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.

Monday, January 05, 2015

The future speeds up progress, what we have done before we can do again even better!

Don't let anyone tell you we cant solve the problems!


and 2015 is going to be even bigger in terms of future planned impact
 If we can harness AI, machine learning and deep learning it certainly needs to focus for better:

The $2.2 Billion Bird-Scorching Solar Project - WSJ

There are always pro's and con's on the road of idea's, action, implementation and revision




The $2.2 Billion Bird-Scorching Solar Project - WSJ




http://themindunleashed.org/2014/02/worlds-largest-solar-plant-started-creating-electricity-today.html




Id stop cooking birds if it allows other to to reduce emissions!




Lets keep following the facts!!

UK wind power bests nuclear power – for a few symbolic minutes | Environment | The Guardian

UK wind power bests nuclear power – for a few symbolic minutes | Environment | The Guardian




Compare and contrast as the technology and action continues!




"It only has symbolic significance, but at half past nine this morning wind was supplying more electricity to the national grid than nuclear*.

For a few minutes, the gusts over the western side of the United Kingdom supplied more than 6 gigawatts and a temporary slight dip in nuclear output meant that wind was more important for electricity supply than the UK’s ageing nuclear fleet."




Re the earlier posts that you can search in this blog for wind, nuclear and other alternatives to fossil fuel and CO2 emissions!

Friday, January 02, 2015

What really matters past and future, effective impact, effective altruism in its different triple bottom line forms or as one!

Last yr the web was 25 yrs old, well young! And now its 30yrs for the mobile!


Along with other developments that have done more good than any political rhetoric or economic and social policy we see 2015 accelerating progress to 2030 because of better food, better health, better technology:
200 yrs ago http://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Smallpox_vaccine


160 yrs ago http://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Louis_Pasteur


70 yrs ago http://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Alexander_Fleming


60yrs ago http://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Polio_vaccine


30yrs ago http://m.bbc.co.uk/news/technology-30430475


All building the health and EDUCATION gateway that lift individuals, communities and nations towards www.zeropoverty2030.org which is the 15 yr step for the SDG's http://sustainabledevelopment.un.org/post2015 like the MDG's were from 2000 http://www.un.org/millenniumgoals/mdgmomentum.shtml . Follow the progress!

Monday, December 29, 2014

Tsunami2004: 10 years on and your support has left a legacy to feel proud of.

10 years on and your support has left a legacy to feel proud of.


An update from one of the very first posts I made on my blog here, its in the first month of the archive on the right!






Students at a new school DEC member World Vision rebuilt after theirs was damaged by the 2004 Tsunami
From the archive: students happy with the new school DEC member World Vision built after theirs was damaged by the 2004 Tsunami
 
On Boxing Day 2004 a series of tsunamis killed an estimated 230,000 people and made 1.7 million people homeless across 14 countries. The scale of the disaster was unprecedented. Ten years on we remember those who died, the local communities that first responded and the combined efforts of the global relief teams to rebuild a shattered region. 
 
The damage caused by this one moment in history totalled over £6 billion and a decade later, we can say with confidence that the outpouring of donations from the UK public saved lives, helped survivors to recover their incomes in strong solid homes, stay healthy and prepare for the next disaster.   



....and more info on the link within that one ie http://www.dec.org.uk/appeals/tsunami-earthquake-appeal/no-place-home?utm_medium=email&utm_source=Disaster+Emergency+Committee&utm_campaign=5159758_Tsunami+10+years&utm_content=tsunami%2520blog&dm_i=1FZE,32LAM,EL8SWC,B13OT,1

Friday, December 19, 2014

10 predictions for 2015 | Nesta

10 predictions for 2015 | Nesta




A couple of these are pretty cool, will be interesting to look back on in future as predictions!




Maybe this one http://www.nesta.org.uk/news/2015-predictions/bust-funded-crowd




looking back to 2014 on that top link is also interesting!

10 predictions for 2015 | Nesta

10 predictions for 2015 | Nesta




A couple of these are pretty cool, will be interesting to look back on in future as predictions!




Maybe this one http://www.nesta.org.uk/news/2015-predictions/bust-funded-crowd




looking back to 2014 on that top link is also interesting!

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