I was alerted to this great webpage in India today from a group aiming to crowd source anti-corruption measures.

The group describes itself as follows:
IpaidABribe.com is Janaagraha’s unique initiative to tackle corruption by harnessing the collective energy of citizens. You can report on the nature, number, pattern, types, location, frequency and values of actual corrupt acts on this website. Your reports will, perhaps for the first time, provide a snapshot of bribes occurring across your city. We will use them to argue for improving governance systems and procedures, tightening law enforcement and regulation and thereby reduce the scope for corruption in obtaining services from the government.”

In applying the methodologies of the Global Reporting Initiative I often find that indicators regarding corruption receive little attention. It is generally perceived that these issues are minor and/or insignificant in Australia. Yet the info graphic shows how broad the problem is globally.

Source: The Economist

The concept of crowd sourcing will provide valuable data and hopefully in turn result in targeted action to combat the issue.

I also note Shaffi Mather‘s TED talk about using IT to fight corruption.

I Paid A Bribe


Just watched a fascinating TED talk by Julian Treasure on the effect of acoustics on human physiology.

A key point that resonated with me was that open plan offices can lead to a 66% reduction in productivity due to noise pollution.

With many green building certification schemes pushing open plan spaces as a means of increasing availability of natural light to office workers. Are we providing solutions which are counter productive to our clients?

Greenstar even encourages the introduction of whitenoise to drown out pervasive noise pollution.

Makes me wonder about the many claims that green buildings increase the productivity of workers. This is clearly a generalisation and one that could be harmful to clients if green principles are applied haphazardly.

It could be that a little green knowledge can be a very dangerous thing.