Thursday, September 18, 2014

Scotland, the vote or the result?

Scotland has decided and we will soon find out what the vote delivered. However we wont find out if Scotland gets stronger or weaker for at least a few years and then perhaps a decade. How will the causation be seen before during and after, who will play the biggest role in making the outcome successful. It makes you think a lot about Counterfactual Reasoning and also the role of "Authority and the individual"! The right result will be delivered, its a democratic vote, but the long term outcome is all that matters. For sure we all hope the Scots, the Brits and all variations of are happier in future!

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

RSA - The City Growth Commission

RSA - The City Growth Commission




Some while back I was following the development of charter cities as part of the sustainable development and economic development interest that I have.




Now with the rise of nationalism and the Scottish referendum dawning tomorrow with a result that either way seems it will be a scism , the debate about centralised and devolved power is really unfolding.




From Cities Growth Commission Jim O'Neil there is both an active academic and community business voice proposing serious debate over the last couple of years > http://www.telegraph.co.uk/finance/economics/10421102/For-a-truly-healthy-Britain-we-need-strong-cities-across-the-country.html that is being picked up right now > http://www.theguardian.com/society/2014/sep/17/scotland-independence-referendum-england-counties-devolution?CMP=twt_gu and its across the political spectrum.




From Scotland to UK, From Cornwall to Yorkshire, From the city state of London to the merger of Manchester and Liverpool, there are many unfolding scenario's that are being spoken of. It will be very interesting to see how this persists or morphs over the next two election cycles in the UK and how international developments, particularly of cities in China and Africa effect things in the run up to 2030 and beyond. Must revisit this in 5 and 10 yrs.




http://www.telegraph.co.uk/finance/economics/10654182/Could-merging-Liverpool-and-Manchester-boost-UK-growth.html




http://www.ft.com/cms/s/0/069d0024-3db5-11e4-b175-00144feabdc0.html?siteedition=uk#axzz3DNLvDGfL








Wednesday, September 10, 2014

UN SDG and Copenhagen Consensus Center

FRom MDG's to SDG's the analysis at 2015 and the road to 2030 looks stronger than ever but we just don't know till we travel it. These will be worth watching:




Participants | Copenhagen Consensus Center




http://www.copenhagenconsensus.com/post-2015-consensus/news/new-analysis-and-side-event-11th-session-open-working-group




http://www.copenhagenconsensus.com/post-2015-consensus




http://www.copenhagenconsensus.com/




as the MDG's pass and the SDG's get signed up and start to roll from the UN and Govt's!

Tuesday, September 02, 2014

BBC News - Scottish independence: Yes vote is 'closer than ever' says first minister

BBC News - Scottish independence: Yes vote is 'closer than ever' says first minister




As of today the pound has taken a hit as the YES vote looks a bit more likely!




http://www.ft.com/cms/s/0/2f224ef6-322e-11e4-b929-00144feabdc0.html#axzz3C5KuHpes




Scotland needs to decide and then take it on the chin, if they vote YES and suffer they cant blame the UK as the uk voter has no say, if they say NO and stay they cant then blame London for everything, they have to accept their decision and move on. Of course politics is not like that, its often (not just in Scotland with this issue) about winning and making it work and if it doesn't then making sure the other side gets the blame.




Im not sure there will be any winners either way in the short to medium term, Scotland needs to build some leadership together long term!




I feel for all the Scottish people, all of them around the world, I always find them very nice people.

Friday, August 29, 2014

Charts about inequality - The Washington Post

Its interesting to see and feel the eb and flow and the narrative from different quarters, not that any of us really feel all that ebs and flows nor can we net net determine the globally consistent narrative let alone the reality but certainly individuals feel the tide each day!




This chart might make you feel better about American inequality - The Washington Post




PS there charts they should say!

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

0.7% ODA could this finally be happening?

Sept 2014 is an opportunity for a UK govt to enshrine in law, fingers crossed!!


http://www.bond.org.uk/advocacy/uk-aid


it needs a final push, from everyone > http://act.one.org/sign/international_development_bill


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8ErGv4Q87mE

Thursday, August 14, 2014

Bertrand Russell: Authority and the individual

I recently listened to all 6 lectures in turn, helps shine both old and new light on todays issues everywhere and within:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/p00h9lz3/episodes/guide

We worry about new problems needing uncertain or unknown solutions, we need to worry less and empower the individuals for the good of all but not as a "ends" but as an "means"!

