|we share the concern of futureoflife.org - technology has accelerated to the stage where life could thrive everywhere at the same time or self destruct-those expert in computing tell us this race began in 2 labs 1959 mit, 2 years later at stanford - 60 yars of neither party in dc understanding this race is quite sad|
.let's see if it is possible to transform washington dc after nov 4 back to the high spirited days when people believed if americans could land in the moon, the no mission would be worldwide impossible for youth networks of the new machine intel age -what my dad norman macrae journalised as telecommuting and entrepreneurial revolution at the economist
a few questions
does it let you see the conversation on ai-artificial intel - for agriculture sdgs or does it require you to join the community?
if it requires joining - this is free, takes about 10 minutes but is worth at least one associate tech member joining imo as well as students concerned with humanising ai as the most urgent sdg related tool any youthful entrepreneur can connect scale round as we race post covid and hopefully out of trump bullying
this is a community group around singularity uni at mountain view which is run by the founder of xprize who is also sponsoring various projects at the un/itu #aiforgood - those of us who admired the free university work of taddy blecher out of s africa may wish to know singularity is now his main global platform
there are several latin am people currently active in this community- bookmark above clicks to the sort of text footnoted on a project in colombia- while i am not sure if this project has an evident win-win with your work , i do strongly ask friends at spanish or latin culture speaking american universities to form a friendship with someone in colombia which many people are saying is becoming smartest at helping youth connect good ai around the world- that might be an over generalisation but colombia's current president is helping lead ai and recently bogota became the first hub in latin america to be linked to world economic forum industrial revolution 4 which is one of the fastest moving parts of weforum during covid era- also over at the lse, ana torres the colombian who joined the organisation of american states in dc 10 years ago to hub continent wide youth entrepreneur competitions now hosts the extraordinary youth entrepreneur world cup which handled 100000 serious entries during the first covid annual competition https://platform.entrepreneurshipworldcup.com/display/EV
i am linkedin to the board level organiser of ai at world economic forum if we can think of the right sort of question to converse with her
chris macrae +1 240 316 8157 launching new washington dc from nov 4 DC2021.com
footnote singularity members mail introducing colombia ai for agri
Carlos joins us from Bogota, Colombia where he is the co-founder and COO of Cultivando Futuro SAS, an organization that is mapping the farming and agricultural sector in Colombia.
Carlos, along with his two co-founders, have been working on the project for seven years. Carlos attended our Singularity University GSP program in 2015 on a scholarship supported by Socialab through a Global Impact Challenge.
Cultivando Futuro has mapped over 3200 farmers in Colombia. This includes not only mapping the location of the farms and the produce they grow, but information about the farmers themselves, such as how many family members they support to the infrastructure and services they have on their farms (ranging from everything from access to irrigation piping to toilets to financial services to smartphones.)
All of this information is aggregated into visual dashboards, where in a few minutes, the viewer can have an understanding of the challenges and opportunities of the rural communities that are mapped.
The data on the Dashboards can be used in a number of ways, from connecting farmers to the people who will buy their produce, to helping the government understand how to make policy decisions that will support farmers, to helping farmers access services. Cultivando Futuro is currently supporting the Ministry of Agriculture of Colombia with their data and is formulating a project with the International Center for Tropical Agriculture (CIAT) to help farmers decide what they should plant and when, using AI voice recognition technology applied to phone calls.
Most recently, during the pandemic, they have also been able to publish information on when certain farmers will have produce ready, including specific amounts and at specific times. This helps with managing the overall food supply chain in Colombia during this time of uncertainty.
Earlier this week I caught up with Carlos over a video call to learn more about his work.
When I asked him about the major challenges he has faced, he mentioned one of them was simply the amount of time and years it has taken them to become a technology team that is also an expert in agriculture. For example, in order to gain insights about how data and communication tools could promote fair trade in developing countries where a conventional marketplace doesn’t guarantee successful transactions, they set up their own agricultural warehouse to understand how technology could help.
Another challenge is that because Cultivando Futuro is one of the first groups to digitize agricultural information in Colombia, there are so many different uses for the data it is hard to know where to start. It can be challenging to figure out which services they pursue first, or if they should try to build several at the same time. This also relates to which business model they hone in on.
