TEDx Colombo – Blueprint for Change ඇත්තටම වෙනසක් ඇති කළ තැනක්…

ආයෙමත් ලියන්න ගත්ත එක  හේතුවක් තමයි දැන් තරමක විවේකයක් සහ ලියන්නට වෙලාවක් හොයා ගන්න ලැබීම…. වැඩ රාජකාරිවල අඩුවක් නැතත්, කොහොම හරි වෙලාවක් ලියන්නටත් හොයා ගන්නවා කියන අධිෂ්ඨානය ඇති කරගත්ත නිසාම ආයෙම ලියන්න පටන් ගත්තා…

ඒකට හොඳ නිමිත්තකුත් පහල වුනා… TEDx Colombo  ගැන මම පසුගිය වතාවෙත් ලියුවා… අද මමත් ඒ අවස්ථාවට සහභාගී වුනා…

මම ඉදිරිපත් කළේ නැති වුනත්, මා සමඟ නව නිපැයුම් කරන ආයතනයක් වන  3D Concept Studio හි අයිතිකරු සහ නිපැයුම්කරු වන  නිස්සංග වර්ණපුර විසින් 3D Printing Technology අපේ ලංකාවේ නව නිපැයුම්වල ඇතිකළ නව නැම්ම පිළිබඳ කතාවක් කළා.. එහිදී මගේ නව නිර්මාණ ගැනත්  චුට්ටක් වෙන්න කතා කළ නිසා මටත් ආරාධනාවක් ලැබුණා…. නිස්සංග කියන්නෙ පර්යේෂණ සහ සංවර්ධන අංශයේ නව මාවතක් විවර කළ තරුණයෙක්, ඔහු හා වැඩ කිරීමත් බොහොම ආශ්වාදජනක කටයුත්තක්… නව අදහස් බොහොම විවෘතව සළකන කිසිම නව අදහසකට බෑ නොකියන කෙනෙක්….

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නිස්සංගගෙ කතාව විතරක්ම නොවෙයි…. එතැන සිදු කළ කතා 8 ම ජීවිතයට බොහෝ දේවල් එක් කළ දේශන…. සමහර දේ ගැන මමත් ඇත්තෙන්ම අළුත් කෝණයකින් බලන්න පෙළඹවූ දේශන කිහිපයක්…  මේ සියල්ල සති දෙකකින් අන්තර්ජාලයට එක් වේවි… මෙතැන කියනවට වඩා ඒක බලලාම හිතට ගන්න…

ඇත්තෙන්ම අපට තනි තනිව ලෝකය වෙනස් කරන්න පුළුවනි. පොඩ්ඩක් තමන් ගැන හිතන එක නවත්වලා ලෝකය ගැන හිතනවා නම් වෙනස් වෙන්න  පුළුවන්.

වෙනස් වෙමු… ලෝකය වෙනස් කරමු… හැමදාම එකම විදියට එකම දේ කරන එක නවත්වමු…

අයින්ස්ටයින් කියලා තියෙනවා මෙන්න මෙහෙම

උන්මාදය යනු, එකම දේ එකම විදියට හැමවිටම සිදු කර වෙනස් ප්‍රතිඵලයක් බලාපොරොත්තු වීම වේ…

ඉතිං අපි උන්මාදයෙන් ගැලවෙමු…. අළුතෙන් යමක් කරමු…..

TEDx Colombo වලට තව දින දෙකයි….

බොහෝ දෙනෙක් දන්නවත් ඇති.. තව බොහෝ දෙනා නොදන්නවත් ඇති…. දැනගන්න වෙලාවක් නැතුවත් ඇති… දැනගන්න උවමනාවක් නැතුවත් ඇති

TEDx Colombo පැවැත්වෙනවා අගෝස්තු 21 සවස 4.00 සිට නෙළුම් පොකුණ රඟහලේදී

ඇයි TEDx  අපට වැදගත් වෙන්නෙ ?

TEDx කියන්නෙ ලෝක ප්‍රකට TED TALKS වලින් පැන නැඟුන රටක් තුළ හෝ නගරයක් තුළ ඉතා සීමාසහිත පිරිසකට සීමා වූ වැඩසටහනක්… එහෙම වුනත් එහි අගයෙ අඩුවක් නෑ.

