Diary

Climate Emergency <==> Town Planning

In 2018 I became aware of my local Neighbourhood Forum. So, I popped along to a meeting at a church hall down the road. What I learnt surprised me: Once passed at referendum, a Neighbourhood Plan is a legal document (under the Locality Act 2011). What does that mean?

Well, it means that the policies of a Neighbourhood Plan must be considered in any response that any local planning authority (council) makes to any planning application.

For (more than) decades, property developers, and other vested interests, have driven development in a town for, naturally, their own benefit. But now ordinary residents have the legal mechanism by which they must be heard.

Unfortunately having the power is not enough. It must be organised and targeted. Communities are particularly good at coming together for causes that matter to them. There's genuine passion. But that passion can only cause change if the community is large, and vocal, enough.

On top of the wanton wrecking of our towns by unsightly and poor quality development, government austerity has systematically decimated community infrastructure and services (buses, hospitals, GP surgeries, youth centres, affordable rail travel, ... the list goes on).

We have a housing crisis that has been caused by the selling-off of social housing only to be replaced by low-quality rented accommodation. The money that councils made by selling-off social housing was not allowed to be ploughed back into building more social housing. The word 'affordable' is being used to replace 'social'. Affordable meaning 80% of market value, is affordable only by a minority.

The result: a housing crisis that, in turn, puts pressure on local councils to allow privately-funded property development on greenfield sites.

The residents of a town, correctly, want housing development on existing (often derelict) so-called brownfield sites but... property developers don't want to do that: there's more, easier, money to be made putting hundreds of houses on to virgin green fields.

And thus we have the tensions that exist between town councils and their residents.

The Climate Emergency

As if the housing and services crisis wasn't bad enough for local communities, we now have the already evident and increasing effects of the climate emergency... and emergency it most certainly is.

To mitigate the worst effects of climate change means a change in behaviour of the mass of people. This involves housing, transport, health services, employment, food production, ...

and in that, Neighbourhood Plans are able to play a critical role.

Everything's connected.

 

 

 

Diary

Community Wealth

Tired of an economic system that leaves you struggling? Then let's look at it objectively: We care about things like employment, housing, health, culture, inclusiveness, the environment, expenditure, and the cost of living.

All activities by our local councils and national government must be judged from three main viewpoints: Economic (Financial), Social, and Environmental.

Community Wealth Building looks at the economy through the simple lens of keeping it local wherever possible. Why? Because if money is kept flowing around the local economy, local jobs and wealth are created. What use is a bucket full of holes?

Doughnut Economics

To be able to organise the local economy, first we must see the big picture. If we do not understand the big picture, it will squash us when we focus our eyes locally.

The foundation of future thinking is provided by the twenty-first century approach of what is known as Doughnut Economics.

Watch this six minutes video, and your eyes will open:

Doughnut Economics relates as much to food, housing, healthcare, and political voice as it does to the climate emergency.
https://www.kateraworth.com/doughnut/

 

DataBase

I have structured information in a database that covers the (very) wide range of topics that effect local economies.

 


Community Wealth DataBase

Diary

Doughnut Economics

For getting on for a century, conventional 'wisdom' of economics has been based upon growth... continual growth. Sadly, this has led us to where we are today: in a mess.

New ways of managing the economy revolve around a more inclusive model. One where we achieve a balance between what we want and what he have. This is not really up for debate, we have no choice. Everything's connected.

Diary

Forty-five-plus years of:

  Project Management

  Systems Design

  Software Development

  Knowledge Engineering

  Professional Photography

  Community Engagement

  Political Activity

iota:red

Founder

2020 -

Community groups need the quality functionality to leverage digital technology that major corporations have had for some time. iotared.com

Oreddy Digital

Founder

2017 - 2019

Oreddy is a platform for organisations that are being left behind by the digital marketing advances that have been pervasive over the past decade. Written in PHP, on MySQL, and leveraging the Laravel framework, Oreddy incorporates expertise and experience from the ZaraStar ERP application, as well as online video presentation for education, and custom-developed features for community building and engagement.

Service Robotics Ltd

Project Lead

2018 - 2019

The GenieConnect application provides support for elderly people. Effectively, it is Android and iOS apps that communicate with various AWS hosted, and API-accessed components, to provide an integrated support network.

