Thursday, April 28, 2016

The Guardian: Dark days for a liberal beacon - FT.com#axzz476f352PQ

Is The Guardian going bust?




Do we blame the management and board or do we blame the customers, paying and non paying?




The Guardian: Dark days for a liberal beacon - FT.com#axzz476f352PQ

Monday, April 25, 2016

Why much more is needed to avoid catastrophic climate change | Shane Tomlinson - China Dialogue

Staying below 2degree rise isnt going to be easy, why much more effort is needed by 2020>




Why much more is needed to avoid catastrophic climate change | Shane Tomlinson - China Dialogue

Sunday, April 24, 2016

Microsoft’s Nadella taps potential of industrial internet of things - FT.com#axzz46jRyYuT2

The core promise of the value chain, the SCM and ERP integration that I worked on in the late 90's and advocated so strong back there, that comes to be with the IOT at an industrial level. Im not sure amazon and google can do what Microsoft can do but SAP and Oracle and the machine makers and industry information brokers all have to want to play ball, so lets see will it be soon or will it be post 2020?




Microsoft’s Nadella taps potential of industrial internet of things - FT.com#axzz46jRyYuT2

Friday, April 22, 2016

Why GiveWell is rethinking its approach | Devex

Why GiveWell is rethinking its approach | Devex

As a follower of the developments in this area and in particular as a follower of EA - Effective Altruism and its movement through Oxford Uni etc and their alignment to www.givewell.org I find this new development below very interesting. It has always been apparent that it would need to evolve and grow, morph and reposition beyond just malaria, deworming and giving directly as there are so many more interventions and progress on and needed in the area's of the 8 MDGS and now 17 SDG's. Id love to see them pick up on nutrition, TB, education and other needs. I know their research expertise is good so lets wait and see!




Why GiveWell is rethinking its approach | Devex

Monday, April 18, 2016

IoD: Schools are in danger of being turned into ‘exam factories’ - FT.com

So true! What to do! Re Sir Ken Robinsons TED talk and RSAanimate series!







The IoD recommends, in a new report, removing political interference from the education system and leaving the curriculum to a body of education experts and businesses.




The “Lifelong Learning” report highlights concerns that UK education policy is turning “schools into exam factories, squeezing out creativity and the joy of learning at a time when these very attributes are becoming increasingly important”.




It added: “Worryingly, the skills that are easiest to teach and test — method and recall — are also the easiest to automate.”


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IoD: Schools are in danger of being turned into ‘exam factories’ - FT.com

Sunday, April 17, 2016

3 Videos on the Importance of Empathy | Edutopia

Keeping perspective, as everyone has too!




3 Videos on the Importance of Empathy | Edutopia




well worth the watching!!

Thursday, April 14, 2016

US economy in charts: gloom versus data - FT.com

There is perception, discourse, data and reality! Which one holds its head above water longest? We will see!




US economy in charts: gloom versus data - FT.com

Thursday, April 07, 2016

Macron’s ambitions accelerate with new political movement - FT.com

The twists and turns of politicians and countries in Europe. One to watch in next 5-10 yrs!!

Macron’s ambitions accelerate with new political movement - FT.com

Wednesday, April 06, 2016

World Health Day: Fight diabetes, fight TB – INIS Blog

#TB and #Diabetes two diseases I follow carefully, means this article stands out well

World Health Day: Fight diabetes, fight TB – INIS Blog especially on the day that the WHO and the press are flagging the impact of diabetes around the globe > http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/health-35975717


"Unfortunately, non-communicable disease and infectious disease are often treated separately, with little collaboration across sectors. TB and diabetes are closely connected, and must also be considered in the Sustainable Development Goals framework. In a special series on the TB/diabetes synergy, The Lancet noted connections with at least seven of the SDGs. “Addressing diabetes and tuberculosis will be a welcome initiative towards recognising the important interactions between communicable and non-communicable diseases and reducing morbidity and mortality.”

The Real or The Other: In the light or in the shadows!

