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On November 20, 2016, Priya commented on e-Governments vs. Corruption. The case of Estonia :

Eugeniu, this was such an interesting post! Using technology to combat corruption was a very creative approach by the government. Furthermore, it seems that this approach has also helped citizens understand the government resources that are available to them. And widespread access to technology was a smart economic solution for a country that was deprived of natural resources. Like Iryna mentioned, I’m also curious to understand how other governments could adopt these policies and initiatives to reduce corruption in their countries.

On November 20, 2016, Priya commented on Moving away from the local grocer :

Interesting post Bruna! It’s good to see that H-E-B has partnered with Instacart. Instacart was the company I wrote about, and it seems to deliver high value to its retail partners by providing them with valuable data, and encouraging consumers to order through their local stores rather than shifting entirely to online delivery like Amazon Fresh. Like many others, I think your suggestion of offering in-store experiences is very compelling, and I think this will work well in its suburban locations. Another near-term thing H-E-B should consider is re-optimizing its retail footprint to be in locations where consumers are unlikely to shift to online ordering in the near future.

Hi Eric, thanks for sharing this really fun story about Disney! I’m impressed with how deeply they integrated MyMagic+ into the entire park. Your suggestion of ‘real-time’ information is really compelling – Disney could create a functionality where guests could request information on the waiting time for lines in various areas of the park.
Cristina, in response to your comment, I actually think that the wristbands have made the park much more accessible to older children. For example, they can now pay for refreshments without their parents’ credit cards, leading to increased revenue for Disney.

On November 20, 2016, Priya commented on Apple: Digital Healthcare Innovation :

Christian, this was very interesting to read! The Research Kit initiative was new information to me. I’m surprised that medical providers are worried that the Health Kit will lead to fewer patient visits. The Health Care statistics don’t provide enough information on a person’s health to replace a doctor. Additionally, the average person probably has a hard time interpreting what the statistics means for their health. I think medical providers should use Health Kit as a tool to help their patients achieve better health. For example, if a patient isn’t sleeping or exercising enough, doctors can provide goals that the patients can track using their Health Kit.

Thanks Majken! It was really interesting to learn how Harper Collins is thinking about their competitive advantage to digital distributors. Bruna raised a good point – I do wonder if Amazon really will pursue content creation for books. And if so, what is the incentive for an author to publish through Amazon rather than traditional publishers like Harper Collins?

I also have concerns with Harper Collins’ attempt to build out ecommerce sites for various authors. It seems cost intensive to build and maintain, and it’s hard to imagine that a consumer would think to purchase a book through rather than through Amazon. My recommendation would be for them to take an entirely different approach, and offer an entirely new value proposition. For example, Harper Collins could create a digital platform for high school students across the country to engage in discussions / debates about books. Schools would pay a subscription fee for this platform, earning Harper Collins a new source of revenue.

On November 3, 2016, Priya commented on Fluorochemicals: so hot right now :

It’s fascinating that phasing out HFCs could eliminate up to 0.5% of climate change temperature increases. The fact that Daiken’s innovations to meet regulations are financially beneficial will motivate industry competitors to follow suit and adopt environmentally sound practices. I hope to see Daiken continuing to lead the charge in sustainability.

I like your recommendation that Mont Sutton increase the usage of its mountain through non-skiing activities. The current action Mont Sutton is taking – creating synthetic snow – worries me, as it is potentially energy-intensive and contributing to climate change. Furthermore, I’m concerned that components of synthetic snow are pollutants that will negatively impact the surrounding ecosystem. My hope is that Mont Sutton shifts towards your recommendation.

On November 3, 2016, Priya commented on A longer-term view on saving lives :

I really like your recommendation that Cleveland Clinic should serve as not only a model, but also as a resource to other hospitals. Hospitals are necessarily focused on other pressing issues, and don’t have the financial or human resources to track their impact on an issue as long-term as climate change.

I’m impressed that the Navy was able to make such a dramatic, sustainable change to its operations. I imagine this required an incredibly large investment, but you mention it this was achieved at a net cost savings – do you know if the Navy did this cost / benefit analysis prior to initiating these sustainability efforts? I’m also curious to see the percent reduction in Naval carbon emissions resulting from these efforts.

On November 3, 2016, Priya commented on Regulation on the Film Industry :

Thank you for sharing an aspect of the film industry that I’d never previously considered. You make a good point that various entities should create accountability for the film crew to become more environmentally friendly. I presume that film studios must pass through local regulation to get permission to use land for the shooting. One additional way to build accountability is to encourage local regulation to require film crews to clean up after themselves or face steep fines.