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Sunday, March 22, 2009

wall street's triply destructive system

what they neither taught, nor valued nor marketed at wall street

1 List what metrics exist on specific community weaknesses nationwide or on individual communities you wish to help

2 The good news is that a detected community weakness is also an opportunity to design jobs community most need –an ungreen community needs green, a community which has low prospects for children needs more quality jobs/system designed round kids etc

3 Moreover the broader system methods of bangladeshi’s 33 years experience of microcredit and www social business designs provide choices of community entrepreneurial solutions specific to what the community weakness is

in searching social business competition winners bordering on renewable energy I quickly get out of my depth technically

-this is one example earlier in the decade it was one of the leading social entrepreneur competition winners across universities and it is still MIT linked a space several of us our keep an eye on mainly because of microcredit education and new career/job-creation interests - I am wondering whether its the sort of case our extended collaborations ought to be tracking

its also the case that the Yunus challenge at MIT this year at is on renewable energy so there may be some // cases, or opportunities to make connections in MIT if we can find a way to link in a technical person; in // peter ryan has been mentioning search for most relevant biofuel for malawi -not sure where that project has reached

I notice that cousteau's grandson Phillippe (in paul roses' bbc tv oceans team) is featured in a current article on wind turbine experiments up and down the east coast with new york mayor bloomberg apparently cheering on other east coast mayors (see attached)- incidentally peter B attended the last refilt of the boat that cousteau used to film from

another dc based person is neville williams who was originally hoping to be part of carter's ! solar challenge but as that evaporated applied solar in india etc and is author of chasing the sun

thanks to continuously superb conferences that heather is events mamanger at it became clear to me this week that one has become accidntally the bipartisan action network oc choice connecting community usa - it spent the 21 months of the election campaign teasing candiadates on both sides on those green and other issues that will not be communally sustained until the parties come together - it probably has more reach on main street for replicating than any american movement (though I keep looking as to whether anyone is helping to connect univesrity students rather than keep them boxed into local professorial circuits)

also does ashden have a network agent in usa east coast

there seems to be a gap between developing world solar and what could be 5 million green community jobs obama has been talking about; working out whether bangladesh wants to be a player in this will be useful; peter burgess is checking whether we can re-establish contact with amy wilson who used to agent for grameen energy in new york but this was part of vidar jorgensen's grameen america division which seemed to have been restructured (vidar is boston based but we havent quite found a way to collaborate with him as number 1 partner search person between bangladesh and usa which he does primarily in healthcare areas ); I dont know if marriah and tara's 250 people brainstorm or reinvent your career will have a green subnetwork but I would be intersted in helping sponsor such a track sometime if we could get 250 people in new york revisiting their own careers in green banking- a gap i believe there is a market for staging if we connected our actions -perhaps the 92Y would be the place to convene that unless is large enough

MICROENERGYSUMMIT -what BHAG collaboration goal do we set for 2015?
probably the most exciting live connection between bangladesh, usa and developing world solar is the seattle-based deveopment of market for 250 million clean energy households- this gives moble gadgets to microcredits to audit bottom billion households converting off carbon (eg to biogas and solar) so that aggregate results can be traded on carbon offset markets the lady at centre of this is one of dipal barua's founding solar team of bangladesh from origin of their work in 1996

a lot of links start to map round green future capitalism celebrates yes we can- but if we dont start bridging them, not certain who will -interested to hear other views on that! dont want to reinvent any wheels if these connections are already being made- if april 14 new york cafe is an opportunity to issue any optimistic invites to potentially green networks around new york please tell me who I should cheekily mail-
eg anyone at, or acumen , or buckminster fuller or ...

in the ten or years since my dc neighbour harrison owen has influenced me on networks concerned with system transformation - the invitation process of open space has become the one I revel in


Saturday, March 21, 2009

club of bronx charter school
majorie carter south bronx
lehman/yunus collaboration cafe

club of queens
york college - yunus
grameen americ jackso heights
asa international

club of manhattan

Bangladeshi Microcredit
– The best sustainability investment systems women & children can get

The standard theories of the majority of economics journalists and academics are now known to have been anything but transparently on the side of human beings for over a decade. Even so, the nonsense these noisy people propagate in mass media and academic journals on Bangladeshi microcredit impacts way beyond the normal dismal consequences that richer nations have until recently been accustomed to.

There are a lot of international implementations that claim to be inspired by Bangladeshi microcredit but which break fundamental rules integral to the Bangladeshi franchise systems. Such false imitations of microcredit merit fierce and open criticism. Conversely as Bill Clinton has bravely pointed out- the 3 major Bangladeshi microcredit systems are generating the majority of its developing economy. The local story is almost miraculous and shows what compound whole truth of purpose can do and network from one community to the next.

Bangladesh is the nation which started as the world’s poorest when born to independence just over a third of a century ago. Thanks to microcredit systems Bangladesh has been sustaining growth over decades and it is irrefutably a world leader in achieving local millennium goals. As if this wasn’t good enough reason for humanity in a social networking age to need to relate to simple microeconomics truths of Bangladesh’s free market to end poverty, it turns out that the Bangladesh microcredit systems provide unique clues –as well as a national history of social business entrepreneurial maps - on how to resolve the main fallibilities that are causing the global banking system to crash in ever more viciously expensive ways.


The 3 main Bangladesh microcredit systems serve wholly different segments. That means they are best in kind at what they do, but it is mathematical illiteracy to make competitive comparisons between them or tabulate international mixes. It is also the case that at least two of the three systems are as much lifelong collaboration entrepreneur clubs that members are invited to communally join as they are “banks” –at least in the western meaning of this word

For about 14 years, from 1976, Grameen pioneered the only major microcredit system. Its service offer was designed for some of the poorest and most abused women on the planet. Join the Grameen club and we will empower you to become independent income generators; you will have peer to peer support structures both for becoming businesswomen and supporting your choice of what community safety and future sustainability priorities are needed. Where innovative solutions are required on life-critical needs, Grameen’s entrepreneurs will develop community-wide solutions. The whole organization will be owned equally by the poorest members. The way to join Grameen involves taking out typically a small loan to start up your income generation for weekly repayment over a year, but your friendly bankers will demand no collateral, no legal contracts. They trust your own ability, and the whole community support system that is Grameen’s responsibility for designing simply and effectively. Before Grameen was granted an unique constitution to operate a rural bank in 1983, it had already surveyed emerging members on goals that they defined as ending poverty communally over a generation. 16 decisions to do with education of children, basic health and safety became the moral contract between members and Grameen’s leadership purpose.

To this day, the 16 decisions explain the Grameen culture of never being satisfied with the managers of each and every one of its 2000+ branches unless that operation positively discriminates towards including the poorest in its reach. And there are now over 25 services beyond the original microloans that Grameen’s entirety as a service network integrates round social business models. All social businesses are defined to be owned by the membership. As businesses they are designed to sustain positive cashflow. However the surplus is reinvested back in the purpose of the business or its replication so that its distribution ultimately reaches every community where it can make a difference to members and their childrens’ lives.

