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

Thursday, February 05, 2015

Photonic Fence | Intellectual Ventures Laboratory

zap your female mosquitos with a laser, gender equality, except for Anopheles please!

Photonic Fence | Intellectual Ventures Laboratory

Debt mountains spark fears of another crisis - FT.com

Not at all sure what this now means "% change in debt"??




Debt mountains spark fears of another crisis - FT.com

Wednesday, February 04, 2015

Technology’s next 25 years belong to the world, not the US - FT.com

The multi-tiered reality of this will be interesting to observer over time:




"American technology companies have enjoyed almost half a century during which they have become accustomed to being dominant. That era is over. Many of the western companies selling software and hardware will find that they cannot compete with the local knowledge of their home-brewed foreign rivals.
"

Technology’s next 25 years belong to the world, not the US - FT.com

Monday, January 26, 2015

▶ Bill Gates interview: How the world will change by 2030 - YouTube

This is a great video of the issues for 2030, the risks, the challenges, the opportunity and the narratives that some will spin one way and other spin the other. This video will be great to watch every 5 yrs until 2030 if not 2050




▶ Bill Gates interview: How the world will change by 2030 - YouTube

Thursday, January 22, 2015

2015 Gates Annual Letter

Like every year, this is such a good read:

2015 Gates Annual Letter #gatesletter

From C02 to NTD's to Mobile banking, 2030 seems almost to near :-)

15yrs is a long time, the risks are out there, but so is the will, ability, desire and technology!
Full of great charts and video's!



Just need to keep focused and inclusive http://www.theguardian.com/global-development-professionals-network/2015/jan/19/ebola-kills-fewer-aids-tb-malaria-attention

Tuesday, January 20, 2015

Why Bill Gates Is Commissioning Fine Art : Goats and Soda : NPR

Why Bill Gates Is Commissioning Fine Art : Goats and Soda : NPR Brilliant!




The art of saving a life!




and the good news on Polio..........

"As Nigeria hasn't had a single new case of Polio since July2014 and Pakistan hasn't reported a new case this year, things could be real exciting this year, even though there is a long way to go. Just have to keep our fingers crossed for the other poorest countries in the world where there have been the odd random outbreak but all eyes on the support for Afghanistan the final one of the 3 countries with endemic polio still and the hope for a new certification in three years time ie the waiting period India had to go through but got there in 2014 http://www.emro.who.int/polio/polio-news/one-year-since-last-case-of-polio-in-syria.html "

Wednesday, January 14, 2015

Extremists encourage extrimists.

With the old phrase, "be careful what you wish for, you might just get it" we all have to be careful of the motives of either side and within freedom of speech and careful analysis stand up for what is right and know that good people are with us.


Its really sad to listen to such rants http://www.vox.com/2015/1/12/7533159/fox-news-pirro-rant and then explore the background, its certainly not born out of poor education or lack of a voice http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jeanine_Pirro


Shameful that people want to spread hatred and violence from either side, and to wrap rhetoric and ignorance with some sense of logic. Id like to say no one is fooled, but the public on both sides or the planet watch this and the mirror image stuff.

Monday, January 12, 2015

How The Social Sector Can Create Value -- And Charge For It

Grants vs revenue. Incomes vs Outcomes!

Value drives value!

How The Social Sector Can Create Value -- And Charge For It

People, stories, real and the other!

In light of these:


http://m.huffpost.com/uk/entry/6452512?1421013985 USA press


http://m.bbc.co.uk/news/world-europe-30735673  Russian Press


this makes you think, even though its not something Id normally include in my blog interests and journey:


http://www.nytimes.com/2015/01/11/fashion/modern-love-to-fall-in-love-with-anyone-do-this.html
http://www.nytimes.com/2015/01/11/fashion/no-37-big-wedding-or-small.html


How people embrace information and stories is very interesting, where their head and their heart leads them and why checking sources, looking for independent validation and analysis your own thoughts and experience helps make the difference.