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help transform abed media into (maximum) 9-minute audios that millions of youth can viralise into actions


Go to minute 3 sec 55 for lesson on how BRAC demonstrated how microfranchsiing can save the world - 

Harvey Fineberg: Instiute of Medicine :
one of the great challenges in public health is to take a program

that you've shown to succeed in one community and to scale up to whole country..BRAC shows how it's possible; they franchise they replicate; they use in effect the same structure that the mcdonald's use on hamburgers instead

they're saving people's lives

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compare with this 1984 forecast on how to sustain the net generation by The Economists' pro-youth economist:  

By 2005 differences in incomes and
expectations between nations were seen as man’s biggest risk. The BBC’s World Service launched a reality tv program inspiring a billion viewers to click in ideas of collaboration microfranchises.  Life critical service solutions of human networking replicate from community to community growing jobs and value sustained in the community- AND celebrating the future freedoms of youth
Norman Macrae, Father of Entrepreneurial Revolution and pro-youth economics:  Remembered
Sir Fazle Abed was gracious as the chief guest of the Asian Remembrance party 2012 of Norman Macrae chaired by the Japanese Ambassador to Dhaka
help us (rest of this thread and in right hand transcript of above video) find other transcripts of under 9 minutes that millions of youth need to viralise with sir fazle abed guiding them in paralel ways to sal khan guides millions of youth to love mathematics
.can you help us improve our catalogue of 100 microfranchisesreplicating most good around youth's world and mobilizing life saving apps through every community in need

Fazle Abed on challenges of implementing BRAC University - from minute 1 second 2 of this video
.Fazle'sAbed 2 big ideas for Asia - universities and scaling up - see min 6.30 to 12.30

Thanks to partners like mastercardfoundation, BRAC in Uganda has been scaling very fast- more good news 5000 youth scholarships announced at Sir Fazle's most recent visit to Uganda
10 minutes on education by sit fazle world's first WISE laureate starting at minute 1 second 10
.Useful video series 1a 1b 2 3 4 talks
about various value chain redesigns



In 1970, a monster cyclone devatsed east pakistan


half a million perished,

millions were destitute


within months savage civil war erupted,

as the region fought for independence


in nineteen seventy one, the nation of bangladesh was born

but it was in shambles

0:31 sir fazle abed:

I went into an area which was extremely devastated - houses destroyed, life stock decimated, farmers didn't have any ploughs and that suddenly brought to me: the extreme vulnerability of people in situations like this, and that;s how brac was born


abed was an exec with shell but he quit hos job and recruited 24 young voluneteers


they built houses, rehabilitated farmland,they established health clinics
in time brac shifted its focus from disaster relief to long term development


then abed decided that brac should think big.
Abed:: in 1979 it was the international year of the child and we thought what could we do to bring down child mortality in our country

nothing claimed more young lives that diarrhea caused by water born diseases like cholera

dairhgea kills through dehydration


the standard treatment with intravenous fluids was no option communities with no

health facilities

ironically researchers in Bangladesh had recently shown dehydration could also be treated
orally with water mixed with salt and sugar - the added ingredients allows the body to


to absorb and replace lost fluids


oral rehydration therapy was a monumental breakthrough

mothers could now save their children with simple household supplies

they just didn't know it yet


abed: the discovery was there but it just hadn't been disseminated
most people didn't know how to prepare oral rehydration fluid
so we decided to go from house to house to etch rural women how to make the formula at home

brac trained an army of instructors teaching the formula took minutes: halk a litre of water . one pinchful of salt and a fistful of sugar

teaching 13 million women was a long project but child mortality rates were cut in half, the success of the campaign gave brac the confidence to scale up all its projects

abed: I mean once your organisition has been to every household in rural bangladesh, then the entire country becomes your backyard and you can think in terms of extending every other programs through the nation

3.37 today brac has become the largest ngo in the world,

, it employs over 90k people and runs programs reaching over 100 mn people


in last 3 decades its health volunteers it have helped cut the nation's birth rate in half, and improved lives throughout bangaldesh

