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my dad chris.macrae@yahoo.co.uk washington dc 1 301 881 1655 welcomes your suggestions by category -
he is helping people assemble moocs :  1 2  made up of training modules maximum of 12 minutes length that millions of youth can interact to create jobs and make the first net generation the most heroic, collaborative and productive time for youth worldwide. I am the third generation to be passionate about this since grandad and dad
first got involved with online education experiments in 1972 and developed the genre of entrepreneurial revolution in The Economist with purpose of wholly transforming systems design to the benefit of the net generation
Building on 41 years of valuing net generation's heroic goals, Norman Macrae Family Foundation partnering projects include wholeplanet.tv microeducationsummit.com valuetrue.com  Discuss some joyful stories - eg 1 2 3 4

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 My favorite Khans include

My favorite coursera include University of Melbourne -

Generating the Wealth of Nations

Apr 29th 2013
One of most timely courses of year -Foundation for Pro-Youth economics -one day examiners in separate subjects of history and economics will be told to go back to the drawing board- they could best start here- as our futures live in a boderless world, I feel very sorry for students who pay to be examined in anti-youth economics and history told from perspective of isolated nationhood

I am looking for curriculum that lives up to Obama's "bend the curve" on the affordability of healthcare -we are nowhere near liberating the knowledge the yes we can generation was promised back in 2008 but so far this is as good as I can find John Hopkins     Community Change in Public Health  - we are searching hard for people with 12 minutes insights which wish to collaborate especially as Grameen already hosts a real-space 3 year curriculum of free nursing

Have great expectations for Foundations of Virtual Instruction 30 sept 2013 Cindy Carbajal UC Irvine : Learn what it takes to teach a K-12 course online! Investigate the history of virtual education, explore innovative tools, and examine key issues related to K-12 virtual instruction.

My favorite yunus videos 5th grade inclue my favorite yunus videos up to 10th grade  my favorite yunus videos for all hi-trust leadersmy favorite videos by friends of sir fazle abed  my favorite videos of partners of taddy blechers free university in s africa

 my favorite videos of other job creating educators

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    When Khan stands up and talks about his Khan Academy, or I read about him or listen to his speeches- it always come to my mind: we won't need Oxford any more! - the whole world will be one big Oxford, we need only one global university --- the best!?!

     

    2012's Two pro-youth gamechangers in education

     

    • basic curricula can now be distributed to millions of youth simultaneously , free, online - the www.coursera.org  model
    • youth can individually try out exercises online 365/24/7 - these are  designed by topic clusters as per a text book and are linked to training modules - www.KhanAcademy.org  model

     

    please note exact tools, dynamics of both of these platforms and other platforms are changing very fast - for example khan's impact may vary from its basic free service to  swarming skype tutors by practice area around the content it has put up 365/24/7  . To keep uptodate, we offer a monthly newsletter tracking free online education's gamechangers . We also welcome collaboration around a "youtube tag" we call moocyunus

    A Good News Media 

    Join us in demanding Murdoch sponsors a brainstrust on pro-youth media before London Olympics - Youtube A1

    B 2010s Youths Most Productive Decade 

    Join us in demanding pro-youth economists - Youtube B1  

    Join schools empowering student competitions on community's most urgent needs and solutions 
     
    Norman Macrae Family Foundation usa 301 881 1655- enjoys helping people develop content for 9 year olds up on social business system design & Job Creation made famous by Bangaldeshi microcredits since 1976;
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    We Create What We Want.
    We wanted to go to the moon, so we went there. 
    We achieve what we want to achieve. 
    We accept that poverty is part of human destiny. It’s not!
    We believe we can create a poverty-free world. 
    We need to invent ways to change our perspective.
    We can reconfigure our world if we can reconfigure our mindset. . 
    Social business will be a new kind of business, making a difference in the world.
    Human beings are a wonderful creation embodied with limitless human qualities and capabilities. 
    Entrepreneurs are not one-dimensional human beings, dedicated to maximizing profit. 
    They are multi-dimensional: political, emotional, social, spiritual, environmental.
    The desire to do great things for the world can be a powerful driving force
    Young people dream about creating a perfect world of their own.
    Social business will give them a challenge to make a difference by using their creative talent. 
    Let us join hands to unleash our energy and creativity. 
    Collectively, we can create a poverty-free world.” 
    Source : http://nobelprize.org/nobel_prizes/peace/laureates/2006/yunus-lecture-en.html
     
    Summit is economics purpose to free people-...

     

     

     

     

    Exciting 2011 everyone! from our family foundations association

    rsvp info@worldcitizen.tv skype chrismacraedc washington DC 1-301 881 1655 with your most exciting goal for 2020 or collaboration netgen project

    works in progress : mailing new journal of joyful economics from dr yunus to 3000 leaders and lots of youth before yunus testifies to congress (spring 2011) as genius microeconomist of global village decade, & in time to celebrate 40th birthday of Bangladesh 

    from 2011 corespondent registration is welcome at http://www.youthandyunus.com/ ; Thanks to all who sent good news from exciting event of 2010 

    Summit is economics purpose to free people-... DC20004 worldtrade centre: obama e-summit

    SingforHope.org Monica Yunus NY10012

    Jamii Bora Kenya Nai 00202

    Some favourite netgen connections 1984-2010

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    1984 netfuture

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     http://socialbusiness.crowdmap.com/reports

    www.worldeconomist.net

    chris macrae family foundations skype chrismacraedc  DC 1-301 881 1655

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    2010s Youth's Most Exciting Decade 

    Our family foundation is concerned with the net generation's most productive possibilities since 1976.  , and an association of FF, that specilises in 4 types of investment aimed at renewing youth economics and community building. Our 4 investment types:

    • SB100 by Muhammad Yunus (the pure Social Business model -greatest innovation in end poverty world & capable of mediating Global Grameen to be as central vision partner of Asia Pacific's Sustainability Open Sourcing Century 1976-2075 as Coke in American's consumption century (1876-1975). The world's favourite barnd for century depends on going as far as possible beyond zero-sum - Grameen's good fortune is to imprint a decade that can economically unite more youth dreams than coke could begin to imagine let alone realsie.   Since freedom as a new nation in early 1970s, Bangaldesh's SB maps have developed into number 1 collaboration entrepreneur nation with over 100 million youth and elders. Their priority with mobile tech is Job Creation solutions & transfering life critical social services from being powered over by state to empowered by healthy community building society. http://www.youtube.com/safebanks   Benchmarking quality and value multipliers around The SB model is pivotal to exciting 2010s be your focus: end poverty, create jobs or innovate most uniquely purposeful organistional networks - data reference socialbusiness.tv
    • SB51-99 which are system designs also capable of sustaining the most purposfeul organisations and networks -data referwnce http://www.businessmodels.tv/
    • Small gifts to people whose passion (eg MY) may convert into SB51-100 and change what youth heroises - techincal reference universityofstars.tv and collaborationcafe.tv
    • Prizes or parties that may change education or media or economics - we use the Norman Macrae Foundation -or any worldwide trusted microeconomist's surname of a citizen's youth has permission to do so.  

    EXPERIENCE LOG

    SB100  .       18 meetings and 7 visits to Dhaka  - our family made a small social business investment ($1000)  in the entrepreneurial organisation led by Mrs Begum, a co-founder of Dr Yunus whose tenacious modesty is such that she tells me off when I call her the mother of mocrocredit- but who else is. Our investment purpose at Grameen Shikka scholarships for secondary schoolong of girls. All of our family are delighted to see how the social business of scholarships for girls now interfaces with such top 20 gols for 2010 as social business partnerships focused on end nurseless villages and plant peer to peer apprenticeship & job centres run by and for youth. Anyone who thinks the latter could only happen in Bangladesh really ought take a trip to Kenya's Jamii Bora, a system that Queen Sofia of Spain urges 50 s. hemisphere urban capitals with slums to test out now! help us map what other sbs can collaborative kenya can help change the world with
     SB51-99   We believe the most collaborative entrepreneurial revolution network of hubs designed round SB51-100 modeling can help dr yunus and all who want to make the 2010s exciting races to millennium goals come true.   Our 1984 STORYBOARDS of an internetworking world    Changing communications, and what makes people distant, bossy, etc  Changing national politics    Changing economics    Changing employment    Changing education 
     Gifts    New York : Sing for Hope- Arts Peace Corps founded by Opera Singers (eg Monica Yunus) -purpose= most relevant way artists & world citizens can mobilise after 9/11
     Prizes, parties   

     London Party : 16 Novemeber 2010, boardroom The Economist

    Glasgow Party : Independence Day July 4 - 500 people share in yunus 7th decade birthday wishes with special thanks to the principal of Glasgow University (and apologies for absence from principal of Glasgow Caledonian)

    Yunus Entrepreneurial Revolution Projects entrusted to Auld Alliance of Scotland and France

    .Glasgow

    Grameen Caledonian Nursing College - mission using free univesrity model ensure no village of 2020 is without a nurse- celebrate first professor of te social business union of microhealth & microcrredit

    Grameen Glasgow University Project - sample 3000 leaders with journal of job creating economics

     Grameen Glasgow Uni Project - open source a new curriculum of economics that every person should have access to before they have an account with an old debt-entrapment bank

    Glasgow Caledonian project - dialogue what changes of law are needed so that safe banking can network around Europe before the Euro collapses

     

    .Projects in Paris France

    DanoneCommunities.com Portal connecting 50000 youth entrepreneurs virtually and reunion of 3000 in paris annually- discuss most exciting subject - how to fundraise for youth's 20 most exciting goals for 2020

    Connect danone position in milk foods to micro-agriculture projects of all kinds needed to feed world's children; use influence of france to change EU agriculture where this policy has spun unintended hunger crises onto poorest peoples

    HEC business school- celebrate first social busienss professor of markets for the poor- interestingly HEC also situates Europe's leading brand professor whose mastermind subject is haute couture markets

    Involve royal familes across europe (eg luzembourg, spain, monaco) in fundraising for banks for the poor through the institution Grameen Credit Agricole

    Clean water for the world with Grameen Veolia

    Ask President Sarkozi how youth out of france can help him and everyone else join in 2010s most exciting decade


    Grandad would chuckle at the extreme microeconomics irony of being known after life as the unacknowledged giant; this is how dad explains such happiness to me

    every christmas I grew up through we had games party with family friends that ended with the pencil and paper game of consequences; we replayed that on dad's 85th birthday party at the royal automobile club in Saint James

    Optimistic Norman Macrae Met Joyous Muhammad Yunus NM said to MY MY said to NM

    They did ...

    The world said ...

    The consequence was ...

    and they left me & youth generation with a big question - what family foundations to invest micro amounts in so we all interconnect 2010s most exciting decade- come back to see my progress or lack - JOSB ..  egrameen

     

    The unacknowledged giant
    The unacknowledged giantPlayAdd to Playlist
    British Ambassador to Tokyo: changed the trade & investment links between Britain and Japan
    Financial Times: journalist who delighted in paradox with unrivaled ability to foresee the future
    Daily Telegraph: The Economist's internal spirit;  
     India Times - Prophet of Change ; New Statesman "entire career at The Economist" ; Matt Ridley - death of a great optimist
    London Times - subscription - journalist who changed minds and opened many more ; Pot-TEX : a giant of journalism
    Sweden's JanErik Larsson - people you never forget

    Among several ways in which global economics has become irrational bordering on insanity, the devaluation of the productive impacts families compound is obscene. There's barely an innovation that advanced the human that would exist without having been nurtured by family as society's deepest microcultural force for good. If you agree- or just want to debate these sentiments - please get in touch.  Chris.Macrae@yahoo.co.uk Chrismacraedc.com (washington dc  301 881 1655   ) -Association of Family Foundations - skype chrismacraedc


     Why not support a yunus global assembly - macrae family proudly supports yunus glasgow-worldwide assemblies in any way we can 1 2


    Norman Macrae Family Foundation usa 301 881 1655- enjoys helping people develop content for 9 year olds up on social business system design & Job Creation made famous by Bangaldeshi microcredits since 1976;
    .
    We Create What We Want.
    We wanted to go to the moon, so we went there. 
    We achieve what we want to achieve. 
    We accept that poverty is part of human destiny. It’s not!
    We believe we can create a poverty-free world. 
    We need to invent ways to change our perspective.
    We can reconfigure our world if we can reconfigure our mindset. . 
    Social business will be a new kind of business, making a difference in the world.
    Human beings are a wonderful creation embodied with limitless human qualities and capabilities. 
    Entrepreneurs are not one-dimensional human beings, dedicated to maximizing profit. 
    They are multi-dimensional: political, emotional, social, spiritual, environmental.
    The desire to do great things for the world can be a powerful driving force
    Young people dream about creating a perfect world of their own.
    Social business will give them a challenge to make a difference by using their creative talent. 
    Let us join hands to unleash our energy and creativity. 
    Collectively, we can create a poverty-free world.” 
    Source : http://nobelprize.org/nobel_prizes/peace/laureates/2006/yunus-lecture-en.html
     
     we also try to record history's conflicts from the people's view before mass media deletes the inter-generation learning that peace could have mapped as we go from a nation state age to what ever 21st Century will sustainably or unsustainably spin 
    Please ask your parents to contact my dad chris.macrae@yahoo.co.uk if your parents or sisters and brothers can help my mission. Simple way to help -
    host a cafe debate 1 2 on why we 12 year-olds need is celebrations of change agents - thank you obama thank you for using your
    09 presidential awards to celebrate 16 humans worth communing around : Yunus & 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 -but why no FA 
    what's the most wondrous google you can ask us to put here - eg girl power
    Isabella writes: I officially started teenager networking, in search of hi-trust banks and other community sustaining stuff -  on Valentines Day 2010 though we started sponsoring micropublishing of world citizen guides including the first worldiwde directory of entrepreneurial hubs in 2007 and my grandad helped host a luncheon party the day after with dr yunus the day after my birthday in 2008 and an all day day-after- 69th birthday party with dr yunus in dhaka on 29 june 29 help us turn Yunus 69th birthday report into living document - wow a club for schools teaching microcrdit 

    .Murdoch OutFoxes mass media part 1

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    HAPPY CONNECTIVITY BIRTHDAY DR YUNUS



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     IWM: londoncreativelabs.com born 69th birthday dialogue of dr yunus hosted by Sofia Bustamante       microeconomist - hope to see yuNus at http://globalgrameen.ning.com/


     IWM : yunus centre opened on dr yunus 69th birthday; celebration of all his networks achievements to and invitatations to survey goals for sustainainability's greatest games that can be played on gameboards of 12 Collaboration Partnering systems -each game's centre of gravitational governance is a MicroBanks of Social Business (invented 1983 by Bangladeshi Law). 100 Congressmen agreed with Microcreditsummit's Sam Daley Harris that the premier league of MicroBanks started 2010s with teams : Grameen (Bangla), BRAC (Bangla), Jamii Bora (Kenya)  yambassador -is also a yunus network emerging from a 69th birthday wish 


    0:27
    YUQueenSofiaSpain IWM: Voted Favourite 21st C Place Leader my by teenager peers; has thrice committed everything a monarch can to make microcreditsummit the greatest networking process of sustainability's world 


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     YUasa   IWM busy with prep for june29, 2009 yunusforum.net celebration of dr yunus 69th birthday and one-day Yes We Can youth dialogue
       


    IWM: had argument with teachers today as to whether safebanks exist in US; one day kids will mark teachers exam cards; til then better pretend my mindset has been brainwashed
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    YUkashfpakistan  
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    YUmicrocreditsummit

    IWM: if another man is to get a Nobel P , vote for Sam
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    YUjamiibora
     
    IWM: If I could have 3 Nobel P wishes: urgently one for Ingrid, one for Benedicte, and one for whichever woman does most to connect sustainability2012 
     
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    IWM: If Grameen Foundation can be started on $6000 loan, there's hope for us family foundations yet
     
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     IWM: hi gdad - oh lucky man - reading Indian economics corresspondence course as a teenager while waiting to navigate RAF planes out of Dhaka; married daughter of Sir KK Bar of London barrister who spent 25 years connecting round gandhi (from imprisoning him to writing up laws of India's Independence; The Economist's founder of entrepreneurial revolution networks 1976 http://erworld.tv/ - so why didn't Mirpur publish his 2008 xmas present to Dr Y http://yunusforum.net/?p=80 in time for son of microcredit to connect
     
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    IWM: UHU hope you met Yunus in Melbourne march 2010

    first entrepreneurial game for every teenager to be - open source gordon dryden, new zealand

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    Thursday, July 21, 2011

    NOT MY GENERATION’S NEWS OF THE WORLD

          Hello young people everywhere, from Tunisia to Egypt , Greece to Spain , Japan to Bangladesh . 