In addition, Carlos also mentioned that it is challenging to help people understand how once they have the data, it can not only be used in many different ways, but is building a foundation for many future uses of the data. For example once the data is in place, one can also work with artificial intelligence, drones, sensors and Iot technologies. Carlos and his team face the constant challenges of trying to help farmers address their immediate needs, but also think about what they are building for the future. (In my experience, this is actually a common challenge for many SU alumni and community members as the nature of exponential technologies is disruptive - it changes how the world works on multiple levels and across multiple industries, and, over time.)
In addition to his work with Cultivando Futuro, Carlos also tries to help others. As we were wrapping up our call, Carlos was preparing to hop on another call as a mentor to young people working on agtech innovations in Indonesia. He does this through his role as an Ambassador with the Thought For Food Community. He said that mentoring goes both ways - although he is a mentor he also learns a great deal - and that it is interesting for him to talk to agtech innovators in other countries as it also helps him think about common principles and how Cultivando Futuro might scale their platform globally in the future.
I asked Carlos how this community could help him and he mentioned that he is seeking both agtech mentors and technology mentors (especially developers) and that they are also seeking grants and alliances to be able to experiment with building new functions on their platform.
Carlos recently joined our community, and you can connect directly with him here or in the comments section.
diary from 11/3/2020
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Thursday, December 24, 2009
all of yunus literature to 2005 focused on this social business system design model, and most of book 1 on social business did; but for some reason he now wants to call global social business the standard SB model
this is confusing to outsiders because the economics of the original SB model and the economics of collaboration partnerships have nothing in common except in as far as being grounded on CP1's channels and hubs that represent the poorest the way that 33 years of Bangladesh community building was built
JUST IN TIME COMMUNICATIONS RESEARCH
Fortunately a london team led by sofia http://londoncreativelabs.com/ http://sbworld.tv , chris http://worldclassbrands.tv/ http://trilliondollaraudit.com/ and tav and mark were the last group to do 10 hours of video filming of grameen leaders (the day before the opening of the nobel museum in mirpur summer 2008) while they still talked Micro SB - see eg http://yunus10000.com/ or ask for transcripts of you will explain your need
meanwhile we will interview as many of the first 100 global social business alumni as possible- and try and clarify when they are sb modeling micro and when they are modeling sbglobal; and we also invite world t help us animate dialogues around the biggest job creation topics than can be played now that collaboration is the new source of innovation as well as the greatest risk of all if you partner a system whose lack of conflict auditing is about to value multiply everything by zero - think wall street or think dotcoms for chain reactions of zerosiations where decent communities and hard working people were put in harms way- loss of sustainability always hits the most innocent forts; ironically if we dont resolve climate crisis the 100 million people who gave the world social business modeling will be drowned first
Monday, December 21, 2009
1976 grameen project starts with 4 people including Dr Yunus and the only woman co-founder Mrs Begum
it is soon clear that before women can profit from loans they need to communally support each other and share health knowledge particularly since the average health is very poor - illiterate village woman close to starvation were in 1970s still expected to breed about 8 children, with 2 likely to be lost in infanthood to diarrhea -ironically curable given simple knowhow of the right mix of sugar, salts and clean water; smaller familiies and 60 village women communities looking after each other were the core design that grameen village centre banking chose
in those days village women did not exit their homes when strangers were in the village and only women could knock on their doors; so dr yunus often sat in the middle of the village surrounded by childrem; he soon noted most were night blind; this started grameen banks first nutritional social business service - cartoot seeds which it members bought in tiny one cent packets making grameen bank also the largest seeds reatiler in the country!