If you ask Dr Yunus about ending poverty, he will say loans for income generation are a human right but microcredit’s hi-trust relationship networking also opens the door to generating all micro-services of life-critical importance. 33 years after the first microcredit experiments, Grameen is a living laboratory of health and safety, education, media and energy innovations unlike any bank a westerner will have met. Consider just 4 of Grameen’s social business threads – two which emerged as locally critical early on, two that are the cause of entrepreneurial revolutions of worldwide import as their sustainability exponentials have compounded since 1996

1 Early on Grameen became the largest seed distributor in Bangladesh . Why because Dr Yunus’ staff noted that village children had night blindness. They were told this was because of vitamin deficiency which Grameen’s members could cure if they planted carrots. So Grameen sold the tiniest and so lowest unit cost packs of seeds ever marketed!

2 Grameen’s rule is that credit is for either income generation or a life-critical purchase not superficial consumption. Within years of its constitution, Grameen won an Aga Khan award for architecture. The story of Grameen’s entry into sub sub prime is this. The government was issuing house-building aid to so-called poor people. However its definition of houses were far too expensive for rural villagers. What these families needed was the minimum design of monsoon-proof roof over their head and a pit latrine. Grameen developed the lowest-cost structural design and a credit policy for paying back the cost of the house in under 5 years. In line with the 16 decisions, it also insisted that to qualify for a loan the property right had to be turned over to the woman. Prior to this a man only had to tell his wife she was divorced and she had to leave forthwith. Now if the man in the household did that, he had to leave! Grameen members have successfully completed quarter of a million sub sub prime mortgages without one foreclosure.

3 1996 saw the start up of 2 most visionary community entrepreneur investments ever made by and for poor people – the now famous mobile telephone lady and the as yet little known fact that Grameen members now install more solar units than the whole of the USA. Prior to 1996 Grameen had evolved round nearly 100,000 village centres (meeting places owned by the women) where up to 60 members met. Their knowhow was only connected as far as cross-fertilization of grameen’s service employees could manage. Once every village had a shared mobile phone – an intervention which must have been as revolutionary as a telegram office in the wild west of the 19th century – vital information started to be networked all across 100,000 hubs. Moreover Grameen and partners picked up the mobile franchise at cents in the dollar as global consultants were an order of magnitude out in predicting the market size of mobile phones in what they analysed as the world’s poorest nation. Today, Grameen Phone is the largest corporate tax payer in the nation and the Grameen share is owned by its 7 million women entrepreneurs. In the case of Grameen renewable energy , the plan is to create 100000 green jobs in the villages by 2012, as well as to demonstrate how any sunshine state can develop a thriving carbon-negative economy. This is most important to Bangladesh as the first 100+ million nation likely to be washed away if our global policies continue to melt the world’s ice and raise sea levels

2 BRAC spent most of Bangladesh ’s first 2 decades developing healthcare and primary education services. Alongside this it started developing at least 3 industry sectors to be owned bottom-up by the poorest women : poultry, other livestock, silk farming and fashions. When BRAC started microcredit around 1990, we can well imagine its main focus was to empower individuals to start up businesses which contributed to these industry sectors. Unlike Grameen, BRAC’s constitution was not restricted to village banking. Its own use of information technology has always been at the infrastructure level first as opposed to Grameen’s delivery to end users in the community. Thus BRAC became a leader in automating banking transactions. It now runs a for-profit city banking chain alongside its microcredit to end rural poverty

3 ASA has also existed as a social services network since the 1970s but around 1990 it entered and then focused entirely on microbanking. Unlike Grameen or BRAC, it does not itself design entrepreneurial franchises beyond pure financial services. It is primarily banking for those among the individual poor who after 20 years of communally operated microcredit now want to be served individually without the need of peer support groups or village-wide goals. Potentially, ASA is the nearest system design the West may compare to what Main Street might want from local banks on the side of investing in the productivity of the customer as well as the hi-trust community-building which families need invested in.

This brief review does not begin to indicate the worldwide potential for sustainability investment understanding which Bangladesh microcredit models are now interacting with our digital age. For example, India and Bangladesh are teaming up to develop the next generation of mobile microbanking so that the costs of basic banking become 10 times less to operate. Kenya ’s leading microcredit was born after the age of mobile connectivity. In under a decade its 300000 members (doubling almost annually) have become the world’s leading example of microcredit that empowers job creation among slum youth as well as rural women. The Oscar-winning moving slumdog millionaire doesn’t begin to tell how exciting Jamii Bora's story and contribution to ending poverty can be.

Other microcredit channels that have a long reputation of being both transparent measurers and bottom-up agencies are now hi-trust networking’s perfect partners for co-creating free markets with mobiles. forms partnerships between local microcredits and small scale solar suppliers; by aggregating how many households can verifiably be identified as zero-carbon users, carbon credit markets can return the value to the poorest who make the changeover to renewable energy. MEC is determined to make a clean energy market between 250 million households worldwide in time to celebrate other 2015 millennium goals. CEO leaders networks clustered around John Mackey are celebrating sustainable capitalism’s development of fair trade partnerships with the support of local microcredits (See also the new book - Be the Solution: How Entrepreneurs and Conscious Capitalists Can Solve All the Worlds Problems (Hardcover) by Michael Strong , John Mackey )

Dr Yunus’s own new book “Creating a world without poverty –Social Business, Future of Capitalism” reviews the third of a century through which Bangladesh became the most collaborative innovator and economic social business networker. Since winning the Nobel Peace Prize, Dr Yunus has upped the challenge. How about playing Future Capitalism games and all types of media celebrating them more tham March Madness or four-yearly Olympics? The first FC game involves heroic innovation partnerships matching the world’s most resourced organizations and deepest grassroots networks. The search is on for service solutions to the most life-critical needs which an industry sector is uniquely capable of. Why would a global corporation spend a billion dollars on image-making campaigns when it faces this outstanding media opportunity reality-making? Worldwide youth and free markets of ending poverty can now celebrate a global company’s reputation gain for helping innovate the most responsible innovation its sector can create, while the poorest own the social business so that sustainable surpluses are invested back in replicating a life-saving solution. About 20 such goodwill multiplying partnerships have begun during the first year of Dr Yunus launching the challenge of Future Capitalism partnering

Yes this generation can make and celebrate our networking space race as that of ending poverty. We will need to replace historically backward looking economics analysts by true future capitalism reporters. These will typically be youthful visitors of local contexts of grassroots microcredit. Those whose peers share the love of mapping how sustainable microeconomics win-win-wins and how social business networks multiply exponentials up over longer periods of time than the quarterised MBA mindsets know. Help us log up a 1000 replicable social business franchises at ; join in demanding an annual yearbook on Future Capitalism edited out of Dhaka as world’s number 1 sustainability investment city. RSVP with a more exciting way of seeing what future generation investment in people instead of yesterday’s machines can truly credit.

