we would love to create a diary of education world tours that become the most joyful soicial abnd economic events millennials have ever been invited to linkin
the space at linkedin we use for rehearsing this is
and here is an emerging conversation -its just a small step for girlkind
help explore sustainable maps- those that value creativity of youth and intergenerational open society investment audited by exactly opposite metrics from quarterly extraction by highly bordered systems of top-down planners- about us - most parents we have met anywhere see the future as being sustained by chidren's creativity- so where and why is it that UN reports so many of man's biggest organisations and professions no longer celebrate this most urgent determinant of sustainbility
-for example: to sustain jobs-creating education is to be for all, how do you all map collaboration now? -firstname.lastname@example.org
Saturday, May 16, 2015
Economistsocial.com and partners in publishing world record book of job creation and open education invite you to join in worldwide Surveying people who could most collaborate around map of future of education for all - vote for others to survey - rsvp email@example.com
Reason I ask is that I met Ashfaq International Child Art Foundation for first time yesterday after kind intro from people in japan who my father would love most
Ashfaq is 20+ years into converging about 1500 youth every 4 years from 100 countries on the mall close to the white house- the goal is to create stakeholder networks in youth as all of our creative futures
June 30 and Jul;y 1 are both the opening days of this 5 day event and the time when friends will be in flying in from around world to understand collaboration opportunities and try to map ongoing collaboration and alumni networks
chris macrae -is it possible to change dc from epicentre of superpower to twin capital in youth creativty in time for beijing to prefer banking for youth creativity too?
dear ashfaq if i have misdescribed your grand opus' urgency please correct me -
dear taddy if these dates are not practical- we would love to celebrate a day in dc with you during your family's us trip this summer
if this map is valguely right then all pro-youth summits need to unite around a compass of intefacing alumni association
ecopnomistsocial interveiws with educators who love children most over last 4 yeras would suggest these critical age segments
8-12/13 -what shapes pre-adolescence often sticks for life- moreover even in countries as developed as south african media age of elaving school is 13- nor should nations with older media school leaving age be pompous abouyt reality than many teenagers would be better off in 21st C apprenticeships than examination classrooms
13-18 this is a key peer to peer age bridging youth summits - younger and older
18-22 university age - this age needs he;p to chnage universities from separated certificate issuing monopolies to something more livelihood productive- putting this age group in student debt juits when 10 times more win-win social economies could be linking a bodreless world is the worst or meanest ideolgy any elder generation have ever committed on their children -
23-35 millennials professional age -eg do you agree with jim kim that milennail porfessionals can be most conne\cetd educated colaborative in sustainablity network of humans world has ever celebrated
current post muhammad yunus facebook fan page- tag demonstrating yazmi 5 billion person elearning satellite in youth and yunus capitals
http://www.economistsocial.com 31 years ago my father at The Economist and I completed a book celebrating the wish that millennials would be empowered by exactly opposite capitals than 20th C superpower- join the campaign this summer to end dc as a capital of superpower and start dc up as a twin capital of youth creativity diary july 100 countries youth celebrate what 8 years olds are most curious about; august world leading under 35 open technologists meetup at world bank; september the pope gives congress a master class in preferential option poor; october world bank relocates its annual meetings to lima peru...... whats your http://www.economistdiary.com going to help millennials celebrate?
Thursday, April 30, 2015
april 015 is for dialogue on most urgent practices of millennial learning -eg social credit & solar &...
if this was being developed , module by module, on demabd in coursera
i would recommend week 1 is (banking) social credit -eg talk about kenyan cases of table banking, nanocredit as well as niaila's and THGOS newest experiments
MAKE other weeks adjectival
eg 2 could be solar social credit
start with eg how the grameen model openly replicated could have reached a billion solar off grid
if we knew we were designing this curriculum -ultimately anywhere in elearning formats that will take it - now might be right time to ask jaqueline to jouin in - her 2 main countries seem to be kenya and pakistan and i would have thought that can be win-win with naila and ishraq
solar stories -jaqueline out of pakistan
The sun blazes above Bahawalpur, an area of Pakistan known for fertile fields and feudalism. It’s afternoon and the temperature has already exceeded 120 degrees Fahrenheit as I sit talking to a small group of women in a courtyard. They listen politely, exchanging stories about their lives and why I am there.
These are hardscrabble women, trying to scratch out a living as weavers and sharecroppers on an acre or so of land, supplementing their family’s income by selling crafts. Their homes have no toilets, no electricity, no clean water. Their children’s futures limited by poor quality schools. This is what poverty looks like.