next came the need for the lowest cost safe home - constructed round as a hut with monsooon proof roof, cyclone proof pilars and a pit latrine- about 700,000 housing loans only for this safe family dweilling have been made by grameen, and the design soom got an aga khan prize for architecture
it wasnt until 1992 that a specific health diagnostics branch of grameen was founded http://www.grameenkalyan.org/
it should be noted that the other great Bangladeshi social entreprise network BRAC was the earliest in to rural-wide training of oral rehydration and this also became the platform for informal door to door saleswomen of basic medicines themselves microfinabced by BRAC
in these ways by the early 1990s, the foundations of the world's most economical micro up rural health systems had been developed; but in grameen's case it wasn't until winning the Nobel Prize and forming the first global grameen corporate brand partnership with the French Global brand company Danone that worldwide collaboration partners in heath could be easily searched, and Global Grameen could aim to be world's number 1 brand by 2015
Wednesday, November 25, 2009
the way collaboration partnering in sustainability works is simplest seen by example -
CP9: Glasgow Caledonian university (a Yunus Centre partner) that happens to train uk national health service nurses and will loan DR Yunus some trainers (since Glasgow's stimulus of this whole series of collaboration partnering, that dates back to Novemeber 2008 and has included a social business chair of wellbeing, other universities have joined in including Emory with its elearning capabilities)
CP2: Nike Foundation who have branded girl power as their position and so made a natural fit for yunus with 5 million dollars of funds which they announced at clinton global 2009 –their storytelling side is funded in part by the buffett's family foundation Novo (100 mn announcement - further notes 1
Girl Power Kit includes various microfinance programs
CP8: the corporate Saudi German hospitals which Yunus has a social business partnership to build hospital
(the free university model which basically trains girls from the village for free in dhaka if they go back to be rural nurses - the free Uni idea of this may first have emerged from CIDA S.Africa CP12)
CP1 Grameen's micro up channels in the village that need nurses particularly his health insurance group grameen Kalyan which began its social business model in 1992 but hasn’t yet gone nationwide because of lack of nurses; also his 40000 or so scholarships of Grameen Shikkha that keep mainly girls in secondary schools who can start learning ing with the village nurses and be motivated to then go to dhaka to become curses
this is also part of his bigger plans of dhaka as a free uni health city; whilst a commercial summit a wing of http://worldcongress.com has emerged for CP3 a festival of extremely affordable healthcare projects ; and grameen america has huntered out several healtcare partners
and technology's new freedoms to empower health care - grameen intel first project is on mobile data to minimise matermity deaths
see how collaboration across typologies provides an innovation that no single typology can imagine realising
in particular this should expose macro intergovernment systems like unicef and other global aid funds to face up to microeconomics and netgen realities that without ending nurseless villages not much of the rest of their health aid every trickles down or connects across operations that are siloised, whereas economical/essential healthcare services needs to be empower through communities and interface many organisations
when healthcare is developed from bottom-up foundations, very different ideas emerge - eg that health practice curricula should be part of schooling in developing and other worlds so chldren can choose if this is a job plentiful skill they want to flow into, as well as help wellbeing and prevention of illnesses as a valuable social networking activity
it is worth noting that when Dr Yunus won the Nobel prize he saw health partnerships worldwide as the biggest new opportunity; his alliance with the socially responsible pop group (Cp12) http://thegreenchildren.org fundraised for 2 replications of (Cp1) of the Indian SB Aravind that ends needless blindness; two grameen bookmarks on healtcare worth tracking are 1 2 -ad is this description of Grameen BASF
related resources of girl power : girl effect
Out May 2010 Dr Yunus new book provides whole chapter on Grameen partnership with Cure2Children - social business aimed at helping reduce the impact of Thalassemia on chldren.
The log on the work to be coordinated by Glasgow Cal's social business professor Cam Donaldson and other partnerships strongly supported by Glasgow Cal's Vice Chancellor Pamela Gillies is another book -and worldwide - highlight:
Glasgow is a historic city with a highly diverse population. It is
also a city with significant social and economic problems. Often described
as "postindustrial" Glasgow has suffered from the exodus of
many companies that once provided livelihoods for thousands of families.
And like many cities (for example, those in America's so-called
Rust tselt states of the Upper Midwest), it is struggling to find its people
new employment opportunities in twenty-first-century industries.
These economic woes have had a significant social impact-for example,
in the area of health. Glasgow suffers from some of the greatest
wellness disparities in Europe. There are particular neighborhoods
in the ciry where the average life expectancy for a male is over eighty
while in others it is stuck in the fifties.