මෙවර වැඩසටහනේ තේමාව Blueprint for Change,…. නව නිපැයුම් සහ නව සංකල්ප ලංකාවට හඳුන්වා දුන් පුද්ගලයින් හෝ සංවිධාන මගින් ඉදිරිපත් කරන සංකල්ප සඳහායි වෙන්වෙලා තියෙන්නෙ.

මේ වැඩසටහනේ මම ඉදිරිපත් කිරීමක් කළේ නැති වුනත්,  ත්‍රිමාණ මුද්‍රණය 3D Printing කියන සංකල්පය ලංකාව ඇතුලත හිමිකරගෙන තිබෙන ස්ථානය ගැන මා සම්බන්ධවෙලා නව නිපැයුම් කරන ආයතනයක බොහොම නිර්මාණශීලී තරුණයෙක් වන නිස්සංග වර්ණපුර විසින් ඉදිරිපත් කිරීමක් කරනවා…

ඉතින්…. සජීවීව බලන්නට යන්න බැරි වුනත්, වීඩියෝව හරි බලන්න…

එදාට ආවොත්…. නෙළුම් පොකුණෙදි හමුවෙමු….

කාලෙකට පස්සෙයි ලියන්න හිත් දුන්නෙ…  දිගටම ලියන්නයි හිතාගෙන ඉන්නෙ….

How Did I Revamp Communication Among Team Members.

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I was a bit tipsy at a party,.. and the rest is as follows.

What I knew so far,….

I have a great team of young and dynamic individuals in several levels : 12 team members in two locations. It’s a diverse team: We call ourselves R&D Wizards, and they call me the Lord of the Wizards. The team has super energetic Energizer Bunnies to Sloth Bears, but they all do one good thing: Innovation.

The two teams are far apart about 100 km, but it seems 1000 km due to the communication gap. Although they knew each other well, their communication was restricted only to E-mails and occasional telephone conversations when anything is needed. It was sometimes a concern as the knowledge sharing was limited and some developments held up due to material issues and cross functional delays.

Then it all changed in one instance,…  story rewinds again to the party. There was a notification sound from my overly smart phone, and a whatsApp message from one of my friends… It instantly popped up in my mind,. “What if I create a R&D team WhatsApp group and improve communication ?”. Looks like a great idea,.. and I contacted one of my techies in the group and asked to create the group. Creatively enough he named it R&D Wizards and the communication started instantly. The young generation is indeed tech savvy and find the fingertip communication is much more convenient than sitting in front of the computer. If they have any problem even at the lab, now they drop the questions to the group, and suggestions flow instantly.

From motivational quotes sharing to venting their frustrations, it’s pretty much open to anything within the norms of the society. Even if they go out, they tease each other by posting the pics and encouraging others, that’s not a good sign if I have to pay from my pocket – That needs to stop. However it is, the communication gap narrowed hundred folds, and inter unit communication improved as much as it is. I am glad my first innovation for 2016 is paying its dividends. Not only it opened up a new communication channel, it also created new ideas, closer team relationships and opening up of usually silent team members. It is indeed the best innovation I did in the first 8 days of the 2016.

I have a great team. It’s the best team any leader can have, and I am lucky I have them with me…and I hope they can be better than that with this revamped communication style.

That’s the story of being tipsy,…

Being tipsy is good,.. Keep drinking,.. I mean,.. keep innovating.

අ හෝ නීතිය…. A Whore Law….

එක් භාෂාවකින් ශබ්ධ වන වදන් සමූහයක් බොහෝ විට වෙනත් භාෂාවකට පෙරැලෙන විට එහි මුඛ්‍යාර්ථය බොහෝ විට වෙනස් වුවත්, කියැවෙන දේ එකිනෙකට  ගැලපෙන්නේ කලාතුරකිනි. ලංකාවේ පසුගිය සති කිහිපය තුළ සිදු වූ සිදුවීම් සළකා බැලීමේදී ඉහත වගන්තිය අර්ථයෙන් වෙනස් වුවත් කෙතරම් ගැලපේදැයි ඔබටම සිතා ගන්නට භාර කරමි.