The world of 2009 has been described by President Obama as one in which global top-down has been proven not to work. Microeconomists and entrepreneurial revolutionaries have 33 years of experiments in choosing another way that are waiting to be open sourced worldwide. This is in all probability the year we breach irreversibility’s tipping point - if we fail to unite in valuing how to prevent a decade-long slump and potential loss of human sustainability. To microeconomists evidence of the need for a new capitalism has been compounding since 1976- not just in the practice of Dr Yunus -and 200000 plus sustainability investment microbankers of Bangladesh - but in the surveys of Entrepreneurial Revolution published from the Christmas 1976 issue of The Economist. When a networking generation wants to integrate more value than zero-sum globalization, the entrepreneurial “must” is to go micro and then open source solutions that microentrpreneurially work- replicating them anywhere that societies want to test them transparently.

Future Capitalism - Yes We Can Unite in Do This Now,en/ . What John Lennon could only imagine, President Obama is uniquely qualified to help action as a son of microcredit, and with his fatherland of Kenya Jamii Bora providing a template which in Africa ’s context can value multiply even more job creation than Grameen. Do we not owe Dr Yunus’ and the Bangladesh nation’s open invitation to end poverty the human values of whole hearted networking transparency and true grassroots empowerment? Wouldn’t it be far less wasteful than bailing out (so far 13 trillion dollars of ) big banking and insurance systems whose global mis-economy has already overshot the claim –let alone humanity’s credit - of being too big to fail?

Friday, March 20, 2009

social business or microfinance models for and with 3rd age groups

one of the magic potentials of sustainable micro value exchanges is brilliantly human system design round detailed stuff that big picture global ideas men (until recently new york's number 1 speciality) never realise is needed in their own backyard until they retire into their community or become redunadant cos surprtise suprisie main street didnt need most of the creative fiancial accounting that the world's biggest clients went into soom unreall groupie lovefest over

here's a very micro case of peter B - you can bet it appies as much if not more to new york as anywhere else in the union

peter has met a medical expert who has data on how in many parts of the country half of all nurses will pass retirement agent in next 10 years

equally needs of the old get greater and greater

how about some sort of affinity credit union that is as much about matching up the nurses with the old as giving them loans to market themselves or negotiating both a fair rate of pay and some subsidies for the that part of the old who cant afford to pay -or in social business one rich elder pays for one elder too but still gets a better nursing/companion service than a for profit agency that doensn't care (or is maximising its own extractions from exchanges) between nurses and elders

sounds like a franchise that if we could prove it anywhere would be a god-send for obama to repicate compared with other ways of spending government money

I expect this demo-swap of communities in need and there being ample but not officially marketed help is an area that usa microcredit needs to design frachises for

contact peterB (via if you dont already know this new york expert in community) if you agree this is an applied community microcredit whicjh matches yes we can networking goals

Sunday, November 09, 2008

invitations between connect superpowering of peace and micro empowering of economics

invitation below is mainly to australian youth round-world-volunteers and medics and reconcliation dialog

cc new york (transparently end compound risk by big banking)

cc DC celebrate obamanomics and link to Yunusnomics
cc Dhaka ditto
cc san francisco - celebrate and collaboratively interact internet for the poor

Dear Monash PAs for Global Reconciliation
You helped me a couple of years ago when I was trying to reconnect with Paul Komesaroff and the first 2 Global Reconciliation Networks 03,04 where I was informally appointed a London node and accidentally learnt my granddad had taken 25 years to be reconciled by Gandhi's relentless dialogues one barrister to another

I have some updates and questions for you if I may

1 are you still at monash or continuing komesaroff alumni work - if so are there any other komesarooff alumni you can introduce me to, what are the next goals with the new GRN and youth fieldbook coming out soon

2 As a mapmaker, I would like to connect a triangle of 3 peace, economics and millennium goal sustainability revolutions- as well as their core context such as medecine, education, media and community banking

Australia's United Cultures & Youth Actions- you are at the monash hub of it and I hear paul's alumni's new book is out soon on how medics and overseas volunteers can change the world with opem dilaogue and the integrity of their deepest professional skills- australian youth is I think the most energetic (at least in the english language) worldwide search on the ground group before deciding what the rest of life's mission is

B Dhaka is at the Business Entrepreneurial Social epicentre of this - we have 10000 free dvds with 25 exciting video conversation starters filmed with Dr Yunus and his leading socail business entrepreneurs and chamgers of capitalism's sustainability -question can I post you some to pass arond reconciliation alumni in monash. Health's Social Business is Dr Yunus' 2008's number 1 Future Capitalism partnership quest so we seek to focus imnternet conversations that in December

C washington DC where i sit wondering whether alumni of obama and of yunus will help each other to the max as Capitalism's fusion of superpower and microeconomics decides which way globalistaion spins

3 Did you ever get to network with Modjtaba and Shammis the 2 longest running survivors of Global reconciliation Network London known to me (there may be others but i wish paul's group had kept one annual newsletter going because without the cenhtre's authority local hubs permissins to keep in touch erode over time)

4 anything else I should have asked you about your missin or explained about mine

5 Mapmakers like ,e are very interested in triangularisation of city network connections for sustainability - if you have suggested other cities to loop in - I particularly try at moment to also connect new york (end globalisation's rule by big banks speculative owners), paris (western world leaders of future capitalism partnerships), barcelona (most open collaboration knowledge city in europe), san francisco (nearest I am likely to get to internet for poor on west coast -the number 1 topic of ithis month) , johannesburg (free university), lucknow (cross-culturally most exciting social business schooling system and questioner of judges)

best to all who care in australia

chris macrae usa 301 881 1655

search for 25 best video invitations to network millennnial goals and conversation space of what future capitalism you will network is at

Saturday, November 08, 2008

progress report on the birth or grameen microcredit banking in new york communities, as big banks die

Saturday, October 13, 2007

Dr Yunus of Grameen and microcredit and Nobel peace 2006 is setting cities and citiens around the world an interesting challenge. If he is passing through your city would you be able to find 1000 people who all wanted to collaborate with each other as well as him in empowering a good global world instead of the bad one currently compoundingSynonyms for good are win-win-win, sustainable, empowering every community up, one where hi-trust people transparently win over low-trustSo 2 questions:if Yunus was passing through Africa cities, which do you think would produce the most collaborative impactsif you are a twin national - eg living in a rich city but with family roots back in Africa - how ready is your big rich city to represent Africa interests when Yunus hosts his Forum 1000 there.My friends are particularly working on London and New York as 2 test cities; partly because a London University student spent the summer interning in Dhaka on this project. One intercity collaboration idea is collaboration cafe - see those we have already hosted and tell us at if you want to replay one in your city or virtually

Another collaboration idea is can we produce a good global idea to heroes, their projects and networks for humanity. Why do people all over the world know the top 10 sporstmen for 50 different sports but not top 10s for different vital issues of human sustainability?

But the best truth about collaboration knowledge cities in the 5 years that I have been searching the peoples and communities that weave them is that if any city does a great job in turning round a beter Global with Yunus we can all learn from what it did and work out how to invite the 1000 most relevant citizens when Yunus passes your way.

