Tuesday, June 30, 2015

"Truth from Trust" Bitcoin to Blockchain

As always the value flows up and down the stack, where will it flow next


the video is real cool!


The Essential Guide to Crowdfunding

Interesting on all front including the charity side

The Essential Guide to Crowdfunding

Wednesday, June 24, 2015

In Defense of Being Average

Get over it and enjoy yourself, after all no one is more brilliant at being you than you!

"Which leads to an important point: that mediocrity, as a goal, sucks. But mediocrity, as a result, is OK."

In Defense of Being Average

Why Our Old Lens On Learning Will Fail A New Generation... And What You Can Do About It Now - Forbes

A rolling update on the Generation Y thinking of recent years, not that ive posted much in that area for a while, see the MGMT video animation and other previous posts!

Why Our Old Lens On Learning Will Fail A New Generation... And What You Can Do About It Now - Forbes

Monday, June 22, 2015

Goodreads | Peter Singer Quotes (Author of Animal Liberation)

Some excellent quotes from the man of the moment in EA!

Goodreads | Peter Singer Quotes (Author of Animal Liberation)

Tuesday, June 16, 2015

Homepage - Global Apollo Programme

One to watch this year and decade when you consider the authors! #action2015

Homepage - Global Apollo Programme

Monday, June 15, 2015

Triple bottom line quest had to lead to 2015, roll on 2030

I started the TBL journey over ten years ago, this year it all seems to be coming together, thank goodness #action2015



July - Addis Adiba

Sept - NY UN GA

Nov _ Paris COP21

#action2015 a year to watch unfold and then track the path to 2030

▶ Ban Ki-moon, UN Secretary-General - YouTube Addis in July

to NY in Sept https://sustainabledevelopment.un.org/focussdgs.html and Paris in November http://climate-l.iisd.org/events/unfccc-cop-21/ there is so much to do in one year.

The UK has it first public push on this from citizens and parliament on Wednesday 17 June, lets hope leadership everywhere is shown!

Wednesday, June 10, 2015

Best Shakespeare quote on forecasting, future predictions, future technology and seeds of time | Your Daily Shakespeare

The future arrives one day at a time and that is where we live our lives. Reading this is a good reminder about which seeds will grow, who will know, when will we know.

Best Shakespeare quote on forecasting, future predictions, future technology and seeds of time | Your Daily Shakespeare

Knowing the future is not like knowing the past, the past will be retold but the future will be real, will be lived, for a day!

Monday, June 08, 2015

50 Cent on Philanthropy and Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) - Forbes

50 cents can make such a difference: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3pOnqKGTP2Y via http://endtheneglect.org/

But I know 50Cent was bottled off the stage when he performed at Reading Festival, due to his gang land and misogynistic behaviour so while these stories are good, its wrapped in product endorsements without sizing the contribution, so I say good on him 50 Cent on Philanthropy and Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) - Forbes but lets keep what Zizek and others say about real charity, real philanthropy and product endorsing worlds of change or progress or profit or what https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hpAMbpQ8J7g

Wednesday, June 03, 2015

▶ Giving and Happiness - YouTube

Think about it, who are the happiest people getting on with their lives, those that give some, a little or a lot or those that give almost nothing?

Great discussion to listen to here from the world of Effective Altruists

▶ Giving and Happiness - YouTube

The Meaninglessness of Ending 'Extreme Poverty' - Bloomberg Business

Keeping different perspectives in mind when talking poverty, relative or absolute.

Worth reading to see the narrative:

The Meaninglessness of Ending 'Extreme Poverty' - Bloomberg Business

However where needless deaths, preventable deaths keep family sizes high, keep educational access low and economic growth beyond reach its not easy to see a finishing line and the sense of a notional target.


add to that not everyone has access to sufficient nutrition, healthcare and education so needing a hand up not hand out makes a lot of sense.

Watching infant mortality, school completions, health care development and economic growth along with good governance, transparency and accountability within countries will take us a long way in 15 yrs.

Tuesday, June 02, 2015

Walk on by, the child can die!

Did you see a child dying one day and walk on by?

Can you save a needless death, a preventable death? You Can! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=onsIdBanynY

Nothing left to say on tax - FT.com

"  By international standards, Britain is not overtaxed. With stretched public services and a budget deficit that gapes like a mortal wound, the state must take a bit more money from most people for the sake of most people. This means something like a higher standard rate of income tax. Merely squeezing some remote sect called The Rich will neither generate enough revenue to make a difference nor honour the principle of solidarity. Borrowing is no answer. These tawdry ruses imply the welfare state is only worthwhile if others pay for it.   "

" This argument is tantamount to self-immolation. Any Labour leader who made it would forfeit the next general election, if she or he were not laughed to oblivion before getting that far. Even Ed Miliband said nothing like it during the five-year tour of leftwing orthodoxies that ran into the ground at last month’s general election. Voters do not wish to pay more tax and do not assume the tax they already pay is a proxy measure of their goodness as people. "

I don't think Labour will have a strong leader for years, they might develop from the current election but I suspect a paradigm shift will be needed first.

Labour has nothing left to say on tax - FT.com

Taking so many people out of tax at the bottom IMHO reduces democracy to a place where the majority do not feel they can hold the politicians and burocrats to account because they don't pay. It will come that lower rates of income tax will be the means to solve social costs and ignite interest in politics again, but not for a while, sadly!

If the economy and state services are not correctly sized, funded and made sustainably effective by growth then the battle ahead will hot us in very interesting ways, I hope it will be based on policy and pragmatism not just political opportunism and political narratives from and into corners.