        

          Don’t despair; the 2010s can be the most exciting decade ever. We will increase our potential to lead joyful and productive lives, provided that media promotes and celebrates valuable social actions. A first step in the right direction is empowering cultural and interpersonal curiosity so that we continuously help each other to get rid of the worst media products and least economic practices.

         

          That was the test that my late grandfather, Norman Macrae, set himself and fellow journalists working in the cause of humanity during 40 years of reporting for The Economist, and why he asked people like me to spread good news stories once a year after his passing.

         

          Every time one of the world’s most toxic media organizations collapses, that is good news. In Britain this weekend, young people have cause to celebrate the end of The News of The World. Wrapped up in the 20th century’s most popular British tabloid was everything we don’t need if we are to help promote the sustainability of the economic and ecological systems on which our future depends.

          

          Let us hope that the BBC remembers this, as it chooses how to celebrate Queen Elizabeth’s swansong, the 2012 Olympics: a golden opportunity to promote the joy of youth, the true commonwealth and the linkage of community actions enhancing sustainability, everywhere in the world.

          The actions of News of the World reporters illustrate the worst possible uses of mobile telecommunications. Since Norman Macrae first discussed the networking possibilities of mobile phones in 1984, his friends and colleagues in the Entrepreneurial Revolution have been searching for the best possible uses.

          

          We believe that one of the most exciting of all those uses is the movement started in 1996 in Bangladesh, when 100,000 village hubs comprised of the world’s poorest mothers began linking up to exchange information, ideas and advice in the practice of sustainability economics.

          We invite all young people to record good news stories about information technology at YouthandYunus.com

          

          Let us hope that the world’s most powerful people will join youth in offering examples of how mobile phones might be used more responsibly and productively. The Murdoch family has the chance to invite the net generation to help create better news media by promoting opposite processes of journalism to that of salacious gossip sheet news.

    The best newspapers have always blended truthful journalistic endeavor with goals intended to improve the lot of the next generation. Goals for Sustainability’s world news merit come valuing youth a bit more than lawyers and lawmakers have so far done to the net generation.

          

    Bon courage, Rupert Murdoch; Au Revoir, Norman Macrae

    12:10 pm edt 

    Friday, January 28, 2011

    diary note week minus 1: prelaunch journal of social business

    Dear Sir Keith 

    (also TO's Dr Yunus and daughter Monica; editor and chairman of The Economist; exremely affordable health program director google, grameen intel mobile health program director ; my mentors in healthcare and gandhian global reconciliation paul komesaroff of Monash University and Modjtaba Sadria ex of Aga Khan Institute)

    In a week we launch an academic looking Journal with main editors adam smith scholars in glasgow and dr muhammad yunus. Its actual first audience is 3000 practice leaders, sustainability investors and those net generation youth uniting round the biggest goals of internet which dad scripted in 1984 and only Bangladesh has really been using internet for

    http://www.normanmacrae.com/netfuture.html 


    My daughter's 3 minute obituary to norman http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kT9gp7ORiJE  as a 6th generation internationalist scot deternined to reform the accidental system defects of english empire.

    (6g includes uncle davids father's 25 years of being mentored on legal reforms by Mahatma Gandhi; by 1843 our clan's 1g had seen majority of scots emigrate abroad because being taken over by english empire due to international financial scam around 1700 reduced most scots to poverty and was why James Wilson social actioned what he did and his son-in-law work in London' St James entrepreneurially revolutionises English constitution)

    It would be great if zasheem or mostofa could have your postal address to send you (and indeed anyone on this mail!) copy or copies of our first issue of The Journal which we made 7000 copies of as 2011 is the most critical year to turn economic around before dads predicted meltdown of the global market system in 2012 (first predicted in 1972 - for such simple reasons as we in the west no longer have stockmarkets investing in the future of any nations peoples. When economics stops investing in future of youth in any place all of its inter-related professions are not valuable in my family's eyes)


    I am privileged to go over on my 6th trip to dhaka: to see the net generation's heroes dr yunus twice and sir fazle abed once feb 7-9. I will try and ask them of possibilities to converge on special issues of the journal with healthcare being one of the first special issues. As dad's 1984 front cover depicted healthcare whose costs are systemised to go exponentialy up isnt economic for young people anywhere, nor is what wall street and mad avenue are still compounding


    We are looking both for authors and for people who would like to be on the sub-editorial board. Sir Fazle's Abed's BRAC has just published proceedings on replicating affordable village healthcare from a conference 2 years ago - again mostofa can include a copy on that if you would like


    20 years ago jeff devlin put me on a few healtcare projects at the various global management consultancies he worked on helathcare and european union projects selling and reporting; chris granville is my ex sainsbury's/BUPA brother-in-law who these days advises different NHS authorities on purchasing decisions and whose daughter studies history of medicine and dads writings at cambridge; cam is the yunus professor in glasgow of the connections between microbanking, job creation and community health. They were all at dads remembrance party which John and rupert kindly hosted. Sorry it got so crowded that I did a bad job in connecting people


    healthy 2011 to all, just remerging from 48 hours without power in bethesda next door to national institute of health! I wonder what more one can expect of a nation's future that spends more on arms than on civil infrastructures. I look forward to congress testimony on that thanks to 30 years of sams grassroots networks at www.results.org videos of congress's two thirds majority voting on needing yunus now are at the american teenage fan web http://www.grameeneconomics.com  or at Consider Bangladesh

    chris macrae washington dc 301 881 1655

    Social Business Crowdmaps  ... WE.net
    9:15 am est 

    Thursday, January 6, 2011

    Peoples Nations Rising - OZ part 1 of 50

    Hi Folk


    Can I introduce you to Zoe of www.10thousandgirl.com -my newest reason for believing australia can be a leading connector of what dr yunus calls (2010s) humanity's and netgen's most exciting decade


    Existing reasons include australia being one of the 3 hubs for www.microloanfoundation.org


    being a metahub for solar implementation over the world www.barefootpower.com  (recently one of the 10? winners of the G20 prize for a micro-social-franchise )


    Jonathan and lesley the two people I connect with most at www.the-hub.net  who have so far convinced 6000 entrepreneurs to start building hubs all over future capitals and vilages globe


    (I should say that the first people who introduced me to The Hunger project www.thp.org were from OZ but I am not sure where they hub out of; also if your micro thing is medicine then I believe I know oz's greatest peacemaker with medicine who hubs out of monash in melbourne- a person who inspired me to join a 500 person gandhian summit in delhi - probably the single most influential large meet for changing me; his daughter is also a great mobilised or youth actions)


    chris


    Zoe - I am an extreme purist on microcredit in that I believe it only fully works when owned by the poorest at community levels; microloanfoudation is really the only purest network that operates microcredits in poor countries (notably malawi) but was founded out of a big capital city london (with 2 extra funding hubs boston and nsw oz) (some would say finca is the other model of that kind). Its true I am a bit biassed - peter is one of 3 people to have  mentored me (and londoners) most on microcredit   - zoe is an avid user of skype zoe.lamont


    To all - zoe's dream and reality is to connect 10000 oz girls (typically in their first jobs ie 18-27?) to be more (or as) knowledgeable than anyone else in australia both about their own financial plans and about microcredit; and to invite other countrie sto emulate oz's 10000 girls (zoe elase edit if I've mis-trsnalted)


    Mostofa is editor of consider bangladesh - a viral leaflet designed both by youth and yunus-partnering leaders around Bangladesh's 40th year- whether there would be any chance of returning human reason to economics without bangaldesh is extremly doubtful from what I know about economics

    8:07 am est 

    Monday, January 3, 2011

    is usa better investor in africa than china? 2011 obama to visit africa - but where? tour of positive democratic models

    does anyone have idea on how to get consider kenya-africa brochure out as companion to consider bangladesh -where are the 5 most positive citizen-villager rising visits and sustainable investment models?


    HONOLULU – President Barack Obama is quietly but strategically stepping up his outreach to Africa, using this year to increase his engagement with a continent that is personally meaningful to him and important to U.S. interests.

    Expectations in Africa spiked after the election of an American president with a Kenyan father. But midway through his term, Obama's agenda for Africa has taken a backseat to other foreign policy goals, such as winding down the Iraq war, fighting the Taliban in Afghanistan and resetting relations with Russia.

    Obama aides believe those issues are now on more solid footing, allowing the president to expand his international agenda. He will focus in Africa on good governance and supporting nations with strong democratic institutions.

    Obama delivered that message on his only trip to Africa since taking office, an overnight stop in Ghana in 2009, where he was mobbed by cheering crowds. In a blunt speech before the Ghanaian parliament, Obama said democracy is the key to Africa's long-term development.

    "That is the ingredient which has been missing in far too many places, for far too long," Obama said. "That is the change that can unlock Africa's potential. And that is a responsibility that can only be met by Africans."

    The White House says Obama will travel to Africa again and the political calendar means the trip will almost certainly happen this year, before Obama has to spend more time on his re-election bid. No decision has been made on which countries Obama will visit, but deputy national security adviser Ben Rhodes said stops will reflect positive democratic models.

    The administration is monitoring more than 30 elections expected across Africa this year, including critical contests in Nigeria and Zimbabwe.

    "The U.S. is watching and we're weighing in," Rhodes said.

    John Campbell, a senior fellow at the Council on Foreign Relations and a former U.S. ambassador to Nigeria, said the different elections give the Obama administration the opportunity to establish clear policies.

    The administration "should be less willing to cut slack when those elections are less than free, fair and credible," Campbell said.

    The White House can send that message right now as it deals with the disputed election in Ivory Coast and an upcoming independence referendum in Sudan, which could split Africa's largest country in two.

    Rhodes said the president has invested significant "diplomatic capital" on Sudan, mentioning the referendum in nearly all of his conversations with the presidents of Russia and China, two countries which could wield influence over that Sudan's government.

    When Obama stopped in at a White House meeting last month of his national security advisers and United Nations ambassadors, the first topic he broached was Sudan, not Iran or North Korea. And as lawmakers on Capitol Hill neared the December vote on a new nuclear treaty with Russia, Obama called southern Sudan leader Salva Kiir by telephone to offer support for the referendum.

    White House officials believe the postelection standoff in Ivory Coast could be the model for Obama's stepped-up engagement in Africa.

    The president tried to call incumbent President Laurent Gbagbo twice last month, from Air Force One as Obama returned from Afghanistan and then a week later. Neither call reached Gbagbo; administration officials believe the Ivorian leader sought to avoid contact. So Obama wrote Gbagbo a letter, offering him an international role if he stopped clinging to power and stepped down.

    But Obama also made clear that the longer Gbagbo holds on, and the more complicit he becomes in violence across the country, the more limited his options become, said a senior administration official. The official insisted on anonymity to speak about administration strategy.

    Human rights groups have accused Gbagbo's security forces of abducting and killing hundreds of political opponents. The U.N. says it also has been barred entry from two suspected mass graves.

    Rhodes said the White House understands that U.S. involvement in African politics can be viewed as meddling. But he said Obama can speak to African leaders with a unique level of candor, reflecting his personal connection to Africa and that his father and other family members have been affected by the corruption that plagues many countries there.

    Officials also see increased political stability in Africa as good for long-term U.S. interests — a way to stem the growth of terrorism in east Africa and counterbalance China's growing presence on the continent.

    The U.S. was caught off guard during the 2009 climate summit in Copenhagen when several African countries voted with China and not the U.S., the administration official said. The official said the administration must persuade African nations that their interests are better served by aligning with the U.S.

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    IWM: http://jamiibora.ning.com/  Futureofbbc.com  NoTimeleft.org

    THE FUTURE WONT BE NORMAL BUT IT CAN BE NORMAN!
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    3:01 pm est 

    Saturday, September 11, 2010

    Dr Muhammad Yunus must be the most famous person never to be alowed on the West's mass media (ok occasionlaly serious news debates way past prime time but compared with the hundreds of hours a year sporting or pop celebrities get to shop for youth celebrity status on mass media
     
    So it is truly heroic for Rupert Murdoch's Fox to animate Dr Yunus - Sunday October 3, 2010 Prime Time USA-
    massmedia age will never be the same again - and now YES WE CAN: young people I network will sing for hope to the rooftops (and as you know in skyscraper cpitals that's quite  long wy to share ones voice)

    Good Old Rupert: I remember grandad's stories of balls in saint james where the crowds flocked to tango with the princess while your circle at the other end of the room debated what can media do for humanity  

    Good Old Grandad- a golden oldie from his 1984 book:
    changing economics as chartered in 1984 

    Changing Economics

    The introduction of the MicroCentrebank was the last great act of government before government grew much less important. It was not a conception of policy-making governments at all, but emerged from the first computerised town meeting of the world. By 2005 the gap in income and expectations between the rich and poor nations was recognised to be man's most dangerous problem. Internet linked television channels in sixty-eight countries invited their viewers to participate in a computerised conference about it, in the form of a series of weekly programmes. Recommendations tapped in by viewers were tried out on a computer model of the world economy. If recommendations were shown by the model to be likely to make the world economic situation worse, they were to be discarded. If recommendations were reported by the model to make the economic situation in poor countries better, they were retained for 'ongoing computer analysis' in the next programme. The truth of this 2005 breakthrough tends to irk the highbrow. It succeeded because it was initially a rather downmarket network television programme. About 400 million people watched the first programme, and 3 million individuals or groups tapped in suggestions. Around 99 per cent of these were rejected by the computer as likely to increase the unhappiness of mankind. It became known that the rejects included suggestions submitted by the World Council of Churches and by many other pressure groups. This still left 31,000 suggestions that were accepted by the computer as worthy of ongoing analysis. As these were honed, and details were added to the most interesting, an exciting consensus began to emerge. Later programmes were watched by nearly a billion people as it became recognised that something important was being born. These audiences were swollen by successful telegimmicks. The presenter of the first part of the first programme was a roly-poly professor who was that year's Nobel laureate in economics, and who proved a natural television personality. He explained that economists now agreed that aid programmes could sometimes help poor countries, but sometimes most definitely made their circumstances worse

    11:01 am edt 

    Thursday, February 25, 2010

    My 7 year birthday wish on becoming a teenager. I hope that the tv advertising spot is downsized; seen as the most costly and dumbest of media by my peer coming of age generation; the interesting question is what will replace it - the Danone brand has the best idea I've seen yet empowering 3000 youth at at time to be job creators of a better world -and making sure those 3000 are networkers of self-esteem that cheers the world up and brings sustainability back to every community they linkin to
     
    http://www.youtube.com/user/SocialBusinessFanArt
    http://www.facebook.com/socialbusinessfanart?v=wall

    danonecommunitieshttp://www.danonecommunities.com/fr/generationsolidairefeedbackof people on stage on 4 feb I ws interewsted to know moire about christine kelly's media rsearch ; sofia was particulry interested in one ofr the 4 short presentations- may be she can pick out the name "Génération solidaire: réinventons, entreprenons!" a été le rendez-vous de différentes communautés pour rencontrer le Pr. Muhammad Yunus, Martin Hirsch, Christine Kelly, Franck Riboud, Frédéric Dalsace, Wilhelm Ernst Wenders, Hapsatou Sy, Charles-Edouard Vincent, Nicolas Baboin, Saïd Hammouche. Après une semaine déjà chargée de rendez-vous, le Pr. Yunus a échangé sur les envies de changer le monde et d’entreprendre avec les autres témoins, et avec le public de jeunes et d’étudiants, futurs acteurs des nouvelles solidarités (70% de moins de 30 ans ; plus de 400 SMS partagés... à suivre ;-).new facebook - clubhttp://www.facebook.com/socialbusinessfanart#!/socialbusinessfanart?v=infoA social business is a non-loss, non-dividend company designed to address a social objective.
    This concept has been defined by Pr. Muhammad Yunus in his book Creating a World without Poverty - Social Business and the Future of Capitalism. Pr. Yunus is the founder of Grameen Bank, the first Microfinance organization: in 2006, he awarded the Nobel Peace Prize, "for his effort to create economic and social development.”

