how'd you like to search WRJ blog by value chains eg vc1 money vc2 AI & human tech vc3 health vc4 arts and communities happy stuff including olympics vc5 girls safety vc6 education for livelihoods vc7 food as nutrition security & diversity vc8 infrastructure for win-win trade maps vc9 true media
breaking the last empire : americans need to vote now are they separate and superior speciesn OR are they like the rest of the 8 billion of us? new summer 2019 : drucker ::::60 years ago dad, norman macrae, started the first of 100 conversations on AI (Artificial Intelligence), He had just surveyed how Japan was rising (lifting potentially Asians everywhere out of colonial era poverty) round brilliant engineers (bullet trains, container superports , microelectronics, the most reliable engines in the world) - from tokyo he brought back a pocket calculator- what would schools and the world be like if everyone had one of these?

Within a few years the world was debating if tech helps man reach the moon is there any mission impossible on earth.
5G 2020s (4 3 2) 1 G 1970s
And Gordon Moore of Intel had just written a paper promising that microelectronic engineers would improve tech 100 fold every G decade to 2020s -that's a trillion fold more powerful microchips in 2030 than man raced to the moon with. So who's knowledge should teachers and everyone linkin to now if millennials are to be the first sustainability generations and THE UN 17 sdgs are to be celebrated as possible wherever the next girl is born. We welcome your nominations: here are a few examples back from the future of 2030 followed by an approximate chronological order. If in doubt as to whether we know your favorite WRJC please search this blog and mail us chris.macrae@yahoo.co.uk if we have left someone out

Sunday, October 17, 1999

#br9 kenya martin fisher kickstart

it may odd to introduce martin fisher and kickstart treadle pumps through an obituiary to his co-founder nick moon

-it tells a story of their lifeswork -biggest ipacy kenya-  which has energised trade pumps as a livelihood irrigation tool for small farmers in kenya and elsewhere

irrigation methods are critical but there is relatively little i have been able to find on their impacts in community-based approaches ti ending poverty- ie the sme value chain of irrigation and which agricultural; crops it is needed for -of course 2 issues that immediately come tio play is where is the climate etc supportive of manual pumping of water across small plot farms

skoll foundation on discoverung kick start once released news that this could be one of the biggest solutions to scale- i dont think it has lived up to that but still wonder why not- if i understand corectly kickstart is far bigger in kenya than anywere else

maybe that was because nick moon was an exceptional distributor
its also always been an open question - was kickstart's initial purchase too big a price for the smallest enytrpereneurs- what sort of size of small entreprise farm did it kick in - and why wasnt there microbanking allainces to maximise this tool as a franchise- or could it be that in spite of the era when women lead the world in ending rural poverty in tradle pumps case the amlount of energy needed to man a pump is more something that a fit male can energise -another muddle i never got the chnace to ask the right people about was- in kenya the world class microcredit of the 2000s was jamii bora- and itrs duisntinction was as urban youth slum based model though it did branch to rural- i never got as far as understanding what hapened to rural chanels for credit in kenya- by about 2005 mpesa had chnaged the landscsape for ever in terms of being the first digital finacial channel for the poor and specialising in remitatances from urban kenyans to their poorer rural failoies- did safara is the microbusiness solution partner of mpesa ever maximise its possible synergies with kickstart

if you read this and know the reserach has been done - plesse tell me chris.macrae@yahoo.cio.uk how to link it - i am very concerned about kenmya because the local commuity knowledge that used to circulate through microbanks owned in trust for the poorest seems to have disappeared with the re-ownership of jamii bora- tuhe question yunus akwats trained everyine in - are you contunuosly redesigning to access the next wave of poorest- its always easier/more profitable for a banker to serve not the very poorest and ideed bankl customers also trend towards asking why are we subiding the poorest whose small gtranscations in the pre-digitaal world used to be uneconomic to bank for

it may also be that is very little to differentiate treadle pumps - i dont know if that is the case but i have heard 2 rumors

the origin of the treadle pump as an end poverty tool may have been broght by paulm polak originally to banagldesh and this may have started aropund 1974- that date is significant because when muhammad yunus fitrst took his economic stidntes outside the classroom to end poverty in the vilages it uis rumored that itrrigation was one of the areas he experimented with before hoiming in on microcredit- reaons for thinking that is highly likely are that it was to combat a fanine taht had killed a million people that yunus made his lifechanging move