Two very good examples of what do we know, what do they know!




http://www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer/episode/p02gyz6b/adam-curtis-bitter-lake




The BBC is too timid. Being impartial on the EU is not enough | Timothy Garton Ash | Opinion | The Guardian




In the world of discourse, the construction or narrative and counter narrative, is it possible to unpick the symbolic order we as individuals and as groups choose to live in. What line shows the signifiers or that which we chose to signify, what are the symbols the facts, the stories, how do not only we but they know what is real verses other.




Takes us back to Plato in his cave in The Republic, is it out there or is it in here, or more so in me in my eyes, my gaze, my look!

Monday, April 04, 2016

Panama Papers: Mossack Fonseca leak reveals elite's tax havens - BBC News

#Accountability

#Transparency




All are crucial from the bottom up of the MDG and SDG aspiration and action to the top down G8 promises.




Technology particulary the internet but also education is making it increasingly difficult for these bespotic leaders to hide, more to come no doubt




Panama Papers: Mossack Fonseca leak reveals elite's tax havens - BBC News




https://t.co/T5jc0U3oAH The Guardian




Its been a long road and long time coming,drip drip, but yes it matters, in Europe and Africa, despotism based on hidden wealth, story of history #annonymousCompanies
http://www.ted.com/participate/ted-prize/prize-winning-wishes/global-witness  kills the realt vital part of economies and society ie small business and communities that cant cheat and therefore struggles to compete with the big boys.

In detail

The use of technology to uncover things is one of our greatest routes and accelerators of progress!
From on high http://www.theguardian.com/global-development-professionals-network/2016/apr/04/how-satellites-are-being-used-to-expose-human-rights-abuses#comment-71796223 and bottom up via citizen involvement. The use of tools such as www.tomnod.com and have the public help in these projects is another interesting angle too! Then there is also www.witness.com and many many more uses of technology and people to blow holes in the wrongs of the world out there!




Microsoft indulges creative impulses in pursuit of next big thing - FT.com#axzz44HHLV8iQ

AI chatbots and Amazon’s Echo - we will see!

What about the real problems people face today, in health in child education in looking after their future, in serving others!




Microsoft indulges creative impulses in pursuit of next big thing - FT.com#axzz44HHLV8iQ

Sunday, April 03, 2016

IMF weighing exit from Greek bailout - FT.com

Oh dear, Greece and the Euro/Germany with or without the IMF?




""The Greek government asks the IMF for explanations whether pursuing the creation of bankruptcy conditions in Greece, just before the British referendum, is the Fund's official position,” Ms Gerovasili said. "




IMF weighing exit from Greek bailout - FT.com

Delusions of objectivity - FT.com

Tim Harford, as good as ever!




"It is hard to combat naive realism because the illusion that we see the world objectively is such a powerful one. At least I’ve not had to worry about it too much myself. Fortunately, my own perspective is based on a careful analysis of the facts, and my political views reflect a cool assessment of reality rather than self-interest, groupthink or cultural bias. Of course, there are people to the left of my position. They’re idiots. And the people on my right? Maniacs."




Delusions of objectivity - FT.com

Friday, April 01, 2016

Marc Benioff and Richard Branson do a Bteam ppt with tweets in it!!

Well who would have thought any sane person would think people would want to flick through a powerpoint based largely on twitter tweets> https://lnkd.in/ejYYUFQ

Still you have to view this through your own filter, as with everything, but its from a globally successful entrepreneur and you know - he means it!

It started way back when he was little ie startup, he talked a little about it when he was sub-1billion https://lnkd.in/ejC7JVz and he talks about it now "1-1-1" https://lnkd.in/eD7XVYN

May the FORCE be with you!

All from these guys and the www.Bteam.org to www.globalgoals.org to www.givewell.org to you and the bottom billion!

China: Political and economic reform - heads up on in the sand?!

Political and economic reform in China has been on theagenda for over a decade. The opportunity to do it will not pass but will it happen in a sensible way or will china revert to its usual breakdown before recognising that central all powerful leaders and control is always likely to end in tears, and not just for China!




“One can’t help but notice how the tactic is backfiring,” said William Nee, a China researcher for Amnesty International in Hong Kong. “Conducting an aggressive manhunt against anyone allegedly involved in commenting on the letter only serves to put more attention on the letter, giving it a longer shelf life.”

