Monday, June 27, 2016

2020 vision!? Visual acuity - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

I always wondered why they called it that.




Visual acuity - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia




With the UK next big vote set for 2020, there might be one before, it seems more appropriate than ever. And by then we will only be ten years from 2030, how exciting www.globalgoals.org


EU and Breixt: chatter to morph, action to morph ahead of it. Roll on 2020

Leave voters: Surprised', 'anxious' and 'pleased' - BBC News




http://www.theguardian.com/global-development-professionals-network/2016/jun/26/brexit-was-a-backlash-against-globalisation-the-poorest-are-being-left-behind-everywhere




http://www.theguardian.com/global-development-professionals-network/2016/jun/26/brexit-was-a-backlash-against-globalisation-the-poorest-are-being-left-behind-everywhere




Come back in 2 and 5 yrs time!

Thursday, June 23, 2016

Brexit fears turn Mexico into new EM whipping boy

Turbulance no doubt either way but will the financial system punish other countries for brexit? Is that global justice?

Brexit fears turn Mexico into new EM whipping boy




and the overnight prep for turbulence, who presses which button http://www.ft.com/cms/s/2/91c9de4c-387c-11e6-a780-b48ed7b6126f.html#axzz4CJfyQahB


The odds of 10/1 brexit remind me of the odds given for a majority at the last election, people should have taken the puint!

The end of products, the end of ownership. Is this the future of business circular? | World Economic Forum

The Internet of Things (IoT) mentioned in the context of the circular economy is an interesting mix for the future!




The end of products, the end of ownership. Is this the future of business circular? | World Economic Forum

Friday, June 17, 2016

Lunch with the FT: Adair Turner - FT.com#axzz4BqSEtGLR

A good read from EU to China, from Nigeria to Japan. His gyrations over time are interesting!




Lunch with the FT: Adair Turner - FT.com#axzz4BqSEtGLR




Him and Ken Clark with Gisela Stuart and Frank Field would make for a very interesting discussion group!

Wednesday, June 08, 2016

Brexit

The video section here is quite useful. See lower right hand side!







Brexit

Painful choices still hang over Greece - FT.com#axzz4AnJvmypQ#axzz4AnJvmypQ

Contagion post Greek, Irish bail outs seems to have been averted for Portugal, Spain and Italy, but has it and at who's expense?







Ive no idea how this impacts on the Brexit issue and the credibility of the EU and Euro but it certainly looks like a matter of time before some camp or other comes clean!


"Meanwhile, the IMF has to decide on its own position. It has now thrown down the gauntlet to the eurozone. Germany wants the IMF in, but not the IMF’s demands on debt. So Berlin must choose. If the IMF does not get the concessions it seeks, it is honour bound to withdraw from the Greek mess. It should do so. It might be unable to save Greece. But it can at least save itself."




Painful choices still hang over Greece - FT.com#axzz4AnJvmypQ#axzz4AnJvmypQ

Monday, June 06, 2016

Brexit poll spurs UK market anxiety - FT.com#axzz4AnJvmypQ

Oh dear, follow the money or follow the people!

Short term or long term, who wins either way?




Brexit poll spurs UK market anxiety - FT.com#axzz4AnJvmypQ






"A twin poll lead for Brexit campaigners heightened financial market anxiety on Monday, as currency volatility intensified and investors sought government debt ahead of the referendum on June 23."





“Were Brexit to occur we see a real risk of a sterling crisis against the backdrop of twin fiscal and current account deficits,” said Mark Dowding, co-head of investment grade debt at BlueBay Asset Management.

Tuesday, May 31, 2016

Christine Lagarde’s response to the Wetherspoon beer mats - FT.com#axzz4AF4mnp6f

I think the last three weeks of the referendum are going to get interesting! see...




Christine Lagarde’s response to the Wetherspoon beer mats - FT.com#axzz4AF4mnp6f




I still want to be an "in" but the arguments either side haven't been great, forecasts being just that.

Immigration and economics are not the big issues for the UK in my mind, political competence and especially accountability are and two even minded politicians I draw on for this include Gisela Stuart MP and Frank Field MP:

https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=FjBkLZN151w and  https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=dzxU3GJz7AE

Wednesday, May 25, 2016

Microsoft to take $950m writedown on smartphone business - FT.com#axzz49T3t0yxL

I was involved way back in 2000 trying to get Steve Balmer interest in mobile moving within the organisation but having worked at Microsoft for 10 yrs and then trying to deal with them from outside it was obvious that his foot soldiers just didn't get it and weren't prepared to be honest about that to him or  others up and down their organisation. Having visited Nokia at that time as well, they were so fixated with Symbian that they just never believed their approach was broken.




I blogged on this way way bak 2005, 2010, just wonder where it goes in the next 5 yrs. Their current phone shows so promise but partnerships and execution will be critical!




