|From EconomistDiary - soon after dad (Norman Macrae) died in 2010, Japan Ambassador to Bangladesh kindly hosted 2 remembrance parties (brainstorming dinners) chaired by Sir Fazle Abed. Themes chosen by Fazle Abed : uniting 21st C Girls Universities; how tech wizardry could empower women to build the most popular cashless banking|
some questions came up, including:
Q) You say brac's happiest achievement will be to have sustained a network of 100000+ village trainers in addition to microfranchising 100000 jobs for village mothers as teachers in brac schools in Bangladesh; another 50000 trained as last mile health servants ... so why do the world's philanthropists and aid industry often call Dhaka the open university of microcredit?
A) Abed microcredit was a term the Clintons & Yunus branded ahead of the new millennium -it got more storytelling attention and conference sponsors than eg microeducationsummit - if you look at its 13 years so far its about PR advocacy, its not ever asked us to share with teachers of the world - thats partly why i started brac university in 2001 and why I hope you see future of girls university partnerships (designed so that millennials are the first sustainability generation) might be what your father most wanted to brainstorm if he had been here to discuss probably the penultimate decade of 100 times more tech's evolutionary consequences
q) Are the millennium goals sufficient for sustainability generation? No. I think its now well known that the world needs much deeper goals- i hear the UN will launch SDGs in 2015. Take education as a practice case. Today's goal is : every child has right to primary school. That's the only guide for 21st c education!
Dont get me wrong- commonwealth aid has been enormously kind in helping us build primary schools but I would have liked to spend some time on education (support for teacher innovation) needed before age 7 or after 11/ Through the university we have started to validate 2 missing education approaches which we hop 50 million girl =graduates will also turn into good leadership/community rising jobs (palyschools, ultra poor graduation)- my aim while I am alive is to find optimal partners and coach economists to value demanding replication of these solutions in at least 50 poorest countries. That's what partners of girl universities can platform; this is become most popular conversation topic with Asian Ambassadors, and I aim to make it so for the rest of my life.
Q so could we arrange our interviews with you into some sort of MOOC-
A) Yes massive Open Online matter but only if C is for Cooperation
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Q Although my father believed journalists had no right to express pessimism, he foresaw expoenetial risks- eg GNP counting ever less of what 21st C value spending time exchanging (care health love teaching ...) do you have an acronym for what empowering women to be as productive as men revolves round-?
A) uh SHE-LFF is ok standing for value multiplying last mile basics: Safety Health Education Leadership-Trust Feed Finance for what we did for 25 years of women building communities with no electricity; but what women's giant leaps forward who entrepreneurially celebrate 2020s webs will want boys and girls to identify around digitally as well as naturally diverse - just celebrate doing it. DC2.0 for digital cooperation could be helpful.
ABEDMOOC.com in search of billion family's happiest 30 collaborations for firstname.lastname@example.org writes Dec 2021: 14 year ago friends of dad The Economist's Norman Macrae first invited us to come to Dhaka and womens villages to learn about human development out of Bangladesh - after 15 visits we suggest that any student or action networker of sustainability needs to join in with Sir Fazle Abed's 50 years of celebrating billion poorest women as being the deepest gravitational force for sustainability as a human intelligence - cases journalised with dozen of graduate journalists can be viewed at eg abedmooc.com abedplay.com alibrac.com fazleabed.com abeduni.com economistwomen.com -as we have argued for 60 years mainly in The Economist and at 2025report.com von neumann gift of 100 times more tech per decade from 1955 needed grounding through every community in opposite systems to top down corporate and gov - without collaborations of 1billiongirls.com data applied by artificial intel will not learn deep enough to resolve sustainability crises - covid, climate , big capitalism's devaluation of next generations...
|through 15 years of travels to Bangladesh: thanks to conversations with fazle abed we went from harvard's oral history to cataloguing every sort of sdg COLLAB networks by and for the poorest village women instead of by and for the richest white men who first exploited carbon machines - our alternative store of case studies is at www.abedmooc.com - some linkedin tour guides start at www.economistpoor.com|
ABED NUMBER 1 LAUREATE OF THE ECONOMIST's ENTREPRENEURIAL REVOLUTION
From last days as a teenager navigating planes allied bomber command world war out of modern day myanmar, my father, Norman Macrae of The Economist, reported entrepreneurs concerned with uniting east and west (south and north) (future & history) in designing world good enough to be born into anywhere;
we'd heard a rumor that a billion poorest asian village women all linkedin same partners solutions to end poverty: dad hosted his last public birthday party royal auto club 2008 to clarify that rumor; 13 years later thanks to 20 young Asian journalists and Abed's family/friends, we have come up with abedmooc.com ebrac.com abeduni.com alibrac.com - we hope you find the greatest entrepreneurial revolutions and tell us what we haven't yet linked in - email@example.com- thanks Abed Bhai- Glasgow University's top 3 fans of engineers can sustain the world: Abed; Watt;Smith
it took my 7th tour of boston colleges to visit Tufts
-mit (kendall statIon) offers my american favorite square mile walking tour into the future;
harvard, i have some times had to visit to understand the terrible mathematical mess when short-term tangible accounting rules business leaders minds but tufts?
conversely tufts is about 20 minutes walk from the metro, and i had chosen one of those days when snow had just fallen- but it turns out that if you want culturally grounded diplomats, or students with the confidence to engage communities as actively as professors, or as honest tv journalists as 21st c usa is capable of developing
-and then there are extraordinary alumni like reeta roy -now admittedly i have come across her work from quite a narrow lens; i have been searching and searching for the top 10 all time partners of my number 1 hero the late great sir fazle abed- and while billionnaires like gates and soros are in the top 10 as are fellow last mile health servants like jim kim, roy arguably manages more bang for the buck in coalition projects with brac than others in the top 10- let's see if you agree - tufts talloires is also a partners of soros osun and the legacy of fazle abed to unite 50 university's sdg alumni
her coalition is linking mastercard foundation and canadian networks to sir fazle abed brac solution for girls livelihoods - and has become the lead cases benchmarking adolescent girls jobs hubs out of uganda and africa...