3.55 Harvey Fineberg: Instiute of Medicine :
one of the great challenges in public health is to take a program

that you've shown to succeed in one community and to scale up to whole country


brac shows how it's possible; they franchise they replicate;
they use in effect the same structure that the mcdonald's use on hamburgers instead

they're saving people's lives
end main message of this video

additional video- how oral rehydration program won over alternative of immunization ( problem with that is vaccines need cool distribution nigh on impossible in non-electrified parts of rural Bangladesh)
rest unedited


practice largely self funded


with profits from commercial in


the channels the handiwork of rural artisans into its department store


it runs food processing plant


but its focus never waivers from the place where it began


here in the villages


is transforming lives

5:24 Watch Later BRAC: A New Horizon Part 1by brac 5,993 views
  7:55 Watch Later Fazle H. Abed: Thinking Big and Scaling Up--1 of 6by brac1,504 views
6:58 Watch Later BRAC's 35th Anniversary Video by brac2,285 views

57:00 Watch Later Fazle Hasan Abed on Poverty Alleviation in Bangladesh: Lessons for Africa and Asiaby World Affairs Council1,100 views
 Amartya Sen: Keynote Address at INET's Paradigm

Abed on the E's of franchising- make sure first you are effective, then efficient, then expand -in reality BRAC's Oral Rehydration Knowledge Networking failed twice with small (ie 30000 person training experiments) before an effective training design was identified
worthy of scaling across ten million mothers

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in 1974 there was a famine in one area of Bangladesh and I went there to try and do famnme relief work

and I found emaciated women and their malnourished babies,
all the men had left
16 and I thought that men abandon children when women don't- if you want to change our society we need to focus on women who are not going to abandon anyone
0:30 when we looked at our microfinance program we found that we had about 380000 women who were producing vegetables as a livelihood but we found that they didn't have high quality vegetable seeds so we went into seed multiplication as a business in order to supply our women with high quality seeds but then once we had gone into business not only did we supply our own clients but also we supplied throughout the country in terms of high quality seeds
1.00 so development automatically happened in terms of a more productive horticulture program across Bangladesh - so it was a combination of microfinnacial services, enterprises , training we provided our women
generally it was a holistic approach to development - micorfinance plus plus
- plus means providing women support in terms of inputs and services and training  , the other plus is providing them healthcare, education for their children - with this you can break the cycle of poverty- the next generation will not be poor

there was a Brazilian educator Paulo Freire whose book "Pegagogy of The Oppressed" came out in


his thesis was that the poor people are poor because they are powerless


you must organize people for power so they can then organize themselves in such a way; they must understand the dynmakics of theitr communities so that they change theor lives- so that book gave us a kind of franmework to try and develop people for power - so we set up 100 lessons in building self-wotrh of people and through that process you build self-confidence that they can change their condition , and gthat they don't have to livge im ;poverty and degaradation for ever

we go into a village - a filld worker who we call a Program Organisier (PO)
he goes intol a village and organsaise sybe a dozen [eople and form a group then you bring in more people until you have about 40 people,

they start to save before he full grouo is formed but pnce it is iin existence in a village organisation as we call; them - once group is complete we provide: credit, training programs like legal education so that they understand their rights and obligation - we link about 10 groups of 40 to on PO , and in average are office we have 20 PO's - so that as many as 8000 members per office - you replicate throughout the country - in 2007 that's 4.5 million members; in 2012 that's 8 million members- ; brac membership has been doubling every 3 to 5 years


 6:02 Watch Later Fazle H. Abed: Achieving the Millenium Development Goalsby Ashokavideos874 views
57:00 Watch Later Fazle Hasan Abed on Poverty Alleviationin Bangladesh: Lessons for Africa and Asiaby World Affairs Council1,100 views 

looking for best videos on

ultra poor program

brac bank

bkash bank

ahead of the curve crop science -eg with climate change bangal already needs new varaints of rice- saline resistant, different cycle periods..