Bishop agrees. China’s international reputation is only being harmed by the overreach, he said.

“If there were a Golden Boot for own-goals,” he said, “China would win it every year.”




'Not fit to lead': letter attacking Xi Jinping sparks witch-hunt in Beijing | World news | The Guardian

Thursday, March 31, 2016

Bitcoin excitement could be the start of the next morphing!

"Bitcoinland is abuzz with speculation Craig Steven Wright will out himself as Satoshi Nakamoto, the cryptocurrency’s pseudonymous creator, within the next two weeks and that he is looking for backing in his verification from some of the industry’s biggest players.

Wright, a self-declared cyber security expert who claims to hold a theology PhD, was originally identified as Satoshi in December 2015 following the publication by Wired and Gizmodo of supposedly leaked emails and documents purporting to prove Wright and a colleague, Dave Kleinman (now deceased), were the co-inventors of bitcoin. The source of the document leak was never identified."




Craig Wright’s upcoming big reveal | FT Alphaville




#CraigStevenWright

#Satoshi

#bitcoin

#reveal

Wednesday, March 30, 2016

P-CED: Re-imagining Capitalism: The new 'bottom line' | Management Innovation eXchange

People Centered Economic Development P-CED. I recall seeing this a couple of years ago and although my Triple bottom line interests go back ten years before this, its encouraging to see the work here!




Re-imagining Capitalism: The new 'bottom line' | Management Innovation eXchange

Changemaker Toolbox | Ashoka United Kingdom

This is a really handy social enterprise reference and resources webpage, includes my friends at BalloonKenya and others I might need to revisit!




Changemaker Toolbox | Ashoka United Kingdom

Tuesday, March 29, 2016

The trick with populists is to see them in perspective - FT.com

It will be interesting to see if the voting public in the USA, UK and Europe surprises anyone before the end of the decade?!

"that a seething minority is still a minority." we will see, I do tend to agree, the common sense of ordinary people prevails and our countries succeed because of them, not in spite of them!

The trick with populists is to see them in perspective - FT.com

Thursday, March 24, 2016

Scientists create the simplest form of life yet known - FT.com

Interesting!

Scientists create the simplest form of life yet known - FT.com

Wednesday, March 23, 2016

Facebook and the high cost of a Beijing ‘like’ - FT.com

Smog Jog, oh dear!! http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/mark-zuckerberg-smog-jog-beijing_us_56ef3604e4b09bf44a9da6fb




Facebook and the high cost of a Beijing ‘like’ - FT.com




A "Zuck up!"




where does this stuff come from in the discourse of importance!

Is Britain better off outside the EU?

Someone will come up with the "killer analysis" next month! After all there are enough experts out there - Exspurts Ex as in was, Spurt as in forced out under pressure.




Yes, No, Yes, No, Yes....




Is Britain better off outside the EU? - FT.com


Friday, March 18, 2016

The millennials do not know how lucky they are — FT.com

Its good to look back with an element of fear:

The millennials do not know how lucky they are — FT.com

life and progress moves on but the section 3minutes in here hits it on the head "literally afraid of the 70's" http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b0739rfp




The challenge for young and old, realising hope is out there and progress although behind us can and will continue, but it needs hardwork and commitment and balance!

The millennials do not know how lucky they are — FT.com

Its good to look back with an element of fear:

The millennials do not know how lucky they are — FT.com

life and progress moves on but the section 3minutes in here hits it on the head "literally afraid of the 70's" http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b0739rfp




The challenge for young and old, realising hope is out there and progress although behind us can and will continue, but it needs hardwork and commitment and balance!

The top 10 sources of data for international development research | Global Development Professionals Network | The Guardian

Some more excellent resources and repositories of data, some of which I have referenced in posts before due to the MOOC Jeff Sach ran etc




The top 10 sources of data for international development research | Global Development Professionals Network | The Guardian

Google to sell robot maker Boston Dynamics

Well someone is going to do it! See the last line of the article!