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

Gloom and boom: From Graphing to Nanobombs!

Makes a ot of sense and people just Need to work towards it:

http://online.wsj.com/articles/joel-mokyr-what-todays-economic-gloomsayers-are-missing-1407536487?mod=WSJ_hps_sections_opinion#b08g13f20b14

Monday, August 11, 2014

UK social renewal 2014.

Sounds like a plan
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-zZ6cpMUKZ0


will be interesting to see how this is reflected over the spectrum of all parties:
http://www.ippr.org/publications/the-condition-of-britain-strategies-for-social-renewal


worth a read: two very good downloads on the site (top RHS) full rpt and summary of recommendation!

Sunday, July 06, 2014

Water of Ayolé on Vimeo

This short video (30min) has so many other messages in it about how to help or how to allow others to help themselves with outside support. From MDG1 to 2, 3 to 4, 6 to 7 and 8, its so clear that development has to be joined up thing, it has to be supported but it has to include and involve the people and lift them in every respect to work. A hand up not a hand out is what makes the difference.




Water of Ayolé on Vimeo

Thursday, July 03, 2014

Six Months After Legalizing Marijuana, Two Big Things Have Happened in Colorado - Mic

I applauded this when it happened 6 months ago, and now some news, lets see 6yrs out too!




Personally Id never touch the stuff, like tobacco and any other expensive habitual or mood enhancer, small exception to the occasional/regular alcoholic drink within moderation, but I think Colorado is brave in providing some leadership and learning and the results have got to make you think!!




Six Months After Legalizing Marijuana, Two Big Things Have Happened in Colorado - Mic

Wednesday, July 02, 2014

Lancet and Gavi: Investing in health, investing for 2035!

This short Lancet video says it all and as Seth Berkley from GAVI reminded us in Washington last week, investing in health is investing in people is investing in ALL OUR futures! Global health and local health are one and the same thing, we all need health we all need to work together and ensure no one is left behind, transmittable and chronic disease combined! http://www.thelancet.com/commissions/global-health-2035


Seth a global leader mentions directly the Lancet Global Commission on Health in his opener! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1qbX48-mZzE#t=212

Alruism and effective at a national level??

http://www.goodcountry.org/overall

Thursday, June 19, 2014

Ordinary everyday people!

Its noticeable in the last year that across the political and media elite the idea that people have to listen to and respect the ordinary everyday people of a country is important. For anyone who has ever worked in a local community and deal with some of the most needy, these people are the same as the rest as us, they want the same for their kids. The way to support and build their aspiration and capability and to allow them the dignity of a voice and independence while knowing the support is there is not rocket science.
http://www.opensocietyfoundations.org/voices/understanding-europes-white-working-class-communities?utm_source=facebook.com&utm_medium=cpc&utm_campaign=wwc_ads_062014
Im glad others on all sides are waking up to this, all lives are of equal value!

Tuesday, June 17, 2014

DfID Gets a Failing Grade for its Private Sector Work | Center For Global Development

".............DfID’s management would be well-served to read a 2011 blog post  from David McKenzie, who is widely regarded as one of the foremost researchers on private sector development. David cites a 2010 IFC report which argues: “We know that it takes more than volume to meet the needs of the poor. That is why we carefully target our resources, selecting where our financing and advice can be deployed most effectively. And we set measurable goals to gauge our impact, and improve our performance. In 2009, our clients provided 2.2 million jobs, including nearly 514,000 in the manufacturing and services sectors.”  David says “clearly this is in no way a measure of impact, and presenting it as such is both disappointing to both researchers working on credible measures of the impacts of different projects, as well as to the readers who are being presented this information as if it is in any way informative about the effects of the World Bank Group’s work.”..........."


DfID Gets a Failing Grade for its Private Sector Work | Center For Global Development


Interesting perspective, balancing the different approaches and having open governance of the process is critical everywhere!

Monday, June 16, 2014

Change leader, change thyself | McKinsey & Company

Change leader, change thyself | McKinsey & Company

Friday, June 13, 2014

A Ranking of the Most Entrepreneurial Corporations

If this was right it still need "BIG" in front of the word "corporation" or company!




