Friday, December 05, 2014

BBC News - Viewpoints: Should foreign aid be spent at home?




This is an old article but reflects the debate in the house today:

BBC News - Viewpoints: Should foreign aid be spent at home?




The fact is we spend more on fizzy drink and pet care than we do trying to help one billion people living in extreme poverty, the $1.25 a day poverty that people in the west cannot imaging.




Lets hope our policians #TurnUpSaveLives









http://www.parliament.uk/business/news/2014/december/commons-private-members-bills-5-december-2014/


http://services.parliament.uk/bills/2014-15/internationaldevelopmentofficialdevelopmentassistancetarget.html


http://www.publications.parliament.uk/pa/bills/cbill/2014-2015/0119/cbill_2014-20150119_en_1.htm






Wednesday, December 03, 2014

climate change temperature interactive past and future comparison.

This will be worth a look 10 and 20 yrs time:


http://www.theguardian.com/environment/interactive/2013/sep/27/climate-change-how-hot-lifetime-interactive

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

A pharmacists visit to africa

I love this blog found via http://www.pharmaceutical-journal.com/career/career-qa/volunteering-as-a-pharmacist-in-tanzania/20067112.article

http://claireliew.blogspot.co.uk

The people on the ground is where so much learning happens.

Monday, November 17, 2014

#BandAid30 - there is never just one story, even with all the learning and histry since #BandAid and few African people would even know of it but have progressed so much themselves!

Great to see this IMHO


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0D2stoT0k0A of course I wasn't blogging then but I would have


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=i1jeiC-JEsI for the dignity of that poor lady I wish the video had opened a little different IMHO #bandaid30 @bandaid30 http://www.bandaid30.com


Its also great to see the debate that is emerging from it:


http://www.channel4.com/news/damon-albarn-band-aid-africa-music-blur-frontman-video


and starting about 22min in on this program > http://www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer/episode/b04sncx3/sunday-morning-live-series-5-episode-18


Also all the other creative efforts which are probably much closer to home and connected to local peoples thoughts and needs! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ruYQY6z3mV8 this is exceptional!!


I just hope the UK artists are as enduring as Bob Geldof on this and related causes!




History if you need it:


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bjQzJAKxTrE Band Aid the original!


http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Live_Aid


https://www.youtube.com/results?q=live+aid Live Aid and Band aid 1984


http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Band_Aid_(band)#Band_Aid_II 1989


http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Band_Aid_(band)#Band_Aid_20 2004


https://www.youtube.com/results?search_query=band+aid+20 2004

Friday, November 14, 2014

MHealth How to close the gender gap? Use technology - Forum:Blog Forum:Blog | The World Economic Forum

This article touches on everything so close to my heart, mind and ventures

How to close the gender gap? Use technology - Forum:Blog Forum:Blog | The World Economic Forum

Thursday, November 13, 2014

Nigerian DR/Patient ebola experience.

This is a truly tremendous read of the experience of Ebola!
http://www.gatesnotes.com/Health/Surviving-Ebola-Dr-Ada-Igonoh?WT.mc_id=11_13_2014_drigonoh_fb&WT.tsrc=Facebook

Tuesday, November 11, 2014

UK perception and reality of tax slend and priorities!

A very interesting read https://yougov.co.uk/news/2014/11/09/public-attitudes-tax-distribution/

World Library of Science

World Library of Science




This is pretty damn amazing from UNESCO!

http://www.nature.com/wls/about

Bill Gates on Intl Development in the inaugural Lords Speaker event.

http://www.parliament.uk/business/news/2014/october/lord-speaker-bill-gates-visit/


The very last question asked at 19:04:00 was tweeted in by me, its on my twitter feed 10/11/2014, I was a little chuffed at that to say the least!