Sunday, March 18, 2007

New York possesses one of the great grassroots centres of intelligence of how to make malaria history in Peter Burgess :
>Peter Burgess>The Transparency and Accountability Network>Tr-Ac-Net in New York>IMMC - The Integrated Malaria Management Consortium>212 772 6918 peterbnyc>Print on demand books: Search: Peter Burgess>"Hundreds of Issues that Impact Relief and Development Performance">"Revolutionary Change for Relief and Development">"Iraq - A New Direction – A Strategy for Peace">

I maintain a pretty well unedited transcript of the last fortnight's exchange with with him at this archive section of this blog; this has been a hectic period in view of American Idol's wonderful announcement that its 32 million viewers are going to see programming on what life is like theorugh the eyes of African childre; not so wonderful is that on its 2 primary topics children and prevent Malaria, it is giving almsot all of the attention and funds to top down global NGOs raher than grassroots up empowerment projects

Saturday, November 18, 2006

NewYorker Charlie Rose - the greatest video databank ever assembled?

We are teaming up with to test the assertion that tvcharlierose is the greatest video databank ever assembled by one journalist

How you can help:
a) tell us if you know of a rival databank for this laureate

b) how can we test different cross-sections of the videobank - for example tvcharlierose's currentnumber 1 iqtest involves the questioning of economists:
- did charlie ask questions that gave them every chance to warn that -for example the climate crisis would become the greatest market failure ever?
or has economist's prime duty for compounding long-term good of free markets gone walkabout during the age of fallibility and spreads of false information from the top of leadership regimes of Bush, Blair and whomever else's top governing down has muddled the sustainability needs all human being share around such compassess as clean energy and love for peace. If you have another look at the original Free markets texts of Adam Smith - or his number 1 Scottish alumni James Wilson 1840s founder of The Economist - you will find that excess top down governance is actually what true economists are always supposed to engage in stern and transparent debates

Thursday, November 02, 2006

A Discussion with Former U.S. Congresswoman Elizabeth Holtzman

Thursday, November 2nd6pm - 8pmAt Patti Kenner's apartment720 Park Ave., at 70th St. Tickets $10RSVP Today! Questions?Contact Raina Lipsitz(212) 725-8825 ext *The apartment is easily reached by public transportation. Take the 4/5/6 train to 68th St./Hunter College.
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RSVP Today! Join us for an evening with former United States Congresswoman Elizabeth Holtzman who will be discussing The Impeachment of George W. Bush: A Practical Guide for Concerned Citizens, the book she recently co-authored with Cynthia L. Cooper.Ms. Holtzman represented New York’s 16th Congressional District on the House's Judiciary Committee during the summer of 1974 when that panel was holding impeachment hearings on the activities of former President Richard Nixon. Elected in 1972 at the age of 31, she was, at that time, the youngest woman ever to serve in the United States Congress. Ms. Holtzman currently resides in New York City and is an attorney in private practice.

Saturday, September 30, 2006

In only its second year, Clinton Global Initiative has jumped into a joint number 1 position in the world citizen league for most values sustainability network meetings - links 1 2

This blog from ClintonGI records the big story of partnerships, a dynamic that world citizen networks help to link up 1 2

The TED network in Monterey has nominated Clinton as one of their 3 prize winners for communal help with his greatest dream for humanity

Monday, September 11, 2006

Jill Abramson previewed some remarkable stories that will be in the 9/11issue of the New York Times
Fudged facts puts 'path to 9/11' on a slippery slope

ABC tinkers with 9/11 TV drama assailed by Clinton Reuters
Clinton... Other Democrats Assail ABC Docudrama 'Path to 9/11'...
ABC Gets More Pressure to Toss 9/11 Film Forbes
9/11 has spurred only modest changes in New York.... ...
New York Times, United States - 1 hour ago
... So far, though, 9/11 has not been a turning point for code revision, in the way past disasters were — like the Triangle Shirtwaist fire of 1911. ...

Full house as leading 9/11 conspiracy theorist has his say

Tuesday, September 05, 2006

The impact of cafes (one hour open meetings but on particular crisis invitations - ie truncated open spaces) where invitations are past through all changemakers networks has never been higher. Especially in London as a model for the future of all open cross-cultural cities and villages as social sub-networks - a reconciliation of enduring urgency forced on us by 7/7 and the recognition that government over many years has failed to wholly integrate cultures at the grassroots in ways that people and local communities must take charge of.

This is such a huge subject that I neither have time nor space in this weblog medium to do justice to all the questions that live cafes have raised and how all the major crises of lost sustainability and distrust between different local and global groups of peoples are being made ever more conflicted by national government- whose monopoly rule over public service budgets in the most vital areas like safety, media, health, education, peace is disastrous when most of the challenges facing us are as world citizens (interlocal waves that are made worse wherever a Blair of Bush make decisions like a Canute) or wherever 2 party politics one-dimensionalises issues that need 360 degree diversity of transparent public dialogue

We will have a special series of cafes in the Islington area all of sept 11-15 - email me for a full calendar; and if you only read this after sept 15: I will be happy to after action debrief on you what we learnt from the dialogues and where next we will be restaging them. I will also be putting a lot of the learnings from our cafe series at these weblogs which are inter-related . - this looks as ways we citizens can perform communications experiments to show that huge investigative journalism contexts are being missed (biased out) by the BBC, and debates how to rectify this which focuses on the source of good news out of America in terms of supporting the world's poorest with 30 years of mapping what social projects have resolved crises in one local community and can be replicated as interlocal franchises pulls together these latest practical banks of learnings and connects this back with my father and my future history book on death of distance in 1984 which forecast that economics as a worldwide discipline would need transforming between 2005-2105, as much if not more than when James Wilson founded The Economist to keep questioning how economics could sustain peoples through the industrial revolution

We also has given that folk of every age need to start blueprinting a revolutionary new curricula and modalities of education for all our children if we are to time warp through sustainability's inconvenient truths. At time of writing I am still waiting to hear whether I will get accepted into the first wave of 2000 people being trained by Al Gore on how to present his inconvenient truth slides. This first wave rehearsals and start of an amazing change network takes place In Nashville towards the end of September

The RSA's and Starbucks and BBC action network coffeehouse challenge in 2006 has been much more interesting in London this year as its been permitted to brew as a summer long festival rather being constrained to a one-month (May schedule)

God bless all who host and attend cafes - seeds and real-people crossroads to the huge virtual networks that can be multiplied if each person's social network can be interfaced with each other person united in hi-trust and wish to raise questions about a global crisis context before we rush for any open answer

Monday, August 21, 2006

Club of New York despatched this observation note today to and its world guide tour. Extracted from the NewYork founded web RealizingRights coordinated by Mary Robinson.Realizing Rights - The Ethical Globalization Initiative
"AIDS testing drive could infringe rights: activists" by ... call to action by Mary Robinson: "We must have an Aids-free generation by 2015. ...

XVI International AIDS conferenceThe 16th International Conference on HIV and AIDS is taking place in Toronto, Canada from 13 - 18 August 2006. Around 24,000 participants from around the world are attending the conference where participants are sharing the latest evidence, ideas and lessons learned in AIDS research, policies and programmes. During the conference, Mary Robinson has been participating in many sessions, satellites and events. Read more...