Tampines Rovers FC

Head of Marketing

2017

A close relationship with Singapore's oldest football club including two years as Team Manager for the Womens team, as well as the digital marketing for tournaments over south, and south-east, Asia producing 5,000 photographs and 120 videos. Digital marketing was integrated over social media channels, websites, and apps. The objective being community building, involving players, management, fans, and local charitable organisations.

Singa Sports Publishing Pte Ltd

Co-Founder & Director

2016 - 2017

Inevitably, as websites and apps move into an area traditionally served by print media, interesting conversations take place regarding what can be learnt from print, if anything. In 2016, I embarked on the creation, and marketing, of a print football magazine for the Singapore market. Working with the Football Association of Singapore, the objective was to ascertain how sports marketing could benefit from the entire range of print through to apps. At the time, I was already deeply embedded across the football community (as an Asia-wide accredited photographer for a range of sports). A useful by-product was gaining experience of how the print business worked.

iotaWave Pte Ltd

Founder & Director

2010 - 2015

As the Internet evolved and spread its tentacles into broader commercial and non-commercial organisations, I saw an opportunity in sports management and marketing. At the time, Google was developing various platforms for user interaction; one of which was Google Wave. This was a real-time conversational collaborative platform that was subsequently used as a technical foundation for Google Docs. Working with Google San Francisco, I created the iotaWave platform to integrate with numerous sports marketing platforms and APIs that were pushing into the consumer market at the time. The upshot was the development of a series of Android and iOS apps. In the event, app development overtook online real-time platforms but for us, the future foundation for app development, and integraion with backend API services had been laid.

Zara Technology Pte Ltd

Co-Founder & Director

1997 - 2017

In 1996, Java was born. When coupled with browser-based Internet applications, the world of IT changed forever. I had already developed the OnTop application (that had grown from accounting to customer and inventory management). But that was written in C running on Windows and a custom file system. A complete rewrite onto an Internet server-based platform, Java, and MySQL followed. The lead-up to Y2K and the growth of the Singapore tiger economy saw the development of the million lines of Java (and some PHP) that became known as ZaraStar. A partnership with Sun Microsystems saw us with the largest installation of SunRay thin-clients in Singapore, and the development of OpenSolaris and the Linux-based operating system Singanix for the Singapore market. On top of that, we were the largest recipient of funding for the Singapore government's Wired with Wireless mobile development program (in partnership with Palm and Nokia). ZaraStar comprised: customer and supplier management, sales processing, purchase processing, inventory management, webstore cataloging, business intelligence, MRP, and general ledger accounting. Data Migration services evolved as a speciality.

Veytan Enterprises Pte Ltd

Co-Founder & Technical Director

1994 - 1997

My first company in Singapore specialised in the roll-out of Windows networks and the growth in Microsoft Office installations across the island state. We also engaged in Unix/C education for larger organisations looking to move onto open systems platforms. This would lead to the development foundation of the first Asian online ERP system: ZaraStar. We were contracted to build an accounting backend for the Singapore/Malaysia fast-food giant, A&W. The application was named OnTop and was written in C running over Windows networks.

Binary Star Ltd

Co-Founder & Managing Director

1989 - 1994

The end of the eighties saw the exposive growth of Unix-based hardware. At a fraction of the cost of traditional mainframe and mid-range systems, all global hardware companies (IBM, ICL, Fujitsu, Prime, Sequent, Sun Microsystems, ...) and database companies (Oracle, Ingres, Informix, ...) saw the threat, and the opportunity. Binary Star was a company that specialised in the automated conversion of software applications from legacy platforms to Unix platforms. Source languages included COBOL, Fortran, PL/1, and RPG; targets included COBOL and C. At its height we had clients across thirty countries using our DeltaStar product and services.

Telecomputing plc

Senior Knowledge Engineer

1987 - 1988

Telecomputing was an Oxford-based company that specialised in transaction processing systems for large corporate mainframes. In 1987 they wanted to build upon that customer base with the integration of AI-based systems into traditional data processing applications. I was tempted away from teaching to focus on the knowledge engineering side; working with London-based financial services organisations such as Commercial Union, Natwest Bank, and Morgan Stanley. Development leveraged the predicate logic programming language, Prolog.

Bright Associates Pte Ltd

Co-Founder & Director

1986 - 1988

As artificial intelligence and knowledge-based systems kicked off in the mid-eighties, I co-founded a company that engaged in specialised teaching and consultancy services for colleges and commercial organisations.