Google to sell robot maker Boston Dynamics — FT.com

Monday, March 14, 2016

Brazilians take to the streets in anti-government protests — FT.com

Political and economic reform of India, China and South America a theme of my blog for over 10 yrs.




“It’s a historic day, a day when we show that we will no longer accept the disrespect and totalitarianism of a government that cares more about power than the people,”

Brazilians take to the streets in anti-government protests — FT.com




The lack of transparency and accountability shows that even an imperfect democracy gives more weight to action, so China needs to watch out too #Totalitarianism

UK investors back away from Scots property — FT.com

Scotland in decline. The UK euro referendum adds to the doubt and then whatever follows but the real issues is, does the SNP know what its doing and is it going to pay for what Scotland needs? Revisit in 2020!

UK investors back away from Scots property — FT.com

The end of the Chinese miracle - The Lewis turning point!

The import of cheap labour from Vietnam, the migration back to the countryside without any welfare for those surplus to the supply and demand imbalance.




We will have to see how this pans out by 2020.




The end of the Chinese miracle | FT Features - YouTube


Thursday, March 10, 2016

Comeback kid: Irish GDP up 9.2% on year in Q4 — FT.com

Incredible!




Comeback kid: Irish GDP up 9.2% on year in Q4 — FT.com

Irish economy grows at 7.8% in 2015 — FT.com

Having seen Enda Kenny talk at Davos earlier this year I was taken by his direct and honest approach and yet even with this news expected he still lost the election. Interesting!

Irish economy grows at 7.8% in 2015 — FT.com

Wednesday, March 09, 2016

BBC News - Why do so many people still lack access to a toilet?

Good reminder on an issue I follow closely, water!




BBC News - Why do so many people still lack access to a toilet?




www.wateraid.org




"Where is the Outrage!"

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-aY2EU_O7_g


Monday, March 07, 2016

Oil rises above $40 a barrel as rally extends — FT.com

Uh right? Russia and Saudi deal, china and the world heading where?




Oil rises above $40 a barrel as rally extends — FT.com

Thursday, March 03, 2016

USA president - Why is everyone getting so excited!

The amount of anti this and anti that in the world is like wafting a smouldering fire IMHO.


If the anyone stops and thinks:


1. The American people are not stupid.
2. Democracy is there to allow people to decide.
3. Free speech should be exactly that.
4. What is a president likely to do on their own?


Hilary Clinton is probably the most experienced candidate to stand for president, with her roles in the white house and more widely since 1993 ie over 20years.


American wanted and needed a black president and they got one. America wants and needs a Lady president, they will get one.


Hilary is likely to walk into the job. Now what are the American people going to do about fixing their society and economy, their outlook on the world and the way the world looks in on them.


Why all the fuss, its a job that only the people, the leaders of organisations can do, the politician need to finish the icing on the cake, its not difficult they will have thousands of great people working for them and all the expertise they need to make the simple decisions daily.


After all look what went before and where they came from:
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_Presidents_of_the_United_States_by_previous_experience



Wednesday, March 02, 2016

What Brexit means for the UK economy

Hold on to your hat!!




What Brexit means for the UK economy - FT.com#axzz41ZkuJyak#axzz41ZkuJyak#axzz41ZkuJyak




some good video of the debate from both sides> https://next.ft.com/stream/topicsId/NDdiMzAyNzctMTRlMy00Zjk1LWEyZjYtYmYwZWIwYWU2NzAy-VG9waWNz


Tuesday, March 01, 2016

The Great Land Rush

Really pleased to get the email and see the FT pushing this message




The Great Land Rush




A global race has begun for one of the world’s most precious resources - land. Big investors are pouring in billions. They promise progress. But their arrival can upend livelihoods - and spark life-and-death struggles. FT correspondents report from Ethiopia, Myanmar and Indonesia. With support from the Pulitzer Center on Crisis Reporting.

China’s state-owned zombie economy - FT.com

Capacity and planning, never leave the issue to just one or a few decision makers. OMG!!




Laying off 6M workers, that's tragic and painful!




Political and economic reform has been a long time coming!




China’s state-owned zombie economy - FT.com