    In the 4th of February, in Paris (
    France), almost 3000 people gathered around Pr.Yunus to discuss Social Business initiatives. Before this event, volunteers decided to build a fresco to promote this way to design a new capitalism. 
    4:21 pm est 

    Wednesday, February 24, 2010

    Grameen Shikkha : Employment Agency, Vocation Training Hubs, Scholar Updating
    .
    Grameen Shikkha will train Grameen Shakti technicians and field assistants
    According to an agreement recently signed between Grameen Shikkha and Grameen Shakti (Grameen Energy) -- the biggest solar energy company in Bangladesh, Grameen Shikkha will provide training to Grameen Shakti technicians and fields assistants. The agreement was signed on January 26, 2010 by Grameen Shikkha Managing Director Ms. Nurjahan Begum and Grameen Shakti's acting Managing Director Mr. Abser Kamal. Grameen Shikkha will provide the  training under its vocational training program called 'Grameen Shikkha - CISD Vocational Training Program'.

    http://www.grameen-info.org/grameen/gshikkha/

    Grameen Shikkha will train Grameen Shakti technicians and field assistants

    Mostofa - this could grow into very big news indeed - if every grameen employment agency & vocation centre becomes the training centre of all of Grameen Energy Franchises as one of the largest solar unit installers in the world. It could grow both Shikkha and Shakti and linkin with Yunus Uni Centres.

     When you get  chance now that you are back in Dhaka could you find out from Mrs Begum what the first steps of this are and reply to this circulation list

    In particular April is a founding director of Grameen Shakti back in 1996? and her model www.microenergycredits.com remains one of the most exciting free markets sustainability has. She will be at Kemya microcreditsummit where sofia's 3 person team for LondonCreativeLabs.com is aiming to make any job creation sb connections as well as understand how youth mobile microcredit can zing around souther hemisphere in the way that Spains' Queen Sofia cheerleads 

    thank you chris

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    http://www.grameen-info.org/grameen/gshikkha/

    Grameen Shikkha will train Grameen Shakti technicians and field assistants

    http://www.grameen-info.org/grameen/gshikkha/

    Grameen Shikkha will train Grameen Shakti technicians and field assistants

    Mostofa - this could grow into very big news indeed - if every grameen employment agency & vocation centre becomes the training centre of all of Grameen Energy Franchises as one of the largest solar unit installers in the world. It could grow both Shikkha and Shakti and linkin with Yunus Uni Centres.

     When you get  chance now that you are back in Dhaka could you find out from Mrs Begum what the first steps of this are and reply to this circulation list

    In particular April is a founding director of Grameen Shakti back in 1996? and her model www.microenergycredits.com remains one of the most exciting free markets sustainability has. She will be at Kemya microcreditsummit where sofia's 3 person team for LondonCreativeLabs.com is aiming to make any job creation sb connections as well as understand how youth mobile microcredit can zing around souther hemisphere in the way that Spains' Queen Sofia cheerleads 

    thank you chris

    According to an agreement recently signed between Grameen Shikkha and Grameen Shakti (Grameen Energy) -- the biggest solar energy company in Bangladesh, Grameen Shikkha will provide training to Grameen Shakti technicians and fields assistants. The agreement was signed on January 26, 2010 by Grameen Shikkha Managing Director Ms. Nurjahan Begum and Grameen Shakti's acting Managing Director Mr. Abser Kamal. Grameen Shikkha will provide the  training under its vocational training program called 'Grameen Shikkha - CISD Vocational Training Program'.

    Previously
    Chris,
    Since you asked, here are all the youtube videos I’ve posted on this so far...
    I am of course saving some of my best stuff for the film, which I hope to have done in the fall.
    Thanks,
    Holly


    Bonsai Trailer
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PvawK4ZuerM

    Social Business
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZDK01Jb4avs

    Grameen Check
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dCkaw_NgwZA

    Grameen Shikkha
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AzZmyeG_dC8

    Grameen Green Children Eye Care Hospital
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=81iRwMqzbQs

    The Davos Question
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ngNUvukZY3U

    Small Change (Bonsai’s first trailer)
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BvrzVVzrDqE


    Holly Mosher      
    Filmmaker for Change
    <http://www.filmmakerforchange.com>
    <http://twitter.com/FilmsForChange.com)

    Dear Nurjahan


    1 Your work is so wonderful. I will always wonder whether Grameen would have been womens and youths most vital network without your founding heart.The microentrepreneur empowerment of the 3 hemi-pops - poor, women, youth - are the worldwide's only chance at sustainability that I can find.


    2 Sofia is now working full time on her own job creation social business in London http://www.londoncreativelabs.com/ , and I am wondering whether there are any ways we can create action learning exchanges


    2.1 You may know that Mostofa Zaman is now back in Dhaka and needs to work out how his official web http://www.yunusforum.net/ can maximally connect with Dr Yunus and your work with interns and every youth constituency inclluding the 1000 youth the Nobel prize judge talked to summer of 2008


    2.2 Apart from the alumni of Grameen Shikkha (secondary scholarships, vocation training camp we visted, university loans, Grameeen employment agency) dad and I have for many years been a huge fan of the world's largest school - 31000 children in Lucknow run by the Gandhi family whose 2 sisters sofia and I know well; http://cmseducation.org/ http://www.jagdishgandhiforworldhappiness.org/


    If my father paid for an air ticket, would you have time to go and visit the school in lucknow as they would love to unite their students and yours in alumni associations or some social action-business team competitions; obviously dad would also pay for a ticket for mostofa and for sofia to join in so that you could all meet the Gandhi family at the same time. They are quite closely aligned with former India President Kalam who has asked that youth tear up any schools curricula tha are not sustainable, and one of the school's projects from the start has been getting students to champion what a micro union of nations would do- this was a main topic of Dr Yunus speech at India parliament


    sincerely


    chris macrae


    washington DC 301 881 1655

    http://www.isabellawm.com/ family foundation
    :


    From: Grameen Shikkha <nurjahan-
    Subject: Scholar update 2009
    To: chris.macrae@yahoo.co.uk
    Date: Wednesday, 24 February, 2010, 7:33

    Dear Chris,

    Greetings from Grameen Shikkha!

    Please find attached update on progress of studies of the scholar sponsored by you under Grameen Shikkha Scholarship Management Program.

    Thanking you very much for your participation in GSSMP to support poor meritorious students in their studies.

    Best regards,

    Nurjahan --
    8:51 am est 

    Tuesday, January 19, 2010

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    Collaboration Partners with Youth's Futures: I have 21 days left to discuss with my teachers at our school 12 miles from the white house what should a pre-teen american know about how to ask questions copnnecting above- whether or not you can help in the next 20 days please contact my dad at info @worldcitizen.tv if you have any future ideas to free-the-knowhow of sustainable 12 year olds' futures of jobs:
    CP1 MICROSB Banks:  Where to click eg 1 to see -and then discuss-  social business founded in poorest communities between 1976 and 2005
    CP2 FOUNDATIONS 2.0: Apart from Nike, which other Foundations empower the girl effect; and apart from ending nurseless villages what girl jobs do networks who value girl effect help co-create
    CP12 Collaboration ChangeWorldNets : How do netizens continue to share research started in london on 2006 on most trusted collaboration entrepreneurs and the geatest human goals ever mediated
    CP11 DigiYouth Job Creation - if youth and cities do no priortise sustainable job creation what is the point fo capitals? Why can't every city have a http://londoncreativelabs.com/ for school children to visit?
    6:10 pm est 

    Friday, January 8, 2010

    who in the world of women and yunus links youth job creation out of meta-capitals NY & london
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    Economics has a black hole which needs filling first in london and new york of a panel of say 10 women who get it; get that civilisation & youth microentrepreneur discovery of self collapses if you devalue family and community too much;


    alexis you can use your ability as an essayist to go see which women in new york want to be interviewed on their subject - does wendy kopp the founder of teach for america want to be? is there anyone still at the hunger project who gets it the way lynne twist did-

    Do either of the novogratz’s at ted or acumen get it?

    I am sure that you two can start making a list then I can ask people like heather booth and sam daley harris if they have one contact

       
     

     january 09’ wsih to yunus at NY sheraton towers to compile first 1000 social business web www.socialbusiness.tv & a lot of talk , yunus youth ambassador ... social business student clubs are absolutely needed 2010-11
    primary goals - something you would want to peer to peer network around town and to be compatible with new yunus book that clive is publishing
    assume you would form a bookclub of at least 20 peers if www.yunusbook.com gives you the book
    will be up in new york on 20 january; meeting isn't essential to decide this but can meet if you want to
     
     BUILDING SOCIAL BUSINESS
    The New Kind of Capitalism that Serves Humanity's Most Pressing Needs
    MUHAMMAD YUNUS
    WITH KARL WEBER
    SUMMARY   |  EXTRAS 
    The Nobel Peace Prize-winner shows how the social business model can harness the entrepreneurial spirit to address poverty, hunger, and disease

    Muhammad Yunus, the practical visionary who pioneered microcredit and, with his Grameen Bank, won the 2006 Nobel Peace Prize, has developed a visionary new dimension for capitalism which he calls "social business." By harnessing the energy of profit-making to the objective of fulfilling human needs, social business creates self-supporting, viable commercial enterprises that generate economic growth even as they produce goods and services that make the world a better place.

    In this book, Yunus shows how social business has gone from being a theory to an inspiring practice, adopted by leading corporations, entrepreneurs, and social activists across Asia, South America, Europe and the US. He demonstrates how social business transforms lives; offers practical guidance for those who want to create social businesses of their own; explains how public and corporate policies must adapt to make room for the social business model; and shows why social business holds the potential to redeem the failed promise of free-market enterprise.



    www.herstory.tv  www.nycreativelabs.com www.dccreativelabs.com  

    www.isabellawm.com family foundation chris macrae  301 881 1655  301 881 1655



    anyone Celebrating this event?

    January 20, 2010 | 6:00 PM | 20 Fifth Avenue, 5th Floor | New York NY 10001 RSVP


    A new movement called philanthrocapitalism promises to save the world by applying a market-based perspective to various social and economic challenges. How well can this approach solve the complex and nuanced goals of fundamental social transformation? Some argue that philanthrocapitalism is a new and innovative way to breathe life and resources into the causes for which we advocate. Others maintain that business-based solutions are based on an entirely different set of principles, and will never inspire the collaborative spirit necessary for true change.

    Join us for the book launch of Small Change: Why Business Won't Save the World by Demos Distinguished Senior Fellow Michael Edwards. Edwards will be joined by The Economist's Matthew Bishop, author of Philanthrocapitalism: How Giving Can Save the World and the upcoming The Road from Ruin: How to Revive Capitalism and Put America Back On Top. The authors will draw upon their recent books to discuss and debate the costs and benefits of philanthrocapitalism in tackling our toughest social problems, both in the US and globally.

    About the Speakers:
    photo Michael Edwards is a Distinguished Senior Fellow at Demos and author of the newly published Small Change: Why Business Won't Save the World. Edwards is a writer and activist based in upstate New York. He is currently a Senior Visiting Scholar at the Wagner School of Public Service at New York University, and is also affiliated with the Brooks World Poverty Institute at Manchester University in the UK. From 1999 to 2008, he was the Director of the Ford Foundation's Governance and Civil Society Program in New York. Prior to the Ford Foundation, Edwards worked at the World Bank, Oxfam-GB, Save the Children-UK and other NGOs in Washington DC, London, Colombia, Zambia, Malawi, and India. His writings have helped to shape a more critical appreciation of the global role of philanthropy and civil society, and to break down barriers between researchers and activists across the world.
    photoMatthew Bishop is New York Bureau Chief for The Economist, and previously served as its London-based Business Editor. His 2008 book, Philanthrocapitalism: How Giving Can Save the World, is a positive analysis of the role of private money in achieving social change. Bishop's  new book, The Road from Ruin: How to Revive Capitalism and Put America Back On Top, will be released this month. He is also the author of several Economist special survey supplements, including "The Business of Giving," which looks at the industrial revolution taking place in philanthropy, "Kings of Capitalism," an analysis of the private-equity industry, smong others. Before joining The Economist, Bishop was on the faculty of London Business School. He was also on the Advisors Group of the United Nations International Year of Microcredit 2005, and has been honored as a Young Global Leader by the World Economic Forum.

    This event will be webcast live at www.demos.org. Light refreshments will be served.

    To RSVP, click here, or contact Jinny Khanduja at jkhanduja@demos.org or

     

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    following version 0 - for debate- 12 seat roundtable in systainabilut gamesboard collaboration partners

     

     

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    Sustainability Collaboration Partner (CP) Type 2010.1  

    Example

    GG Alumni –system exp

    1 Social Business Microeconomics case Replicator

    Grameen Bank – has about 50 microeconomic franchises to replicate around the world in addition to  the famed microcredit banking for the poor. These range from the most economic village model of solar energy to exciting applications of mobile

    Grameen Staff (though some are all of 1-12), Cure2Children

    2 Global Corporate Brands

    Danone started the most extraordinary revolution in global branding by partnering Grameen . This shows that world class brands can go way beyond the era of greenwashing - how many other corporate brand partners in sustainability do you expect Grameen to make by the end of 2010.?Current registered list 6; current pilot list about 14.

    Danone, Veolia, BASF, Otto, Adidas

    3 University Yunus Centres

    About 7 Universities have so far joined forces with Yunus in contributing parts of the missing business curriculum of freeing global markets to value sustainability and collaboratively empowering local community building. Europe leads the way with 3 – USA hopes to catch up with extraordinary California Centre opening end Feb 2010.

    Hec, AIT, CSUCI, Glasgow Caledonian, Berlin Free, Kyushu, Ryoko

    4 DigiYouth Job Creation Labs & Forums

    Since 1984 economists have forecast that technology will be used in the 2010s to create or destroy a billion jobs and the way youth are empowered to co-create is pivotal. As yet only Dhaka youth get this  microentreprenurial challenge –at least that is what the head of the Nobel judges came to celebrate with 1000 youth there summer 2008. Can you help the moderator of Dr Yunus 69th birthday party http://londoncreativelabs.com/conversations/  and co-moderator of dvd 10000 http://ynus10000.com  map where other youth & digital job creation labs are rising?

    Youth Job Creation: Londoncreativelabs, san germignano;

    Digi: GrameenSolutions, scout24, SAP


    5 Place Leaders – with governments lagging in collaboration leadership around resolving climate crises, who are the leaders in your place who are standing up for popular votes to return sustainability around the globe. Please note this issue is a huge one for true collaboration friends of Dr Yunus because Bangladesh is most likely to be the first 100 million nation to be washed away if we twiddle our climate clicking fingers too long with out coordinating action

    Credit where credit is due – the royals hunt of the sun across Europe is one of the most encouraging place leadership networks for sustainability we have seen with Prince Albert in Monaco and Prince Charles in the UK networking funds and prizes. Traditional microcredit royals expected to join in are Queen Sofia of Spain and Prince Guillaume in Luxembourg. Please send us news of your nation’s hall of sustainability fame leaders.

