Tuesday, June 30, 2015

"Truth from Trust" Bitcoin to Blockchain

As always the value flows up and down the stack, where will it flow next




http://www.ft.com/cms/s/0/764aed26-198a-11e5-8201-cbdb03d71480.html?siteedition=uk#axzz3eXOTbe4E




the video is real cool!




#axzz3eXOTbe4E

The Essential Guide to Crowdfunding

Interesting on all front including the charity side




The Essential Guide to Crowdfunding

Wednesday, June 24, 2015

In Defense of Being Average

Get over it and enjoy yourself, after all no one is more brilliant at being you than you!




"Which leads to an important point: that mediocrity, as a goal, sucks. But mediocrity, as a result, is OK."




In Defense of Being Average

Why Our Old Lens On Learning Will Fail A New Generation... And What You Can Do About It Now - Forbes

A rolling update on the Generation Y thinking of recent years, not that ive posted much in that area for a while, see the MGMT video animation and other previous posts!




Why Our Old Lens On Learning Will Fail A New Generation... And What You Can Do About It Now - Forbes

Monday, June 22, 2015

Goodreads | Peter Singer Quotes (Author of Animal Liberation)

Some excellent quotes from the man of the moment in EA!




Goodreads | Peter Singer Quotes (Author of Animal Liberation)

Tuesday, June 16, 2015

Homepage - Global Apollo Programme

One to watch this year and decade when you consider the authors! #action2015




Homepage - Global Apollo Programme

Monday, June 15, 2015

Triple bottom line quest had to lead to 2015, roll on 2030

I started the TBL journey over ten years ago, this year it all seems to be coming together, thank goodness #action2015




http://theelders.cmail19.com/t/ViewEmail/y/0CB37FCD82D37920/4C3FD3A6D9A623A20F8C96E86323F7F9




http://theelders.org/climate-change?utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=Newsletter+Mary+Robinson+June+2015&utm_content=Newsletter+Mary+Robinson+June+2015+CID_2f74c814890aa1300d5518f6f8467827&utm_source=Campaign%20monitor&utm_term=climate%20justice




July - Addis Adiba

Sept - NY UN GA

Nov _ Paris COP21


#action2015 a year to watch unfold and then track the path to 2030

▶ Ban Ki-moon, UN Secretary-General - YouTube Addis in July

to NY in Sept https://sustainabledevelopment.un.org/focussdgs.html and Paris in November http://climate-l.iisd.org/events/unfccc-cop-21/ there is so much to do in one year.




The UK has it first public push on this from citizens and parliament on Wednesday 17 June, lets hope leadership everywhere is shown!

Wednesday, June 10, 2015

Best Shakespeare quote on forecasting, future predictions, future technology and seeds of time | Your Daily Shakespeare

The future arrives one day at a time and that is where we live our lives. Reading this is a good reminder about which seeds will grow, who will know, when will we know.




Best Shakespeare quote on forecasting, future predictions, future technology and seeds of time | Your Daily Shakespeare




Knowing the future is not like knowing the past, the past will be retold but the future will be real, will be lived, for a day!

Monday, June 08, 2015

50 Cent on Philanthropy and Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) - Forbes

50 cents can make such a difference: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3pOnqKGTP2Y via http://endtheneglect.org/




But I know 50Cent was bottled off the stage when he performed at Reading Festival, due to his gang land and misogynistic behaviour so while these stories are good, its wrapped in product endorsements without sizing the contribution, so I say good on him 50 Cent on Philanthropy and Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) - Forbes but lets keep what Zizek and others say about real charity, real philanthropy and product endorsing worlds of change or progress or profit or what https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hpAMbpQ8J7g

Wednesday, June 03, 2015

▶ Giving and Happiness - YouTube

Think about it, who are the happiest people getting on with their lives, those that give some, a little or a lot or those that give almost nothing?




Great discussion to listen to here from the world of Effective Altruists




▶ Giving and Happiness - YouTube

The Meaninglessness of Ending 'Extreme Poverty' - Bloomberg Business

Keeping different perspectives in mind when talking poverty, relative or absolute.




Worth reading to see the narrative:




The Meaninglessness of Ending 'Extreme Poverty' - Bloomberg Business




However where needless deaths, preventable deaths keep family sizes high, keep educational access low and economic growth beyond reach its not easy to see a finishing line and the sense of a notional target.




www.zeropoeverty2030.org




add to that not everyone has access to sufficient nutrition, healthcare and education so needing a hand up not hand out makes a lot of sense.