නීතිය සරළ නොවේ… එසේම නීතිය අපූරුය… සෑම නීති වගන්තියකම කොහෝ හෝ සිදුරක් ඇත… නීතීඥයින් ජීවත් වන්නේ ඒ සිදුරු තුළින් සිය සේවා දායකයා රිංගවා යැවීමෙන් සහ ඒ නීති තුළින් රිංගන්නට ඉඩ ළබා නොදීම තුළිනි. ඒ විත්තිය සහ පැමිණිල්ල නියෝජනය කිරීමෙනි. නීතිය අපූරු වන්නේ ඒ නිසාය. නීතිය සැමට පොදුය… නීති පොතේ ඇත්තේ එසේය… ශීලාචාර සමාජයක් නීතිගරුකය. නීතිය වල් වැදුන තැන සමාජය වල් වැදේ… බලවතාට එක නීතියකුත්, දුබලයාට තවත් නීතියකුත් එකම රටේ බලපැවැත්වේ – නමුත් නීති ප්‍රකාරව නොවේ. නීතිය සමබර බවත්, පුද්ගල තරාතිරම නොබලා සැමට එකසේ දඬුවම් ලබා දෙන බවත් පෙන්නුම් කිරීමට නීතියේ යුවතියගේ දෑස් බැඳ, තරාදියක් සහ අසිපතක් මගින් නිරූපණය කෙරේ… සංකේතාත්මකව එසේය..

නීතිය වල් වැදුන තැන ජනතාව නීතිය අතට ගනිති. නීතිය ක්‍රියාත්මක කරන්නවුන් නිසි ලෙස නීතිය ක්‍රියාත්මක කිරීමට බැඳී සිටිති. නීතියේ හැටියට අපක්‍ෂපාතී විය යුතු වුවත්, මුදල් මිටියකට හෝ මූල්‍යමය හෝ ශාරීරික අල්ලසකට, හෝ බලවතෙකුගේ අණට නීතිය පක්‍ෂපාතී වීම බොහෝ දුරට අසන්නට දකින්නට ලැබේ. වරෙන්තු මැද වුවත් සුධර්මන් රදලියගොඩ පොලීසියේ මහත්වරු සමඟ පොටෝ ගන්නේත්, අවිවිශිබමයේ කැඳවුම්කරු පැමිණිල්ලක් සිදුකර දිනක් යන්නට මත්තෙන් අත්අඩංගුවට පත් වන්නේත් මේ නිසාය.  මේ නිසාම සාමාන්‍ය ජනතාව නීතියේ පිළිසරණ පැතීමෙන් ඈත් වේ… එය නොවිය යුත්තක් වුවත්, ජනතාවට නීතිය පිළිබඳ විශ්වාසයක් නොමැති වූ විට, ඔවුන් නීතියෙන් ඈතට ගමන් කරති. වනචාරී බවේ ආරම්භය නීතිය පිළිබඳ විශ්වාසයක් නොමැති වීමයි.

නීතිය ක්‍රියාත්මක කරන්නවුන් නීතිය තමන්ට කැමති පරිදි හැසිරවීම නීතියේ යුවතිය ගණිකාවක් බවට පත් කර ගැනීමයි. නීතියට සිදු වී ඇති මේ සංගදිය දැක කෙනෙක් අහෝ නීතිය යැයි කියන විට.. නීතිය ගණිකා වෘත්තියේ යෙදවෙන කල්හි, ඉංගිරිසියට බර වූ තවෙකෙක් A Whore Law යැයි නොකියයි ද ?

කුමට එරට අධිකරණය නීතිය සහ විනිසුරන්... ?
කුමට එරට අධිකරණය නීතිය සහ විනිසුරන්… ?

It’s rare to see a set of words in one language gives a certain meaningful idea in another. Considering what happened in the political arena in Sri Lanka during last few weeks, isn’t it appropriate to title this post as above ?

Law is complicated. Pretty much every rule has a loophole. Those who are skilled, go through them. Those who know the law, help them to go through by defending, or prosecuting otherwise. Ironically, the very lawyers who defend and prosecute, represent either side: funny and interesting.

Law, Definition : Law is a system of rules and guidelines which are enforced through social institutions to govern behavior. Laws are made by governments, specifically by their legislatures. The formation of laws themselves may be influenced by a constitution (written or unwritten) and the rights encoded therein. The law shapes politics, economics and society in countless ways and serves as a social mediator of relations between people. (Ref. Wikipedia)

A civilized society is built upon proper law and order, or the system collapses otherwise. Law is common for everyone despite of their position or power or wealth, and it should be. However, this is not the common case in Sri Lanka. As we all know a lot of powerful personalities can bend the law as they wish. This is why Sudharman Radaliyagoda mingles among police officers in public despite issued warrants and the convener of IUSF is arrested within 24 hours on a complain.  That’s the law we experience in Sri Lanka : Unfortunate, for common man, but good for the rich and powerful.