A Ranking of the Most Entrepreneurial Corporations#.U5dKhaqIPTM.twitter#.U5dKhaqIPTM.twitter

Thursday, June 12, 2014

Elon Musk blows your mind and grows your triple bottom line!

http://www.teslamotors.com/blog/all-our-patent-are-belong-you

http://www.theverge.com/2014/6/12/5804122/tesla-opens-patents-to-all

From Zip2 to PayPal to SpaceX to Tesla and SolarCity Elon Musk is. True leader of the 21st century. My blog has covered him for over 8 yrs, I'm proud of that!

Web 1.0 vs Web 2.0 vs Web 3.0 vs Web 4.0 – A bird’s eye on the evolution and definition | Flat World Business

This is a nice simplified view on the evolution I have often referred to over the last decade of this blog.


Web 1.0 vs Web 2.0 vs Web 3.0 vs Web 4.0 – A bird’s eye on the evolution and definition | Flat World Business


I visualise this past, present and future through my own experience of life and technology as do others like on this link.


Other reference before from TBLee etc can do this more justice at a wider and technical level but others can do it more justice when they talk about the big issues for people in this world, ie around education, health, food, social justice, law and order, governance, stewardship, climate or whatever your thing is.


For me its been a simple jouney - computers in the 80's, browser in the 90's, human social communication in the 2000's and now collaboration and interaction in the 2010's . We have moved from Computers that just used to be about bits and bites and simple programs and number, to becoming more text and visual which then led to the web becoming more graphic with the Browser and then more interactive with Social media to now being more Collaborative with the "cloud and crowd" extending further the human-machine interrelationship of "the internet of things" and the CONTEXT of content, people and things. (Note: it worth pausing just to toss in the arrival that we now take for granted of: the memory stick, the mobile phone and GSM, the dongle, the wifi, the camera,mic and GPS all adding to portability, mobility, location based services and all!!)


All this for me is interesting at a technical level but more important at a human and economic level and as a long term "Triple Bottom Liner" linking responsibility to people, planet and profit for all. The challenges are now to unite people further and to unite technology for the good of everyone, avoiding exclusion and embracing inclusion. MOOC's are just one example for me, life long learning, open and free, self paced, generous and participatory. I caution it a little with what else goes on around towards a autodidactic world which has its own issues, teachers are still crucial, formal learning cannot be replaced just complimented. Those that neglect one for the other could be a problem for themselves and others.


The changing technology is great but as a lacanian might say, the mirror phase is the real interesting bit, the way it is changing our look and gaze, our behaviour, our needs, our desire and our ability to act. There is jouissance in there!


The internet of things and BigData on through to the semantic web and Linked Data is having to keep up with the change in people, communities and society, Some tend to instantly think of it the other way round, but computers and technology are evolving because we and especially the thought and action leaders are insisting and making them change. The challenge as we go beyond web.20 and web3.0 is to make web4.0 and beyond, keeping it as technology chasing and serving us and not the other way round. Concerns for Massive systems and a 1984 type scenario or the real issue today of killer Roberts are coming to the for. This requires some real leadership of though and action at a commercial, technological but also political, philosophic and societal, perhaps even a psychoanalytical level. From futurologists and ethnographers, I know there is great progress, perhaps there is a new Freud and Jung or Lacan to emerge around human-machine and mass interactions making the planet the global-village even more useful to everyone.


The science, the philosophy the politics and economics of this is great to think about past, present and future IMHO! I for one feel its power towards #zeropoverty2030 but the real power is in the people to get us all there!!

Friday, June 06, 2014

#BecauseOfSchool

"I'm free to decide" yes and I also learnt about the chicken and egg! The foundation for dealing with all the big challenges in the world north and south of the Brandt line is health and education and dealing with both is one job. http://interestingthingsiveread.blogspot.ru/2014/05/deworming-kids-is-56-times-better-than.html www.givewell.org show well with their top3!

Friday, May 30, 2014

SpaceX unveil 'no runway' Dragon V2 space capsule

BBC News - SpaceX unveil 'no runway' Dragon V2 space capsule

Elon Musk, polymath. From SpaceX to Tesla to HyperLoop (concept) to leading solar provider in USA and back to earth again with SpaceX it been amazing following him from his PayPal days http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/science-environment-27632582

Thursday, May 29, 2014

How Twitter Reacted To The Snowden Interview - NBC News.com

This is a very interesting visualisation and real time measure on the web, kind of ironic in terms of subject!




http://www.nbcnews.com/watch/nbcnews-com/how-twitter-reacted-to-the-snowden-interview-269389891880




How Twitter Reacted To The Snowden Interview - NBC News.com




lots of interviews worth catching if there is ever time!