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KERRY GLASGOWIS HUMANITY'S LAST BEST CHANCE - Join search for Sustainaabilty's Curricula

Dear Robert - you kindly asked for a short email so that you could see if there is a CGTN anchor in east coast who might confidentially share views with my expectation of how only Asian young women cultural movements (parenting and community depth but amplified by transparent tech in life shaping markets eg health, food, nature..) can return sustainability to all of us
three of my father's main surveys in The Economist 1962-1977 explain imo where future history will take us (and so why younger half of world need friendship/sustainable adaptation with Chinese youth -both on mainland and diaspora)
 1962 consider japan approved by JF Kennedy: argued good news - 2 new economic models were emerging through japan korea south and taiwan relevant to all Asia Rising (nrxt to link the whole trading/supply chains of the far east coast down through hong kong and cross-seas at singapore)
1 rural keynsianism ie 100% productivity in village first of all food security- borlaug alumni ending starvation
2 supercity costal trade models which designed hi-tech borderless sme value chains- to build a 20 million person capital or an 8 million person superport you needed the same advances in engineering - partly why this second economic model was win-win for first time since engines begun Glasgow 1760 ; potentially able to leverage tech giant leaps 100 times ahead; the big opportunity von neumann had gifted us - knowhow action networking multiply value application unlike consuming up things
1976 entrepreneurial revolution -translated into italian by prodi - argued that future globalisation big politics big corporate would need to be triangularised by community scaled sme networks- this was both how innovation advancing human lot begins and also the only way to end poverty in the sense of 21st C being such that next girl born can thrive because every community taps in diversity/safety/ valuing child and health as conditions out of which intergenerational economic growth can spring
in 1977 fathers survey of china - argued that there was now great hope that china had found the system designs that would empower a billion people to escape from extreme poverty but ultimately education of the one child generation (its tech for human capabilities) would be pivotal ( parallel 1977 survey looked at the futures of half the world's people ie east of iran)
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 - we are in midst of unprecedented exponential change (dad from 1960s called death of distance) the  tech legacy of von neumann (dad was his biographer due to luckily meeting him in his final years including neumann's scoping of brain science (ie ai and human i) research which he asked yale to continue in his last lecture series). Exponential risks of extinction track to  mainly western top-down errors at crossroads of tech  over last 60 years (as well as non transparent geonomic mapping of how to reconcile what mainly 10 white empires had monopoly done with machines 1760-1945 and embedded in finance - see eg keynes last chapter of general theory of money); so our 2020s destiny is conditioned by quite simple local time-stamped details but ones that have compounded so that root cause and consequence need exact opposite of academic silos- so I hope there are some simple mapping points we can agree sustainability and chinese anchors in particular are now urgently in the middle of
Both my father at the economist and I (eg co-authoring 1984 book 2025 report, retranslated to 1993 sweden's new vikings) have argued sustainability in early 21st c will depend mostly on how asians as 65% of humans advance and how von neumann (or moores law) 100 times more tech every decade from 1960s is valued by society and business.
My father (awarded Japan's Order of Rising Sun and one time scriptwriter for Prince Charles trips to Japan) had served as teen allied bomber command burma campaign - he therefore had google maps in his head 50 years ahead of most media people, and also believed the world needed peace (dad was only journalist at messina birth of EU ) ; from 1960 his Asian inclusion arguments were almost coincidental to Ezra Vogel who knew much more about Japan=China last 2000 years ( additionally  cultural consciousness of silk road's eastern dynamics not golden rule of Western Whites) and peter drucker's view of organisational systems
(none of the 10 people at the economist my father had mentored continued his work past 1993- 2 key friends died early; then the web turned against education-journalism when west coast ventures got taken over by advertising/commerce instead of permitting 2 webs - one hi-trust educational; the other blah blah. sell sell .sex sell. viral trivial and hate politicking)
although i had worked mainly in the far east eg with unilever because of family responsibilities I never got to china until i started bumping into chinese female graduates at un launch of sdgs in 2015- I got in 8 visits to beijing -guided by them around tsinghua, china centre of globalisation, a chinese elder Ying Lowrey who had worked on smes in usa for 25 years but was not jack ma's biographer in 2015 just as his fintech models (taobao not alibaba) were empowering villagers integration into supply chains; there was a fantastic global edutech conference dec 2016 in Tsinghua region (also 3 briefings by Romano Prodi to students) that I attended connected with  great womens education hero bangladesh's fazle abed;  Abed spent much of hs last decade hosting events with chinese and other asian ambassadors; unite university graduates around sdg projects the world needed in every community but which had first been massively demonstrated in asia - if you like a version of schwarzman scholars but inclusive of places linking all deepest sustainability goals challenges 
and i personally feel learnt a lot from 3 people broadcasting from cgtn you and the 2 ladies liu xin and  tian wei (they always seemed to do balanced interviews even in the middle of trump's hatred campaigns), through them I also became a fan of father and daughter Jin at AIIB ; i attended korea's annual general meet 2017 of aiib; it was fascinating watching bankers for 60 countries each coming up with excuses as to why they would not lead on infrastructure investments (even though the supercity economic model depends on that)
Being a diaspora scot and a mathematician borders (managers who maximise externalisation of risks) scare me; especially rise of nationalist ones ;   it is pretty clear historically that london trapped most of asia in colomisdation ; then bankrupted by world war 2 rushed to independence without the un or anyone helping redesign top-down systems ; this all crashed into bangladesh the first bottom up collaboration women lab ; ironically on health, food security, education bangladesh and chinese village women empowerment depended on sharing almost every village microfranchise between 1972 and 2000 especially on last mile health networking
in dads editing of 2025 from 1984 he had called for massive human awareness by 2001 of mans biggest risk being discrepancies in incomes and expectations of rich and poor nations; he suggested that eg public broadcast media could host a reality tv end poverty entrepreneur competition just as digital media was scaling to be as impactful as mass media
that didnt happen and pretty much every mess - reactions to 9/11, failure to do ai of epidemics as priority from 2005 instead of autonomous cars, failure to end long-term carbon investments, subprime has been rooted in the west not having either government nor big corporate systems necessary to collaboratively value Asian SDG innovations especially with 5g
I am not smart enough to understand how to thread all the politics now going on but in the event that any cgtn journalist wants to chat especially in dc where we could meet I do not see humans preventing extinction without maximising chinese youth (particularly womens dreams); due to covid we lost plans japan had to relaunch value of female athletes - so this and other ways japan and china and korea might have regained joint consciousness look as if they are being lost- in other words both cultural and education networks (not correctly valued by gdp news headlines) may still be our best chance at asian women empowerment saving us all from extinction but that needs off the record brainstorming as I have no idea what a cgtn journalist is free to cover now that trump has turned 75% of americans into seeing china as the enemy instead of looking at what asian policies of usa hurt humans (eg afghanistan is surely a human wrong caused mostly by usa); a; being a diaspora scot i have this naive idea that we need to celebrate happiness of all peoples an stop using media to spiral hatred across nations but I expect that isnt something an anchor can host generally but for example if an anchor really loves ending covid everywhere then at least in that market she needs to want to help united peoples, transparency of deep data etc

