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Sir Fazle Abed -top 70 alumni networks & 5 scots curious about hi-trust hi-tech

how to build health, education, banking services from nothing

starting with no infrastructure and no money and endemic illiteracy and disease, how did BRAC villager networks around Sir Fazle ABED

build rural health service?

build education

build banking networks?

build valuetruemaps securing food's value webs , water and safe-for-children communities? 

Bangladesh was born the world's poorest new 100 million plus nation in 1971. Villagers were the majority of the populace and their communities had none of the essential life shaping services (no infrastructure such as electricity, running water, communications from roads to telecoms)


From 1972 BRAC's Sir Fazle Abed started linking together grassroots community solution networks.


Can you help us adapt the world record job creators game - from overall to 12 greatest job creators by health, education ...


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Out of India: the story of Babai Sathe who transformed from being an untouchable illiterate into childhood  into a trusted village doctor of maternal and infant health also mirrors the health service that BRAC built from 1972 , which was soon to be linked into building education, banking and agricultural markets so that the poorest village families in the world could network to end poverty.

BRAC's first massive villager network was able to scale  50000 village para-health networkers due to the need to combat the tragedy of one in 5 infants dying of diarrhea. Fortunately, oral rehydration a cure in the form of educating mothers to mix boiled water , sugar and salts in the right proportions had been discovered. So BRAC sought donor funds for this training to be taken to every vilage. In the process it was discovered that there was a permanent need and sustainable small business for those willing to serve the communities most other basic illnesses in ways that BRAC could coordinate the training network around. In effect the modern world's first microlending network emerged because of the need to provide the training and seed funds to replicate the mkicrofranchsie of para health worker across 50000 village locations

Over the years BRAC has become a world knowledge linking centre for most effective ways of serving all major diseases specific to raising life expectancies in rural areas. Its university also hosts the annual world class curriculum of James Grant School of Medicine

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Health has always been pivotal to Soros and Gorbachev's aim of valuing open society everywhere especially out of their renewed nations : Russia and its West. Gorbachev also co-founded Nobel Peace laureate summits wishing for youth to value how peace and health generate strong economies not vice versa.

2013 Soros (university of central europe in Budapest) celebrates 20th Anniversary of Open Society awards with Sir Fazle Abed (20th laureate) and Paul Farmer whose hot news is on Haiti's medical training hospital will soon be the the open university of medics for the poor -  see latest updates on gthis at commencement week of UN 2014-2015

similarities Abed and Farmer:

Both have helped build rural health from scratch (Abed Bangladesh: Farmer Haiti and the new Rwanda); oral rehydration community service networkers being a foundation movement as both linked in infant and maternal care as a start; both are valued by Soros the current world's most daring advocate of open society needing to rethink economics from the bottom-up ( as well as in his youth one of those to profit most from governments pretending they can rule over currencies)

Both BRAC and PIH have reputations second to none as delivering to funding partners. However both confide that while funder satisfactuon is absolutely critical, connecting every project to leave behind empowerment capacity in the village is the extra creative focus they spend night and day designing into service and learning networks.

Unlike Sir Fazle Abed, Paul Farmer's day job is at Boston's Brigham Womens Hospital, and he co-founded Partners in Health with Jim Kim (now desperate to see a new world bank that millennial so can trust- starting with getting his friend michael porter to help remap every health care value chain that is spinning away from sustaining accessibility to affordable health for all) With Berners Lee also in Boston, its unique;y energised by open tech resources and with as highly educated/connected milennials concerned for the future of medicine humanity needs most

Unlike Paul Farmer, Sir Fazle launched a university - probably no practice area has as flagship faculty as the James Grant School of Public Health curriculum. In less than 2 years, Sal Khan has made his academy the most viewed health resource in elearning - Khan values searches for peer to peer teachers of health's most actionable 7 minute learning modules second only to mathematics as an urgent curriculum to link worldwide youth. Everywhere that open experiments in community broadband are sustained, telemedicine appears as number 1 living app. This focal opportunity mirrors first experiments women villagers made with mobile phones in bangladesh 1996. Today Women4Empowerment searches the world for ways to connect those with greatest tech resources with grassroots networkers in most desperate need of community health services (valuing Sir Fazle's 3 classical E's of Effective, Efficient, Expandable)

Integrate these leaders and you will be ready to debate how the gamechanger of the free nursing college could create half a billion jobs for girls and save any nation from bankruptcy that has sinced 1984 been spiralling health services into ever greater costs and ever less accessibility-for-all - not a smart open learning way to design the internet nor to value the net generation's life and times

How did BRAC develop the world's most productive primary school system out of the Bangladeshi villages. Scaling 40000 schools?! At least 3 vocational inspirations are evident:

Gandhi-Montessori Village Schooling

Paulo Freire's mindset  that Sir Fazle ad already used in programs combatting adult illiteracy

The  experience of training up 50000 para-health village microfranchise. This built on peer to peer support systems and the qualities that practical apprenticeship system value. Fortunately the basic disease responsibilities pf para-health practitioners primnaril requite action-learning not academic bookwork (see the story of  Babai Stahe ...)