Once the common man lose the trust, they take law into their hands. Once the trust is lost, the system collapses,. Then they make the Lady justice a whore,… A whore Law, අ හෝ නීතිය….

No more to add,.. We all know what’s going on.

Energy Management…… Yes,… Energy Can be Managed Too….

World is moving fast,.. very very fast,. unbelievably fast  some of us even can’t fathom of. But, why bother ? Just move with the flow….

But there is one problem,.. you will be left alone, others will move on. While some still think about how to reduce waste  during transport of vegetables (and still looking for a solution) others are looking into change the molecular structure of the cancer drug or some other important drug, or trying to find a way to utilize carbon dioxide as a raw material to generate liquid fuel…. Two worlds apart.

Third world countries encounter many problems; in fact they don’t have time to invest into more complicated problems. They have to face population boom, poverty, unemployment, most of all irregularities in the governance aka corruption and waste. Since their priorities are way different from the developed countries, energy management has never occurred to be a significant concern to anyone in the third world countries. The irony is, they are  the people responsible for the increasing global energy consumption, not the developed countries. Developing countries, mainly China and India takes a big chunk of global energy production, so does the pollution. Although they are trying or pretending of trying to control the issue, the statistics point otherwise.

World Energy Consumption

 The breakdown of global energy consumption shows the increasing trend of coal and natural gas usage,. however this trend is now slowly changing towards the renewable resources as the world is focusing on using less and less fossil fuel sources for energy consumption. Unfortunately the third world leaders are yet to realize the danger of depending on the fossil fuel. Sri Lanka is now in the receiving end since their crude oil supplier, Iran has got US trade sanctions, and as a result losing billions of dollars. It’s unbearable for a small country like Sri Lanka, but it seems to be OK with the authorities.  Planning is not the best practice in Sri Lanka. Sapugaskanda oil refinery went on regular two week maintenance, but we don’t have enough refined oil stock for next two weeks, according to the news items. Following the repairs, there will be another price hike, there are hints.

Even though this new trend on renewable energy continues, it will not be sufficient enough to fulfill the projected 35 TW global energy requirement by the year 2030. Just like in every other sector, the energy is also manageable. In short, energy management is the process of monitoring, controlling, and conserving energy in a building of an organization. However, this model applies to a system where three wasteful elements; wastage of other resources, inefficiency, and corruption is eliminated if not controlled. Unfortunately in Sri Lanka all these elements work on tandem and adds to the tax giving enough burden to the consumer. Before the commencement of the Chinese built thermal power plant, the minister of power and energy boasted about reducing the electricity prices, yet we were fighting against frequent breakdowns until recently. Our feeding reservoirs for hydro-power generation are half filled with sediments and mud, but I am not aware of any solution to clear them up to increase the storage capacity.  Out upcountry lands are fully occupied with vegetable cultivation and tea, the rest belongs to pine cultivation, which none contribute to preserve the feeding area for the reservoirs, hence we rely on the rain to fill them: unfortunate, bad planning. But still we are not too late to start over.

While planning energy management, the government can work simultaneously on all these areas to increase the efficiency,  capacity, and to have a long term vision on energy generation. Energy management can be initiated by the electricity board, and lead by example from itself: But, will they do it ?

Typically energy management involves several key steps:

  1. Metering your energy consumption and collecting the data.
    • Since the metering system is currently in effect, this step is already being implemented.
  2. Finding opportunities to save energy, and estimating how much energy each opportunity could save. You would typically analyze your meter data to find and quantify routine energy waste, and you might also investigate the energy savings that you could make by replacing equipment (e.g. lighting) or by upgrading your building’s insulation.
  3. Taking action to target the opportunities to save energy (i.e. tackling the routine waste and replacing or upgrading the inefficient equipment). Typically you’d start with the best opportunities first.
    • Each appliance takes up different amount of energy. Tungsten bulbs waste more energy than CFL, and LED bulbs consume almost 80% less than both of the above mentioned.
    • Energy Star ® appliances comply to less energy consumption and replace any regular appliance/equipment with Energy Star ® appliance.
    • Unplug the electrical items when they are not actually being used can save about 10% of the total electricity bill. Right now, a typical household has only one equipment that needs continuous power supply : the refrigerator. All the other appliance can be unplugged after the use, and you can see a clear difference.
    • Manage time by using an electrical item/equipment. For example, ironing the clothes can be done at once for the whole household rather than ironing them in different times of the day or week.
  4. Tracking your progress by analyzing your meter data to see how well your energy-saving efforts have worked.

