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

Monday, February 23, 2015

Free Lunch: Four misperceptions about Greece - FT.com

This gives a good analysis of perceptions and a good graphic of their timeline:

Free Lunch: Four misperceptions about Greece - FT.com




the Guardian back up some of the issues http://www.theguardian.com/business/2015/feb/18/will-greece-creditors-choose-ease-up-austerity

Wednesday, February 18, 2015

Generation Y & The Social Entrepreneurship Revolution

Generation Y & The Social Entrepreneurship Revolution

Sundance Institute Short Film Challenge

Sundance Institute Short Film Challenge must revisit this for the entries towards the Gates partnership films among others!

Saturday, February 14, 2015

From 2000 to 2015 onwards to 2030!

I share this little narrative as I did on facebook to counter an individual who was using the GFC and the inequality debate as an excuse to sit on his butt and do nothing and say that nothing will happen because nothing has ever happened, its just us and them. Self fulfilling terms with the usual sprinkle of truth and lies.


Enjoy my response:


Stories and narrative, long or short, have their elements of truth and lie, Lacan show us that in the way we use signifiers for the signified to create a symbolic order that justifies our stance consciously or unconsciously. Zizek being a Lacanian illustrates that so well in terms of todays symbolic order which needs to change and evolve as it always does https://www.thersa.org/discover/videos/rsa-animate/2010/08/rsa-animate---first-as-tragedy-then-as-farce-/ for sure the means by which people are excluded and held down is by lack of choices Poverty is that place where there are no choices and creates alienation http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/p02h7dlv existence is hand to mouth and the total consumption of what they have today leaving nothing for tomorrow is poverty. Extreme poverty, in the absence of clean water and sanitation then along with other disease their existence is constrained, with the development of a health system the doctors benefit first but people and especially children are lifted. If they have a school the teachers get paid first but children might might get through education if health allows, that creates their first opportunity to expand their choice of work and trade, to lift themselves and their families and they move beyond those left/kept behind. Developmental practitioners and economist know well from past and present histories, that the more the foundation can be laid down the more it can be built on. Those things that were hand to mouth become physical infrastructure, be they sanitation, roads, clinics or schools, once built they do not need to be funded to be built again, the wealth of that community is that foundation. The ability to use that hand up, not hand out, creates positive opportunities and people lift themselves. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QKoG5hm0yqA&list=PLzW0Ub5HJkzSTE9sFeuv6n0ONCHahO03t When inspired and driven for their families and communities they keep going. Wealth and poverty as concepts are well understood, the evolving story is about the best people ensuring that justice applies and reapplies to develop what people want. Failed systems from failed people are about power and exploitation, influence and regulation, freedom and choice evolves, always has always will. Choice made can be productive, can be destructive, communities work it out when to go for pain and when to go for gain. Dealing with the corrupt individuals and power mongers has always been the priority https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=w11MgCkrvE4 That rare commodity of common sense is a key resource everywhere, a lens on the priorities is no long just the choice of those in power, information, inclusion and physical enablement sees to that. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lYpX4l2UeZg So #action2015 and www.beyond2015.org is an unpredicatable road but those that make it happen http://sustainabledevelopment.un.org/focussdgs.html will make it happen www.zeropoverty2030.org

Thursday, February 12, 2015

Bio for supporting International development and poverty eradication

As its #action2015 and #election2015 this year, there are big plans ahead and I've been invited to be submitted as a candidate for a few activities in support of international development this year. As a result I've had reason to revisit my bio of the last few years in this area, roll on 2015! #action2015 and #election2015:
 
Westminster:
https://www.concern.net/en/news-blog/petition-downing-street
https://www.flickr.com/photos/enoughfoodif/10555606126/in/photostream/ (I was the one with the mask and blue tie, half way down the I in IF)
LBL:
http://www.fulstonmanor.kent.sch.uk/news/?pid=702&nid=9&storyid=186
TV:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=b4dN2Dom--E (16min14sec in)
so thanks for that! Quite a list but still doesn't match the impact of my brother and life saving: http://www.king5.com/story/news/health/childrens-healthlink/2014/08/01/12977872/

Wednesday, February 11, 2015

Apple at world record $700Bn valuation as Google starts to wonder and MSFT appears to be turning!

Apple hits a new record, the first company ever to be valued at $700Bn!!!!!!!!
A touch of inflation and market exuberance but all credit to their innovation and hard work BUT its a long way from the day I remember when Bill decided that MSFT should step in and help save them from going under, as part of SteveJ return and new plans after their CEO ousting disaster (video1) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WxOp5mBY9IY with $250M MSFT investment plus some!
Yes in part coz Eric Sc...hmidt then at Novell, then at Netscape along with Scott McNally at SUN and Larry Ellison at Oracle spent millions and years lobbying if not paying the DOJ to fix (FIX!!) the market and go after the leader then, MSFT, of course the market didn't need that, as we've seen with the burgeoning internet players and massive development of sw mkt.
This 6 minutes of history (video2) is well worth watching > https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=37VaLvjw-3s what we will see next is the DOJ going after Apple in part coz google seem to be losing their grip with Android, of course Schmidt is there again. APPLE is now worth more than Google and MSFT combined. Id love to know what Satya Nadella is doing right now, I know Microsoft is back in the ascendence these days with everything from Azure, Xbox and HoloLens mind you only months after google glass was pulled so you have to wonder!!


HOWEVER....


The great thing about Apple is while their share price has boomed because they have announced they will return a big chunk of their cash pile to their shareholders, they also understand some of the mega issues now and ahead: " ..However, he said that any cash returns would come only after investing in research and development, making acquisitions, expanding its stores and maintaining its infrastructure..>>the best bit>>>>.... Apple announced an $850m investment to build a 1,300-acre solar-power farm in California that Mr Cook said would provide renewable energy for its new campus, other offices and retail stores in the state. “We are doing this because it’s right to do,” he said, but added that it would also create “very significant savings” in Apple’s energy costs."
http://www.ft.com/cms/s/0/434a310e-b16e-11e4-831b-00144feab7de.html#axzz3RQnHzI6z