HIV testing is a recurring theme at AIDS Conference in Toronto
"HIV testing can have severe consequences, especially for women" Mary Robinson has advised against routine "opt-out" HIV testing, warning that women who disclose their HIV-positive status are often subject to physical violence. "I see the counselling before testing, the real choice about testing, the 'opt-in' position... as being about dignity, as about rights." Also read the news articles: "AIDS testing drive could infringe rights: activists" by "Testing alone leads to stigma" by CNews.

Rally in Toronto demands action to protect women, girls in HIV pandemicAugust 14th 2006"We need to put the power to prevent HIV in the hands of women." Women's issues were front and centre Monday at a rally and march near the site of the 16th International AIDS Conference in Toronto. Mary Robinson was one of the speakers at the gathering, which attracted more than a thousand people from around the world, and demanded urgent action for women and girls in the HIV/AIDS pandemic.

Mary Robinson contributes to special supplement in The GuardianAugust 12th 2006"Time to Act" On August 12th, Irish aid agency Concern and UK based newspaper The Guardian produced a special supplement [434KB] looking at issues around the HIV/Aids pandemic, which included a call to action by Mary Robinson: "We must have an Aids-free generation by 2015. This is not a goal for us to reach, it is an imperative that we must meet. We have the tools to make prevention a reality; we just need the will..."

Saturday, June 10, 2006

New York is lucky to be home of one of the author's humanity values most-
Bornstein -search , search news

Do use the post to this thread to nominate other contenders fir the title humanity's most valued author

Governance Structure of A*B*C:
A)Sustainability*B)Transparency*C)Gravity of True Purpose

Q1 Is it possible to govern the A*B*C of the local and global networks of civil society without this molecular structure?

continue the debate and finetune the details at or discuss with me at (CM1)

Thursday, April 20, 2006

a reference to advisory board members on the social accountability standard coordinated out of new york
SA8000 Advisory Board Members
SAI’s policy is to balance its Advisory Board members equally between business and non-business (non-governmental organizations, trade unions, socially responsible investors and government) members. SAI also seeks to have an international representation on the Advisory Board.
Affiliated with Non-Governmental Organizations, Trade Unions, Socially Responsible Investing and Government*:
Dorianne Beyer/David Zwiebel (alternate)
National Child Labor Committee (USA)
Jan Furstenborg
Union Network International (Switzerland)
Oded Grajew/Helio Mattar (alternate)
Abrinq Foundation for Children’s Rights (Brazil)
Joseph Iarocci
CARE International
Neil Kearney
International Textile, Garment & Leather Workers Federation (Belgium)
Heinz Dieter Koeppe
Business Social Compliance Initiative (Brussels)
Kaiming Liu
Institute of Contemporary Observation (China)
Alice Tepper Marlin
Social Accountability International (USA)
Frits Nagel
Dutch Consultant for Corporate Social Accountability (The Netherlands)
Alan Spaulding
United Food and Commercial Workers International Union (USA)
The Honorable William Thompson/Ken Sylvester (alternate)
Office of the Comptroller, City of New York (USA)
Morton Winston
The College of New Jersey (USA)
Lynda Yanz
Maquila Solidarity Network (Canada)
Affiliated with Business*:
Giorgio Bertinelli/Marisa Parmigiani (alternate)
Legacoop Nazionale (Italy)
Sylvain Cuperlier
Dole Food Company (USA)
Tom DeLuca (Chair)
Toys “R” Us (USA)
Durai Duraiswamy/Robin Cornelius (alternate)
Prem Durai Exports (India) and Switcher SA (Switzerland)
Pietro Foschi/Andrew Kirkby (alternate)
Bureau Veritas Quality International Holding S.A. (United Kingdom)
Amy Hall
Eileen Fisher (USA)
Dan Henkle/Chuck Goncalves (alternate)
Gap Inc. (USA)
Achim Lohrie
Gap RMC - Risk Management Coaching (Germany)
David McLaughlin/George Jaksch (alternate)
Chiquita Brands International (USA)
Dr. Johannes Merck/Gerd Billen (alternate)
OTTO GmbH & Co KG (Germany)

Friday, March 24, 2006

Breaking Views from ClubofLondon current #1 in collaboration knowledge city bookmarks (votes over 40 million)

This week saw world water day come and go with less than a ripple. Did Londoners know how they could have contributed more news on this around the world? no matter

Next week is arguably the biggest in the calendar for gifts to the world Londoners as number 1 collaboration knowledge city can start up, and make the next 6 years marathon of make poverty history connect all around the world

With Al Gore visiting the twin cities of London and Oxford, we cannot imagine a better time to Launch the Social Entrepreneur Olympics. The game is to have got 30 gravity pursuits of social entrepreneur world champions into the public consciousness by 2012 as much as the top 30 sports.

All we need is love and courage to cheerlead cross-cultural creativity's waves:

The Livingstone has got us off to a great start; he has declared there will be no sporting Olympics in London in 2012 unless they are carbon free - turn up the heat on every politician since only photosynthesis innovations can produce clean energy of that sustainability magnitude. Make sure all those who host Al Gore events debrief him as the clock to 2012 counts down

The lessons to be learnt from Make Poverty History from pop stars down can be an epiphany if University of Stars and the BBC turn their minds to the greater transparencies (eg end all country corruptions) needed if Make Poverty History is to be a reality network not just an image-making one

So that's 28 more gravity pursuits we need to celebrate around social entrepreneurs with as much gusto as the 20th Century hailed sporting stars

We are reminded of one Harrison Owen story I should tell because open spacing education is a social entrepreneur pursuit every family can stand up for whereas we cannot all help on the ground with projects in Africa or in the roofs that algae use to convert the sunshine into cleansing energy banks.

He was studying to be a priest around the Washington Dc area. It was a time when Martin Luther King was having a dream. Harrison can't recall quite how it happened but he was standing in a civil rights field in a crowd of African Americans - one tall lanky white man. The police were beginning to charge on the crowd and Harrison was feeling quite scared. That is until a 7 year old black girl came up to him - and said Mister will you hold my hand

Since that day, Harrison gave up the priesthood to the chagrin of most of his family. And is one of the handfuls of people who most interconnects conflict resolution facilitators around the world. Their networks criss-cross all religions that believe in golden rules of reciprocity such as so unto another what you want done unto you. They also connect mathematically - if Einstein is correct here at - to Gandhi as the greatest inventor of peaceful social entrepreneurial revolution that 144 years of The Economist's coverage of this most productive of all professions.

If some of this post makes sense to you, why not re-edit the parts you like and send it to the board of Governors of the BBC, and should you wish Tony Blair or another politician well with their legacy why not copy them in to. We the British people, not any of our political representatives own the BBC. We have invested way over 50 billion pounds in this corporation. On a personal note to all scots- may I ask whether you feel the inventor of television would feel proud of a television where every big debate is framed one dimensionally around short-term left and right rivals or whomever is looking fore a job with big business if the party does not turn out Trumps for their apprenticeship to network power.

