I feel there are a few problems with the ways the university gears the programs towards. The first one is on is the aspect of money. Everything is geared towards maximizing their profits at whatever costs and, but as long as profits are maximized. Another problem may be that these courses are in constant need of improvement or updates since the commerce sector is constantly changing and improving. Yes, some principles stay the same, but for the rest, it is in constant motion changing.

I believe that management courses should let every student express themselves and their individuality in every way possible since in the business world, except for few laws stopping it, people will work and try to express themselves in their own individual way. With letting them do this in school, it will let them become even more creative and express themselves in different ways. I also believe that the courses should be constantly changing, to need the new and changing ideas of the business world, because if everything was done to the T from a textbook, those ideas may be so out of date already. Another thing would be to work in teams and groups for projects and on ideas and cases. It broadens peoples perspectives and horizons with different ideas coming from different people with different cultures.

Tuesday, August 21, 2007

McGill Visionnary Blogspot at www.lygtech.com/mcgillcreativemindworks

Hi everyone,

I finally finished the application storing our blog posts. It is available at

I will try to update it as soon as new material is posted. Other than that, if it is missing some of your work, email me at david.ly-gagnon@mail.mcgill.ca.

The site is best viewed with Internet Explorer, and might have a small glitch with firefox.

Have a nice end of summer everyone,