TeachforUN.com TeachforSDGs.com: Dad, Norman Macrae (1923-2010), was The Economist's sub-editor of would 100 times more tech per decade sustain our species?
This became his friends' favorite journalistic question when he met von neumann in 1951 at Princeton while being seconded for a year to New York by The Economist.
Dad would have been 100 in 2023 so his family and friends regard 2022-23 as most exciting students' and teachers' year ever!
After 35 years of leaders at The Economist, dad and i co-authored the first 2025 report in 1984 which was translated in various updates to Sweden's New Vikings in 1993. About that time dad brought out the first biography of Von Neumann. During 2022-23, friends and family will pilot AI Hall of Fame - if Johnny was alive today who would he hope all teachers and youth collaborate around?
There were three future (HER)stories that my father connected with as much purpose as anyone I know of. With one exception: 1970's reformed Young Asian Oil Company Engineer , Fazle Abed, who dedicated his last 50 years of life to helping poor Asian village women develop their families and rural regions including the new nation of Bangladesh -see abedmooc.com
NORMANS 3 FUTURE STORIES
1 That of Scots from Adam Smith onwards. Smith is interesting to systems mapmakers because he wrote the last book on the higher (moral) purpose of markets' transparency before the era of man and machine power; and the first book surveying what nations started up round the first 2 decades of engines. 80 years after Smith had mediated the morals of capitalists who started up the era of machine power, London-Scot James Wilson founded The Economist initially as a Royal Society gossip sheet (1843). Might it be wise for Queen Victoria to enjoy changing leadership role of the most powerful person of the 19th century democracy from being head of slavemaking empire to commonwealth? Foot 1
2 Because dad was homeschooled mainly in British Embassies including Stalin's Moscow as he reached adolescence, dad became fascinated by von neumann, einstein and the greatest generation of mathematicians. How had they been schooled? What was it like to be a Central European Immigrant on the east Coast of USA in the middle of technology races from nuclear to nature's quantum science, from computing intel to satellite telecommunications? Would this scientific networks gift of machine intel (100 times more maths and media tech per decade) turn out for better for worse? locally and globally?.
The first 180 years (6 inter-generations of 30 years of Glasgow's machines has reached the 1930s climax of unstop[able world wars and nuclear arms, what would be the exponential consequence of blending human and artificial intel? This seemed likely to be a far faster revolutionary race - 30s to 60s to 90s to 2020s seemed likely to be an unprecdeneted time for emdia and emdiation
In particular 2020s-1990s would educators free the younger half of the world to co-create extraordinarily happy or dismal millennials futures? 1990s-1960s Would entrepreneurial revolution (The Economist 1976) return human advancement to the collaboration networking of SME value chains instead of big get bigger (externalisation driven) organisations?
3) Because dad served in world war 2 as a teenage navigator bomber command Burma campaign , you could say he had locally diverse google maps of east and west in his head a generation ahead of even the world's biggest decision-makers. Coming from generation of missionaty Scots, he saw that the English Empiring mindset had accidentally trapped 90% of Asians in poverty and so he questioned how the viewpoint of the two thirds of humans who are Asian could win-win with the fifth of humans whose ethnicity is white and north western as well as the sixth of the world of greatest diversity (eg african, latin american. native peoples before the old world knew the new workld exsted, and potentially the quarter of today's nations that are small islands)
From 1984's viewpoint, the coming of the worldwide web would be pivotal to thye innovation compass of 100 times more from 1984-1993. Norman had expected 1994-2003 to be the end of non-digital media's monopoly of influence . He advised that before humans digitalised market purposes it was vital that global awareness of man's greatest risk was mediated -a namely discrepanvcies in incomes and expectations of rich and poor nations. The hypothesis that the human race would unite in questioning this one core milennium goal did not happen. So much of 1980's 2025 reporting now looks hopelessly optimistic just as the reality of eg Putins war and Covid's plague and Cliimate crisis meltdowns might have looked extraordinarily pessimistic scenarios from 1984. Today it seems timely to ask IF humanities deepest learning opportunities were not designed into the web from 1990, is it possible that the metaverse can be the smartest education space every co-created? Is this pivotal to huamnity's best last chnace?
2025 report last edition
In updating what seem to be the most positive sdg and esg solutions form these viewpoints we hope to encourage any and every community to join in with what their family-loving peoples now ma. Intergenerationally, can we help millennials collaborative map extraordinary leaps for human advancement as nature's smartest species or is the younger half of the world destined to be the first extinction generation? Techforgood exists .. so what's missing?