It is high noon for the BBC with its 10 year licence determined by and for the people in the year of 2o06. Please could our world service be one of British Character we can feel both pride and humility in searching for. Please free your journalists for humanity to take a fearless lead in realising this open source script from 1984 , so that trust across peoples everywhere begins to flow through every documentary inquiry that has anything to do with world peace or nightly newscast on poverty's challenges through 2012 - and through these communications help the British to get to know 30 gravity pursuits of Social Entrepreneurs with as much joy and attention as the 30 sports it spend most public licence fees on. Hey when Brits helped to invent most of these sports we surely never intended they would take over from greater British realities of world service, through believing in CommonWealth principles and our Queen's higher order right to ask us as she did in her end of 2005 broadcast to unite in preventing globalisation from turning humanity on itself.

For the same of deeper democracy blossoming and connecting every coordinate on earth, you can also play a jigsaw mapping game aimed at sustaining 2 million global villages. Here's part of my family's tree which may open up some useful connections- what connections could your family tree or that of your peer networks open source. If you can make a "peer or family tree" picture why don't we play the mixed networking games of swap and snap. If we are going to turn around globalisation’s exponentials sustainably in time, we are all going to have to work with whatever grassroots community contexts up we can help each other navigate. No lead is too small as long as it is one you intend to gravitate transparently around as part of you lifelong learning mission. We need to help change children's education now so that the core human rights of freedom and happiness have a chance to breathe nature's clean waters, airs and energies everyone human beings sing her praises. Let's all turn up the courage through every family in the land and into wherever co-mentoring networks in internet space may take A B C D E F you

Tuesday, March 21, 2006

World's Biggest Secrets Archives? I'd love to know what New Yorkers think of them

But if that's too far away! we can extract any relevant bits New Yorkers want in this blog)

We've put a lot of time reviewing our 2 original sources for life-critical ideas that just don't seem to be getting leadership attention and list a few clues why?

source 1 Death of Distance - we wrote the first in this future history genre (now aka "world is flat") 22 years ago; lots that could have benefitted from 22 years work as forecast back in 1984 has barely started - eg 1984 billed 2000-2010 as world's most dangerous decade; we believed people would want photosynthesis abundant clean energy by now ( as innovations go its not a big problem to solve just a very contextually detailed one that could have been so much simpler if research had not been blocked until 2006's Union speech on ending petroleum addiction came out of the storm) ; we believed kids & sustainability of future generations deserved a total different education both in terms of curriculum (yes Augustine converted make science as fun as celebrity fashion) content and modalities of learning (less examining separte factors more training in how to network to find your own best embtors through life and help others likewise)

source 2 30 years old- Entrepreneurial Revolution Trilogy published by my father in The Economist; neither the word entrepreneur nor revolution is understood in the most valuable compounding senses; which is a pity because one way to make the world a better place is to extend the family tree of entrepreneurs into many different subspecies but that's not going to work whle we started with the wrong end of the stick of what E & R greatest leadership trusts are

If you do have time to visit our open source deal is - cut and paste anything you like to start conversations with; ask us questions here if relevant to new Yorkers or around a worldwide roundmap at

Tuesday, March 14, 2006

Ways you can collaborate with Club of New York and with 40 million bookmarks loosely linked by collaboration knowledge city worldwide - part 1

we are always interested in suggestions, but here's part of an occasional series to illustrate

1.1 question hosts of big leadership conferences: do they have motivations 1 like Clinton's Global Initiative of developing project initiatives that change the world? do they expect the audience to become alumni and connect with other leadership networks or any of the missions of the speakers; -here's a sample mail on how it only takes 5 minutes to question a conference host, and how we can link the authority of collaboration knowledge city and project30000 and death of distance scripts for globalcharters since 1984 to your own reasons for asking

1.2 As our Death of Distance & Entrepreneurial Revolution archives of scripts at globalcharters since 1984 confirm, we believe that 7 waves are causing an unprecedented revolutionary challenge to our generation 1984-2024. If citizens everywhere connect in collaboration we may make a better world, otherwise the sustainability of future generations is in doubt. This is why we love to hear of any open space races that people and their social networks are piloting, and to circulate actionable project information. If this is your sort of endeavour with some of your time over the next 10 years, why not join our collaboration knowledge mapmakers
chris macrae

Monday, March 13, 2006

question raised from the world top 10 learning village of Espoo, Finland

-does new York have a top 10 learning village to connect to our mapmaking and worldwide search?

Join our treasure hunt and map of the global top 10 learning villages
typical conversation

(terminology : as well as vilages in their own right, research on cities suggests that a learning village is one of 5 leading components that seem to be essential for collaboration knowledge city:

the other 4-5 (in detail) roughly summarised are:

1 authority to put global village commonwealth and sustainability investment above short-term economics , collaboration (focues on the greatest innovations humanity is dying out for) as a higher order value multiplier than competition alone now that we are in a highly connected world with 7 waves due to pass through every society before 2024 uptilting or downtilting us all -example ecosaintjames - you may call me biassed as a Scot but I do believe the largest Kingdom accidentally ruled the last half century by women (Queen Elizabeth, Her Mother, Lady Di radiates such authority especially with the Queens courageous end of 2005 broadcast to the commonwealth : is globalisation turning humanity on itself?; and buoyed by incredibly geberous ex-commonwealth branches active in London- including the world's leading photosynthsesis architects network from Canada, the world's deepest medical and youth cultural reconciliation networks from Australia, and the most extraordinary examples of community-up being as important as top down set by alumni of Gandhi's India

*2 global broadcasting scale with which deep lessons can be interconnected -again the British as owners of the world's largest public broadcasters could exemplify a world service role but not if short-term politicians or their global commerce lobbyists steal the mediation waves

*3 Large halls and open spaces and capabilities for thousands to join global vilage dialogues and emerge with the peoples project experiments to specific contextual crises.

*4 Crosscultural collaboration hubs where anyone can raise a community-up project idea; and see if anyone else already is developing solutuions either within the city or across the world

*5 And deeper centres of gravity of lifelong learning (family values, lifetime curricula, co-mentoring training that is as virtual as it needs to be real) which Espoo

I said 4.5 because from my one visit to the Espo region I feel it straddles 4 and 5 - and may be both. Jolly good for Finland to find such space for both. Many cities find it hard to recover enough socila space for just one of tehse collaborations.

so who else is in the top 10; in my view:
definitely Lucknow -the world's largest montesorri, and 5 years into annual congresses of world citizens of learning nets
probably part of Barcelona
probably some geek Silicon Valley kernel gravitaing around web2.1
definitely the 100 rural village cluster at visa
probably a jewish community in New York or elsewhere since the 20th centur beras witness to familly learning as a Jewish characteristic par excellence - my dad did the biography of John von Neumann (so I will paste an extract on what learning environments were once like when children came first if you were rich enough to choose, and in some cases even if you were not)
some part of Nigeria represented by Kind's womens hub and cheered (intimately co-mentored) on by one of America's great female activists of the last half century
definitely not anywhere the EU has funded most

but hey this is an exploration game and collaborative treasure hunt (think like children can around the abundance economics of learning as that which gets multiplied in hi-trust use not consumed up by one side extracting from another!) going on over at this map where we can see where everyone's coming from and what gravitational interests in learning they commit to collaborating around lifelong

