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!

Friday, March 27, 2015

Germanwings plane disaster: metaphore for Greece German Spanish and French futures!

Germanwings plane disaster: German police probe co-pilot - BBC News




The fact that some idiot wanted to end it all and was prepared to take down 150 innocent people, children as well, is horrendous and no doubt more will come to light.




Its a horrible thing to say but I cant help but wonder, are the Greece politicians now thinking to do the same, is Greece going to trash its self and the Euro and Germany france and spain will be the ones to watch in the fall out, or do they have another way to address the mess they find themselves in.




Horrible thought but who is flying that project, i'll be glad when april has passed, for all their sakes!

Wednesday, March 25, 2015

Cripsy to CRISPR! Japan Space Agency Advances in Space-Based Solar Power - Japan Real Time - WSJ

There are so many interesting development themes to follow for the progress of the next 15, 50 or 100 years!




Japan Space Agency Advances in Space-Based Solar Power - Japan Real Time - WSJ microwaveable solar energy from space without frying the birds, to another CRISPR development at the micro level https://www.quantamagazine.org/20150206-crispr-dna-editor-bacteria/

Friday, March 20, 2015

Free Lunch: Piketty meets his match - FT.com

Free Lunch: Piketty meets his match - FT.com

Thursday, March 19, 2015

Budget rules could ease way for bitcoin in UK - FT.com

Forget any politics here, this could well be a key date in the story of BitCoin for the UK and other countries or governments in digital currency.




Budget rules could ease way for bitcoin in UK - FT.com

 Garrick Hileman, economic historian at the London School of Economics. “No other government has made such a positive overture to Bitcoin.”

Definition: Symbolic Order

For safe keeping and later usage no doubt!




Definition: Symbolic Order




http://www.lacanonline.com/index/2010/06/what-does-lacan-say-about-the-signifier/




http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-india-31937270




S+s=SO Lacan!

Tuesday, March 17, 2015

Project Spartan - Microsoft is killing off the Internet Explorer brand | The Verge

Will be interesting to see the roadmap for window10 what that is doing re: Apple, Google for Ipad, to Chrome, to Cloud to Hololens and The defunct Google Glass but emergent Facebook investments in augmented reality and LBS's




Microsoft is killing off the Internet Explorer brand | The Verge




Interesting to see the research Microsoft has done around chrome users and IE or MICROSOFT brand recognition. Watching the Microsoft stock price since the new CEO took over but also watching it over the last 10 yrs means the next year and five should be fun!


Spartan - Im Spartacus! No Im Spartacus!!


ps.........remembering 2015 is THE pivotal year in the world as we morph from MDG's to SDG's at the UN in Sept, Climate summit in Paris in December and rollout begins in 2016 on the road to 2030! www.zeropoverty2030.org

Monday, March 16, 2015

United Nations Summit to adopt the post-2015 development agenda .:. Sustainable Development Knowledge Platform

The big dates for 2015 are the UN NY 25-27th September:




United Nations Summit to adopt the post-2015 development agenda .:. Sustainable Development Knowledge Platform




and Paris in December at COP21 on the climate and the environment http://www.cop21paris.org/




UNFCCC COP 21

The 21st session of the Conference of the Parties to the UNFCCC is expected to take place in December 2015, in Paris, France.  
dates: 30 November - 11 December 2015   location: Paris, Ile-De-France, France  

BBC News - Are superfast trains speeding down the tracks?

From Maglev to Hyperloop to HS2 whatever version, trains, their speed and fuel will be worth looking back on at 2030!




BBC News - Are superfast trains speeding down the tracks?

Tuesday, March 10, 2015

Political reform in China, India and South America

As a log of my posts show we still have a lot to see happen, Argentina and Brazil right now http://on.ft.com/1wU7tEK how this plays out under the SDG's and the road 20 2030 we will all see. The west and north and sounth of the Brandt line know they too have to dig deep!

0.7% tiny number huge step in leadership and determination!


So much about this historic day yesterday on the web, the bbc the press, facebook and twitter.
Just search march 9th 2015 and #action2015 or #turnupsavelives #sdg1-17
http://blog.results.org.uk/2015/03/10/5-reasons-well-be-celebrating-the-0-7-law/

Thursday, March 05, 2015

DisUnited Kingdom: richer and poor, equal and less equal, happy and sad!

Is changing it going to make the balance better or worse?
http://www.ft.com/cms/s/0/5b73945e-c0c9-11e4-9949-00144feab7de.html?siteedition=uk#axzz3TWR2LZ70

Wednesday, March 04, 2015

Seat Moves: UK Parliament seat projection

The use of data and social media in this election is going to be fun to follow:




Seat Moves: UK Parliament seat projection

Sunday, March 01, 2015

Prestwood Pharmacy

So nice that my wife, her staff and patients are getting some coverage on twitter and Facebook due to the local MP popping in and being very impressed https://twitter.com/CherylGillanMP #pharmacymanifesto www.Facebook.com/prestwoodpharmacy

Friday, February 27, 2015

Cloud and crowd collaboration

Its nice to get a little recognition for a few small things ive done in my spare time :-)


http://www.ideaconnection.com/open-innovation-challenges/contaminated-water-treatment-tool-kit.html  (acknowledgement at top)


and


http://www.thelifeyoucansave.org/Impact-Calculator?charity=sci (acknowledgement at bottom)


Do some open innovation today, collaborate and share, its the way the world works!
Nick Horslen

Thursday, February 26, 2015

Hyperloop Construction Starts Next Year With the First Full-Scale Track | WIRED

My journey of blogging on one of the worlds polymath, Elon Musk, amazing entrepreneur and his Tesla, SpaceX and Hyperloop leadership adventure. cant wait to ride it!




Hyperloop Construction Starts Next Year With the First Full-Scale Track | WIRED