    Duchy of luxembourg, mayor of milan by videocast, Governor of Caldas, Ministers for Albania

    6 Social Business Funds Leaders

    Three cheers for the geographical region of France leading the way on this with the first fund being one of Danone’s contributions , next 2 funds emerging around the Grameen Credit Agricole partnership and Monaco

    Islamic Development Bank, IFAH investment fund, grameen credit agricole, grameen capital india

    7 Social Business festivals timed to snap with your capitals number 1 photo call of the 2010s.

    Berlin trailed social business festivals during its 20th fall of the wall celebrations in 2009; London is asked by Dr Yunus to be the biggest SB festival of the early 2010s; cities are queuing up to form a collaborative millennium goal SC festival circle in 2015 with Milan taking a lead

    Fall of wall-grameencl, autostadt, Kyoto Forum

    8 Global branded foundations that get social business dollars recycling is far more economic that one time charitable spends

    Nike Foundation is a lead example with their Girl Effect brand putting up $5mn in a partnership connecting Grameen Nurse Institute with the worldwide race to end nurseless villages

    Nike (not present at Wolfsburg)

    9 World Hero Stages Beyond Tigers –its a strange media world when 50 types of sporting sensations can become world famous overnight but so few world cups exist for sustainability games heroines and heroes

    As yet, Nobel is the only stage with world reach equal to any of the sporting world cups- what will be the second world stage to join in?

    Not present at Wolfsburg

    10 Citizen hubs needed to quality control open source replication of social business franchises and help traditional causes convert

    http://Yunusforum.net  has been looking for citizen hubs to start this with monthly 100 meetings- as yet sustainability capital clubs haven’t emerged the way social capital and internet clubs celebrated the start of the 00’s

    Yunusforum, worldtoilet, Menschen for Menschen

    11 Collaborative Advantage of Nations- if Adam Smith was alive today, surely collaboration is the great network economics age advantage and the way to go above zero-sum in the way most global professions haven’t yet understood

    Bangladesh France and Germany seem to be the lead countries in collaborative advantage of nations with India looking a serious contender- more reports needed!

    As group with critical mass :delegates from Bangladesh, France and Germany (includes BDI)

    12 Trillion Dollar Audit value multiplication or communications partnering system integrity – innovation advisers and partner scouts on freeing global market sectors ruled by systems that are too big to fail

    As yet Dhaka is the capital en route to every other sustainability capital – where will be the second capital that professions transform to value compound future rising instead of crashing

    Yunus,  vivaldi partners, impact international, worldclassbrands, alan mitchell, Karl Webber Literary, Alan Webber, grameen america

    Traditional microcredit financial experts : Grameen Foundation, Grameen Trust, Grameen Jameel

    As yet unclassified: Boehringer Ingelheim, Deutsche Telecom, Freshfields Bruckhaus, Systain Consulting, Unicredit, Baumax, UNHCR,...

    10:45 am est 

    Tuesday, November 24, 2009

    Grameen Shikkha Secondary Scholarships -open source property asserted by The Social Busienss Action Team - Q&A welcomed by team - chris.macrae @yahoo.co.uk

     

    For those able to offer approximately $1500 free loan over 5 years, this is one of the greatest opportunities. Keeping a village child in secondary school whose family would not otherwise be able to afford it will change her (75% of scholarships go to girls) or his life. Particularly since after secondary school, Grameen will offer an increasing number of free apprenticeships from nursing to solar energy technician –all making vital contributions to the country’s and the person’s development.

     

    Grameen Shikha projects come under the personal direction of the female co-founder of Grameen. I am not at all sure that microcredit as one of the most extraordinary womens empowerment movements ever would have been realised without Mrs Nurjahan Begum. She is one of our favourite sources in the world for social businesses concerned with job creation. This is probably the most widespread challenge for 21st century youth everywhere, and yet most schools and institutions for young people seem to offer little help.

    http://www.grameen-info.org/grameen/gshikkha/index.php?option=com_content&task=blogcategory&id=13&Itemid=60
    6:33 pm est 

    Saturday, November 21, 2009

    what kind of change agent do you want to be when you grow up?
    changeworld.net  nobeleconomicspeace.com -rsvp info@worldcitizen.tv to suggest a web where parents help kids go or answers    -dedication: To The Gandhi Family who run the world's favourite school 31000 children as a social business at Lucknow- the only school to have won an UNESCO peace award ; its founders believe what peace a kid understands entering teenager-hood is what peace she or he will multiply through life. Is there one school in your country that shares this curriculum vitae? - if so we would love to link it.   

  • Paul Komesaroff main host & Modjtaba Sadria are friends of mine since 2003; I am techinically still UK reporter for GRN. There is no deeper inter-citizens summit for conflict resolution that I know of in 15 years of searching  

  • chris macrae family foundation usa 301 881 1655

    .Entire Education in the world must be concerned with the affairs of the age i.e. Disunity
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  • ·  Amman Jordan 14-17 Dec, 2009

    http://global-cities.info/amman09/background The summit will be hosted by HRH Prince Hassan of Jordan.

    Conveners:

  • Health-care and Medicine
    Conveners: Paul Komesaroff , GRN founder 2003, Professor of Medicine, Monash Uni
  • Learning and Education
    Conveners: Fazal Rizvi and Nedal Jayousi
  • Livelihoods and Money
    Conveners: Gavan Mooney
    Suresh Sundrum for the Foreign Aid sub-theme
    Modjtaba Sadria for the Microfinance sub-theme
  • ·  GRN 1  2004  Delhi
    Our chief guest Reddy, Minister of Broadcasting & nfo Tech
    Our convenors: ·  Paul Komesaroff  Dr. Kalyan Kumar Chakravarty, IGNCA and Senior Civil Servant Bhopal  Ganesh Devy - Bhasha Research for Nomads

    *The names of keynote speakers will be added to this list as they become confirmed.   
  • Alphonso Lingis (USA)

    Alphonso Lingis is professor of philosophy emeritus at the Pennsylvania State University.  He has published Excesses: Eros and Culture (1984), Libido: The French Existential Theories (1985). Phenomenological Explanations (1986), Deathbound Subjectivity (1989), The Community of Those Who Have Nothing in Common (1994), Abuses (1994), Foreign Bodies (1994), Sensation: Intelligibility in Sensibility (1995), The Imperative (1998), Dangerous Emotions (1999), Trust (2003), Body Modifications: Evolutions and Atavisms in Culture (2005), The First Person Singular (2007), and Violence and Splendor (2009).

    Carol Kidu (Papua New Guinea)

    Dame Carol Kidu is the first female cabinet minister in Papua New Guinea, serving as Minister for Community Development. Since assuming the role in 2002 she has radically changed the policy emphasis from minimal top-down service delivery to engaged community partnerships. She was made a Dame Commander of the Order of the British Empire in January 2005. In 2007, the magazine Islands Business named her ‘Person of the Year. In 2009, she was made a knight of the Légion d'honneur by France, for ‘her dedication to helping women, young girls, children, the physically and mentally impaired and her commitment to fighting discrimination.

    Pat Anderson (Australia)

    Pat Anderson is an Alyawarre woman renowned nationally and internationally as a powerful advocate of disadvantaged people, with a particular focus on the health of Indigenous peoples of Australia. She was Chair of the National Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Organisation, the peak national Aboriginal health organisation. .

    Kushil Gunasekara (Sri Lanka)                          

    Kushil Gunasekera is head of the Foundation for Goodness, an NGO founded in 1999 that responded to the impact of the 2004 tsunami in Gunasekera's home village of Seenigama by building a model village with 30 innovative programs. These programs catered for all sections of the community, but with particular emphasis on the empowerment of children and youth. 

    Fernanda Borges (Timor Leste)

    Fernanda Borges is Founder and President of the Partido Unidade Nacional (PUN), Chair to the Committee on Constitutional Issues, Justice, Government Legislation Public Administration and Local Government and the leader of the Parliamentary Committee for Human Rights. Borges was appointed Minister of Finance in 2001 for the United Nations Transitional Administration in East Timor. Prior to this, she worked as an Economic Adviser, Head of Finance, Budget and Economic Affairs and Special Assistant to the Deputy Special Representative of the UN Secretary General, a Financial Adviser to the Right Reverend Bishop of Dili, and as a commercial banker in Sydney for ten years.

    Daniel E. Doyle (Jr). (USA)

    Dan Doyle was founder and is Executive Director of the Institute of International Sport, inaugurated in 1986. At the core of each Institute program is education and cultural awareness to enable future world leaders to design workable solutions. The first World Scholar-Athlete Games were held in 1993 at the University of Rhode Island, and brought together high school students from 108 countries for 12 days of competition and collaboration. Since then, the Institute has administered the World Scholar-Athlete Games in 1997, 2001 and 2006, drawing approximately 2,000 young people at each event, with representation from a total of 192 countries. Dan Doyle's most important project is the forthcoming Scholar-Athlete Games World Youth Peace Summit, which will be held in July 2011 in Connecticut, USA. The Summit, which will be held in conjunction with Doyle's Institute for International Sport's 25th Anniversary, will welcome approximately 25,000 individuals from virtually every country in the world, including thousands of graduates of past Scholar-Athlete Games. Participants will leave the Summit with specific training on how to initiate "Pathways to Peace" programs in their respective homelands.

    John Eales (Australia)

    John Eales AM is an Australian former rugby union player, businessman and author.  After a 10 year sporting career, including the last 6 as captain of the side, he retired from the Australian Rugby Union Team, The Wallabies, in 2001.  John is a founder of the Mettle Group, a firm specialising in leadership training, cultural development and structural change in organisations, which was purchased by Chandler Macleod in 2007.  He currently works across both those organisations. He also is a director of International Quarterback, a company specialising in sports management, the Sport Australia Hall of Fame, Lifehouse Cancer Centre in Sydney, and consults to BT Financial Group among other organisations. He is the author of two books, Learning from Legends Sport and Learning from Legends Business. John completed a Bachelor of Arts, majoring in Psychology, from the University of Queensland in 1991.

    Miguel Alvarez representing himself and Bishop Samuel Ruiz (Mexico)      

    Miguel Alvarez is a long-time activist, mediator and assistant to Bishop Ruiz. He has organized and led numerous social organizations throughout Mexico. Currently, he is President of SERPAZ (Services and Advice for Peace) and coordinates the organization Peace with Democracy. Bishop Samuel Ruiz of San Cristobal de las Casas, Chiapas, played a key role in brokering peace between the Zapatistas and the Mexican Government. For 50 years he has been very vocal in defending indigenous populations and human rights and calming conflicts in Central America.

    Modtjaba Sadria (Iran/UK)

    Professor Modjtaba Sadria coordinates a study group on Autonomy in Muslim Thought. Between 1989 and 2007 he was at the University of Tokyo, and Central University of Tokyo as Visiting Researcher and Professor, teaching and leading research on Japanese world outlook. His graduate studies were conducted in France and Canada in the fields of philosophy and cultural studies. He is a member of the Global Reconciliation Network and has been a member of the Master Jury and of the Steering Committee of the Aga Khan Award for Architecture. He was also a member of organizing committee of Kyoto International Cultural Forum (2002-2007). Dr Sadria's numerous publications include: Multiple Modernities in Muslim Societies (edited volume, 2009), ‘Hegemony, Ethics and Reconciliation’ in Pathways to Reconciliation (chapter in edited volume, 2008), Dialogical Views on Today’s World (2006),  Realism: Trap of International Relations (1996), Ainsi l’Arabie est Devenue Saoudite, l’Harmatten (1985).

    Ian Campbell (Australia)

    Ian Campbell, a physician and international health programme consultant, facilitates participatory design and evaluation of home and community based approaches to a range of health issues. He currently coordinates ‘Affirm Facilitation Associates’, a global community of practice connecting local faith-linked responses to HIV with change in health systems and organisations. Campbell was the Chief Medical Officer at The Salvation Army Chikankata Hospital in Zambia from 1983 to 1989. Since 1990 he has engaged with many partners worldwide, often with UN collaboration, to transfer concepts and practices relating to human capacity development in response to HIV and other health and life competence issues. Dragan Klaic (Netherlands)

    (Biography forthcoming) 

    Nanko van Buren (Brazil) (Biography forthcoming) Mohammed Shaheen (Palestine) (Biography forthcoming) Habbouba Aoun (Lebanon) (Biography forthcoming) Pam Christie (USA)(Biography forthcoming) Michelinos Zambylas (Cyprus) (Biography forthcoming) Amiya Bagchi (India) (Biography forthcoming) Nedal Jayousi (Palestine)(Biography forthcoming)

  •  Zabidi Hussin (Malaysia)

    Dr Zabidi-Hussin is currently a Professor of Paediatrics with special interest in Paediatric Neurology and Ethics Education, at the Universiti Sains Malaysia. He received his medical degree from the University of Newcastle -upon-Tyne England and subsequently had further postgraduate training in Paediatric Neurology in Sydney, Tokyo and Texas Children Hospital, USA. He was the former Dean of the School of Medical Sciences, Universiti Sains Malaysia from 1999-2005 during which time he spearheaded the formal inclusion of Ethics Education, Communication Skills and Personality Development into the medical curriculum. Since then the University had continue to improve aspects of ethics in medical education especially in the area of cross cultural ethics. He was appointed Visiting Academic to the Centre for Ethics in Medicine, Monash University, Melbourne Australia in 2008 and had played active role in promoting ethics education at various national and international platforms. He is a member of the founding committee of Malaysian Bioethics Commission formed in 2009 and had participated in international ethics conference such as the recent Ethics and Clinical Setting Congress involving Indonesian Medical Schools with participation from University of Washington, held in Jogjakarta, Indonesia. His most recent write up is entitled MERCI - A Useful Systematic 'Aide Memoir 'for Clinicians in Teaching Ethics due for publication in Medical Education Journal.

    Elias Chacour (Israel)(Biography forthcoming) Tim King (USA)(Biography forthcoming) Ed Smith (UK)


  • GRN

    Goes back through history, cultures, religins- how nations drew lines boundaries because they had opposite identities but often did so in ways that only later became clear they were ecological nonsense –  how rivers flow is one example of ways one natin comes hoistage to another

     

    has very deep medical experts – now extraordinarily useful to comnnect with yunus- when I last was at GEN in Delhi I didnt have a way to connecty medical expwrts

     

    makes it clear that ad age is wiping our cultural memory – intergenerational stories we used to tell in odd thnings like nursery rhymes or dance or thatre  used to be way 2 cultures could laugh or learn from each other; commercial tv has 0% coverage of such content

     

    is in effect the deepest network because it has found people from every country that is not at peace who are able to report their own culture’s mistakes- only a very few people are brave enough to do that and only GRN is their meeting space

    Ashis Nandy http://www.google.com/search?hl=en&q=Ashis+nandy&btnG=Search&aq=f&oq=&aqi=g10 is an example he calculates governemnts killed over a many hundres of million of their own people in 20th C and this is exponentially rising

    THE DEATH OF AN EMPIRE
    Ashis Nandy

    [Published in Sarai Reader, no. 2 (2002), pp. 14-21.]

    For a commentary, see Vinay Lal, “Partitioned Selves, Partitioned Pasts”, on this website.
    Independence did not come to South Asia as a single, identifiable event in 1947, though that is way most South Asians like to remember it. The slow, painful process of dismantling British India began with the great Calcutta riots and ended with the genocide in Punjab.
    I was nine in 1946 and relatively new to Calcutta. Even at that age I could sense that the people around me had had enough of ‘shock’ and trauma. First, there had been the fear of Japanese bombing in the last days of the war, which had taken my mother, my younger brother and myself to a quieter city in the nearby state of Bihar, while my father had stayed back to work at Calcutta. The bombing was nothing to write home about, but it created tremendous panic all around and there was an exodus from Calcutta. Now we were back at the city, the war was over, and freedom was round the corner. But for a small outbreak of plague in 1946, Calcutta was limping back to normal.
    Then there was the famine of 1942, precipitated by British war-time policies. Its memory was still fresh and Calcutta wore the scars of it. People no longer died of hunger in public view, but begging and fighting for food with street dogs near garbage bins was not uncommon. The memory of thousands of people slowly dying of hunger, without any resist¬ance or violence, often in front of shops full of edibles, was still fresh in the minds of the Calcuttans. Most victims were peasants, many of them Muslims. They died without ransack¬ing a single grocery, restaurant or sweetmeat shop. Whoever thought they would fight like tigers when it came to religious nationalism? A religious massacre was the last thing we were prepared for.
    My father was a secretary of Calcutta YMCA and we stayed in a YMCA campus that had enormous lawns. Right in front of the building was a slum of poor non-Bengali Muslims from UP and Bihar, part of the large immigrant work force that kept the Bengali city alive. Everyone used to call them upcountry Muslims then. We could look into the households in the slum from our third floor apartment windows and see housewives cooking their meals and children playing. Beyond the slum were a couple of lower-middle and middle-middle class Bengali Hindu localities and, beyond them, another large slum of upcountry Muslims, Raja Bazaar. But unlike the next-door slum—modest, nameless—that slum was notorious as a den of criminals. In our slum, we used to know many of the residents by face. Some of the welfare work of the YMCA were meant for them and that also made them obsequious and friendly.