In the midst of this great but troubled city Glasgow Caledonian
University has long been dedicated not just to the pursuit of knowledge
but to the betterment of the human condition. The university's
motto is "For the Common'Weal" where "weal" is the traditional
Scottish word for "welfare." So it's not surprising that the university's
vice chancellor, Pamela Gillies, became intrigued by the concept of social
business and contacted Grameen Bank to learn how this new idea
might benefit the people of Glasgow.
A series of fruitful meetings and conversations followed, and the
result is a collection of initiatives that illustrate how a university can
help spread and develop a new approach to society's ills.
First, the university decided to create the Grameen Caledonian Creative
Lab, based in its Institute of Health and Wellbeing. The lab,
which will officially begin its work in the spring of 2010, will house
the new Yunus Centre for Social Business and Health. The center will
be headed by a newly appointed Yunus Professor, Cam Donaldson, a
respected academic with an unusual and very appropriate background-
he is an economist who formerly directed an institute for the
study of health and society within the business school at the University
of Newcastle in England. Thus, he can bring together perspectives
from all these areas-health, economics, and business-in developing,
implementing, and testing new social business ideas.
Second, the university invited Grameen Bank to collaborate with it
in an innovative experiment with the impact of social business. using
Glasgow's run-down Sight Hill neighborhood as a laboratory,
Grameen and the university will work together to create a microcredit
program tailored to local needs and culture. My associate, Dr. H. I.
Latifee, has already visited Glasgow and is preparing a set of detailed
plans for the launch of this new branch of Grameen Bank for some
time in 201,0.
It s exciting is that this new Grameen program will be the subject
of a long-term, detailed study by researchers from the university
(and perhaps from other institutions in Glasgow and elsewhere in
scotland) into the social and economic effect of microcredit. The special
emphasis will be on health impacts. over a period of ten years, the
researchers will begin by examining such quesrions as: Do the families
of Grameen borrowers have improved health conditions over time?
Do they suffer from fewer disabilities, chronic conditions, and lifethreatening
illnesses? Is there an impact on life expectancies? Are infant
mortality rates and serious childhood diseases affected? How do
mental health indicators respond?
The hope is that this study, the first of its kind, will demonstrate a
strong connection between public health and the availability of microcredit.
If so, it will constitute a strong argument for including microcredit-
and perhaps social business in general-in the list of tools
to be deployed by governments and social service organizations that
are trying to enhance the development prospects of countries, regions,
It's remarkable that this groundbreaking study will be taking place
in Glasgow, the ciry where Adam Smith taught ,,moral philosophy"
and wrote his epochal book on free markets, The 'Wealth of Nations.
Perhaps this same city will now play a central role in advancing the
next stage of development of the capitalist system-a stage I believe
Smith, with his deep concern for the welfare of society and his trust in
the power of "sympathy" among human beings to produce moral behaviors,
would have understood and supported.
Finally, Glasgow Caledonian University is also partnering with
Grameen on a social business project aimed at enhancing health care
in Bangladesh. As of early 2010, Professor Barbara Parfitt of the university's
nursing school is in Bangladesh inaugurating a new pre-nursing
program for local young women. Within the next two years, a
full-fledged college-level nursing program will be created under the
name of the University College for Nursing and Midwifery in
Bangladesh. This school will begin turning out a steady stream of
nurses for underserved areas of Bangladesh. Our plan is to guarantee
these graduates jobs working in one of the health clinics we will be
opening around the country; they'll be paid a competitive salary that
will cover both living expenses and the cost of repaying their student
loans. This will help make nursing an attractive profession for more
young Bangladeshis and make nursing college more affordable for students
from poor families.
As you can see, through Glasgow Caledonian University the people
of Bangladesh and the people of Scotland are about to enter into a
multifaceted, two-way partnership-for the benefit of both. I believe
that, in time, we will expand our partnership to include other forms of
social business, with the university providing intellectual-leadership
and the research to validate the benefits being produced. The university's
pro vice chancellor, Mike Smith, shares my excitement. "Our
project with Grameen," he says, "has the potential to produce insights
and approaches that may be significant not just for Glasgow or for
Scotland but for all of Europe."