Microsoft to take $950m writedown on smartphone business - FT.com#axzz49T3t0yxL

Monday, May 16, 2016

FIN4DEV: Philanthropists can’t eradicate global poverty, but we can make a start | Global Development Professionals Network | The Guardian

Prior to the launch of the SDG's last year the Financing for Development conference in addis adoba pulled much of the work and thinking of many years in this area together. Since then much has been written and started to come together. MOOC's out there from the likes of Coursera cover Fin4Dev they can be found and they should how the wheel can turn when the cogs of all sectors get joined up and put into gear. #Hopeful #SDG #2030




Philanthropists can’t eradicate global poverty, but we can make a start | Global Development Professionals Network | The Guardian

Thursday, May 12, 2016

Sadiq Khan offers new role model for young European Muslims - FT.com

Its a good day for London and a good day for social mobility! London must celebrate Sadiq Khan and we all hope that he provides the leadership for further bold steps in making London proud!




"By voting in Sadiq Khan, the Labour MP for Tooting, the UK capital has provided a much-needed role model for Muslim youth who feel, rightly or wrongly, that they are socially marginalised. Though he is not the only prominent Muslim in the UK, he is the first Muslim mayor of a major western city. The symbolism is important."




Sadiq Khan offers new role model for young European Muslims - FT.com




Will be interesting to see what the European leadership demographic looks like by 2020, 2025 and 2030. I hope Britain and Britain's shows the way!

Wednesday, May 11, 2016

Musk’s Hyperloop dream takes small step towards reality - FT.com

Like I did with #SpaceX and #Tesla following #Hyperloop will be impressive Im sure. Go Elon Musk!




Ive posted earlier comments if you search Hyperloop




Musk’s Hyperloop dream takes small step towards reality - FT.com

Tuesday, May 10, 2016

How Donald Trump has changed the world - FT.com

Clinton will win BUT Is it ordinary people backing him or is it the richer end of the middle classes if not the ultra rich elite?

How Donald Trump has changed the world - FT.com#axzz48FEFh7dY







Themes yes, but what has brought this on? Is it a great trend or was it that no half competent republican stepped forwards knowing they couldn't win, thus left a vacuum for a Trump, Farage, Le Pen, Salmon or Sturgeon to be sucked in. (USA, UK, FR, Scotland, etc). Only time will tell but watching the Ukraine, Austria, Italy, Estonia, Norway and Spain will be interesting in the run up to 2020 regardless of the further inflection from Brexit!




Trump



What are those ideas? I would highlight five. First, a rejection of globalisation and free trade. This, of course, is a theme that Mr Trump shares with Bernie Sanders on the left of the Democratic party. Its influence can already be seen in the way in which Mrs Clinton has backed away from the Trans-Pacific Partnership, a trade deal that she once championed.




The second theme is nationalism, epitomised by Mr Trump’s slogan of “America First”. In Europe, nationalism implies a rejection of the EU. But the global implications of American nationalism are much more serious since the US underpins the whole international security system and issues the world’s reserve currency, the dollar.




A third idea is the embrace of the notion of a “clash of civilisations” between the west and Islam. Even as President George W Bush launched a “war on terror” in 2001, he rejected the idea that the US is at war with Islam itself. Mr Trump, with his talk of temporarily banning all Muslims from entering the US, has essentially embraced the idea of inevitable conflict between the west and the Islamic world.




A fourth theme is a relentless assault on the “elite”, including Washington, Wall Street and the universities. A populist distrust of elites has been a perennial theme in US politics for decades, if not centuries. But growing inequality, immigration and the financial crisis have driven anti-elite rhetoric to new levels. As a New York billionaire, Mr Trump is an unlikely tribune of the common man. But he has played the card effectively during the campaign.


A fifth and related trend is the denunciation of the mainstream media as untrustworthy and an embrace of alternative, conspiratorial narratives that are flourishing on the internet. Mr Trump, for example, has promoted the baseless idea that President Barack Obama was not born in the US. This embrace of conspiracy theories is pernicious for democracy, which requires some agreement on basic facts as the foundation for debate.




Variants of these five trends are also flourishing on the far right in Europe. The governments of Poland and Hungary are in the hands of parties that preach a Trumpian mix of nationalism, fear of Islam, distrust of the “liberal” media and anti-globalism. In France, Mr Le Pen’s daughter, Marine, is likely to make it to the final round of the presidential election in 2017.








How Donald Trump has changed the world - FT.com#axzz48FEFh7dY

Monday, May 09, 2016

A workplace wiki helps teams get to know each other - FT.com#axzz489CZTYqi

In the post web2.0 world its good to see that wiki still get attention and that its not all just social media sucking up the blogs, tags and RSS pillars of the past. Where are we now web3.0 web4.0 I need to check







"A workplace wiki helps teams get to know each other..........




When staff share information about each other it helps them be more productive.............




............“As we continue to grow, we recognise the increased need for deliberate information sharing,” says Ms Matin, as the company now has five offices across North America. “We can’t rely on accidental hallway chatter any more.”

The wiki holds product information and tools. “It gives new hires the essentials they need when they start: who’s who at Shopify, projects on the product road map, and talks that are being livestreamed across the company.”







A workplace wiki helps teams get to know each other - FT.com#axzz489CZTYqi


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