    As the tough negotiations for transfer of power began to heat up and communalise the political atmosphere, in front of our eyes the slum dwellers turned into active supporters of the Muslim League. They began to fly the green flag of the party and, some¬times, take out small processions accompanied by much frenzied drum beating . Many of the enthusiasts were middle aged and looked very poor and inno¬cuous in their tattered clothes, even while shouting aggressive, martial slogans. Their new-found politics did not change our distant but friendly social equation with them. We, the child¬ren, were not afraid of them, and when we teased them, they smiled. They would passionately shout their slogans and we the kids would reply in our tinny voices: Kanme bidi, muhme pan, Ladke lenge Pakistan. In any case, their fierce slogans seemed totally incongruous with their betel-nut chewing, easy style.
    On August 16, our domestic help told my mother that while walking to our place through the slum, she had seen some of the residents assembling and sharpen¬ing knives and sticks. As this was not as uncommon sight during Mohurram, she felt they were preparing for some religious procession. She did not even know that the Muslim League had declared a Direct Action Day in support of its demand for Pakistan. No one took the declaration seriously till, suddenly in late morning, before our unbelieving eyes, Calcutta exploded. Mobs that had collected in front of the slum began to beat up Hindus; in the distance we could see houses being set on fire and looted. That was my first exposure to the politics of slums in South Asia and rioting as a crucial component of that politics.
    The YMCA building had a high wall separating it from the middle-class Hindu localities to its right. The workers at the YMCA—gardeners, guards, cooks, both Hindus and Muslims--quickly put up ladders there and brought in the frightened resi¬dents. In no time, there were about 200 families on the lawns. The main door of the building was closed. That effective¬ly contained violence in the immediate neigh¬bour¬hood. But the streets belonged to the mobs. I could see in the mobs familiar faces, now trying to look very heroic. But they also seemed to have found a chance to give petty greed a new ideological packaging and a new, a more ambitious range. They would beat up the Hindu passers-by, depriving them of their money and watches and, in one or two cases, even knifing them.
    The radio worsened things. Being govern¬ment-controlled, it gave censored news. Though even that was fearsome, few believed what they heard. They relied on even more fear¬some rumours, specially since, in other respects, the information given over the radio did not fit what they themselves were seeing. These rumours further intimidated the residents of mixed localities, and minorities began to move out of them, ghettoising the city even more. We also found the police openly partisan.
    Within two or three days the Hindus had organised themselves and begun to counter-attack. Earlier they were a majority but only theoretically. Thanks to the riots, they began to see themselves as part of a larger formation and, for the first time, we were treated to the spectacle of a Hindu nation emerging in Calcutta. The lower caste musclemen and the criminal elements, apart from castes with low-status vocations such as butchers, blacksmiths and fishermen, and even up-country Hindus, Sikhs and Nepali Gurkhas, previously consider¬ed social out¬casts or outsiders, became the heroic protect¬ors of middle-class, seden¬tary, upper-caste Bengali Hindus. What the Hindu national¬ists could not do over the previous one hun¬dred years, the Direct Action Day had done. Many years later, when I read that inter¬national wars created nations, it did not sound a cliché. I knew exactly what it meant.
    There was a neighbourhood football club, Badurbagan Sporting Club, which occasion¬al¬ly used to visit the YMCA to play friendly matches with us. Usually it was football, but sometimes cricket and basketball, too. They always were a much better team and defeated us virtually every time, except in basketball. We had a natural advantage in basketball, because they did not play it much. But they were also an exceedingly friendly lot and we used to love their company. The members were mostly in their teens and they all belong¬ed to the Hindu neighbourhood diagonally opposite our home and sandwiched between two non-Bengali-speaking Muslim communities. The riots turned the club into a new kind of formation. They became the protectors of their community and some of them openly and proudly turned into killers. The community, too, began to look at them as self-sacrificing heroes.
    Such new heroes mushroomed all over Calcutta, The reprisals they visited on the Muslims was savage. We saw an old Muslim driving a horse-drawn carriage being literally stoned to death. It was a devas¬tating experience. Even when such gory events did not take place, we were not allowed to forget the riots. I remember that for days an old woman sat every day for hours on the footpath in front of our home and cried for her son who had died in the violence. The YMCA building now had to house, on another floor, a huge number of Muslim families. Strangely, there was no hostility between the communities within the building, among either the riot victims or those serving them.
    My father, showed remarkable courage all through those days. A couple of times he even faced was threatened with death. Twice, he was shot at, once when he had aggres¬sive¬ly asked the police to be firmer with the rioters. Indian police had not yet been toughened up by their en¬coun¬ters with militants of all hues and could still be relied upon to miss.
    The family, however, was traumatised. The bloodshed and the cruelty affected everyone, but above all my father and younger brother Manish. They did not eat for days and were visibly depressed. My mother proved sturdier. She cried a lot but also kept life going. On the other hand, when my father fell seriously ill after a few weeks, the doctors diagnosed the illness as induced by that depression.
    Ours was not the only family so affected. We were Christians and could perhaps, to that extent, take a slightly more distant, non-partisan, moral position. But our names did not give any clue to our faith and my parents used to be very nervous when we brothers walked to our school just round the corner. Later on, when I heard accounts of the riots from my friends, they sounded roughly similar. Only most of them sounded terribly partisan. They claimed on behalf of their newly-defined community, simultaneously and incongruously, that they were the worst victims as well as the clear victors in the battle of faiths.

    The riots would not have stopped easily in Calcutta but for Mohandas Karam¬chand Gandhi. He undertook a fast unto death in one of the worse-affected localities of the city. No one thought the fast would work. Some of our elders in school were openly sarcastic. But it did work. In fact, it electrified the city. The detractors, of course, conti¬nued to say that had he not fasted, the Muslims would have been taught a tougher lesson. But even they were silenced by the turn of events.
    One person who moved closer to Gandhi at the time was H. S. Suhrawardy, leader of the Muslim League and Chief Minister of Bengal. In many ways, he had precipitated the riots, not perhaps because he want¬ed a blood bath, but because his consti¬tuency was mainly immigrant non-Bengali labourers, the lower-middle classes, and the lumpen proletariat. This support-base was a potent political force but always volatile and uncontrol¬lable, always waiting to be hijacked for violent causes. Suhrawardy had to depend on them and on his populist and dema¬gogic skills because he was an aristo¬cratic, Urdu-speaking Bengali leader coming from an illustrious, cultivated family that had no knowledge of the predomi¬nant¬ly peasant community of Bengali Muslims. His credentials for being a leader of Bengali Muslims were never foolproof. Bengalis may not like this, but he had picked up some of his mobili¬sa¬tional strategies from the mili¬tant nationalist leader and Bengal’s mythic hero, Subhash Chandra Bose. My suspicion is that he wanted a controlled mayhem, to show his political power to the British authorities, the Indian National Congress, and the Muslim League leadership. It turned out to be a full-scale massacre.
    Suhrawardy, however, was a man of courage. Journalist Nikhil Chakravarty once told me how, once he joined Gandhi's peace effort, Suhrawardy confronted rioting mobs unarmed and single-handed in his distinctive patriarchal style. I remem¬ber him visiting our place once or twice to meet my father who also was a part of the peace effort.
    Just when the riots began to subside, came in reports of communal violence from East Bengal. Once again, rumours and hear-says made matters worse. Whatever sem¬blance of sanity had survived the Calcutta massacre, disappeared after the stories of Noakhali and Sylhet reached other parts of eastern India. Calcutta was too tired to react, but parts of Bihar did.
    Looking back, Calcutta riots reconfirmed that while the poor as a class may not be prone to bigotry, urban slums are often the first to embrace compensatory or defensive ideas of a generic community offered by fanatics and demagogues. The slums are the natural bastions of people with broken community ties and nostalgic memories about faith grounded in such ties. When they develop new loyalties in the cities, there is touch desperation in these loyalties and a different kind of ardour associated with them. These new loyalties are, then, systematically endorsed by fearful, prosperous members of the same community, themselves unwilling to risk their lives, but willing to fight for their faith to the last slum dweller.

    The great Calcutta riots, everything said, could not match the communal carnage in Punjab. The eastern Indians were not martial enough to push things to their logical conclusion. After the first few frenzied days, the battle of faiths in Calcutta took the shape of communal riots one sees in South Asia nowadays. It became a dirty war of attrition in which the slums and the criminal gangs began to play an increas¬ingly larger role. Stabbing an unaware member of the other community became the preferred mode of warfare. I still remember the widowed mother of two teenaged school children who were Calcutta being an impersonal, diverse city, there was lesser scope there for neighbours turning against neighbours as happened in Punjab. (Though even in Punjab, we are now finding out in the course of a study, the breakdown of neighbourhoods and communities was not complete as many previously suspected.)
    In Punjab, communal violence reached the interstices of the villages society, some¬thing that had happened in Bengal only in pockets, in places like Noakhali. There is now enough evi¬dence to show that while the frame¬work of violence in both Bengal and in Punjab was supplied by religious nationalism, it allowed enough play for various forms of anomic and psychopathic behaviour. In many instances, old foes settled scores and greedy relatives exploited their own families.
    Once the Punjab violence begun, all other instances of violence paled into insignificance. The violence in Bengal and Bihar were brutal, but it had taken place partly outside span of vision of the media and middle-class consciousness. The up¬heaval in Punjab—with its forty-mile long caravans, thousands of abducted women, spectacular self-destructiveness, and large-scale ethnic cleansing—was something for the whole world to see. Urvashi Butalia, a feminist publisher who herself belongs to an affected family, has recently described, in painful detail, instances of self-destruction that would have done credit to hardened Samurais.
    Gandhi’s India had dominated the news channels for more than two decades during India’s struggle for freedom. Now, that freedom was being born in a blood bath that retro¬spectively justified the imperial theory of the likes of Winston Churchill who believed that India, left to itself, will dissolve in anarchy and violence.
    On a conservative estimate, half a million died in Punjab, another half a million in Bengal; ten million were uprooted. But the victims did not find a voice in even some of the most sensitive writers of their community. In Bengal, one of the two main kill¬ing fields, there is only a defensive, nostalgic return to the idea of less violent, ecumenical East Bengal. Except in a couple of films of Ritwik Ghatak--where the tragedy is recog¬nised but fitted in a rather pathetic, pre-war version of Marxism--there has been no effort to confront the depth of the tragedy. In Pakistan, the parti¬tion is offi¬cial¬ly seen as a victory and the uprooted as mohajirs, those who have left their home¬land for the sake of their faith. But even there few have actually talked of the sacrifice; it is seen as a ‘natural’ by-product of the division of spoils after the demise of British India.
    The only person to break through the massive wall of silence and capture something of the culture of violence, particularly the element of necrophilia that had crept into it, was Saadat Hassan Manto, a writer who had been for years a script writer for popular, commercial cinema at Bombay. In his bitter, self-mocking short stories one senses the true dynamics of the tragedy—the near-complete breakdown of communi¬ties and neighbourliness, the psychopathic and sadomasochistic components in the violence, and costs of violence paid not only by the victims but also by the perpetra¬tors.

    In the aftermath of the carnage, the millions of ordinary people caught in the hinges of history and pushed into new and, in many ways, strange countries, acquired a new identity. The 1940s introduced into the South Asian public life a new actor, the refugee—the uprooted, partly deracinated, embittered victim who knew suffering and had seen the transience of social ties, betrayal of friends, and the worst of human depravity, his own and that of others. Politics in South Asia was never to be the same again.
    The South Asian refugee, like refugees everywhere, retained and trans¬mitted to the next generation something of the personality and style of the exile. That personali¬ty and style has allowed forms of creativity of which only the psychologically homeless are capable. But they have also brought into the region’s public life the shrewd, ruthless entrepreneurship of robber barons and the politics of anomie.
    There is almost no systematic psychological study of survival and homelessness produced by the partition in South Asia. One of the very few available is a modest Ph. D. disserta¬tion turned into a book, Uprooting and Social Change, by an American socio¬logist, Stephen Keller. It suggests that those uprooted by the partition riots are not only more aggressive in their professional and public life, but also within their fami¬lies. They are more distrustful of others and, having a greater sense of invul¬nera¬bility, more willing to operate at the margin of law.
    Perhaps here lies a clue to the apparent success with which the Punjabi refugees, as com¬pared to their Bengali and Bihari counterparts, have picked up and re-arranged the fragments of their splintered lives, in India as well as Pakistan. They seem to fulfil all the psychological preconditions of the entrepre¬neurial person, as psycho¬logists like David C. McClelland used to define the personality type in the 1960s. The Bengalis in most cases had not seen the worst; for most of them, Noakhali was hearsay. The ex¬change of population in eastern India was a slow bleeding wound; it was not a one-time ethnic cleansing which affected each and every family. Half of the pre-Partition Hindu popula¬tion still remains in Bangla¬desh and in West Bengal the Muslim popula¬tion is now higher than what it was in pre-Partition days. On the other hand, the propor¬tion of Hindus and Sikhs in Pakistan’s Punjab and of Muslims in Indian Punjab is nearly zero today.

    South Asia has many things to celebrate fifty-five years after its de-colonisation. Strangely enough, one of them is the reasonable amity in which religious communities have lived in the region. Pakistan cannot take much credit for that, for after 1947, there is virtually no minority left in that country. But Bangladesh and India, despite all ups and downs, have not done too badly, despite the record of the partition riots. In India, where more data are available, this is easier to demon¬strate. The total number of persons killed in the country since independence is less than one-seventh of those killed in car accidents and one-twentieth of those killed urban crime in the United States during the period, a country which has one-third the population of India. Five months after the sensational destruction of the Babri mosque in 1992, by a party claiming to speak¬ on behalf of all Hindus, the party responsible for the destruction lost eight out of the nine State assembly seats in the district in which the mosque was located. All the consti¬tuencies had a majority of Hindu voters. A recent all-India survey shows that a majori¬ty of Hindus opposed that vandalism.
    But South Asia still seems unprepared to face the genocide that accompanied the birth of Independent states in the region. And these memories, disowned and carefully banished, regularly return to haunt the political culture of the South Asian societies. The past can be historicised and, thus, anaesthetised. But that is no guaran¬tee that it will not return, like Sigmund Freud’s unconscious, unless the new genera¬tions of South Asians are willing to painfully work through it. Partition violence cannot read only as a record of what some people did to others, for it is the repressed record of what the South Asians did to themselves. The region will have to learn to give that violence priority over even the moment of freedom, for only by ‘working through’ the memories of that violence can it acquire the right to celebrate its de-colonisation.

