fan 2013 year of MOOC & microeducationsummit & 170th birthday of The Economist
education for all: a lot of what the world needs is 5th grade teachers to have general knowledge - all the world's children should love the good news of rice (see archives of Macrae at The Economist)
in The Economist on china's rice entreprenusr)- of cousre only rural communities need to go into practical apprenticeships - we would expect even these to be hugely simplified by agricultural apps as long as they are coded by people who wamt agriculture to be designed to end hunger (and to end nutritional imbalances - lack of vitamins can be particulary devastating on infant growth during first 1000 days where both body and brain can be stinted ;conversely the costs of obesity in developed countries are huge
rice is one of the most adabtible of local crops and one usually requiring mimimal chemical fertilisers (and therefore clean ecologically)- by 1970 japan had worked out between 2 to 10 time more productvity per small farmer than other developing countries; by sharing this knowhow and improving on knowledge both chna and bangladesh (BRAC) rcaed to end hunger caused by not having sufficiebt local production - of course chalenges continue where war or climate chnages local food access - however as one example of joyful progress - as recemnjtly as the 1960s 50 million chiense people died of hunger...
relevant references to economists
The Economist was founded in 1843 by Jmaes Wilson an alumn of Adam Smith- his goal to get rid of mps in parliamnet representing the vested interests (vorn laws) of big land owners whose monoply pricing led to huge famne in ireland when the local potato crop failed; while Wilson convinced queen victoria to side with him this was too late to prevent both separation and over 150 years of hostility
its worth noting the final chspter of keynes general theory where he clarifies that incraesingly only economists determin what future will be possible for a places next generation - he recommends holding economist respomnsible to two sustainability goals end hunger and improve livelihoods for youth out of every community-
it would be sad if the sustainbaility of the human race is caused by media or educators which fail to help parent and children communities see which kind of economist governments and other powerful people are hiring