How the circular economy is the answer to post-Covid recovery

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The detrimental implications of the COVID-19 pandemic were felt worldwide, from overwhelmed health care systems in even the most developed nations to highlighting the gaps of inequality in our society. As such, we can all agree on one thing— our current systems are not working for businesses, people, or the environment. The pandemic has made […]

Designing waste out of products – the circular economy for climate action

designing waste out of products

On average, the lifespan of an iPhone is about 4 years before it is eventually replaced with a newer model, perpetuating the concept of planned obsolescence and the consequence of amounting e-waste. The clothes we buy and wear face similar fates after a period of time. Globally, an estimated 92 million tonnes of textiles waste […]

Redefining social entrepreneurship: inspired by Daniela Papi Thornton

“Systems change (…) is messy and complicated, and it takes more than businesses. It takes nonprofits and governments and everything in between because no one organization can grow to the size of the problems we face,” says Daniela Papi Thornton, a leader and educator on systems-led social intervention.   So what is social entrepreneurship, and what […]

The Digital Skills and Gig Economy Employability Programme – Impact Report

microsoft gig economy impact report

The gig economy experienced a burst in growth following the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic in Malaysia, with the youths turning to freelance-based employment to adjust to a new normal.  Microsoft Malaysia, in collaboration with Biji-biji Initiative, will work towards connecting aspiring youths with in-demand skills and expertise to kickstart future-proof their careers in the […]

Chinese New Year 2021: A Year of Strength and Determination

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Normally, during this time of the year, the air would be filled with auspicious cheer and a flurry of colour in preparation for the Chinese New Year, or the Spring Festival.  This year, things are much different. In Malaysia, following updated SOPs for Chinese New Year celebrations this year, reunion dinners are limited to a […]

5 Simple Ways to Engage in Lifelong Learning

5 simple ways to engage in lifelong learning

“Intellectual growth should commence at birth and cease only at death.” – Albert Einstein.  In this article, we explore five simple ways to develop the habit of lifelong learning, especially to grow as a gig worker. What is lifelong learning? In the broadest sense, lifelong learning refers to development after formal education: the continuing development […]

E-hailing | Fueling the Gig Workers Driving our Future Economy

The rise of the gig economy The rise of the Covid-19 pandemic was paralleled by the incredible growth of the gig economy. While the gig economy was perceived as a secondary source of income or an avenue for those who could not succeed within the regular workforce, it now is steadily becoming the backbone of […]

3 Reasons Why the Youth are Embracing the Gig Economy

3 reasons why the youth are embracing the gig economy

According to The Straits Times, the unemployment rate in Malaysia has reached 4.7% as of July 2020, with fresh graduates being in direct competition to experienced workers to have lost their jobs due to COVID-19. The numbers associated with unemployment are becoming more worrying, leading to youths becoming less confident about their future. Building experience […]

Is biodegradable plastic better? This may surprise you

Is Biodegradable Plastic Better? This may surprise you

Biodegradable seems like the better option. But how sure are we that it truly breaks down when it is out of our sight? Biodegradable plastic is currently one of the most popular and well-known alternatives to the conventional plastic that fails to break down over time.  However, how much do we know about the effectiveness […]

7 Everyday Items Where Plastics Hide

7 everyday items where plastics hide

You could be eating it right now. Some items we see and use every day are unmistakably plastic. However, some are not as easy to spot.  There are some places where plastics hide! To help with identifying several common items which actually may contain plastic, we’ve compiled this list.  Sea Salt  Yes, there is microplastic […]