    See also on MANAS:
    Ashis Nandy Bibliography

    Ashis Nandy, Colloquially: excerpts from “The Defiance of Defiance and Liberation for the Victims of History: Ashis Nandy in Conversation with Vinay Lal”, in Dissenting Knowledges, Open Futures: The Multiple Selves and Strange Destinations of Ashis Nandy, ed. Vinay Lal (Delhi: Oxford, 2000)

    6:20 pm est 

    Thursday, July 2, 2009

    Gordon Dryden thelearningweb.net shares 25 years of school kids enjoying internet age:

    Some possible highlighted panels  Three countries. Three different models. Three success stories. But not one mesmerized by technology itself. Only fools worship their tools.  A digital network that links teachers, students and home so the entire family can be part of the learning, discovery process.  'We try to marry the art of teaching with the science of learning, and the benefits of interactive technology.'  All five year-olds do computer animation. Six-year-olds compose digital stories . . . twentyfirst-century literacy.  Imagine a country the same size as an average American state, with four million people, 500,000 students at 2,700 K-12 schools. And every one of those schools — private or public — is a charter school.  Each one of the 2,700 charters is a two-part compact with the Government:  First, to meet or exceed national curriculum standards. Second, to achieve excellence in specific fields. But to give individual professional teachers and principals a free hand to create those "models of excellence" as "Tomorrow's Schools". Now imagine that several school leaders experiment with marrying the world's best learning, teaching and thinking methods to the world's best interactive technology. (1)  Now what might happen if several of those "lead schools" use their combined practices to reinvent education?  It could just result in the world's best program to use digital technology as the catalyst to transform learning, teaching and schooling.  And that, I believe, is what isolated New Zealand, in the South Pacific, has started to do — with great results, specially in elementary school.  England has achieved similar results in high school—but using a different method, and IT again a major component.  And in Singapore an international school, with a global curriculum and a striking digital network linking teachers, home, students and their families is also creating a different school to model first invented over 300 years ago.  1   The resulting challenge is simple: to lead the world in "digital schooling", simply marry the best from the rest of the world with the best from your own culture.  The New Zealand experiment  Leadership, timing, corporate drive and a brilliant role model have combined to help New Zealand use IT to reinvent several aspects of schooling — specially at elementary level.  The role model is New Zealand filmmaker Peter Jackson who, as a kid, implored his parents to buy him an 8-mm camera and then to let him dig up part of the family's back garden to make movie sets. Years later Jackson's passion, talent and drive was to produce the world's biggest blockbuster movie trilogy, Lord of The Rings. And in one night to see him and team pick up 11 Academy Awards. Then, as a bonus, to turn hometown Wellington into one of the world's most innovative movie capital.  Now New Zealand kids all want to become another Peter Jackson—if they can't become international rugby football or basketball stars.  The leadership came from former Prime Minister David Lange, who in 1987 also became Education Minister. He then asked a leading corporate businessman, Brian Picot, to head up a Commission to rethink the administration of New Zealand schools. Picot's plan swung into operation as the 1980s merged into the 90s. Its aim: to release the multi-talents of the country's most innovative teachers in a drive for "excellence" in "Tomorrow's Schools".  The timing: all this coincided with the launch of the World Wide Web, network browsers like Netscape Navigator and Microsoft Explorer, plus the instant-communications revolution of Yahoo and Google. This helped link the newly unleashed teacher-talents with the new breakthroughs in instant-communications.  And the corporate drive came from the newly formed Apple Education division of the New Zealand agent for Apple Computers. Recruiting good teachers as staff, it's since shown how to use the new interactive technologies for a complete rethink of their impact on school-reform.  The early highlights of this inter-linked reform program:  The Government first abolished its Department of Education — just like that! The replacement: a scaled-down policy-advising Ministry. Then it abolished all the regional Education Boards — wham! And it turned over all power —and the saved administrative costs—to individual charter schools. To gain a charter, each school board (elected by parents and teachers) had to spell out how it would achieve "excellence" in any field it chose—relevant to its community and within curriculum guidelines. Many schools with a large Maori (Polynesian) population set out to excel in both Maori and English. In the main city of Auckland, with the world's largest Polynesian population, other schools opted to teach in Tongan and Samoan as well as English. Others, in farming, timber-processing and fishing areas, set up school farms, forestry plantations and trout-hatcheries. Others in tourist areas set out to link schools and tourist industries together.  
     Still others decided to use latest developments in digital technology as the catalyst to reinventing schooling itself. And the first big innovations came from schools that were about to be built from scratch.  Like Tahatai (Maori for "by the ocean") Coast Primary School (2), in the low-income seaside suburb of Papamoa: the first new one to be built under the "tomorrow's schools" philosophy. More than 35 percent of its population were Maori—traditionally the grouping most failed by traditional "talk and chalk" schools.  Today hundreds of teachers from around the world visit Tahatai every year. In a "digital sense", this is what they find:  All five-year-olds do computer animation. Six-year-olds compose digital stories on laptops and Apple computers. Seven-year-olds design their own websites. Eight-year-olds, working multimedia teams, study an illustrated story by a prominent New Zealand author— and, using all their different talents, turn it into a Disney-type animated cartoon. Nine-year-olds design 3-D animation to invent their "ideal school of the future". Ten-year-olds write, shoot, edit and record music for award-winning video productions. Eleven-year-olds produce, and videotape, their own musical. No graffiti or truancy at the school. In fact, students line up from 7 a.m. each day to get into school. And the school sends home no written reports; instead all are digitally recorded: on video, CD-roms or DVDs. And for any home without a computer, students can take home school laptops overnight. But Tahatai hates to be called an "IT" or "ICT" school. They regard themselves as new twentyfirst-century school, aimed at producing twentyfirst-century global citizens, "competent and confident to tackle any problem or challenge in life" on the basis of a four-part "inquiry" process:  1. How do we do it now? (the present) 2. Why did we decide to do it this way? (the past history and culture) 3. Who else is doing it better? (benchmarking the existing alternative world models) 4. And how can we invent even better solutions? (creating a better future) The New Zealand school year is split into four "terms", rather then two semesters. And at Tahatai the entire school investigates one "inquiry topic" every term? Topics like "learning how to learn", "communications" or "conservation".  They'll then use a wide range of learning technologies and methods both to research the issue and communicate their results. And all other "subjects", such as reading, writing and mathematics, will be blended into the inquiry.  They find the "whole-school inquiry" model excellent for New Zealand's many small-roll primary schools in farming and similar areas, enabling senior students to act as mentors for younger ones.  
     Computer industry leadership  While New Zealand's changes quickly produced great new ideas in a handful of schools, it didn't at first provide a conduit to share that knowledge.  Enter Apple Education. Since 1997, it has:  Organized regular teacher retraining conferences — linking a new philosophy of education with the new interactive technologies. This year's conferences: 15, spread around the country. Run Apple bus tours to take teachers to exemplar schools. Sponsored Apple tours to America: to computers-in-education conferences and visits to IT companies. And set up its own permanent IT training rooms, where teachers and others can take one-day or two-day courses in IT applications. Government role  Despite its success, the New Zealand experiment soon exposed gaps. The new structure provided no set-up to share results: to benchmark best practice.  So the Ministry appointed Carol Moffatt, principal of Oxford Area School—in a small rural community—to head the drive to change that. And in the decentralization spirit of "Tomorrow's Schools", she invited the principals of the 23 best-performing IT schools to meet and brainstorm the opportunities.  The result: to set up a program of "IT clusters", each linking a well-performing "lead" school with between six and 10 others in the same area. Any school could apply for "lead" status—and was selected on the basis of its proven results.  Eight years later, the cluster program has been spectacularly successful. More than half New Zealand's primary schools have been through the two-year cluster-process. Better still, the program has spurred some brilliant new ideas:  Some public schools, notably Sherwood and Gulf Harbor Primary, have set up fully "digital classrooms", where every child has its own computer (families pay $US340 a year extra). In their first week in first grade, every six-year-old at Sherwood learns to shoot and edit videotape. Every seven-year-old learns computer animation. Pomaria Primary, with students from 57 countries, including Pacific Polynesian traditional song-and-dance cultures, encourages all to learn and compose "digital music". All new schools have experimented with new layouts. Many don't even look like schools. And one new public elementary school, Discovery 1, has turned all Christchurch city and community into a classroom. (Students use a Disney-like fun-place adjoining the main city bus terminal as their core center—but then study botany at the city's botanical gardens, learn mathematics, marketing and design in a supermarket; then use computers to record their findings.) 4   
     New high school models  New Zealand's primary schools have been quick to grasp the new IT challenges probably because even well before the computer age they've been Dewey-modeled "discovery" centers.  Most high schools around the world, however, tend to stick with traditional 50-minute "subject teaching". And here England has provided some of the best alternative models for linking new learning and IT methods with a traditional subject-based curriculum.  This started with the "accelerated learning" methods pioneered by the Bulgarian psychologist Georgi Lozanov, using music and other methods of "relaxed alertness" to learn foreign languages much more effectively. In the 1980s English entrepreneur Colin Rose took these and turned them into tape-based do-it-yourself language courses, and followed up with his book, Accelerated Learning, (3) adding such methods as Howard Gardner's "multiple intelligences" and Tony Buzan's "mind mapping" to the mix. In 1994 his company published The Learning Revolution. (4) And soon Scottish teacher Alistair Smith (5) produced the first of his books on accelerated learning in the classroom, highlighting how traditional "subject" classrooms could be transformed by a stimulating, enjoyable, highly-involving "accelerated learning cycle".  His one-day teacher-retraining seminars took off. And nowhere more quickly than at Cramlington Community High School, near the industrial city of Newcastle-Upon-Tyne, where Smith ran his first introductory course for all staff in 1997. Head teacher Derek Wise and Science head-of-department Mark Lovatt were soon to take that "accelerated learning cycle" and start linking it to the new world of IT.  Their remarkable journey since then is told in their inspiring and practical joint book, Creating an Accelerated Learning School, and in their more recent one, Accelerated Learning: A User's Guide. (6)  Says Lovatt, who is now Director of Learning at the School: "We try to marry together the art of teaching with the science of learning, and the benefits of interactive technology: what the learning revolution is all about."  Of all the technology they use, few tools are more effective there than interactive digital whiteboards. Here the British Promethean company has become a world leader with its digital ActivBoards, and Cramlington as one of the main "working models" for its online "collaborative classroom" project: sharing lesson plans from around the world. At Cramlington every teacher and student learns how to use these state-of-the-art teaching-learning tools.  English school performance is monitored by Ofsted, the United Kingdom education review authority. It's been very critical of many botched and costly attempts to introduce interactive technology in schools. But it has singled out Cramlington as a model for how to use interactive technology as a core component for tomorrow's schools, even where restricted by a traditional subject-based curriculum.  New school of the future  For such a school curriculum, visit Singapore and the Overseas Family School. This is a private international school, with 2000 students from more than 60 countries. It was  5   
     the first in Singapore, and one of the first in the world, to introduce the full International Baccalaureate (7) curriculum for all grades from early childhood to senior high school.  But it's done much more. It has integrated the full IB curriculum with a digital network that links school administrators, teachers, students and homes, so the entire family can be part of the learning, discovery process.  At elementary school, IB study centers round six six-week or seven-week global or universal themes each year: planets of the universe, oceans of the world, endangered species—and all other "subjects" are woven into those themes. But the Singapore school's program goes much further. It uses IT and its school-family network as major components. And it adds a choice from six international languages from age six: English, Chinese, Japanese, French, German and Spanish. Each is integrated around the current global theme, so if eight-year-olds are studying the human body, their second-language lessons will be on the same subject. And, in computer labs, they'll be exploring interactive programs on the human brain and respiratory systems, then using other tools to record their findings in graphical, colorful ways.  As they move through high school, these students can not only sit, if they choose, the rigorous exams for International Baccalaureate university-entrance diplomas. They can also carry through life their own digital portfolios, stored on the school's network, to actually show proof of their talents in action. The school even shares its methods with the world, through its "School of the Future" 16-page full-color report on its website.(8)  Three countries. Three different methods. Three success stories.  All involve the new world of interactive technology and instant communications.  But not one is mesmerized by technology itself. Only fools worship their tools.  Instead, each one has used the whole new era of twentyfirst-century technology to invent part of the new school of that same century.  Just like Comenius did over 300 years ago when he used new technology to invent mass-produced textbooks and with them the "modern" school.  Just like Maria Montessori proved a century ago: create the right, stimulating environment and even small children will "explode" into self-directed learning.  Only now the "right environment" includes twentyfirst-century interactive tools.  Get your children to use them to reinvent schooling — and you could be surprised at the results.  Gordon Dryden is the New Zealand-based co-author of The Learning Revolution, a book that has sold 10.2 million copies in China. gordon(@)learningweb.co.nz   1. The author prefers to use "IT" for "interactive technology" rather than the cumbersome ICT for "information and communications technology". 2. http://www.tahatai.school.nz  3. Colin Rose, Accelerated Learning, published by Accelerated Learning Systems, Aston Clinton, United Kingdom. 4. Gordon Dryden and Jeannette Vos, The Learning Revolution, current edition published by Network Educational Press, Stafford, United Kingdom. 5. Alistair Smith, Accelerated Learning in Practice and The ALPs Approach (accelerated learning in primary school), with Nicola Call, published by Network Educational Press. 6. Derek Wise and Mark Lovatt, Creating an Accelerated Learning School and Accelerated Learning: A User's Guide, published by Network Educational Press. 7. http://www.ibo.org 8. http://www.ofs.edu.sg  — open "School of the Future".
    .=======living document cataloguing grameen and bangladeshi  social business and sustainability investment systems
    - version july 09 Dr Yunus 69th birthday dialogue special edition =====================================

    Core Social Businesses originated for members/owners of Grameen Bank in Bangladesh

    1.1 Grameenmicrocredit –a collateral-free and peer to peer microentrepreneurial system of loans and savings and village centre hubs and life insurance for the rural poorest where the first 100 Taka saved (just over a dollar) makes the member an owner of the bank which by Bangladesh law since time of constitution in 1983 is primarily owned by members with about a sixth owned by government. Established as one of a kind legal identity for poorest owned banking in 1983 from social action project begun in 1976 by 4 co-founders – Professors Yunus and Latifee, 1976 Youth Ambassadors Mrs Begum (today’s head of training and personal development and education social businesses Grameen Shikkha ) and Dipal Barua (today’s co-managing director of Granmeen Bank and head of Grameen Energy/Shakti (1996) -futher references leaflet grameen at a glance; leaflet by nobel prize judge on his july 08 speech to bangladesh youth see also 12 year old reading club search youtube.com for yunuschoolusa; bangladesh legal constitution bookmark

     

    1.2 Housing franchise & loan (the grameen house for the poorest, awarded mid 1980s the aga khan architecture prize, is minimum structure with monsoon proof roof , cyclone proof pillars, pit latrine – the whole is put in ownership of female members so that wife and children cannot be evicted if husband divorces)

    1.3 Student loans for university (ie graduation beyond secondary schooling) -this compounds the 15 year long expoential flow promised by 16 decsions of putting all village children through primary and beyond so that each leaves the system at best time for her or his microentrepreneurial freddom to produce and market

    1.4 Loans to become a mobile telephone lady and interconnect nearly 150000 hubs (known as grameen centres –a local community and collaboration space for every group of 60 members) –search also for Grameen Telecom (since 1995) and Grameenphone (since 1996) –also search “Grameen Cybernet” 1996 , “Grameen Communications 1997 ; these loans were the first time entrepreneurs started ending digital divides in a worldwide collaborative way; in other words just as banking for the por stated in 1976 or 1983, inyernetworking for the poor started in 1996; today bangladesh with such as http://www.grameensolutions.com/  is a world leader in using mobile for the poor picking off partrnerships with india and china; its as yet unclear in the history of the sustainability of the world whether 1976 or 1996 was the most magic date especially with microgreen sustainability exponentials also beginning 1996 round grameen epicentres for goodwill multiplication and 1996 also being the year in chich the hard work for getting over 2000 yes we can peopleto connevct the greatest networking process ever http://www.microcreditsummit.org/ was connected -formally announced washington dc 1997; also 1996 was when grameen started taking healthcare insurance to a new level at $2 per family per year as it started to develop a rural national health insurance collaboration map - see grameen kalyan below

    2 Other social businesses originated for members of Grameen Bank in Bangladesh

    2.1 Secondary school scholarships about 70% geared to girl power

    2.2 Grameen Check – the marketing of products nationally and internationally of garments manufactured by members who weave clothing as a villagers cottage-based industry –further keyphhtrase searches Grameen Check, Grameen Uddog (1994) & Grameen Shamogree (1996), Grameen Knitwear (1997)

    Other Social Businesses originated by Grameen for Bangladesh

    2.3 Vegetable seeds – for villagers to plant and end childrens night blindness and other vitamin deficiencies

    2.4 Grameen fisheries and livestock –keyphrase search Grameen Motsho O Pashusampad 1994, also grameen krishi 1991 

    2.5 Solar electricity – Grameen Shakti currently installs more solar units than the whole of the USA so that electricity is brought to villages for first time and in a carbon-zero way; in 2009 it has helped form a Bangladehsi consortium that willalso manafactrure solar panels in Bangladesh .