Watching infant mortality, school completions, health care development and economic growth along with good governance, transparency and accountability within countries will take us a long way in 15 yrs.

Tuesday, June 02, 2015

Walk on by, the child can die!

Did you see a child dying one day and walk on by?


Can you save a needless death, a preventable death? You Can! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=onsIdBanynY

Nothing left to say on tax - FT.com

"  By international standards, Britain is not overtaxed. With stretched public services and a budget deficit that gapes like a mortal wound, the state must take a bit more money from most people for the sake of most people. This means something like a higher standard rate of income tax. Merely squeezing some remote sect called The Rich will neither generate enough revenue to make a difference nor honour the principle of solidarity. Borrowing is no answer. These tawdry ruses imply the welfare state is only worthwhile if others pay for it.   "




" This argument is tantamount to self-immolation. Any Labour leader who made it would forfeit the next general election, if she or he were not laughed to oblivion before getting that far. Even Ed Miliband said nothing like it during the five-year tour of leftwing orthodoxies that ran into the ground at last month’s general election. Voters do not wish to pay more tax and do not assume the tax they already pay is a proxy measure of their goodness as people. "




I don't think Labour will have a strong leader for years, they might develop from the current election but I suspect a paradigm shift will be needed first.




Labour has nothing left to say on tax - FT.com




Taking so many people out of tax at the bottom IMHO reduces democracy to a place where the majority do not feel they can hold the politicians and burocrats to account because they don't pay. It will come that lower rates of income tax will be the means to solve social costs and ignite interest in politics again, but not for a while, sadly!




If the economy and state services are not correctly sized, funded and made sustainably effective by growth then the battle ahead will hot us in very interesting ways, I hope it will be based on policy and pragmatism not just political opportunism and political narratives from and into corners.


Saturday, May 30, 2015

Global inequality: Some good news for development economists | The Economist#b05g29f20b15#b05g29f20b15#b05g29f20b15#b05g29f20b15#b05g29f20b15#b05g29f20b15

From the link below, some useful indicators for the future, especially in the year of #action2015 and with the drive with the SDG's to #zeropoverty2030:











WE'VE been pointed towards this interesting chart, from a new paper by two economists at the Peterson Institute, a think-tank. It shows that development economists have much to be cheerful about. The chart shows the estimated global per-capita income distribution at three years: 2003, 2013 and 2035. From 2003 to 2013, global income inequality fell. There were fewer people bunched at extreme levels of poverty. The Gini coefficient of global inequality fell from 69 in 2003 to 65 in 2013. And median income rose from about $1,000 to $2,000 in just ten years.

The authors of the paper, Thomas Hellebrandt and Paolo Mauro, think that the next twenty years will be even better, largely thanks to rapid growth in emerging-market economies. Hundreds of millions will be lifted out of abject poverty due to strong growth in Sub-Saharan Africa. And as China's economy continues to expand, consumption patterns of people living there will start to look more like those in the West. As a result, the two economists expect global income inequality to continue to fall.




Global inequality: Some good news for development economists | The Economist#b05g29f20b15#b05g29f20b15#b05g29f20b15#b05g29f20b15#b05g29f20b15#b05g29f20b15

Wednesday, May 27, 2015

Carter Emmart: A 3D atlas of the universe | Talk Video | TED.com

One of my themes has been tracking visualisation, so here goes:




Carter Emmart: A 3D atlas of the universe | Talk Video | TED.com

Tuesday, May 26, 2015

How to turn a liberal hipster into a capitalist tyrant in one evening | Comment is free | The Guardian

This is a good article for me, it shows how the Guardian are trying to position themselves in the light of the last Labour defeat and the proof that they and Labour mis understood their readers and the wider public and they want to find face in shifting their rhetoric.




It shows the nature of a created symbolic order formed by words, it shows what is being signified and what the signifiers are and it tries to present a case of a road that others are going down that they do not think they should, or at least that's how I read it.




How does the scenario of economic development lift people out of poverty, where and why does it start, how is momentum gained, at what point are the brakes applied or thye direction or rules changed.




