Orly A

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On November 19, 2016, Orly A commented on Modernizing the Girl Scouts for the 21st Century :

Super original and interesting post Joy, Thanks!
I find the scouts very important to the “digital native” generation, mainly because of the fact that digitization has many side effect related to damaging children communication skills and learning abilities. Today, the scouts is one of the only extracurricular activities that force young generations to interpersonal relationship.
I like the fact such an old organization thinks forward on how to still be relevant, I mainly liked the “Volunteer Toolkit”.
Would also offer to leverage this young generation technological skills to form a different kind of volunteering – maybe instead of selling cookies girl scouts can leverage their digital abilities to help the elderly or poor populations use digital devices in a way that can improve their lives?

On November 19, 2016, Orly A commented on Saving Generation Jobless through digitization :

Very interesting topic! It opened my mind understanding that a major challenge of unemployment is actually a quality challenge (the difficulty to match job to talent) and not only the quantity (number of jobs available).
I wonder, however, if people looking for a job will go through this time and effort of self learning when no one promise them they will find a relevant job, there is a risk most of them will just continue looking of a job that doesn’t require additional skills, and the same loop continues… Maybe the companies mentioned should try and include an agreement with potential employers, to promise a future employment (even if time limited) and therefore encourage those potential workers to put this time and effort.
Another questions rises about costs- who pays for these trainings? the unemployed? the government? I wonder if someone that has no income will be willing to pay for those skills or look for less efficient sources that are free.

On November 19, 2016, Orly A commented on Data-Driven Dress Dealing :

Genius idea! really liked the leverage of public information to create business value. Agree with you 100% that in order to develop their business, EDITED will have to get retailers data and that might create a conflict of interest.
Another thing that crossed my mind is that this is a classic example of Machine Learning system that might make some marketing functions redundant in the near future. However, it seems the main consumer of this platform is Marketing and Sales functions, I wonder how they will resonate this matter?
Another developing area can be using real time pricing to update online ads. For example, connect the system with Facebook or Google advertising platforms and adjust the ads on real time in order to offer the most relevant price to the relevant consumer in any given moment.

On November 19, 2016, Orly A commented on HomeKit – Apple’s next Big Thing? :

Great post! I personally think smart homes are the future and I think companies like Apple and Google should be the pioneers (Google started its smart home development by acquiring “Nest”).
My concern for Apple is related to one of its main weaknesses, as I see it – the fact Apple is “close system”, meaning that if I own Android device I cannot use Apple HomeKit? Today, 60% of world population has Android, and I think this share is expected to grow mainly because of developing countries (Android operated devices are relatively cheaper). Therefore, Apple market automatically shrinking, at least in the long run. Do you think Apple will work “against” its principle and allow the use of SmartKit via Android?

Wouldn’t think of insurance at all, thanks for this interesting article!
I like the way AIG needs to secure itself pushes it to advocate significant changes related to climate change. It would be interesting to know how aligned AIG climate related insurance with different climate researches, do they have higher premium in riskier areas? In addition, how does it align with the fact that many risky areas usually have lower income populations – how do they align the following components: different climate risks, different geographies and different socio economic status.
Would also be interesting to know if they are looking for solutions in high risk area like Florida, where they can less predict the risk, or the people there just left unprotected?

Interesting and nicely written! Liked your idea about considering the impact form the drinking point of view. Could not help thinking about the waste of plastic cups or the other disposables and how we can keep the client experience and yet decrease the damage for the environment – Starbucks says it serves 60 million clients per week!

On November 6, 2016, Orly A commented on Coca-Cola’s Path to Sustainability :

Thank Joy! This was very insightful for me, for two main reasons:
First, it never crossed my mind that Coca Cola (or any other soft drink manufacturer), is in danger due to climate changes.
Second, I think this is one of the best examples to the irony of today’s modern world: luxury vs. sustainability – Coca Cola is the symbol of western life, and it is trying to minimize the damage it causes in order to survive.

The efforts Coca Cola does seem very substantial – decreasing water use by 2 billion liters within two years and commitment of 40% clean energy is not granted. However, I wonder how further can Coca Cola go? Water is their main ingredient and highly maintained factories are in the essence of their production process. Coca Cola needs to be very very creative in order to isolate itself from agriculture risks, giving the fact it is a root cause of some of them.

On November 6, 2016, Orly A commented on Sweet Sustainability Efforts :

Great subject, I couldn’t skip this article as a great chocolate fan! But more important, I personally find this article interesting because Africa is the most vulnerable region to climate changes and will suffer the most- projections of crop yield indicate a reduction of up to 50% during the next decades.

I loved the fact Barry Callebaut use of renewable energy and use their cocoa waste to create energy and the ashes to create soil – 20% increase in carbon release is very meaningful. However, I wonder if they further increase their impact, and I wondered about the following ways:
First, they are a leader but there just a share of the cocoa industry. In order to make an impact they should spread their practices among the industry. I wonder if they are doing it today, and if not – why?
Second, as mentioned before, Africa is the first to suffer. Beyond the waste in the factories themselves and the cocoa protection plans (in WCF) , Callebaut (and other organizations importing goods from Africa) should have a major interest to “fight” for protection of the African farmers and crops as a whole, otherwise Callebaut might end up with no cocoa at all.

Super interesting and touching article, made me feel very uncomfortable realizing that Africa suffers the most from a problem caused mainly by the modern world.
I find this company very inspiring: the product itself, the cooperation with organizations like the UN and the fact Salem leverages the challenges of the organization to contribute more by hiring refugees. This is amazing.

On the other hand, looking at the solution, this is obviously not a solution that will be accepted to help children in wealthy countries (in theory), since this is still not substitute for a proper and healthy nutrition. Aren’t those kind of solution preserves the legitimacy of governments not to provide Africa with “actual” answers, those that fall under the standards of the western world – produce actual crops and food as any other place in the world, and provide African children the full nutrition they deserve?