    Biogas

    Biogas ovens

    FOR THRIVING ZERO-CARBON ECONOMIES BEGIN AT http://www.gshakti.org/  

    2.6 Grameen Kalyan 1996 - Wellbeing insurance –

    2.7 Vocational Training http://www.grameen-info.org/grameen/gshikkha/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=39&Itemid=112

    *Employment Services

       

    3 Social Businesses originated by Grameen and International Partner Premiering in Bangladesh (and Indian subcontinent)

    3.1 Grameen Danone – hi-nutritional affordable food brand for village children

    3.2 Grameen Eyecare hospital – replication of the Indian social business franchise aravind –end unnecessary blindness – social business loan funding was begun by the social business pop group – www.thegreenchildren.org (duo of mila sudne and to bevan mentored etc by Grameen America ) 

    3.3 Grameen Veolia – drinking water by filtering out arsenic contamination

    Social Businesses involving Grameen outside Bangladesh

    *Gramen Intel (health and digital knowlgow)

    *Gramen GE (health and digital diagnostics)

    *Grameen Pfeizer

    *Grameen Mayo Clinic

    *Grameen BASF (malaria nets and childrens nutritional supplements)

    *Grameen German Saudi Arabian Hospitals – Teacher Training Hospitals Construction of Health City as training epicenter for rural practitioners to be

    *Grameen Glasgow Caledonian – Training nurses and grassroots paramedics in Bangladesh

    FOR HEALTH – BEGIN AT WWW.GRAMEENHEALTH.COM AND http://www.grameenkalyan.org/  -read discussion leaflet circulated by dr yunus at 2009 http://www.worldcongress.com/

    *Grameen bankabillion.org – social business partnerships towards owning mobile money’s standard –

    FOR INTERNET & MOBILE TECHNOLGY FRO THE POOR START AT MUCH MORE AT WWW.GRAMEENSOLUTIONS.COM  (1999) which is the world’s premier r&d incubation for internet for the poor partnerships

    –also search Grameen IT Park (2001), Grameen Inforamtion Highway  (2001), Grameen Star Education (2002), Grameen Bitek (2002)

       

    4 Other social businesses originated internationally by Grameen and with local partners

    4.1 Grameen Trust http://www.grameentrust.org/ (since 1989)– funding and replication of microcredit for the poorest around the world

    *Grameen Credit Agricole to be a social business fund promoting worldwide student and other competitions among social business designers with a likely priority emphasis on Africa . Part of an emerging family of European funds which include Monaco ’s *Prince Albert Fund for Environmental Sustainability projects and prize competition networks such as Ashden Awards microenergy prize system and alumni. Back in Bangladesh Grameen bank has always seen its mission as helping to plant a “giant seedbed for entrepreneurship” –early keyphrases “Grameen Fund (1994) and Grameen Byabosa Bikash” 2001 and “Grameen Capital Management” (1998)

    4.2 Grameen Carlos Slim – Grameenmicrocredit system for Mexico –Latin American alumnin of microcvredit need to check models ownership by the poorest very carefully. Major US NGOs have introiduced unsustrainable models. Alumni of the 4 microcreditsummits Bali, Indonesia 08, Columbia 09, Nairobi, Kenya 10, Madrid Spain 11 are invited to develop hi-trust networks around this issue – the Bangladeshi originated youth ambassador5000 being one; the southern hemisphere accord between queen sofia, ingrid munro of Kenyan Jamii Bora and Sam Daley Harris of microcreditsummit.org being another; *the 93 congressmen proposal to the world bank being another.

    4.3 Grameen -and other bottom-up microcredits -  wors in association with http://wholeplanetfoundation.org/ to connect microcredit and fair trade organic markets - projects under way in about 12 countries - major partner John Mackey (new book conscious capitalism) who aims with wholefoods to do to the future of foods supermarketing what Bangladeshi microcredit aims to do to future of financial services for and by people

    4.4 Grameen with HEC paris - the first SMBA

    legend used in above: * means agreemenet signed - project developing

    OTHER YUNUS CENTRE NEWS

    The Yunus Centre is currently in the incubation period to create joint ventures with the following companies:

    • Felissimo, Japan
    • Otto, Germany
    • Shaklee, USA
    The Yunus Centre is also in the process of setting up Social Business Funds with the following organizations:
    • Islamic Development Bank
    • Monaco Fund
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    Other Rumors of what's posible involve adidas in next world cup, volksvagen, and allianz

    Listing started by YunusForum  Transatlantic Supporters Mostofa Zaman (Bangladeshi Villager and London Uni undergraduate), Sofia Bustamante in London, Alexis Sumsion New York (NYU undergraduate), Chris Macrae Washington DC – any errors are solely Chris Macrae’s


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    Dear Alexis, friends of yunus 20 year olds and younger


    as far as I know the dialogue went well; on dr yunus birthday 100 bangladeshis and our 9 person foreign team were invited to the opening of the new yunus centre http://muhammadyunus.org/new . - in his 20 minute speech in bengali dr yunus stopped to thank international dialogue group for joining in the celebration; and I even got forgiven for calling mrs begum mother of microcredit


    mostofa and your and other people's years work on youth ambassador5000 was well received as per slide attached the next day in our 2.5 hour personal session ; a delegate from the british council and 2 senior people from BRAC joined in


    mostofa will work next month in dhaka; the idea is to plant groups of up to 10 students per group on specific themes by 1 sept; students can form their own small friends team (eg social action group as per chapter 11 of blue book) or a student club or anything in between ; those who select a particular theme will be put on their own circulation lists at september 1 and asked to tell each other how each is going to start the year with the theme


    would you like to be a theme leader on womens microcredit or journalism of social business or pretty well anything you choose; I found out that yunus wasnt immediately aware of who is partnering or grameen's behalf with goldman scahs 10000 women so I will fix that with anne black partner in charge at goldmans , and try to start getting a list of new york region employers to be who actually support micro up which was one of many great ideas your 10 hours of diocsussions with me helped clarify; I think that our celebration report is probably something that can even be sent to the likes of jeffrey sachs to get him to come off the fenbce on which side he is on micro or macro? similarly I will be surveying shareholdres of The Economist- we only need one positve reply per 100 of the great and the good to get flow


    bbc reporter paul rose has started blogging  http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/sci/tech/8130130.stm

    Bangladesh is the most crowded place on Earth and will become even more impossibly packed in the next 30 years.

    Approximately 20% of its land will be lost to the rising waters brought about by climate change.

    Today's 150 million Bangladeshis also have to face cyclones and arsenic-contaminated water. About half of the population is illiterate and a third live on less than one US dollar a day.

    While others make plans for overpopulation, global warming mitigation and sustainable development, in Bangladesh, it is time for action. And the leadership is coming from within.

    BBC presenter Paul Rose has travelled to Bangladesh to meet Nobel Peace Prize winner Muhammad Yunus, the pioneer of micro-credit and visionary of hope for the world's poor.

    He will also visit villages, field projects, and schools; and talk to the country's leading innovators to report on life at the "front line of sustainable development".


    DAY ONE: SO MUCH WATER, BUT NOT ALWAYS THE RIGHT STUFF

    "We must do everything we can to provide enough safe water for every Bangladeshi," says a representative of the environmental services firm, Veolia.

    "Climate change has meant that our monsoon is no longer reliable and we are desperately short of water."

    In the small village of Goalmari, about a hundred local people gathered to celebrate the opening of the first arsenic water decontamination plant built by Veolia.

    It is the result of another successful partnership between Grameen Bank and big business. Professor Yunus set up Grameen Bank in the 1970s to provide financial services for the rural poor.

    Goalmari celebration
    Heavy rain falling in Goalmari almost drowned the camera

    On the stage, Muhammad Yunus, Grameen Bank officials and local dignitaries all agreed enthusiastically with the opening remarks.

    But at the exact moment we all applauded, the heavens opened with the mother of all thunderstorms.

    The noise of the heavy rain on the tarpaulins overhead made it almost impossible to hear the presentations. When the fabric began to sag and leak there was a scramble to cover those on stage with umbrellas.

    We all moved around to the dry spots, and young lads pushed up on the sags with long poles and drained the water to the sides. Then then the music started.

    Girls danced on stage, everyone bopped to the music, while rain poured in through every seam.

    There were no dry places now so we took photographs of our wet selves and had lovely laughing conversations with the villagers.

    It didn't matter that I speak no Bangla or that their English was limited; we were having a great time.

    And the event was worthy of a celebration; The Grameen and Veolia partnership means that these people will now have clean water to drink.

    Throughout their lives so far, the only water that has been available to them was contaminated with arsenic.

    Traditionally, people here have used rivers and ponds for drinking water. But by the 1970s, the lack of sanitation and water-borne disease was killing an estimated 250,000 children each year.

    The solution seemed simple: Tube wells for every village. Millions of wells were sunk and the unlimited cool water and reduction in the child death rate seemed evidence of success.

    But no-one had checked to see if the ground water was safe; in fact it contains large amounts of naturally-occurring arsenic.

    It took over 20 years before testing of the well water over the border in West Bengal showed that it was contaminated, and that it was poisoning large numbers of people.

    Early symptoms of arsenic poisoning include skin blisters and dark blotches. This is followed by internal organ damage and arsenic-induced cancers.

    Solving this crisis is a huge task. It will take longer to test all of the tube wells than it took to drill them.

    It will take longer still to set up decontamination plants. And even longer than that to communicate the problem to the millions of people who remember the well water as something marvellous that saved them from the surface water diseases.

    In the meantime, over 50 million people are still drinking water that is poisoning them.

    So we really did have something to celebrate at Goalmari. The innovative partnership of Grameen and Veolia started to save lives from the first batch of clean water.

    The music stopped, the final messages of congratulations were sent from those on stage; and the rain stopped immediately. Surely a good omen for the success of this essential project.


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    estelle is working all month in dhaka on films that youth can show each other on the deeper aspects of how bangladesh's microentreporeneur revolution is changing the world' she will be co-launching in new york and paris in september, and works closely with the team preparing the blockbuster yunusmovie ; hope you get a chhance to meet since there is no 20 year old in amerca who | find more credible in wanting to end old banking's normaly than you


    I think I know reasonably well the 6 people who will help dr yunus around europe in connecting social business knowhow to be every youth's opportunity;  now I know where conflicts with youth have enetered into the global branding system I will make sure they are surgically removed before I waste any more young peoples' time


    assuming I have made progress on that, tell me if there is a convenmeint time to have a collaboration cafe in new york before september 1, so I can maximise how younus goodwill networks can help your career flows


    with microeconomics truth - yes we can take down wall streets and berlin walls and every other man made folly that english colonialim spun for far too many centuries


    chris

    9:04 am edt 

    Tuesday, May 19, 2009

    time to update what I love most in learning from ninenow - my five-year diary blog:

    down under - go gordon go - latest brillinnt new year gift from new zealand children to www schools - 05-12.mp3  4 minute audio on trillion dollar marlets that only kids will invent -more of Gord's 5 day new year telethon to learning schools www; he's also launching an umonoply board game of how entrepreneuria revolutionaries do it - coming soon

    then there is the world's largest school where there are fun competitions on how to use your own skill to be a world citizen starring a different skill evey week - go gandhi's go

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    wanted- parents of teenagers to be to help develop the first game of entrepreneurship you give to your daughter and her class on her 13th birthday- new zealand is way ahead of anywhere I  know on this - so apologies that my own first attempt to iollustrate this game could be much better if you live there

    unusual case of applying teenager's entrepreneurial game 1 to the core entrepreneurial activity of dr yunus


    I am wondering how to improve my understanding of both a first attempt to play the game by answering its step by step questions for the case of microcredit, and other key moves which freehand I would have characterised as critical in grameen's actual case


    are there any obvious feedbacks you have on this first attempt


    Passion:

     economics could be: Freedom & happiness of 7 billion people to be productive

    Dream defined Every person discovers their entrepreneur insideDream into vision Credit as a human rightCreate a new product  60 people village centres celebrating productive usability of small loansProvide a new service Trust in peer to peer knowledge of paying back loans in small weekly installments with small weekly savings tooSet the values & culture Banker as most trusted servant of community’s sustainability goals through time and people’s indomitable collective spiritFinance differently  Social business model – ie invention is so important  find financier who reputation gains from free loan of start up capital to make cashflow sustainable and then owned by the  community once loan paid backManage differently Instead of top down laws and penalties,  embed management to generate bottom up trust and celebration of yes we can achievementsBrand it Open source solution of the most exciting challenge for our generation – way everybody can join in practice of ending povertyNew distribution Distribute it through the most human networking process of virtual and real modes of knowledge sharing counting down the most inspiring deadline and goal every setReinvent your community From every rural village in Bangladesh to every global village worldwideNow network the world Change the responsibility of global banking sector by planting 10 times more economic banking and challenge to linkin 10 times more economic sustainability services of every kind
     Actual steps also included: Identify poverty compounding problem – chained by loan sharks and culture didnt believe women deserved any better Instead of charity, offered a loan in the most economic way and so that surpluses would be owned by poorest –several years of proofchecking franchise as small service team – village centres emerged as vital for every 60 borrowers as peer learning hubs to become income generating (own business ); also surveyed villagers as to what long term inventions they needed help with beyond basic banking service Social business model - Innovation so important that found capital from those who could get reputation gain from being seen to lend capital Seized introduction of mobile phone as way to connect knowledge  across village hubs and be the greatest emerging national market to be bottom up Could now offer to open source this knowledge service worldwide Become the most trusted collaborative brand in national or global history 

    Offered partnerships to other global sector leaders interested in new marketing of celebrating greatest responsibility of sector instead of externalising its risk to least knowledgeable on other side of world

    offer world's first (or only) opportunity to use networks to take economics way above zero-sum, thus compounding pathways to sustainabilty for our human race


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    I am a great fan of the swedish learing game company celemi and assume your game can be used like their board games are - namely get small groups to play the game a bit like a whist drive - then get someone moderating discussion of what each game's players came up with


    I am trying also to grapple with microdredit as being something where the reporting of what it does - and so playing out its game is done in places like america better by 12 year olds than 21 year olds than 50 year olds - what an example of another knowledge service where this is so

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    Notes from the author Gordon Dryden of children's enetrepreneur game number 1 on general best ways to play:
    the actual “board game” (as at present conceived) has a four-fold purpose:

    1. To teach what Edward De Bono* calls lateral thinking: to provide a “stimulate-by-chance” way to show how “an idea is a new combination of old elements” — and thus show how, by the simple roll of a dice,  anyone playing the game is forced to take two completely random ideas, combine them – and then see what new ideas can emerge.
    2. To show how this aid to innovation can be applied to every aspect of marketing and business — as the heart of creative, innovative business plans. But
    3. Most important, to start with any student (or person’s) own passion and talent, and turn that into a creative business plan.
    4. To introduce students to brain-storming: how to generate dozens of new possibilities in a short time.


    Nearly everyone who plays the game WITHOUT reading the instructions almost invariably starts by rolling the two dice only ONCE – and then says: “but how does that apply to my provlem or  challenge?”

    For instance  yesterday I demonstrated the game to a top teacher-trainer.  By coincidence (after deciding his “passion and talent” was “teaching school teachers to design stimulating classroom lessons”, he threw his two dice on column 7, and the total came to 9: the Grameen bank (truly).  His first exclamation: “What the devil has micro-finance got to do with improving school classroom teaching.