Monday, November 10, 2014

W.I.P. Water app and Deworming

Last week was a good one for me, between all my main work and family commitments I've been lucky enough to initiate a deworming pilot lead by a UK uni and student, should begin feb2015 and be active by May.
We also had our first strategy and trustee board away day, having established a UK charity to back up the on-going work from Uganda and UK over the last 5-10yrs of one group. An important milestone for them.
Also a project I responded to 6-8months ago where I became part of the virtual teams through IdeaConnection and Chemist without boarders, lead us to develop two proposals on water contamination, a mobile app and a recycle and create project has now moved into proof of concept phase. This should firm up and perhaps grow into something real in2015.


Having done a MOOC on sustainable development and another one or WASH, Water and Sanitation, I feel more informed than ever on top of the NGO and campaign support I give as part of an altruist and philanthropic push.


Three initiatives I will look back to 2015 when in 2020 and see what really happened for the health of people with little access to clean water, health support, information and education. Lets see!

Tuesday, November 04, 2014

IPCC latest report.

The powerpoint is really clear and straight forwards
http://ipcc.ch/pdf/assessment-report/ar5/syr/SYR_AR5_SPM.pdf


Prompts me to visit the posts Ive made over the years from http://ipcc.ch , Stern etc

Monday, November 03, 2014

David Mitchell… on the age of rage | Books | The Observer

The link below is a bit different to the tech slant on "The Age of Context" but with everything including sensors it did say watch those antenna!!




David Mitchell… on the age of rage | Books | The Observer




"

Saying that things could be worse, and that they have been worse for the overwhelming majority of humans throughout the overwhelming majority of history, is not the same as being complacent. It is stating an undeniable fact. It is retaining a sane sense of proportion. It should be reassuring, but at the moment many people hate to hear it.

This wilful loss of perspective – this self-importance about our own times – means that we could do dangerous things. Our disdain for the bathwater is making the baby give us anxious looks. We’re thinking hard, casting around for solutions: a privatised NHS, an independent Scotland, pulling out of the EU, a mansion tax, getting rid of the licence fee, greater press regulation, more Tasers, a German water cannon. We’re not ruling anything out – except being careful we don’t destroy something precious, except resisting the urge to act hastily and in anger, except a period of tranquil reflection. We desperately need a break from this era. But you know the rules: as soon as it ends, another one will only start."

The truth is not necessarily racist but the narrative some will choose no doubt can be.

This is as much about men and power, the influence of poverty and need verses attitude and normalisation.

Men over the ages, rich and poor of all colour and nationality from the distant past to recent past to now and future need, no doubt exploiting women and the asymmetry of power and need. Men need to stand up and show this is about female equality and male character, and the need to change, stand up for women and fix it!

http://www.nytimes.com/2014/11/02/world/in-torrent-of-rapes-in-britain-an-uncomfortable-focus-on-race-and-ethnicity.html

Saturday, November 01, 2014

From Ancient DNA, a Clearer Picture of Europeans Today - NYTimes.com

From Ancient DNA, a Clearer Picture of Europeans Today - NYTimes.com




"...............

Up till now, scientists have learned about evolution on the Continent mostly by looking at living Europeans. But advances in biotechnology have made it possible to begin extracting entire DNA from the bones of ancestors who lived thousands of years ago. Their genomes are like time machines, allowing scientists to see bits of European history playing out over thousands of years.
Recently David Reich, a geneticist at Harvard Medical School, and his colleagues analyzed the genomes of nine ancient Europeans. Eight belonged to hunter-gatherers who lived about 8,000 years ago, seven in what is now Sweden and one in Luxembourg. The ninth came from a farmer who lived 7,000 years ago in present-day Germany.
The scientists compared these genomes with those of living Europeans. As they reported last month in Nature, the study revealed something scientists never knew: Europeans today have genes from three very different populations...................."







This forms and interesting addition to the post I did in 2008 pointing the Bradshaw foundation animation video which is really interesting! http://nickhorslen.blogspot.co.uk/search?q=longNow


Wednesday, October 29, 2014

The value of people are the values of people!