2021 afore ye go to glasgow cop26-

please map how and why - more than 3 in 4 scots earn their livelihoods worldwide not in our homeland- that requires hi-trust as well as hi-tech to try to love all cultures and nature's diversity- until mcdonalds you could use MAC OR MC TO identify our community engaging networks THAT SCALED ROUND STARTING UP THE AGE OF HUMANS AND MACHINES OF GKASGOW UNI 1760 1 2 3 - and the microfranchises they aimed to sustain  locally around each next child born - these days scots hall of fame started in 1760s around   adam smith and james watt and 195 years later glasgow engineering BA fazle abed - we hope biden unites his irish community building though cop26 -ditto we hope kamalA values gandhi- public service - but understand if he or she is too busy iN DC 2021 with covid or finding which democrats or republicans or american people speak bottom-up sustainable goals teachers and enrrepreneurs -zoom with if you are curious - fanily foundation of the economist's norman macrae- explorer of whether 100 times more tehc every decade since 1945 would end poverty or prove orwell's-big brother trumps -fears correct est1984 or the economist's entreprenerialrevolutionstarted up 1976 with italy/franciscan romano prodi

help assemble card pack 1in time for games at cop26 glasgow nov 2021 - 260th year of machines and humans started up by smith and watt- co-author, networker foundation of The Economist's Norman Macrae - 60s curricula telecommuting andjapan's capitalist belt roaders; 70s curricula entreprenurial revolution and poverty-ending rural keynesianism - library of 40 annual surveys loving win-wins between nations youth biographer john von neumann

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