(And then back to step 2, and the cycle continues…)

Energy management applies in all the sectors that involves at least a bit of energy: Basically everything. From power/energy generation to the household consumers, everyone in between can contribute in their own capacity for energy management. Private sector has the opportunity to increase their profit and the public sector can minimize its losses by the same system.

This topic spreads into every nook and corner in the society, and can be discussed for hours if not over few pages. Interested to know more ? Please drop a line, will extend into few more articles.

Life Really Sucks,.. Suck it up and face it head on……..

During  last 20 years of my life, I dealt with chemistry and life all around the world; I was lucky enough to meet various personalities: from prison inmates to company directors CEO’s, owners, politicians and what not…  When I was working at ITI as a novice research assistant, I met a prison inmate, and learned about their life, and prison life, which kept myself away from possible troubles; I have met several successful individuals as high ranking officials, owners and regulators of different organizations; worked with toddlers as well as world renown professors of chemistry, and everyone in between. during my Ph.D. and postdoctoral period, I dealt with hundreds of graduate students. Most of them are foreigners, some Sri Lankans. Each of these personalities are unique. Different from each other. Random, law of entropy.

All these experiences are invaluable, but it doesn’t make my life perfect, I am still learning… The stereotype is: students. Been there, done that, I had the same experience. They are so special to me since most of them directly dealt with me and asked for advice, and I did not hesitate to offer my help.  Most are in the age group of 21-30.  Among them majority are girls; Don’t ask : Wouldn’t tell.

Most of them had one common complain,. My Life Really Sucks. !

Really ?

Life is a philosophy, life is a war, life is a song, and what not…. Many philosophers and religious leaders have preached about life in many avenues: Google it.  In my opinion, life is a war: from beginning to the end. If one is successful at the first attempt, still it’s a war between the parents: you know what I mean. Some have hard time conceiving a child. Some go to greater extents to get remedies, trials, etc.  Once a sperm start swimming upstream, it faces million obstacles to beat the siblings to conceive an egg. The toughest war is won. During the nine months of pregnancy, the parents are in a battle to provide proper nourishment to the fetus and the mother. Once the nine months are passed, both the mother and the newborn  fight to get him/her out: another war. It’s not over yet,. Surviving many wars, you are here now. Life is a war,… Once you are ready to leave this life, still it’s a war,. You are fighting for your life, doctors, relatives are fighting for your life : you leave them, leaving the war to the others to arrange your funeral: THE LIFE IS A WAR !

During this war, we face a load of experience. Some are sweet, some not. But we always remember the bad experience. That’s the human nature, we never cherish the sweet moments of our life and ponder them, instead we cry over the sad moments. So you conclude : Life sucks.. ! Is this fair ?  Can someone’s life suck all the time ? I wonder,.. is it his/her lack of planning ? Or overconfidence ? Or being at the wrong place at the wrong time ? Or all of the above ?

Some plan their life very well, hence become successful. Some are too emotional, follow the others and plan their life, but fail. For example some do not try hard. giving up leads to misery. Winners never quit, quitters never win.  Most of us have support groups to get help in hard times,.. I have my dad and uncle. Between them I get most of my answers. I do have plan A, B and C. But still I fail sometimes. I feel life sucks.

It’s time, if not you have not already started. Plan the life, have a plan A, B, and C, Have a support group. Life is a gift, enjoy it. Admire the good memories, learn from the mistakes. You will see the transformation.

Life sucks,.. Suck it up and face head on… You will win.

෴෴෴෴෴෴෴෴෴෴෴෴෴෴෴෴෴෴෴෴෴෴෴෴෴෴෴෴෴෴෴෴෴෴෴෴෴෴෴෴෴෴

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Danger: Science Illiteracy Ahead,.. By Prof Ajith De Alwis.

I found this article on the web,… This shows the pathetic situation of the lack of proper science knowledge, among school kids, among general masses, or any other person.

Also highlights the lack of science museums of anything to feed the curious minds of our younger generation.

I don’t need to write anything about it,..

I am just sharing this fine piece of writing.

Click Here to read.,… Thanks Prof Ajith De Alwis for this awakening article…..

Enjoy