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.

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!