Yet they are aspirational. They proudly tell me their husbands all own cellphones, which have become essential to farming, even for the poorest.
As the sun beats down upon our backs, I am reminded to mention Acumen’s new investment in a solar company, d.light, which has a $7 torch on the market. I tell them it’s a big seller in India and Kenya and customers swear by them. The women listen, nodding their heads. I ask whether they would be interested in buying such a product to bring light into their homes after the sun goes down and Bahawalpur becomes cloaked in darkness.
A broad-eyed woman with a rust-colored scarf hanging loosely on her head, her face drenched in sweat, leans forward on thick haunches. She looks directly at me, her gaze betraying a mix of bemusement and exhaustion.
“We don’t want a light,” she says flatly.
“We’re hot. Bring us a fan.”
“A fan?” I ask, stumbling over my own words. “But a light would help you save the money you pay for kerosene. There is no smoke. You could work later at night and your children could study.”
I try to make my case for the solar lantern, but my attempts are futile. The woman gives me that look again: “We work enough. Forget the light. We need a fan.”
I don’t have a fan to sell nor the power to make it run.
That evening, I return to my guesthouse, exhausted by the heat and more grateful than ever for the fan above my bed. For many of us, it’s hard to imagine a life without power when electricity is the undercurrent of nearly every aspect of our lives.
It’s been eight years since we made our first investment in d.light and I learned a valuable lesson about energy and the poor. The world has changed and so has Acumen. The cost of solar has plummeted from $4 to $1 per watt. The proliferation of mobile technologies makes payments for new innovations more possible, so poor families don’t have to pay cash upfront. Awareness of solar’s benefits have increased, and we are seeing its potential to transform lives.
Importantly, we’ve also come to understand the Energy Ladder: like cellphones, consumption of energy creates demand for more consumption. It may take time — and marketing dollars — before people will convert to solar but, once they do, they quickly want to get to that next rung of the ladder and purchase not only light but energy to power their cellphones, radios, televisions and more. Indeed, consumers will push the edge of their purchasing power to change their lives through access to energy.
Fast forward to today. I return to Pakistan to visit a new investment in a company providing off-grid household solar products to the rural poor. We drive five hours outside of Lahore, at least two of those hours on dirt roads. Finally, we arrive at a cluster of mud houses. Men, most sporting turbans, some with rifles slung across their back, stand to greet us. Veiled women huddle near one of the houses, hiding their faces from us as they prepare the evening meal.
Life on the surface feels like I imagine it has felt for many generations. Families rise with the sun and work outside until the sun goes down. And then it is quiet.
But things are changing. A few weeks prior, the compound residents, all members of an extended family, purchased a 50-watt solar home system for $280, mostly on credit. The bright yellow unit includes a solar panel to power six lights, a cellphone charger, a radio — and a fan. It also includes USB capabilities so the families can load up a flash drive with music, which usually costs them 20 cents at the local mobile phone outlet.
The men beam with pride as they gush about their new lives. I ask what they value about the system. A mustachioed elder doffing a cap that accentuates dark, sparkling eyes, bushy eyebrows and a sort of elfish, mischievous personality speaks for everyone. “We like the light for security,” he says, explaining that they installed a light outside the houses to know whether nightly visitors are friends or bandits.
The second priority? The charger. Previously, one man would drive two hours into town and wait to charge all of the residents’ phones before returning. The men would regularly lose five or so hours of phone access in addition to the charging and travel expenses.
Third, the fan. “It cools and keeps insects away at night. Our children can sleep and do better in school,” he continues. Another interjects, “And we want fans like the rich people have.”
I think about what this means. On Monday, this family was living as they did in the 19th century. On Tuesday, they can stay up late, talking and working under the glow of light. They can listen to their favorite music, check the news on their phones and connect with their loved ones. And they can finally sleep under the breeze of a fan.
We drive away as the sun begins to set.
I can see the revolution now — 1.2 billion people who have been left literally in the dark can now access quality, affordable energy. The markets are still broken, but now the world has a path forward to make it happen.
What’s more: by harnessing the power of solar, we no longer have to choose between serving people and serving the planet. Off-grid solar solutions can help pave the way to a more sustainable life for all of us.
For eight years, Acumen invested patient capital in intrepid entrepreneurs who dared to focus on solving one of the biggest problems of our time. It’s helped them to build products, create awareness and drive down costs to bring energy to the poor. We’ve learned about customers’ evolving needs as the products and delivery systems have changed. There is clearly still a long way to go to get the products right, the financing right, and the distribution of solar products and systems right.