Two great short films below, my thoughts early today strangely links the two! As per my facebook post:


API's: Aspiration, Perspiration, Inspiration - in my tech sector world API's are Application Programming Interfaces and they have revolutionised apps over the last 3 decades. Moving away from isolated hardcoded boxes as island and integrating and extracting the best across systems. Delivering evolution from pre internet mainframe, mid range and PC days to post internet (not that we are there yet) mobile phones and devices that make up "the internet of things". Its an interesting concept to apply to the triple bottom line of people, planet and profit, empowering, enabling and connecting people systems and most importantly open data and action to create a better future. The story unfolds to reveal everything from vaccines to MOOC's, collaborative to augmented solutions. It just needs everyone to understand it and drive it to ensure its done for everyone not just someone!


People, Planet, Profit the value of people and our planet are the values of all people, linking the economic, the education and the equality and environment are not easy but we like a challenge, right? https://wetheeconomy.com/films/supply-chain-reaction/... and the answers are within us to share respectfully http://schoolingtheworld.org/stw2014/

Monday, October 27, 2014

Tesla CEO Elon Musk's Next Big Disruption Isn't a New Car, It's a New Battery – Feature – Car and Driver | Car and Driver Blog

Horizontal, vertical integration, what with his fight with the state of Michigan on supply chain disintermediation there are some risks as well as disruptive breakthrough here:




Tesla CEO Elon Musk's Next Big Disruption Isn't a New Car, It's a New Battery – Feature – Car and Driver | Car and Driver Blog




http://money.cnn.com/2014/10/21/news/companies/tesla-michigan/


Big tech start-ups bypass Silicon Valley - FT.com

The UK, China, Japan picture is interesting but not surprising:

Big tech start-ups bypass Silicon Valley - FT.com


The rise of Brandy Wandy signals the end for Silly Mili - Telegraph

Worth book marking this for after the 2015 election. It points to an obvious issue as to who is inspiring and creating aspirational young voters but it also makes you wonder whats the difference between Brand and Farrage not in terms of narrative but in terms of outcomes!




The rise of Brandy Wandy signals the end for Silly Mili - Telegraph

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Playing poker with altruism

I love these "collective" and "global" statements:

  • We’re living in the best time that has ever existed, and
  • The present is always the worst place you will ever be.
Makes for a very good read about where and when to give!
http://reg-charity.org/charity-effectiveness-matters-and-giving-now-vs-giving-later/

Thursday, October 02, 2014

2013 Top 10 WW universities!

USA and UK well done!
Like all assessments the methodology needs to be scrutinised. Wonder what the rest of the world thinks?

http://www.timeshighereducation.co.uk/world-university-rankings/

What Is the Future of DFID? | Center For Global Development

What Is the Future of DFID? | Center For Global Development




The comment thread is worth revisiting as well as the item and its links!

Monday, September 29, 2014

Ebola lockdown in Seirra Leone - BBC radio documentary

As is happened, experienced for real:


http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/p026wd5m


http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/p02753q4


#Ebola #lockdown #sierraleone

Monday, September 22, 2014

Respect for women and social media driven equality!

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2014/09/18/bartender-open-letter-investment-manager-grab_n_5843738.html I just love this story and I love the strength and determination of this women, not only does she make the point so well for her and for other women she also makes the point so well for all people who work in service based jobs. This is just another small part of the change the web is bringing about thanks to the #cloud #crowd approach to #community and is so overdue around the world #MDG3

Thursday, September 18, 2014

Scotland, the vote or the result?

Scotland has decided and we will soon find out what the vote delivered. However we wont find out if Scotland gets stronger or weaker for at least a few years and then perhaps a decade. How will the causation be seen before during and after, who will play the biggest role in making the outcome successful. It makes you think a lot about Counterfactual Reasoning and also the role of "Authority and the individual"! The right result will be delivered, its a democratic vote, but the long term outcome is all that matters. For sure we all hope the Scots, the Brits and all variations of are happier in future!

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

RSA - The City Growth Commission

RSA - The City Growth Commission




Some while back I was following the development of charter cities as part of the sustainable development and economic development interest that I have.




