sad fall 2021
HAPPY EASTER 2021 - join in 60th annual debate started by jf kennedy on what can english speaking worl learn from japan and asia rising
YOURS ai wash dc glasgow

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we share the concern of - 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
our 1984 book the 2025 report fotecast 3 languages would be essential for 21st c children to design a sdg world in which 7.5+ billion lives mattered
mother tongue
english or chinese- most of the world's science being originally published in english but most needed for the fifth of the world who are chinese to develop up to at least a third of the income of an american by 2025; we also predicted that by 2025 artificial intel would start to translate languages so the first two mattered most coding and mother tongue to mother natures diversity; it would probably become less valuable to study a second language unless you did up to mother tongue levels- tose speaking 2 mother tongues would make the millennial worlds most joyful cultural ambassadors and e-marketers because loving 2 peoples is the gateway to loving many peoples.
here is a sneak example of the type of community we hope will beam down hope to dc -we are firstly looking at american intl schools where students are bilingual and interested in coding -can the dreams of the sdg generation everywhere rise as we go post covid? why not if we celebrate such brilliant humansai labs as stanford's here, or projects like that below which silicon valley's singularity u gravitates from optimistic students and teachers the world wide?

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

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
footnote singularity members mail introducing colombia ai for agri

For this week’s Impact Spotlight, I would like to highlight the work of Carlos Castellanos and Cultivando Futuro SAS.

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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DC diary before 11/3/2020
blog 1661.w0rld
file note summer 2020 when you take into account biden's age it now looks odds on kamala harris will be first woman president before jan 2025
- what notes can we make 1 on roots of president harris

happiness' greatest english language speaker of 2020 ... more
- in 1760s adam smith became the epicentre for mediating 3 of the most impactful questions on human development (ie livesmatter) which may also determine whether we the peoples apply the 2020s to sustaining or ending our species by 2100-see un sdgs
1 how will machines be shared around the world-smith's colleague at glasgow u had become world's first engineer
2 what conditions determine whether markets compound goodwill or badwill
3 what system faults in english education system need transformation if lives are to matter everywhere
smith was in the right time and place to debate these emerging systems versus others he studied including nature and health, languages cultures and faiths as ethical systems because scotland was 50 years into be colonised by london; london/england had become dominant across old and new worlds through having the biggest warships controlling the seas, english having become the main language for publishing science, how the first global monetary/trading system evolved; 50 years before smith's publications scotland had become a colony of england- it was to suffer such disadvantages as people thinning as scottish land owners became ordered/taxed by london- sheep were to be seen as quarterly more profitable than humans- my family tree traces back to the pastor of the church on the isle or arran- every sunday the peoples sat in a circle- my 3 times great grandad's main job in the 1840s was to negotiate with landowners money so that people could emigrate-this is how scotland became a majority diaspora nation within the first century of adam smith's published works; in 1843 a diaspora scit james wilson had become a member of parliament with the aim of firing the majority of mps who had become sponsored by big vested interests; james launched the economist to help reform parliament and he started the debate with queen victoria- instead of slave-making empire could royals preside over commonwealth- if we diaspora scots have a unique value it concerns searching for empowerment not powering over

adam smith alumni choice of top 50 sdg connectors and top 500 cases by tech -nb tech world started up 1760 glasgow U by adam smith and first engineer james watt- there has always been a crisis of translation between the english and their first colony to app engines -for moore ask which quarter of century do you want to search