of course the fact that yunus had involvement with treadle pumps but from 1983 they never featured as one of his major microfrnachsies agian raises the question:
wss tyhere a missing microfranchise market one size up from what the village mother could afford to invest in
or was there something about climate or plot size that makes ned poverty farming so different in bangaldesh than kenya - i can imagine it may be because a lot of bangladesh has monsoon periods with too much water and maybe the rice economy doesntg need tradle pumping - again if anyine has sources on agriculture crips to end poverty by country anmd but what approprate tech tool if any is needed that would be great to map

that siad the ebst way to celebarte nick moon's life may be to help martin fisher calrify where kickstart could yet be scaling - as you can see from the story his hq is in san francisco - not that far from the head quiarters of skoll - ankother reason which has always confused me- why do the 2 famopus catalogues of social entrepreneurs ashoka and skoll actually make it easy to understand which solutions could be scaled to places they afre noit being used or by better knowledge of what parters afre needed eg between micrbanking and micro agriculture value chains

again i wonder why the rister of microcredits and small farmers that whole foods maintans at wholeplanet doesnt seem ever to open source the sorts of learning students of teh sustainability geenration need to make sure that no pump is left unturned where it could be part of sustainability agriculture and the collabiration race to end poverty

Dear Friends,
 
I am writing with a heavy heart to let you know that our beloved KickStart Co-Founder and Board Member, Nick Moon, lost his fight against leukemia on October 10th, 2018.
 
I was with him at the end, in the UK surrounded (in person and on the phone) by his loved ones. He was diagnosed in June, after feeling, ‘a bit under the weather’ for a few months. So he reluctantly left his home in Kenya, and went to the UK for treatment. The treatment was excellent, and his extended family was there to support him. He fought hard, as he always has, and he kept up his spirits, and the spirits of all those around him, as he always has. He survived through multiple rounds of chemo and immunotherapy. And he wrote stories from his life, to pass the time.
 
But in the end, the cancer wouldn’t give up, his body couldn’t take anymore, and a pneumonia set in.  And then, all too quickly he was in the ICU, his voice was gone, and his family and friends raced to see him. But he rallied once again, as Nick always has, and on his last night, buoyed by a blood transfusion and drugs, Nick was back briefly, he awoke with a smile and started singing, and dancing in his bed, we played music, talked about old times and assured him about the future. And then after a while, he told us, “class dismissed” and he waved us all away. And in the morning, while listening to the final words from those who so loved him, he peacefully passed away.
 
As I think most of you know, Nick and I met in Kenya in 1986, and we worked together at ActionAid, for 5 years, before we co-founded ApproTEC, which later became KickStart. 
 
Nick always recognized the inherent drive and potential of every person he met, irrespective of their background, or their position in life.  And it was this belief that drove us to start ApproTEC/KickStart. Because as we worked together, we realized that the only real solution to poverty, was to give millions of people the chance to tap into that drive and potential, to start a profitable businesses, and to earn a lot more money. So we founded ApproTEC/KickStart with the simple mission: To lift millions of people out of poverty—quickly, cost-effectively and sustainably.
 
Nick was a carpenter, a builder and an entrepreneur (I was an engineer) so he taught me about construction and business. And we started with our stabilized-soil-block-press, and our fiber-concrete-roofing-tile making machines. Thousands have used them to start new businesses. But then we ran short of funds, so we designed our domed-pit-latrine-slabs, and we manufactured and installed over 40,000 of them in refugee camps in Northern Kenya. A huge task that only Nick’s organizational, technical and leadership skills made possible. Then we designed the sunflower oil-seed-press and the hay baler and pretty soon the MoneyMaker irrigation pumps. I went back to the USA to raise the money, and Nick stayed in Kenya, where he led the large scale expansion of our program and our impacts. The rest is history, bringing us to where we are today, with well over 1.3 million people who have now used our tools and equipment to climb out of poverty. And many, many millions more who have benefitted from the houses and schools built with our machines, the oil and hay pressed, and the huge amount of food grown with our pumps.
 