    Now I had already told him that, when playing the game with teachers (at a seminar for instance), it is important to start with an example of a teacher (column 2, number 2) and ONE other roll of the dice in the same column (say number 12 – the Apple iPod and iTunes: a personalized radio station).  Thus – when moving along the “marketing mix” to column 7 (“Finance it creatively”) and lading on “the Grameen Bank” and microcredit – would that not spark the idea of using your own completed “marketing plan” (through this game) to sell (or share or give away) your plan to ANYONE, who could then use micro-credit to help fund it.

    Thus, for example, in the “new online game” we are planning Dr Yunus’ micro-credit passion may well be listed in column one as an example of one great idea and passion that has changed the world.  But if this happens to be your passion too (and I think it is — I am not yet sure of you particular “talent”**), then that is what you would start with.

    In the “Web platform” we are creating, then anyone can “sign in” as either: student, teacher, hobby, dropout, parent, grandparent (and later others), so that, in column one you (as, say, a teacher) will be able to see examples of many other teachers who have turned their passion into a marketing success story (English teacher Roddick and The Bodyshop).  Or, as with New Zealand, a great student example is Sam Morgan who developed Trade Me and then sold it for $750 million!

    So, while the “board game” was originally designed to be used, firstly in seminars and classrooms, it ca also be used individually or as a family to work out one’s own business plans, based on one’s own passion and talent.

    Now it so  happens that my passion is “changing the world with simple ideas” and my core talent is “communications”.  And luckily I seem to  have found several ways to “keep on learning skills” to increase them both.

    9:41 am edt 

    Monday, May 18, 2009

    Uni Microcredit Clubs
  • Cambridge Microfinance Initiative at Harvard
  • Coady International Institute
  • Columbia University Microfinance Working Group
  • Cornell’s BR MicroCapital
  • Duke Microfinance Leadership Initiative
  • Eastern University Microfinance Conference
  • Ekkekko
  • Fairfield University CMAC
  • Lehigh University Microfinance Club
  • Microfinance Initiative Bucknell
  • Owl Microfinance at Rice
  • Penn Microfinance Club
  • Point Loma Nazarene University Microfinance Club
  • Princeton Microfinance Organization
  • Seattle Pacific University Microfinance Program
  • SNHU Microfinance Certificate Program
  • St. Thomas Microfinance Program
  • UW International Microfinance Initiative
  • MIT MicroloanFoundation Club
  • GlobalMicroFinanceForum

  • add to our list - info@worldcitizen.tv - we are following a tip off from YUnUS.tv

    Mapping  -life in day of - research of people with the most challenging life curves shows their wish to know ahead of time of the next big crisis decision they will need to make from older peers of the same struggle.What world service structure (of journalism) do we need across networks of organisations if ending poverty involves helping people replicate ahead of time a chpice of 30000 community renewin solutions?....Other entrepreneurial revolution research methods include: open space, grounded theory, ....

    - are there any elder borthers or sisters out there ready to mentor us middle school kids in hi-trust banking and in seeing ahead of time how community sustaining systems can spin?

    - what's the best book to take to the beach summer of 2009? my tip - freedom from want by ian smillie- the story of the man who founded one of the 2 most innovative organisations and networks ever -dad and I will jot notes from our readers club journey over here 

    meanwhile here's a taste for why microcredit's becoming biblical for every thinking or interactive teenager

  • BRAC is the biggest non-governmental, nonprofit organization in the world – in terms of its budget, its staff and the number of people it reaches. BRAC is the biggest international NGO in Afghanistan, working very effectively in some of the most difficult areas. BRAC has broad-based development programs in East Africa and in countries recovering from war: Sudan, Sierra Leone and Liberia.
  • BRAC provides more than $1 billion a year in micro loans to poor people; the repayment rate is more than 97%.
  • BRAC pioneered a program for diagnosing and treating tuberculosis that is now used worldwide. BRAC treats almost 100,000 TB patients a year and has a 92% cure rate.
  • BRAC operates more primary schools in Bangladesh than all the nursery, primary and secondary schools in England combined.
  • BRAC’s dairy processes more than 70,000 liters of milk a day. The milk is produced entirely by villagers in every district of Bangladesh, none owning more than one or two cows.
  • Students from across the world attend the BRAC University; thousands of villagers use its libraries and its on-line computer centers. The BRAC Bank has become one of the largest and most trusted in Bangladesh in only eight years of operation, and its lending concentrates almost entirely on small enterprise development, one notch up from microfinance.

  • .In 1950 , Abed's Uncle Saidul went to London as Pakistan's trade commissioner, and in 1954 Abed followed. For an 18 year old, traditional ideas about going into govenment service seemed outdtaed in the new post-colonial world, and Abed wanted to do something out of the ordinary. He still cannot explain what drew him to naval archotecture, except for the fact that it was well out of the ordinary. Soon he found himself in Glasgow. The naval archotecture course was a 4 year program with alternati ng 6 month periods in the calssroom and the shipyard, where studentls learned through hands-on experience. Afetr 6 months of basic physics and maths, he went to Yarrow and company shipyard as an apprentice draftsman, an experience he describes toay as "not that lovely". The second year, he skiipped the shipyard and started to think ahead. He was beginning to realizxe that as a naval architect he could be obliged to spend the rest of his life in Glasgow, Belfast, or Norway. He visited Norway in 1955 to take a look, and he was not impressed. he wrote to his uncle in London saying he had concluded that naval architecture was "not my line" after all. His father objected to him quitting but his uncle welcomed him back to London where he now concluded that his options lay between law and accounting 

    This book is about the triumph of optimism, enterprise, and common sense over despair. It is about development without bodrers., and an incredible organisation created to deal with abject poverty in a broken country. The borders BRAC has crossed are not just political borders, though those are real enough. It has breached the borders of development orthodoxy, discovering the fallacies in standard approaches to community development and demonmstrating that poverty can be pushed back dramatically if it is tackled directly. It has shown that poor, even completely destitute, women in a conservative Muslim society can learn, earn and lead. It has shown that the market can be a powerful ally in the fight against poverty. It has breached the borders of small, turning tiny experimental efforts into huge enterprises that are staffed almost exclusively by tens of thousands of villagers who once had nothing , and whose own borders were once defined by ignorance, ill health, isolation and fear.

    6:15 pm edt 

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    this latest boardgame goes alongside education change mail we are going to read through -collaboration the new innovation advantage of microeconomic networks Year by year since 2005 WCBN & I have had a go at worldwide brand decoding yunus mindset of how YES 12 collaboration partners CAN multiply value eg 2006 Breakthrough - for first time in the world triangularisation of a
    • nobel world stages (2010s world's most famous heroes ain't tiger no more),
    • total corporate brand responsibility Grameen (ie Global Village) Danone
    •  Grameen Micro Social Business System Bank- 33 years of microeconomics franchises that compound 10 times more economic local/community exponentials of sustainable growth
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      "Year by year since 2005" involves  a hidden expert way because part of WCBN 1995 book on global brand partnerships is very unpopular involving forbidden questions - our practice of world class brand system theory maps Your & Our minds as neural networks of identifiers that can be changed completely if someone puts one slogan in yours that is not in mine and which is central to how you parse everything; I am not saying its a precisely right explanation (indeed I prefer not to present such subliminal stuff  directly because as a Cambridge MA in statistics I dont want to spend my life arguing with psychologists as well as numbers men) - but in practice the busier peoples minds are the more it explains how their minds SET and why they hate unlearning- and one of our great problems as videoed at Yunus RAC lunch is that uk and usa macroeconomists would prefer to destroy sustainability of world than need to unlearn in front of masses). We can survey whether that’s the case of all economist shareholders or not as we have been since I requested help to do this at be the change 2005 The case for freeing global markets to transparently value sustainability and integrating as maths people do from details up not global standards downyunus puts it like this (red text) in his speech to india parliament earlier this month The social business is a non-loss, non-dividend company dedicated entirely to achieving a social goal.  (If your head knows this system design works it will never be the same again in how it manages or brands or action learn teamworks anything- the world's most purposeful organisational systems can be designed, innovated and collaboration partnered this way) The wonderful promise of social business makes it all the more important that we re-define and broaden our present economic framework.  We need a new way of thinking about economics that is not prone to creating series of crises; instead, it should be capable of ending the crises once for all.  Now is the time for bold and creative thinking—and we need to move fast, because the world is changing fast.  The first piece of this new framework must be to accommodate social business as an integral part of the economic structure.  AND something I realise about you sofia -like many of the greatest open space facilitators -  is unless you feel the game's language is as much you as anyone else (even yunus) you wont use compared with other stuff you are spinning (in other words I might as well spend the next 5 weeks getting on with a book than assuming we will get a gameboard brochure that is yours as much as anyone's in the world) actually one of my biggest problems is the labeling the CP12 and particularly the label that is most you which I am provisionally calling  CP11 DigiYouth Pervasive job creative culture
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    the sustainability games opportunity to choose cp11 in language that unites way yunus perceives this value multiplier, the way you identify london creative labs, the way that tech wizards including tav can use technology for the poor as well and the worldwide to collaboratively create a billion jobs the big news of 2008 was the opening of the nobel museum in dhaka which tav you and I saw  - the first use of nobel name outside nordica and the fact that the nobel judge spoke to 1000 bangladeshi youth congratulating them on being in on the epicentre of digiyouth culture -the yellow nobel grameen leaflet Isabella and I have asked you and mostofa to curculate 100s of round london this is where all kazi and yunus stories on the majority of future jobs will have to be created microentrepreneurially by youth not by an education system that says if you come top of some obscure set of historical exams that now cost 250000$ for harvard to administer to you and put you in permanent debt - there will be global-down top jobs waiting for you; as kazi said even those in bangladesh that go to university find there are few jobs for them  -or as yunus says in his speech to indian parliament  LISTEN TO YUNUS IN INDIA AGAIN ON DIGIYOUTH CULTUREGrameen Bank encourages children of Grameen families to go to school.  It offers education loans to them to pursue higher education.  There are more than 42,000 students who are currently pursuing their education in medical schools, engineering schools, and universities financed by education loans from Grameen Bank.  We encourage these young people to take a pledge that they will never enter job market to seek jobs from anybody.  They'll be job-givers, not job seekers.  We explain to them that their mothers own a big bank, Grameen Bank.  It has plenty of money to finance any enterprise they wish to float—so why waste time looking for a job working for someone else?  Instead, be an employer, rather than an employee. Today, Grameen Bank is a nationwide bank serving the poor in every single village of Bangladesh.  It has 8 million borrowers, 97 per cent of whom are women.  The bank is owned by the borrowers.  Nine of the thirteen members of the board of directors are elected by the borrowers as shareholders.  Grameen Bank lends out over $ 100 million a month in collateral-free loans averaging about $ 200.  Poverty Belongs in Museums
    Every human being is born into this world fully equipped not only to take care of himself or herself, but also to contribute to the well being of the world as a whole. Some get the chance to explore their potential, but many others never get the chance to unwrap the wonderful gifts they were born with. They die with those gifts unexplored, and the world remains deprived of their contribution.

    Grameen has given me an unshakeable faith in the creativity of human beings and the firm belief that human beings are not born to suffer the misery of hunger and poverty.
    We can create a poverty-free world if we collectively believe in it—a world in which the only place you would be able to see poverty is in poverty museums. Some day, school children will be taken to visit these poverty museums.  They will be horrified to see the misery and indignity that some human beings had to go through. They will blame their ancestors for tolerating this inhuman condition for so long

    Putting Today’s Powerful Technology to Work
    The world today is in possession of amazingly powerful technology.  That technology is growing very fast, becoming more powerful every day.  Almost all of this technology is owned and controlled by profit-making businesses.  All they use this technology for is to make more money, because that is the mandate given to them by their shareholders.  Imagine what we can achieve if we use of this same technology to solve the problems of the people!

    Technology is a kind of vehicle.  One can drive it to any destination one wants.  Since the present owners of technology want to travel to the peaks of profit-making, technology takes them there.  If somebody else decides to use the existing technology to end poverty, it will take the owner in that direction. If another owner wants to use it to end diseases, technology will go there.  The choice is ours. Present theoretical framework does not give this choice. Inclusion of social business creates this choice.

    One more point to ponder – there will be no need to make an either/or choice.  Using technology for one purpose doesn’t make it less effective for serving a different purpose. Actually, it is the other way around.  The more diverse use we make of technology, the more powerful it gets.  Using technology for solving social problems will not reduce its effectiveness for money-making use, but rather enhance it.

    The owners of social businesses can direct the power of technology to solve our growing list of social and economic problems, and get quick results.
     Social business gives everybody the opportunity to participate in creating the kind of world that we all want to see.  Thanks to the concept of social business, citizens don't have to leave all problems in the hands of the government and then spend their lives criticizing the government for failing to solve them.  Now citizens have a completely new space in which to mobilize their creativity and talent for solving the problem of our time. Seeing the effectiveness of social business governments may decide to create their own social businesses or partner with citizen-run social businesses, and/or incorporate the lessons from the social businesses to improve the effectiveness of their own programmes.

    Governments will have an important role to play in the promotion of social business.  They will need to pass legislation to give legal recognition to social business and create regulatory bodies to ensure that transparency, integrity, and honesty are ensured in the social business sector.  They can also provide tax incentives for investing in social businesses as well as for social businesses themselves.
     During the current financial crisis, the falsity of the old assumption became even more visible. While big conventional banks with all their collateral were collapsing, microcredit programmes, which do not depend on collateral, continued to be as strong as ever.  Will this demonstration make the mainstream financial institutions change their minds ?  Will they finally open their doors to the poor?

    I am quite serious about this question.  When a crisis is at its deepest, it can offer a huge opportunity.  When things fall apart, that creates the opportunity to redesign, recast, and rebuild.  We should not miss this opportunity to redesign our financial institutions.  Let’s convert them into inclusive institutions.  Nobody should be refused access to financial services.  Because these services are so vital for self-realization of people, I strongly feel that credit should be given the status of a human right.
    The more time you spend among poor people, the more you become convinced that poverty is not created by poor people.  It is created by the system we have built, the institutions we have designed, the concepts we have formulated.  Poverty is an artificial, external imposition on a person.  And since it is external, it can be removed. YunusForum Social Action Business team slogan approved by yunus: impossible becomes possible when right people time place action(sofia as first anchor woman of social business ) From micropublishing world citizen collaboration entrepreneur guides since summer2006 I think you and I know darn well that youth epicentres of cp11 are around yunus (begum-islm), around you, lucknow, taddy blecher, new zealand, sanpatrigano, kenya's jamii bora, some harrison owen alumni, Eva Vertes in medicine, hopefully CSUCI LA etc though I am not sureanyone has mapped where the tech-youth epicentres (probably parts of china and bangalore) joyful new decade to you & londoners players of sustainability boardgameschris macrae 301 881 1655 isabellawm family foundation skype isabellawm Entire Education in the world must be concerned with the affairs of the age - luckNOW
      footnote on year by year since 2005 Year by year since 2005" involves  a hidden expert way because part of WCBN 1995 book on global brand partnerships is very unpopular involving forbidden questions - our practice of world class brand system theory maps Your & Our minds as neural networks of identifiers that can be changed completely if someone puts one slogan in yours that is not in mine and which is central to how you parse everything; I spent 23 years coming to this inconvenient  mapmaking conclusion both building millions of hours of interview data on social needs in 40 countries (particularly muslim women as our french-global company Novaction's main client was unilever in south asia) using the first database software (MIT's express by urban and silk) and doing early trials of how internet elearning does and doesnt work for something that pretentiously called itself the UK National Development project in Computer Assisted Learning which in those days was epicentred in leeds but has moved to Glasgow (and discussing the 1984 future history scenario book of dad's and mine which contrary to what yunus said in India’s parliament did predict the fall of the berlin wall within one quarter future accuracy However more relevantly today it forecast that worldwide sustainability would be determined by whether the world aligned around a cheerful noble prize winner in billion people tv reality shows connecting internet to search for billion of micro up jobs – chapter 6 of book I gave you and tav, and yunus back in jan 08


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