top 50 sdg connectors> deeptech cases>..fintech cases>..edutech cases>..other tech cases>..
>fazle abed..>borlaug/food prize laureates..>bkash as 7th piece in brac finance for porest..>new tech uni glasgow year 260..>
>lee kuan yew/mahbubani..>ai food last 3 years emmanuel faber danone..>alipay and antfinance..>new tech uni stanford c150..>
>borlaug/food prize laureates..>attenborough only 60 year diversity tv anchor..>cases un>mit tech uni c130..>..
>.e pakistan cholera lab laureates including barefoot chinese medics and james grant .>village mothers para health servants-rural keynesianism since 1975.>bcorpsdanone maifesto ventures..> asean uni singapore>..
>.larry brilliant.>..>..>first search new uni coalitions starts with brac uni and china/schwarzman..>..
thurgood marshall
>..>..>connectivity sdg uni un..>..
>roosevelt/kennedy>..>..>africas virtual free uni collab..>..
>royal families of japan, netherlands , uk>..>..>..preschool playlabs>..
akio morita/founder toyota/abdul latif
mass & hanson robotics
negrppronte & joi ito
>..>..>informal primary adaptation montessori/paulo freire..>..
>..gordon moore/craig barrett>..>..>missing curricula of peer to peer- eg peer to peer health from age 10 up..>..
>guterres & ban-ki moon>..>..>girls apprentice clubs 13 up..>..
>.kobe bryant.>..>..>different practice specifi bridges to uni -eg hi tech hi, coding schools -replace classroom with blended team projects and virtual..>..
>gates>..>..>vip kid - best language coaching worldwide..>..
>berners lee and torvaulds>..>..>.dual language schools - optimising service learning.>..
>bezos and j ma>..>..>.refugeee edu educationcannotwait, educationaboveall.>..
>quadir family mobile for poorest>..>..>..>..
>p ma wechat/whatsapp>..>..>..>..
>serge brin and kai fu lee>..>..>..>..
>jerry yang & steve case>..>..>..>..
>dubai edu summit coordinators eg varkey &>..>..>..>..
>sheika moza and qatar edu summits>..>..>..>..
>abe & klaus schwab 5-place ir4 revolution geneva san fran tokyo beijing delhi>..>..>..>..
>elon musk..>..>..>..>..
>li ka-shing..>..>..>..>..
>..joko widodo
paul kagame
father and daughter jin
>.mr and mrs stanford
clara barton and florence nightingale
gandhi and mandela
montessori & paulo freire
pope and st francis
keynes and adam smith.
>thorkil sonne autism lives matter..>..>..>..>..
>..rosalind picard - 5 sense genii - human & machine>..>..>..>..
.....united nations at 75 - can markets be designed to sustain our species - we explore this question through seven 5 point unnovation networks inspired by listening to some of the world's most extraordnary heroines and heroes of poverty alleviation - special thanks to the late great fazle abed 1 2 3 and his friends who welcomed us to bangladesh on 15 occasions between 2007 and 2018

5 livesmatter bottom up markets shelf; 5 top-down markets that 2020s need to value younger half of world

5 exponemtial solutions that emerged un years 1-15 - 5factor target practice of sdgs

how bottom up marketers integrate global values- 5es of microfranchising; 5 vs of place mapping

leaping ahead of moores laws 100 times more machine analytical intel 5g 2020s 1g 1980s

SHELF bottom up INTEGRATION UNITING NATIONS 2021now transformation of top-down- valuing younger half of world 2020s as first sdg generation


resilience of community to nature

last mile health services

personal safety in community all lives matter

Borderless good relations -life critical knowhow flows


Types of health and nutrition local services needed so no mum or child dies through lack of basic care

connecting world immunologists and epidemiologists

health as missing peer to peer edu curricululum from 4th grade pre-adolescence up

EDUCATION ilivelihood skills

age of humanising machine and personal connections

lifelong including interruotions eg refugees, family crises

at pre-school

at primry

through adolescence /many need apprenticeships or community learning not closed classrooms

college for lifelong teaching and studying- era when half of most valuable knowhow changes every 5 years and is opposite of disciplianry or cultural silos


servant leaders and professions are embedded in communities, resolving systemiv breakdowns- this cant be done top-down; the worst constititution in 21st c is the perfect one when horse was fastest way to communicate

before 5g to 0g decades - the Economist hosted dialogue on entreprenurial revolution if future lives matter - redesign every system to valuing sme netwrks not large organisations


examples of tranformed finance thanks to blending digital unga75 peoples money

by 1960 5 extraordinary solutions looked ready for exponentilly risinghuman progress mapping 5 gravitaional factors if you find 17 sdgs too many to recall or interact
e1=EFFECTIVE e2 -EFFICIENT e3=expandable to any community in need e4=electrification e5= e- aka digital V1=one VILLAGE v2=200k villages national global worldwide real & virtual

letterfrom america 2020 -sadly our peoples are up the creek in deep shit- how come US lost peoples' trust world class nations trade on? neither media, nor educators nor politicians value:


Wednesday, November 25, 2009

Multiplier Case of End Nurseless Villages aka Grameen Nurse Institute

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 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) 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,

and municipalities.

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."


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