Mother Nature isn't joking around…

Yesterday I made a fairly bold statement stating that I believed we are on the cusp of a recession. Today I am going to point out some of the things that may shape global policies beyond economy.

Simply put its Mother Nature, Naturomics, maybe somebody coined that phrase before me – who knows, what I’m trying to say though is that nature will increasingly have an impact on world economies. The weather systems and ecosystems of the world were in state of stasis for a long time and now we have disrupted the whole thing, derailed a system that worked prefectly well for millenia. The price?

(recent storms in california)

Well, take California (my original home state), during the autumn they had the worst fires on record in a long long time, was the sun particularly hot because we’ve melted away all the ozone? was there no rain because of global warming? were the winds that drove it somehow higher due to shifts in weather patterns being caused by humans? I’m no scientist, so I can only ponder. Then …

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Mother Nature isn’t joking around…

Yesterday I made a fairly bold statement stating that I believed we are on the cusp of a recession. Today I am going to point out some of the things that may shape global policies beyond economy.

Simply put its Mother Nature, Naturomics, maybe somebody coined that phrase before me – who knows, what I’m trying to say though is that nature will increasingly have an impact on world economies. The weather systems and ecosystems of the world were in state of stasis for a long time and now we have disrupted the whole thing, derailed a system that worked prefectly well for millenia. The price?

(recent storms in california)

Well, take California (my original home state), during the autumn they had the worst fires on record in a long long time, was the sun particularly hot because we’ve melted away all the ozone? was there no rain because of global warming? were the winds that drove it somehow higher due to shifts in weather patterns being caused by humans? I’m no scientist, so I can only ponder. Then …

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IBA invites you to… never mind…actually, we changed our mind. (PIBA & IBA merger is cast out)

The Irish Broker Association (IBA) made an approach to the Professional Insurance Brokers Association (PIBA) whereby their 300 strong membership might amalgamate with PIBAS nearly 800. They all went into a room and entered negotiations. This wasn’t a case where one had a gun to another’s head, it was something that would be of mutual benefit to all brokers in Ireland, because brokers, unlike almost any other industry, don’t have a single representative body.

So it makes total sense right? Of course it does! Standing as a united front and being able to ensure that members reach certain standards of operation, giving a voice to a multi-million euro industry, there is such great scope that I figured ‘even if we have to get over 75% in favour we’ll still be able to do it’. And we were.

Actually, PIBA were, the votes came in and in a voice of unity we voted with an 80% majority to go ahead and make one proper representative body.

The IBA on the other hand, who actually made the approach for all of this …

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IBA invites you to… never mind…actually, we changed our mind. (PIBA & IBA merger is cast out)

The Irish Broker Association (IBA) made an approach to the Professional Insurance Brokers Association (PIBA) whereby their 300 strong membership might amalgamate with PIBAS nearly 800. They all went into a room and entered negotiations. This wasn’t a case where one had a gun to another’s head, it was something that would be of mutual benefit to all brokers in Ireland, because brokers, unlike almost any other industry, don’t have a single representative body.

So it makes total sense right? Of course it does! Standing as a united front and being able to ensure that members reach certain standards of operation, giving a voice to a multi-million euro industry, there is such great scope that I figured ‘even if we have to get over 75% in favour we’ll still be able to do it’. And we were.

Actually, PIBA were, the votes came in and in a voice of unity we voted with an 80% majority to go ahead and make one proper representative body.

The IBA on the other hand, who actually made the approach for all of this …

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