Category Archives: Innovation

When Worlds Collide #108: Eye Donation at 50 – Promoting Lanka’s Soft Power

Text of my ‘When Worlds Collide’ column published in Ceylon Today newspaper on 23 May 2014 A piece of air cargo, compact and unusual, left our island on 25 May 1964, a Vesak Poya day. It contained a thermos flask, … Continue reading

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When Worlds Collide #102: A Bird’s Eye View of our Planet and Island

Text of my ‘When Worlds Collide’ column published in Ceylon Today broadsheet newspaper on 4 April 2014 A bird’s eye view offers a unique perspective. Yet no humans had that vantage point until two and half centuries ago. That changed when … Continue reading

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When Worlds Collide #96: Before Malala came Meena…

Text of my ‘When Worlds Collide’ column published in Ceylon Today broadsheet newspaper on 17 January 2014 Malala Yousafzai, the Pakistani teenager turned activist, was a key newsmaker of 2013. Having survived an assassination attempt by Taliban gunmen in October 2012, … Continue reading

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When Worlds Collide #90: Can Sri Lanka Cross Global Innovation Divide?

Text of my ‘When Worlds Collide’ column published in Ceylon Today Sunday broadsheet newspaper on 3 November  2013 My favourite example of how not to support innovation comes from (James Bond creator) Ian Fleming’s children’s story Chitty Chitty Bang Bang. Written in … Continue reading

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When Worlds Collide #79: SALT can Save Lanka’s Upcountry Land and Soil

Text of my ‘When Worlds Collide’ column published in Ceylon Today Sunday broadsheet newspaper on 18 August 2013 “If this flight is a waste of my time, you’re going to pay for it,” Julian Manning, managing director of Ceylon Tobacco … Continue reading

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When Worlds Collide #77: Talking with Computers, beyond Mouse and Keyboard

Text of my ‘When Worlds Collide’ column published in Ceylon Today Sunday broadsheet newspaper on 4 August 2013 There was a memorable scene in the film Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home (1986). Chief Engineer Scotty, having time-travelled 200 years … Continue reading

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When Worlds Collide #76: Against the Fall of Memory…

Text of my ‘When Worlds Collide’ column published in Ceylon Today Sunday broadsheet newspaper on 28 July 2013 “I’m everything you lost. You won’t forgive me.  My memory keeps getting in the way of your history.” So wrote Agha Shahid … Continue reading

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