Wednesday, May 28, 2014

SDG's : UN’s ambitious new development goals - the challenge to even start!

One can not underestimate the issues, discussion and negotiations going on now innadvance of 2105, we perhaps forget the same was true in 1999 for 2000 and the MDG but I know Jeffrey Sachs doesn't!

UN’s ambitious new development goals could fall flat | Al Jazeera America

http://www.globalpolicy.org/component/content/article/252-the-millenium-development-goals/52624-sdgs-a-few-steps-forward-a-few-steps-backwards.html

It will be good to watch this in 2015 and revisit in 2016 or 17!

PS good sources of insight/reflection include: http://vote.myworld2015.org/ and http://www.beyond2015.org/




PS here in the 2nd half of this this interview is Jeff Sachs getting passionate about what he remembers of the fight for the MDG pre and post 2000 http://www.econtalk.org/archives/2014/03/jeffrey_sachs_o.html


Tuesday, May 27, 2014

Global Partnership for Effective Cooperation, macro to micro, innovation to competition and prizes!

With lots of debate from Effective Altruism to #StopTheMyth, from Singer to Easterly, From Bill Gates to Dambisa Moyo, From Jeffrey Sachs to Nina Munk its easy to think there is uncertainty and that opinions count. However, the truth is, it requires data, facts, evidence and well developed cases and scenarios from www.givewell.org to http://annualletter.gatesfoundation.org/ and beyond.






The whole development and country leadership know it too:

Global Partnership for Effective Cooperation » About

the data is out there

http://www.oecd.org/dac/stats/qwids-faq.htm

http://data.un.org/DataMartInfo.aspx

http://www.oecd.org/dac/effectiveness/




Judge the leaders not by their word but by the policy they put into law and that others act upon.




And while the top down approach evolves and changes as it always does, give a thought to the bottom up approach of which there are hundred www.lendwithcare.org and thousands if not millions of innovations and down right hard work http://chrysalisuganda.wordpress.com and http://chrysalisnorth.wordpress.com/

The prizes are out there as well:
http://www.usaid.gov/digital-development for http://www.economist.com/blogs/democracyinamerica/2014/04/foreign-aid via http://www.usaid.gov/GlobalDevLab

Or

http://www.longitudeprize.org/ water!

The race is on for www.zeropoverty2030.org not to mention the morphing of MDG's to SDG's.
 
Let the innovation and contribution begin!



Thursday, May 22, 2014

Jeffrey Sachs is a smart guy, he is also a passionate fighter!

So great to listen to this at the centre and right to the end http://www.econtalk.org/archives/2014/03/jeffrey_sachs_o.html and then to revisit in 2016 and 2030 when more is known. MVP and MDG are morphing to SDG's the learning is essential to future success!

Open Knowledge

Open Knowledge: About An interesting site in the world of Open Data, Open Gov, Big Data and Linked Data. worth a look!!




"............

Open Knowledge is a worldwide non-profit network of people passionate about openness, using advocacy, technology and training to unlock information and enable people to work with it to create and share knowledge.

Our mission

We want to see enlightened societies around the world, where everyone has access to key information and the ability to use it to understand and shape their lives; where powerful institutions are comprehensible and accountable; and where vital research information that can help us tackle challenges such as poverty and climate change is available to all.

We envision a world where:

  • knowledge creates power for the many, not the few.
  • data frees us to make informed choices about how we live, what we buy and who gets our vote.
  • information and insights are accessible – and apparent – to everyone.
This is the world we choose.  We want to see open knowledge being a mainstream concept, and as natural and important to our everyday lives and organisations as green is today................"

Thursday, May 08, 2014

The Animals of Chernobyl | Mental Floss

while we wait and hope for Fusion, there is much to learn from the good and bad of Fission so this is one ive been aware of but perhaps ought to track every 5 or 10 years. Great video record!




The Animals of Chernobyl | Mental Floss

Wednesday, April 30, 2014

See the future!!

The last line in here, is a message we will arrive at in future http://www.huffingtonpost.com/steven-cohen/sustainable-consumption-a_b_5225716.html