Normal is when something happens often, becomes predictable and loses the power to shock, anger and spur people into action. The biggest danger that Jakartans face is the normalization of the widespread floods which is happening so often lately, I think about seven this year so far. Each time time it floods the same things... Continue Reading →
Crisis Management Observers: Watch how Pertamina manages the Balikpapan oil spill
So far so bad. The company for four days ruled out the possibility that it was responsible for the oil spill. It only admitted late yesterday that a raptured undersea pipe belonging to the company caused the oil spill that caused the deaths of several fishermen when part of the spill caught fire. To jump... Continue Reading →
Adding a role at The Palm Scribe
Recently I added another role to my LinkedIn account and have since been getting lots of well wishes but also a number of concerned questions on whether I had stopped working at Maverick to become advisor at The Palm Scribe. So here's a note of explanation to the concerned and the curious. The first thing... Continue Reading →
So who’s behind #NoWitchHuntKarHut?
Update August 28: One of the buzzers involved in the campaign has admitted to being asked to Tweet, the client remains a mystery, and he has apologised for taking on the assignment here. Unspun thinks it takes a big man to admit that they were wrong and to ask for forgiveness. Perhaps the Netizens should cut... Continue Reading →
Walhi scores court victory in Aceh
Something for issues managers to watch out for: Walhi's success in getting the Medan District Court to revoke a business permit by an oil company to mine in a peatland. Unfortunately, the story does not say whether there are other similar cases, make it difficult to ascertain whether such favorable decisions for environmentalists is part... Continue Reading →
CSV or CSR?
Corporate Social Responsibility is now an industry on itself. Like all industries where consultants owe their living to, the importance of CSR is talked up to death. Yet CSR is often not what it is cracked up to be. Companies that invest much money in their CSR programs often still get attacked, criticized and sanctioned,... Continue Reading →
Jakarta at 484 – alright if you have escorts through the traffic
Yeah, if you expect a 484-year old to be stricken with arthritis, osteoporosis and other ills of old age. The fact is that Jakarta is quite dysfunctional and quite unnecessarily so many-a-time. Take, for example, traffic. Sure there are more cars than there are roads but the cause of much congestion and traffic jams often... Continue Reading →
Revver’s Starr on FLOW, Bali
Maverick Network caught up with Steven Starr the co-founder of Revver last week found out what he has been up to in Bali and Jakarta, his impressions from a dinner with Indonesia's top bloggers and web start-up entrepreneurs and his desire to come to Pesta Blogger 2009. more about "Revver's Starr on FLOW, Bali", posted... Continue Reading →
Update on Jakarta floods
As of 9:30pm Detik.com reports that the toll road to the airport is still flooded by up to one meter, while the public works department blames the flood on the drainage system that isn't working properly. Duh. Kompas Cyber Media reports that hundreds of Garuda passengers are stranded in Changi Airport in Singapore because they ... Continue Reading →
WALHI slutting around with Islamic groups?
Reader Remondo11 keeps posting comments in this blog protesting that Unspun has been unfair to WALHI. He says WALHI is chaste and does not sleep with shady religious groups with questionable links to extremists. Yet in the posting below Newmont Indonesia boss Rick Ness seems to have some rather solid proof that WALHI might be... Continue Reading →
WALHI in bed with Abu Bakar Basyir?
Now this piece of news needs to be verified as it is coming from someone with an ax to grind, probably justifiably, against WALHI.But Eric Ness, the son of Rick who was recently exonerated by the Manado High Court of allegations of polluting Buyat Bay. WALHI and other NGOs were the ones instrumental in bringing... Continue Reading →
Advertorialize your way into hearts and minds?
Unspun has never figured out why people think that advertorials convince anyone. Advertorials are essentially paid advertisements disguised as editorial content. You paid for it so you write what you want on it. Or pay professionals to write for you. Of course, since you paid, what gets written is positive for you and never negative.... Continue Reading →