Birmingham Polytechnic

Lecturer

1985 - 1986

After leaving Aston University, I moved a few miles up the road to spend a year teaching BSc Computer Science undergraduates. Additionally, I redesigned the HND Computing Diploma syllabus and co-founded the School of Artificial Intelligence. Teaching is one of my passions.

I.P. Sharp Associates

Consultant

1982 - 1983

As the thick sandwich industrial year placement of my degree, I spent a year in the City of London working for the pioneering financial database company IPSA. My principal project was the Eurocharts Customised Plotting Service which I developed for numerous financial services companies. IPSA was the global driving force behind the mathematical notation-based APL language and timesharing service.

British Telecom

Technical Officer

1974 - 1980

When I left secondary school at 16, I joined Post Office Telephones (now BT). The first three years was as a Telecom Technician (Apprentice). Even though I was destined for light electrical/electronics work in telephone exchanges, I spent two years down manholes, up telephone poles, and on customer premises. A proper apprenticeship. Thanks to my willingness to do jobs that others did not want to do, I benefitted from accelerated promotion until I left after six years to undertake a degree.

 

University of Aston in Birmingham

1984 - 1985

PhD Research

Artificial Intelligence: Learning by Analogy

I was awarded a full scholarship for PhD research. I spent a year getting thoroughly disillusioned with the ivory-tower attitudes of the Aston University Computer Science department. When they rejected an exciting collaborative project with Jaguar Cars (Browns Lane, Coventry), two-thirds of the postgraduate research students quit and moved to the private sector. I was amongst them.

North Staffordshire Polytechnic

1980 - 1984

BSc (First Class) Computing Science

North Staffs Poly was brilliant. Lecturers (actual teachers) who cared passionately about their subjects, and the need to share that knowledge with the students. They had to kick us out of the Computer Centre at 9pm. A paper-chase it was not. My final year project was called PATTIE. Written in C on a 68000-based Unix system, it was an expert system that incorporated industrial fluid dynamics and pipe transport requirements.

Exeter College for Further Education

1975 - 1980

As part of my apprenticeship with Post Office Telephones (latterly, British Telecom), I spent three years on day release at Exeter College studying for C&G Telecom Technician qualifications. Subsequently, I returned to take evening classes for the A-Levels that I needed to get onto a Computing Science degree course.

City & Guilds Telecom Technician

A-Levels: Economics, Mathematics, Physics

Torquay Boys' Grammar School

1969 - 1974

I left secondary school at 16, with O-Levels in Mathematics, English Language, Physics, Biology, and Woodwork. School was dull and boring. Teaching was Victorian and by-rote. We didn't have teachers, we had masters. That says it all.

 

 

 

 

All the above is underpinned by software and systems technology. You cannot effect change without it.

TECHNICAL EXPERTISE

ERP Systems

ZaraStar
ZaraStar
NAV
Dynamics NAV
AX
Dynamics AX
sapb1
SAP B1
Magento
Magento

Programming

Golang
Golang
Javascript
JavaScript
HTML5
HTML5
CSS3
CSS3
Java
Java
cSharp
C#
APL
APL
Pick
Pick
Algol
Algol
COBOL
COBOL
JavaFX
JavaFX
RPG
RPG
C/C++
C/C++
Fortran
Fortran
Assembly
Assembly
Python
Python
Prolog
Prolog
PHP
PHP
Lisp
Lisp
TypeScript
TypeScript
SASS
SASS
LESS
LESS

DataBases

MySQL
MySQL
SQL Server
SQL Server
Oracle
Oracle
CFS
CFS
PostgreSQL
PostgreSQL
Couchbase
Couchbase

Web Frameworks

Laravel
Laravel
React
React
Angular
Angular

Development

Cordova
Cordova
iOS
iOS
Android
Android
Github
Github
Adobe
Adobe CC
Bootstrap
Bootstrap
jQuery
jQuery

Deployment

AWS
AWS
GCP
GCP
Digital Ocean
Digital Ocean
node.js
node.js
.Net
.Net
Linux
Linux
Apache
Apache
Tomcat
Tomcat
DeltaStar
DeltaStar
Shell
Shell
Solaris
Solaris
OS/400
OS/400
Singanix
Singanix
Messenger
Messenger
Solr
Solr
Meteor
Meteor
SunRay
SunRay
Oreddy
Oreddy
iotaWave
iotaWave
wit.ai
wit.ai
asterisk
Asterisk

APIs and Communications

RESTful
RESTful
XML
XML
SOAP
SOAP
OData
OData

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