Saturday, March 11, 2006

Global Charters- Human Story Update in Brief

Ever since 1984 Entrepreneurs (Revolutionary, Social, Intra, Web or Sustainability) and opne Death of Distance Future History debating networks have known that one generation of mankind 1984-2024 will be hit by 7 interconnecting waves: each capable of sustaining or destabilising our children's generations for ever

It doesnt matter if you believe in 7 wonders - as long as you see and connect with people mapping more than 2 ; understand that they are interconnecting and each is systemic (can only compound expoential growth or destriction over time and through the 2 million global villages we 6 billion beings spend our lifetimes and genenerate the next by inhabiting or network around)

wave 1 might be called collaborating with sunshine's clean energy, clean water, clean oxygen, and healthy nature - for its most courageous storylines join in at this collaborative treasure map

wave 2 might be called children's learning potentials and cross-cultural confidences and acccess to lifelong pursuits worthy of developing and not communally destructing

wave 3 might be called ridding apartheids and structural underclasses so that no baby girl or boy is born into and chained around extreme poverty's disease and compound loss of life's energy to make a loving difference

wave 7 might be called changing economics, valuation, governance to love courageous people's relationships and trust-flows not to quarterise them -wave 7 was always going to be the hardest conversion of all - eg Augustine's conversion?

We are redeveloping our scripts of each wave at - if you have got a script for open use, or a wave of concern, or a treasure map to interconnect, please come along so we colaboration in the generation that collectively decided the fate of our species

We'll also collate economic scripts at the bottom section of this blog

Friday, March 10, 2006

In a city where's there often more talk about Uniting Nations than walk, one walker stands above the crowd in my eyes - who does in yours

She is Mary Robinson, ex president or Ireland now one of the ost networked human rights activists in womens world out of her organisation, ethical global

here is part of Q&A with Mary Robinson at OpenDemocracy

Q“The international human rights framework” means what?

Mary Robinson: I’m talking about the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and the six core human rights instruments:
the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights;
the Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights;
the Convention on the Rights of the Child;
the Convention Against Torture;
the Convention on the Elimination of Racial Discrimination,
and the Convention for the Elimination of Discrimination Against Women.

Every country in the world has ratified at least one of these. Many have ratified more than three. Some have ratified all six. We see them as important tools for holding governments to account and we aim to be rigorous in our analysis of how this can be done.
But our aim is also to try and show young idealistic people who are frequently concerned with the environment, or poverty and inequality – to activists, if you will: “Look, you are interested in trying to make sure that governments keep a clean environment, have regard for the lifestyles of indigenous peoples, and work for fair trade rules. Well, it’s exactly the same for human rights – from non-discrimination to the basic rights to food, safe water, education and health care. We are talking rights not needs. There are standards that governments have signed up to – but nobody is holding them to account.”
Let me give you an example that stays with me from when I was UN High Commissioner for Human Rights. In April 1999 the civil society groups in Brazil were fed up trying to get the government of Brazil to file its report under the Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights. So they compiled an alternative report on Brazil. They were a broad coalition of NGOs, churches, trade unions, black Brazilians, the landless, those working in child rights, and they came together and sent a small group to Geneva with their alternative report.
I met them as High Commissioner. We explained they could not have a formal hearing before the UN Committee which monitors implementation of the Covenant because only a government is entitled to that, but we commended them. As it happened, in May 1999 I was going to Brazil. I put the alternative report under my arm. When I got off the plane I met journalists and said, “Here is the alternative report, now where’s the government’s?”
The government was very embarrassed. They then told me they would bring out a report very quickly. But I said: “No, no, I don’t want that. I want to see the government working with the civil society groups to bring out a report that reflects reality.” And that is what happened. The result was more links between the civil society participants and the government representatives.
Shortly after, Paulo Sergio Pinheiro became minister of state for human rights. When I went back to Brazil two years later government and civil society groups were reporting on similar lines. The process had brought them closer together, not in comfortable dialogue but in real dialogue. So it’s a process that reinforces democracy.

Wednesday, March 08, 2006

Is this the #1 story of our life and times? If not , please tell me what is?

# 1 compelling story of our lives and times???
how abundant energy and clean water - and so the economics of abundance became to be co-created is very simple provided :
you have a good enough map (help us develop it)
you all collaborate around developing this treasure

value: because those places with the most extreme climates either have the most desperate energy needs or capabilities to multiply sunshine's energy flows or both
innovation: they are where people have spent longest with experimenting with solutions, as well as any cross-cultural conflicts or historical errors
nature: they are where nature most wants to help save the world from the system of system crises of threat and opportunity that waves dynamise

come on humanity, since 1984 scripts from leading economists have suggested this is the major entrepereneurial 1 2 challenge to network collaboratively around, before all our global villages learn how to network other value multipliers and 30000 projects worth open sourcing all over the world

Sunday, February 26, 2006

Beyond the fashion of calling yourself an Entrepeneur

When Donald's Trump's latest apprentice mentioned on tv guide that he was writing a book on Entrepreneurship, I just thought that I'd better do a reacp of 30 years of my father's work on that and nearly 200 years of beliefs that The Economist gravitated due to being founded by one of the most visionary social entrepreneurs Britain has ever celebrated. As it is the 30th birthday of Entrepreneurial Revolution's publication in The Economist, we invite those who do connect with our perspective to join in writing up one page scripts of what they have taken back for society or wish to. We'll publish, link -and circulate across our networks - any we can believe in as advancing widespead value or cross-cultural humanity.
chris macrae ,, Bethesda , MD & Oxbridge 1 2

My father and I have been working for 30 years on language as the great integration crisis of leadership as well as system theorists. Every professor needs a different term to copyright their fame and alumni class and journal (sub-discipline, sub-professional business case or startegic power)- we need to open up such intellectual chaining all over the world's web

My father's beginning in this was to publish Entrepreneurial Revolution in The Economist in 1976. Odd collaborators included Romano Prodi who hosted an Italian roundtable in venice where all Italy's great leaders of the day sung the chorus of 10 green bottles (administrative barriers Entrepreneurs need to open space through). If you think about it now whether people claim leadership or facilitation gravity to unleash wealth or societal goods, they are usually happy to call themselves either entrepreneur (if business audiences are listening) or social preneur - see eg this fantastic meeting in Oxford next month

To celebrate our 30th birthday of ER, which is actually close on the 200th birthday of the founder of The Economnist (probably the world's first social preneur as his only editorial goals were to repeal corn laws and end capital punishment - both Victorian England's remaining slave chains) , we invite you:
to translate what every your system language is so that it connects with preneurs as a trojan horse for changing global economics
and to choose a place name clubof which we can weblog a debate of how your systemic method helps cross-culturally interrate any type of preneur (ideally 2 million club of global villages are needed!)