Is this a supply driven or demand driven thing, do people what to buy Chinese stuff no, do they want sweat chops no, who is selling and who is buying what. I think it points to micro equality and ethics being driven upwards and macro inequality and ethic being imposed downwards. At some stage it normalises, by who and how. I don't think the left or right now, I think its down at the people level and of course there are many forces and effects there. Helping everyone is never easy but critical to be effective for the most people and ensure no one is left behind. No real answers in this link but the thinking divide is clear:




How to turn a liberal hipster into a capitalist tyrant in one evening | Comment is free | The Guardian

Wednesday, May 20, 2015

Technology helps feed a hungry world - FT.com

From food to conflict and human migration, this is a good read on technology lead change and the role of mobiles, drones etc etc




".....................Mobile technology also facilitates the delivery of new forms of food assistance. By transferring cash or vouchers to people via their mobile phones, for example, relief agencies can go beyond simply delivering food and support local food suppliers.

Meanwhile, Global Pulse, another UN organisation, is using mobile technology to track patterns of human behaviour, helping improve the efficiency of humanitarian responses. “We’re looking for data out there that can help us understand what people are saying related to food security,” says Robert Kirkpatrick, Global Pulse’s director.
Social media are one source of useful information. For example, tracking Twitter complaints about having to pay too much for food can provide signals that people are struggling financially to feed their families adequately.

Additionally, by analysing the calls made through various cell phone towers, it is possible to track the movements of communities in the wake of conflict or natural disasters such as droughts, helping agencies to make faster, more accurate decisions on where to deliver food supplies.

Digital technologies are also helping improve the efficiency of farming. The available tools range from sensors and video cameras to drones and satellites. These technologies are what make “precision agriculture” possible, bringing scientific rigour to farming. .........."







Technology helps feed a hungry world - FT.com

Thursday, May 14, 2015

Jim O’Neill takes Treasury post for infrastructure and devolution - FT.com

Smart move with the focus ive seen over the years on antimicrobial strategy as well as regional development and economics




Jim O’Neill takes Treasury post for infrastructure and devolution - FT.com

Goodreads | Georg Wilhelm Friedrich Hegel Quotes (Author of Phenomenology of Spirit)

Goodreads | Georg Wilhelm Friedrich Hegel Quotes (Author of Phenomenology of Spirit)




Id love to find the quotes of those who today suggest one or other is left or right or extremist. What are the best quotes from people at either end of the spectrum, I suggest the best quotes are from people not on that spectrum but free. Today I believe many of us are free and can be free, much more so than in the past, but some choose not to be and that's all the way up and down the social spectrum.

Tackling Complex Social Problems Through Positive Deviance

And through the crossing the chasm and minding the gap the issue of disruptive thinking and even the concepts of akrasia and risk taking comes into this: leadership, avoiding nepotism and narcissism while leveraging any of the benefits they bring.




Tackling Complex Social Problems Through Positive Deviance

Diffusion of innovations

The roots of Crossing the Chasm and the impact of leadership and behaviour change in markets and social and societal contexts is now very clear!




Diffusion of innovations - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

Friday, May 08, 2015

#Election2015 result

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/election-2015-32633099

The polls were wrong, although the exit poll pretty good.
The pundits were wrong.
The parties departing either new it and deceived or were deluding themselves by their nepotistic and narcissistic habit.

It was on the cards, due to the economic data, the lack of policies by the opposition and the fact that the UK public are not fools and want leadership and answers not just a narrative and attempts to make a smell stick somewhere else.

Lots of people dreading the next 5 yrs, we will see. The conservatives and SNP are now fully accountable and come 2020 they and the majority will know it!

Tuesday, May 05, 2015

Watch Elon Musk announce Tesla Energy in the best tech keynote I've ever seen | The Verge

I loved watching this. I've seen a few keynotes/launches in my time. Humility, humor and pragmatic.I'm a fan !




Watch Elon Musk announce Tesla Energy in the best tech keynote I've ever seen | The Verge




17minutes and well worth the watch!

Thursday, April 30, 2015

neverendum

a bit of a do, defeat grasped from the jaws of victory for the scots and the British. Will have to watch this one in the next week, month, year and decade

Tuesday, April 21, 2015

Greece’s gloomy future is Ireland’s unlamented past - FT.com

Greece’s gloomy future is Ireland’s unlamented past - FT.com




April has arrived as expected, will it end as expected!




" More than four years on, the IMF views Ireland and Greece very differently. It has promoted Ireland, whose current forecast growth is set to top the eurozone, as a model to be followed by other bailout countries. Greece, on the other hand, teetering at the exit of the eurozone, is described as the most difficult case the IMF has ever dealt with.
  "




Such a shame for the greek people, its the ordinary people that are left just wondering, suffering, not knowing! http://ed.ted.com/lessons/plato-s-allegory-of-the-cave-alex-gendler Ironic considering Plato's most inspired story!