Intriguingly one of the ways that BRAC controled the costs of developing the schooling system was developing its own content publishing processes and teacher training

How did bank design the most effective microfinance and banking systems

The vast majority of microfinance loans made by BRAC Bangladesh were to villagers who took up microfranchises which BRAC had designed into its transformation of (while market ) value chains so that every job in the value chain offered a decent livelihood.

It is notable that before BRAC introduced microfinance it was already deeply embedded  with village service networks of health services and education. 

BRAC has been sharing knowledge on responsible practices and regulations of banking from the start of its involvement in financial service - one result of this today is the global association of banks with values

One of BRACS signature curricula at primary schools level is operating the national  franchise of Aflatoun's financial literacy curriculum - ( an action learning program that was itself invented out of an Indian orphanage)

BRAC Bangladesh has a unique sense of timing opportunities to transform markets around poverty alleviation . Note how it chose optimal moments in the post-mobile development of Bangladesh to develop BRAC bank and cashless banking ( ). Note how BRAC values learning with the world's most relevant partners:

its technology wizards  of bkash are part of the MIT and Mpesa technology fanilies

Major partners of BRAC in Africa are mastercard foundation and Gates Foundation - both of whom have skills in electronic finacial services

There are 2 main kinds of market failures that impact livelihoods ( in tragically wasteful ways such as poverty and youth joblessness)

1 a market for a service doesnt exist at all - as we saw BRAC needed to reconcile in terms of building rural health service in the new nation of bangladesh

2 a market's value chain is dominated by organisations that do not care about sustainability of  livelihoods ( of poorest, or in some cases which forms of globalisation have worsened of anyone with skills relevant to the sector)

3 It shouldnt surprise us that brac crop science experts haver over the years attracted those with the most knowhow for adapting the crop to sustainable livelehoods. So with rice being the most vital of all crops , no surprise that Mahabub Hossain is trusted by peer experts as a world knowhow leader

When small rural producers in foods markets are trapped in poverty, BRAC's solution was to redesign the whole value chain, It did this for poultry and dairy- and many vegetable crops.  In many cases this meant becoming a leader of the whole market chain which it redesigned around maximum sustainability of livelihoods matched serving end customer needs. In other words it minimised the costs of middle men and ensured that producers had an affordable market channel (one that BRAC owned not to profiteer each cycle but to sustain the sorts of jobs that can end poverty)

Typically BRAC's social enterprises are cases of leading a whole value chain. The director of social enterprises is not only a critical strategic job but must resonate with the DNA of the whole of BRAC branding. For example, some areas of Bangladesh's nationwide chilling stations connecting its milk market cant make a profit even though the individual workers are working as hard as those in other areas. BRAC is prepared to use a model which cross-subisidises areas because the goal is not profit maximisasatuin but job sustainability maximisation.

In JIm KIm's 2030 now maps for racing to end poverty, the idea of redesigning whole value chains has become absolutelly essential.

Furthermore Kim's life experience in health enables him unlike any previous world bank leader to gain 100% awareness of facts like the first 1000 days of infant nutrition are critical not just to health but whether the brain develops fully. When you look back at history's greatest famines- its seldom that there hasnt been enoigh food somewhere in the region, it has been first and foremost a local distribution (including infrastructure and so political)  problem. Until the obama administration, food security and value chains were not common parlance in washington DC (at least since 1996 since which time I have reported out of DC more than any other capital).

If obama has only has one successful legacy, foreign assistance on food security is probably what the world would most like to cheer USA for. Better yet if USA and China could agree on one thing that its a complete win-win , maybe its mobilising big data sets on crops to maximise small crop producers livelihood- at least on crops like rice where scale is not a primary advantage. This goes back to my fathers most cheerful chart in the world in his survey on the ascent of china as number 1 nation back in The Economist of 1976!

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101ways-generation.docx 101 ways education can save the world WHAT IF WE DESIGNED LIFELONG LIVELIHOOD LOEARNING SO THAT so that teachers & students, parent & communities were empowered to be ahead of 100 times more tech rather than the remnants of a system that puts macihnes and their exhausts ahead of human life and nature's renewal 2016 is arguably the first time thet educatirs became front and centre to the question that Von neummn asked journalist to mediate back in 1951- what goods will peoples do with 100 times more tech per decade? It appears that while multilaterals like the Un got used in soundbite and twittering ages to claim they valued rifghts & inclusion, pubblic goods & safety, they fotgot theirUN tech twin in Genva has been practising global connectivity since 1865, that dellow Goats of V neumnn has chiared Intellectual Cooperation in the 1920s which pervesrely became the quasi trade union Unesco- it took Abedian inspired educations in 2016 ro reunite ed and tecah as well as health and trade ; 7 decades of the UN not valuing Numenn's question at its core is quite late, but if we dare graviate UN2 aeound this digital coperation question now we give the younger half if the world a chnace especially as a billion poorest women have been synchronised to deep community human development since 1970

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)
best chris macrae + 1 240 316 8157 washington DC
 - 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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