Now with the rise of nationalism and the Scottish referendum dawning tomorrow with a result that either way seems it will be a scism , the debate about centralised and devolved power is really unfolding.




From Cities Growth Commission Jim O'Neil there is both an active academic and community business voice proposing serious debate over the last couple of years > http://www.telegraph.co.uk/finance/economics/10421102/For-a-truly-healthy-Britain-we-need-strong-cities-across-the-country.html that is being picked up right now > http://www.theguardian.com/society/2014/sep/17/scotland-independence-referendum-england-counties-devolution?CMP=twt_gu and its across the political spectrum.




From Scotland to UK, From Cornwall to Yorkshire, From the city state of London to the merger of Manchester and Liverpool, there are many unfolding scenario's that are being spoken of. It will be very interesting to see how this persists or morphs over the next two election cycles in the UK and how international developments, particularly of cities in China and Africa effect things in the run up to 2030 and beyond. Must revisit this in 5 and 10 yrs.




http://www.telegraph.co.uk/finance/economics/10654182/Could-merging-Liverpool-and-Manchester-boost-UK-growth.html




http://www.ft.com/cms/s/0/069d0024-3db5-11e4-b175-00144feabdc0.html?siteedition=uk#axzz3DNLvDGfL








Wednesday, September 10, 2014

UN SDG and Copenhagen Consensus Center

FRom MDG's to SDG's the analysis at 2015 and the road to 2030 looks stronger than ever but we just don't know till we travel it. These will be worth watching:




Participants | Copenhagen Consensus Center




http://www.copenhagenconsensus.com/post-2015-consensus/news/new-analysis-and-side-event-11th-session-open-working-group




http://www.copenhagenconsensus.com/post-2015-consensus




http://www.copenhagenconsensus.com/




as the MDG's pass and the SDG's get signed up and start to roll from the UN and Govt's!

Tuesday, September 02, 2014

BBC News - Scottish independence: Yes vote is 'closer than ever' says first minister

BBC News - Scottish independence: Yes vote is 'closer than ever' says first minister




As of today the pound has taken a hit as the YES vote looks a bit more likely!




http://www.ft.com/cms/s/0/2f224ef6-322e-11e4-b929-00144feabdc0.html#axzz3C5KuHpes




Scotland needs to decide and then take it on the chin, if they vote YES and suffer they cant blame the UK as the uk voter has no say, if they say NO and stay they cant then blame London for everything, they have to accept their decision and move on. Of course politics is not like that, its often (not just in Scotland with this issue) about winning and making it work and if it doesn't then making sure the other side gets the blame.




Im not sure there will be any winners either way in the short to medium term, Scotland needs to build some leadership together long term!




I feel for all the Scottish people, all of them around the world, I always find them very nice people.

Friday, August 29, 2014

Charts about inequality - The Washington Post

Its interesting to see and feel the eb and flow and the narrative from different quarters, not that any of us really feel all that ebs and flows nor can we net net determine the globally consistent narrative let alone the reality but certainly individuals feel the tide each day!




This chart might make you feel better about American inequality - The Washington Post




PS there charts they should say!

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

0.7% ODA could this finally be happening?

Sept 2014 is an opportunity for a UK govt to enshrine in law, fingers crossed!!


http://www.bond.org.uk/advocacy/uk-aid


it needs a final push, from everyone > http://act.one.org/sign/international_development_bill


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8ErGv4Q87mE

Thursday, August 14, 2014

Bertrand Russell: Authority and the individual

I recently listened to all 6 lectures in turn, helps shine both old and new light on todays issues everywhere and within:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/p00h9lz3/episodes/guide

We worry about new problems needing uncertain or unknown solutions, we need to worry less and empower the individuals for the good of all but not as a "ends" but as an "means"!

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

Gloom and boom: From Graphing to Nanobombs!

Makes a ot of sense and people just Need to work towards it:

http://online.wsj.com/articles/joel-mokyr-what-todays-economic-gloomsayers-are-missing-1407536487?mod=WSJ_hps_sections_opinion#b08g13f20b14