Over the next 10 yrs seeing what they learn and comparing Ireland again will be interesting!

Friday, April 17, 2015

What's the difference between accuracy and precision? AND why it is so IMPORTANT!!

What's the difference between accuracy and precision? - Matt Anticole | TED-Ed




Simple but often overlooked IMHO! This is so important in all area's as im sure many already know.  Its something I have always been mindful of and used in many career scenarios over the years and now keep in mind in the world of international development and EA when looking at targets, inputs and outcomes.

Wednesday, April 15, 2015

Why Social Progress Matters by Michael Porter - Project Syndicate

Ive reference Porter and his work on the Index in earlier posts, this is a good update!




Why Social Progress Matters by Michael Porter - Project Syndicate

SDSN key documents

Great resources from: https://www.sdsnedu.org/courses/1454/learn


The readings for this week are the following :
UNFCC (Full Text of 1992 Convention) http://unfccc.int/resource/docs/convkp/conveng.pdf
Kyoto Protocol http://unfccc.int/resource/docs/convkp/kpeng.pdf
Byrd-Hagel Amendment http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/BILLS-105sres98ats/pdf/BILLS-105sres98ats.pdf
The graphs found in Lecture 1 are compiled here:
CCSN Lecture 1 Graphs https://lms-sdsn-new-infra.edcastcloud.com/c4x/sdsnedu/1454ccs/asset/graphicsLec1.pdf

Tuesday, April 14, 2015

Business, society, and the future of capitalism | McKinsey & Company

Business, society, and the future of capitalism | McKinsey & Company

this is a compelling case from unilever, will be watched over time!

Plato’s Allegory of the Cave - Alex Gendler | TED-Ed

Plato’s Allegory of the Cave - Alex Gendler | TED-Ed




And Jaques Lacan more latterly enlightened to see words as just shadows, put together by others as narrative. The Signified and the Signifiers and the difference between the Real and the Other is the "Symbolic order" we chose to accept if not test!

Monday, April 13, 2015

Aid? What aid? Why the UK ignores its record on international development | Business | The Guardian

Aid? What aid? Why the UK ignores its record on international development | Business | The Guardian




" The meetings are linked. Sustainable development goals will only be achievable if there is money on the table. Developing countries will demand help to deal with the impact of climate change if they are to sign up to tougher emission targets. Jim Kim, the president of the World Bank, was right last week when he said that this was the most important year for global development in living memory.

Both the main parties have a good story to tell on international development. It was under Labour that the UK committed to meet the UN target of spending 0.7% of national income on aid. It was under the Conservative-led coalition that the target was finally hit. "

Tuesday, April 07, 2015

Cellphones for Women in Developing Nations Aid Ascent From Poverty - NYTimes.com#b04g06f20b15#b04g06f20b15

Cellphones for Women in Developing Nations Aid Ascent From Poverty - NYTimes.com#b04g06f20b15#b04g06f20b15




" A decade from now, economies in developing countries will be increasingly dependent on digital financial services. Will we limit growth for everyone by leaving the world’s poorest women trapped in a shrinking cash economy? Or will we invest in our future by empowering these women to invest in theirs? "

AI PLUS ▶ Baidu CEO Robin Li interviews Bill Gates and Elon Musk at the Boao Forum, March 29 2015 - YouTube

Its a bit of a noisy Q&A but there are subtitles. The AI discussion is very interesting!




▶ Baidu CEO Robin Li interviews Bill Gates and Elon Musk at the Boao Forum, March 29 2015 - YouTube




Boston book "Super Intelligence" might be worth a read!


The bit about Singapore, china, the USA at 40min is interesting too https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NG0ZjUfOBUs&feature=youtu.be&t=40m20s


and at 52 minutes Uber is just a type of driverless car https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NG0ZjUfOBUs&feature=youtu.be&t=53m00s with on demand human labour providing that service!


What the future looks like!!







Saturday, April 04, 2015

life in 2030: Bill Gates signs off as guest editor of The Verge | The Verge

Bill Gates signs off as guest editor of The Verge | The Verge




Will want to revisit this is 2020 and 2030!

Wednesday, April 01, 2015

Dear new PM!

This is an interesting idea:




Dear new PM: here's how to fix the centre of government | Nesta




If you wrote to a new PM in advance of them being elected, what would you suggest?




Will want to revisit this at the next election in 2020!