But without Nick, his drive, his talents and his leadership, none of this would have been possible, and there would be no KickStart. So all of this is his legacy!! And all of us, and so many others, owe him a huge debt of gratitude!
 
But, for those of us who knew him better, it was his passion for life, his sense of humor, his always upbeat attitude (whatever the situation), his deep interest in and caring for everyone he met, his amazing story telling and his love for his family and his friends, that really made Nick the man he was! So it is the many, many hundreds of us, that he touched personally; his family, his colleagues, his friends and his acquaintances (however briefly he met them) who are the ones who were truly blessed to know him.
 
Now Nick has left us to a better place, but his legacy will live on-and-on, through all whom he has touched, all whom he has helped (and that his work will continue to help), and most of all, through his beloved family, his colleagues and his friends.
 
It is really hard to say goodbye. But it was so good, and we were all so lucky, to have known him!
 
Thanks and best wishes to all
Martin
 
P.S. – Not surprisingly, there has already been an outpouring of support and cherished stories from those of you who had the privilege and pleasure of knowing Nick. Please forgive me if I don’t respond and know that it means so much to read these recollections!
 
P.P.S. - A service is scheduled for October 24th in Camberley, UK, near Nick’s family home. If you are local and would like to attend, details will be updated on this page.
 
 
Martin J Fisher
CEO/Co-Founder
KickStart-International
USA, Kenya, Tanzania, Zambia, Malawi,
Mozambique, DRC, Zimbabwe, Ghana,
Nigeria, Mali, Burkina Faso, Ethiopia,
South Sudan, Uganda, Rwanda  
 
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Thursday, October 7, 1999

AFRICA LEADERS QUESTS JB ROUND TRIPS

microfranchises correspondence welcome - chris.macrae@yahoo.co.uk From Entrepreneurial Revolution's search for microfranchises  started in The Economist in 1972:
Born in 1999, Jamii Bora was inspired by the 
Bangla Microbanks- Grameen and BRAC - the pro-youth economics significance of which can systematically be audited to the extent that they turn value chains bottom-up. Jamii Bora benefited from perfect timing becoming the first microbank to fully automate transactions through mobile connectivity. This has helped Kenya become one of the world's top 2 ILABS- partnership networks in generating microfranchises which mobilse open technology's opportunities to end poverty. Help us to catalogue these.
Born of the new nation of Bangladesh's extreme poverty in the 1970s, these banks lead the world of pro-youth economics through the the number of replicable microfranchises they innovate - catalogue of where to help develop this curriculum. Furthermore, since 1996 Bangladesh became the first place to attract partnerships in mobile village solutions to all the most vital needs youth and families have to be sustainable
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help worldwide youth  networks action learn how curriculum of Jamii Bora's founder Ingrid Munro makes one of top 10 networks for womens livelihoods

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young people in kenya helped co-create more end poverty solutions out of kenya of the 2000s than almost anywhere we can think of- please update us - ihub continues as the contents benchmark hub and with ushahidi the continents main open source software
mpesa provided a world class breakthrough - today it has inspired the world's largest cashless bank www.bkash.com in bangladesgh which recentky attracted a partnership with jack ma
wangaari maathis network put green networks on the map- and gave unhabitat hq in kenya something to be prepaid of - unhabitat is going through a wonderful tranfromatin - watch this space
bridges international and moringa are two world class education models
kenya hosted what was we think the only world social forum lout of africa
kenya is the origin of the pateunt capiatl network of jaqueline novigratz
but sadly jamii bora is no loner the bank owned and run for youth in slums- please report on it
we are also unclearn - need reports - on whether idm award to nanocredit is still saving the world and how the second lady's womens finance netwirks are moving on
7 Wonderful Roles of Africa's Most Human Communications Alumni with thanks to associate reporters at http://africanidol.tv ;