Foot 1. Whilst the scots are only 1/400 of the world they are one of the first mainly diaspora nation - less than a quarter of scots make their lives out of Scotland. You might say that Scot's great weakness is to be over-optimistic a generation too early. Who else would try building the panama cana a generation before inb=venting engines. The result was Scotland failed as a nation and had become a colny of London by the time Smith and watt were making machine power prime time. Again, Wilson's optimist attempt to end vested interests in London's parliament and change Queen Victoria's role was to see him dispatched to Calcutta where he died of diarrhea 9 months into trying to start up queen victoria's gift of charter bank as by and for all peoples of India subcontinent. It was to be 112 years later that Engineer Abed changed womens world with last mile community health services including oral rehydration to end death by diarrhea , village mothers rice and veggies microfranchises to end starvation, and ultimately redesign of the entire value chain of aid and national banking and in millennial primetime the largest partnership in cashless banking viewed in terms of population served
Next year my dad would have been 100 so i want to complete last (extinction generation) edition of 2025 report - i co-authored these Future HERstory reports with him for 10 years from 1984 to 1993 when he next focused on biography of von neumann . . At this blog www.2025report.com i outline 3 humans views which we have diarised/mapped across generations - scots how engines were used morally or immorally since 1760; the greatest maths generation (von neumann/einstein...) what their legacy questions were of 100 times more tech per decade from 1950s; what the overall question of win-win trade between asian and whites was from 1945; of course I am missing many far more deeper and exciting learning curves - none more important than zbee of jeanne's pathway to and through the metaverse; is there any other network we can tap into?- so far attempts to diarise black american youth's connections have failed. ... though my friends in baltimore want to host one last briefing on what everyone who most valued thurgood marshall has been building communally (guardian of reality rev al hathaway and 4 baltimore religious groups supported directly by pope francis) https://www.baltimoresun.com/maryland/baltimore-city/bs-md-pope-francis-baltimore-faith-leaders-20160225-story.htmlReplyDelete
notes from black lives matter inner city groups - brooklyn// baltimotre// tuskegee and why not yours - firstname.lastname@example.org WE have restarted a baltimore group which John knows most about (in 2015-7 2 chinese american graduates started a parallel very active brooklyn dialogue with people at medgar evers - it sort of zizagged though john has kept a part of it going). The 3 people in baltimore that intrigue me most are jayfus doswell https://www.linkedin.com/in/jayfus-doswell-phd-30119119/- he's very much like Jose by which I mean they are both off the chart brilliant at something in tech but I can never work out if there is a winwin between them; rev al hathaway - if there is anyone who can sort out lives matter in inner city black communities -after interviewing hundreds of people with muhammad yunus i go for rev al; he's in the community where thurgood marshall grew up actually started by 3 black girls who sued a baltimore cruise line for discrimination 130 years ago; and there is naila who from 1996 started village mobile phones with dr yunus but left bangladesh after 16 years work withy yunus and is now a neighbor of mine-- i have started the conversation below with them ; the thing is being curator of playschools is needed across usa to be the opposite of what bureaucrats will do to playschools there's just a chnace i can unicef's director robert jenkins of education in new york to understand this - this seems to me to be an example of why transmedia is a new agency -lets make all ad/PR/greenwash agencies redundant (thats been my mission for 30 years now) ; obviously I dont want to waste jeanne's time so john when we meet jose this is one of the very specific things to pick up with him -do people around him know how to mock up beings .... ...................................................................................................................................................................................................................... conversation with baltimore trioReplyDelete
I am interested in education transformation at every level. This is UN main chosen summit at general assembly 22. Guterres has issued report with unesco- education not fit for purpose anywhere. I am very confident -as first described in 1984 book www.2025report.com that we need to design 1 billion jobs at community levels if sustainability is really what we are helping younger half of the world be instead of Extinction Generation. At least 50 million jobs worldwide start with playschools for 3 to 6 year olds. For example before a child leaves this age group it is known how to ensure there is basic literacy - its an extended montesorri method www.globaldream.guru friends in india (actually a previous young world bank professional under wolfensohn) have developed - 90 twenty minute sessions - 30 hours total. My hero in bangladesh fazle abed who died in dec 2019 started a university in 2001 precisely to unite female graduates in designing billion missing community jobs. Already 50 countries with charles yidan (previously tencent co-founder and main owner of wuhan university) in hoing taking the lead (connecting eg psychologists from stanford , cambridge, oxford), lego foundation and world bank are doing Abed playschools but not yet usa. Biden had allocated 400 million dollars for every childs playschool but it got stuck in his infrastructure bill that was not passed. Nonetheless every cluster of families with twenty 3 year to-6 year olds should be demanding a play school near them. One of maryland's best resourced schools opened a few blocks from where i live. Is there anyway to unite play school believers across maryland?
more on naila mentioned in last comment - see also our 2 glasgow journals that have maintained yunus stories since he gave 250th annual moral sentiment speech dec 2008 glasgowReplyDelete
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(Naila is very good friend of toure family from mali- the women in the family want to end maternal deaths in africa; the husband was the previous head of the ITU). Naila is a very good friend of the daughter of ted turner whose billion dollars started the un foundation of partnerships and supported unwomen role. but as John can tell you Naila & Yunus like other hi-level players (eg clinton global, microcreditsummit) very complicated
hello I have a few questions - recently i have come across all the pods and events paulyn duman hosts - do you know her well ?- how can we help linking people who need to action collaborations and knowledge around her and the unuReplyDelete
i have a friend spencer who will be visiting the new president of zambia next month (an old friend)- he has been asked for ideas on ways to help zambian youth and sdgs - do you have any ideas?- if so can i intro you to spencer - i first met him in 2008 in ny- he used to run one of largest diaspora networks but currently has to mainly do a day job in brooklyn
all my working life (nearly 50 years as statistics mA DAMTP Cambridge (and dads at The Economist - dad met von neumann in 1951 and was trained to ask leaders what will you do with 100 times more tech per decade) - unlike fans of steve hawkins I am interested in what people do on earth not black holes in space!) i have believed tech will either sustain or destroy all of us - some of my latest hopes for sustaining us are at www.womensai.com
whats the peak time of getting debriefs from hult prize- i visited bangladesh 16 times to try to file the 30 most exciting womens empowerment collaborations of last 50 years as well as 2020s - www.abedmooc.com
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