Mandela Elders -education core to Gandhian peaceful revolution  beyond top-down professions
Samara- Europe's leap out of dark ages by communications so I gave Africa a free satellite
Ibrahim (and Barro) - Benchmark places & sectors responsible leaders by & for future of Africans
Julian Kyula  - Nanocredit -design most urgent telecom networks around those in most urgent local needs
Toure ITU - who in united nations and out of africa understand telcommunications for good
Women4Empowerment - Naila's stories  1 2  3  4   5   6   7  8   9 more at www.womenuni.com 
YP/Young Africa Society - 25-35 professionals most connected, educated world has ever enjoyed- millennials' goals #2030now 
help us map where and how else african youth are helping connect worldwide youth in job creation and sustaining the planet out of every community
breaking in 2014 - cape town -back in 1999 Gorbachev had a dream of connecting world youth capitals with annual summits of nobel peace laureates- after 15 years of rehearsals this networks best for youth sumits are due to celebrate mandela cape town october 2014 and all african american and youth diasporae Atlanta Nov 2015 -what would you like to connect
21st C best observations to date:
Kenya JB, Mpesa, ILAB, crowdmap, noanocredit
Joburg Free University, Free curricula of entrepreneurship and empowerment from grade 3 up, massive change to apprenticeships and SME capacity
Paris and Africa best jobs/livlihoods news by and for africans and leaders
Ethiopia-DC - club of bottom up value chains for development
Entrepreneurial Revolution curriculum we aim to search out include:
how orphans networks built the safest banking curriculum in africa
how kenya designed the best ILAB for twin youth world trades of open technologists
what the futures of cashless banking and peoples ownership of currency are ten years into the mpesa experiiment
what other future histories criss-crossed first through kenya - eg the world social and economic forum
what other twin capital job creation movements can kenya help to celebrate - 1 all over africa, 2 all over southern hemisphere, 3 all over whole planet


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breaking news - new year 2013- congrats to our friends at jamii bora -http://jamibora.org http://jamiibora.ning.com/
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AFM00 Samara and AfricaStar and Yazmi
AFM10 IHUB/Ushahidi
AFM11 MIT Media Lab Africa
AFM12 MIT D-lab and Abdul Latif with Toyota
AFM121 Polak last mile multinationals africa –eg green energy and clean water distrib
AFM13 Ibrahim Foundation
AFM14 Africa24tv
TB1 Free University and Jobs Schools
TB11 Open Learning Campus Africa
AFM15 Young Africa Society –world bank ypa milennials’ goals 2.1
AFM2 Jamii Bora –end slums youth banking and partner labs
TB20 Primary financial literacy curriculum – eg Afaatoun out of Orphanages
AFM21 Bridges primary schools
TB21 Love of self- empowerment curriculum – eg Maharishi (TB1)
TB22 Coding curricula from primary up
AFM31 Kiva Africa
AFM32 Acumen
AFM33 BRAC African Girl Jobs-creating banking
AFM34 Eagri-Africa
AFM35 African health millennials www –and PIH Rwanda, Free Nursing College Africa
AFM36 Mara Foundation
AFM4 MPESA/Safari
AFM5 Nanocredit
AFM6 USADBC - diaspora association benchmarking african food security value chains
AFM61 –diaspora multi-country celebrations eg AfricaTip (AgeTip)
AFM611 NEPAD
AFM612 Makerfaireafrica
BOM1 berners lee
BOM2 mit every students an entrepreneur
BOM21 MIT100k
BOM3 mit media lab -open source wizard entrepreneurs and new commons
BOM30 Negroponte $100 Laptop
BOM31 Joi Ito
BOM32 reclaim our learning
BOM4 MIT open education movement
BIM41 OLA
BOM5 Legatum
BO51 Legatum millennials and fans
BOM52 networks of cashless banking technolgists
BOM53 innovations journal
BOM6 partners in health/brigham womens hospital
BOM61 value chain networks club inspired by pih and world bank millenials
BOM62 ypchronic
BOM63 GFH
BOM64 Haiti training hospital - connector of neraly free nursing college
BOSF1 Kiva and puddle
BOSF2 Khan Academy
BOSF3 Coursera segment interested in Open Learning Campus
6 years ago needs to be a long time in world of development but we quite like this 2008 format marketplace of ideas- have you seen updates?
help worldwide youth  networks action learn how curriculum of Jamii Bora's founder Ingrid Munro makes one of top 10 networks for womens livelihoods

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