Above I have put one slide up which shows 200 years of preneurial language revolutions and since we are also mathematicians, we will need to slay the monopoly of tangible accounting which assigns 0 value to goodwill as a system flow and compounds maximum conflicts by separation every quarter. Knowing that's the fina system barrier is the only way that any system's theory can interface with changing leadership atop the wordl's biggest organsaitions be they corporate of government. As well as 30 years of ER scripts we have 22 years of death of distance scripts since tracking what webs will do has been my whole career and in 1984 I teamed up with my dad and a sci-fi writer to write a book on how 1984-2024 would challenge humanity to its wits end because becoming interconnected in obe generation was always going to be the biggest revolution our species had encountered ; and our species copes with revolutions in ways that spin either very good compound outcomes or in this case ones that will mean no 22nd century. So given this is just a language problem of eladership, why not open source the preneur word unless you can sugest one that can flow through more corridors of power without them knowing what confusion has open spaced

I know swapping the language you believe in most is diffciult. happy to try to help with any 1:1 or many:1 Q&A

chris macrae

Wednesday, February 22, 2006

Debate between New York (Charlie Rose Space) and Bethesda (HQ of open space, future history, phosynthesis energy scriptwriters and roundatble hosts) and DC, ecosaintjames and London (hubworld for organisational democracy, US alumni of deep democracy and carnivals as a way local communities connect with joys of global innovations)

I have been reflecting on Bush's open space race to end addiction to petroleum economics. This connects with these Charlie Rose Threads -see page 2, 3 if not on page 1:
-the role of Exxon - this thread
-the threads on Thomas Friedman, eg Green is Next Red, White & Blue
-the threads on Norman Augustine and other advisers to the President's Gathering Storm

It seems that everything converges on one missing question which someone needs to brief Charlie on: are you on 6-year race or a 25 year race

We can assume - even from its current advertising campaiogn - that Exxon is on a 25-year race and will do everything it takes to spoil the 5 year race. If I am wrong, and that is not why CEO Raymond is one of Bush's 20 Gathering Storm leaders, please do inform me.

Let's be clear: the 25 year race uses patents and other blocks to collaboration everywhere that money can pay for them; it is entirely possible through photosynthesis energy to turn the corner on America's addiction to petroleum energy within 6 years, but it will take the mother of all collaborations. On my side I am happy to write to the 21 presidents men and women to ask which race-timeliene they are on and to publish replies or lack of them. If you believe there are other people I should include in this open survey, please say who they are. Or mail me at if you have any ideas on what we ordinary people can do to cheerlead those who are on a 6 year race.
This mail ilustrates why a key question every intercity ambassador needs to relentlessly explore is what 2012 timelines will the world miss unless our citizens mobilise the future that is already happening around what we know most or most passionately wish to train for. London has already decalared 2012 to be a carbon-free olympics; for this to happen we must collaborate with anyone else on this smae timeline to end petroleum economics addiction. Is your city in or out of tis open space race?

Tuesday, February 21, 2006

End of March is a busy time for earth networkers in London?oxford & New York. Al Gore is over in the Uk for 2 meeetings : Oxford & London, meanwhile New York's meeting details follow:

The Earth Institute at Columbia University is convening the fourth biennial State of the Planet Conference to discuss the feasibility of sustainable development for billions of people worldwide. The dates of the conference are March 28-29, 2006.

Internationally renowned scholars and opinion leaders will lead discussions, present ideas, and outline research throughout this two day forum, which seeks to explore the fundamental requirements of science, economy, governance and human behavior needed to achieve sustainable development.

State of the Planet 2006 will be held at Roone Arledge Auditorium, Alfred Lerner Hall, Columbia University. The auditorium is located at 2920 Broadway (between 114th & 115th Streets), New York, NY.

For more information and to register, visit

The list of speakers is below.

Lastly, registration for this conference is FREE.

I hope to see you there!

Steven G. Brant, Business Futurist
Founder and Principal
Trimtab Management Systems

"Human history becomes more and more
a race between education and catastrophe."
- H. G. Wells

Opening Address

Jeffrey D. Sachs, Director, The Earth Institute at Columbia University; Quetelet Professor of Sustainable Development, Columbia University; Special Advisor to UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan


Carol Bellamy, President and Chief Executive Officer, World Learning; Former Executive Director, UNICEF

Abby Joseph Cohen, Partner and Chief U.S. Investment Strategist, Goldman, Sachs & Co.

Joel E. Cohen, Abby Rockefeller Mauzé Professor of Populations, Rockefeller University; Professor of Populations, Columbia University; Head of the Laboratory of Populations, The Earth Institute at Columbia University and Rockefeller University

John Coomber, Retired Chief Executive Officer, Swiss Re Group

Sir Partha Dasgupta, Frank Ramsey Professor of Economics, University of Cambridge;
Fellow of St. John's College

Amy Davidsen, Director of Environmental Affairs, JPMorgan Chase

Andrew Dobson, Professor of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology

Stuart L. Hart, Samuel C. Johnson Chair in Sustainable Global Enterprise, Professor of Management, Johnson Graduate School of Management, Cornell University

Denis Hayes, President, The Bullitt Foundation;
National Organizer of the first Earth Day

Georg Kell, Executive Head, United Nations Global Compact

Steven E. Koonin, Chief Scientist, BP p.l.c.

Nicholas D. Kristof, Columnist, The New York Times

Mark Malloch Brown, Chef de Cabinet to the Secretary-General, United Nations

Parker Mitchell, Co-CEO and Co-Founder, Engineers Without Borders

Rajendra K. Pachauri, Director-General, The Energy and Resources Institute; Chairman, Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change

Tim Palmer, Head of the Probability Forecast Division, European Centre for Medium-Range Weather Forecast

David J. Refkin, Director of Sustainable Development, Time Inc.

Frank Rijsberman, Director General, International Water Management Institute

Johan Rockström, Executive Director, Stockholm Environment Institute

Joseph Romm, Executive Director, Center for Energy and Climate Solutions

Eric V. Schaeffer, Director, Environmental Integrity Project

Ismail Serageldin, Director, Library of Alexandria in Egypt

Peter Singer, Ira W. DeCamp Professor of Bioethics, Princeton University

Jomo Kwame Sundaram, Assistant Secretary-General for Economic Development, Department of Economic and Social Affairs, United Nations

Dato Lee Yee-Cheong, President, World Federation of Engineering Organisations 2003-05; Co-Coordinator, UN Millennium Project "Science, Technology and Innovation" Task Force; Senior Fellow, Academy of Sciences Malaysia

Wednesday, February 15, 2006

Today, we welcomed the birth of Club of Greenwich with this opening post

As a death of distance researcher 1 2 over the last 22 years, I have come to believe that collaboration knowledge cities -or at least networks of citizens - learn most about sustaining value multiplication -and other searches for economics of abundnace - from VILLAGES, as well as how these villages connect across the cities vibrancy of cultures and so to love harmony among peoples all over the world.

In fact the chief economist of future historian alumni -who happens to be dad to me -wrote back in 1984 that if the human race is to survive newtorking as the greatest challenge to ver face one genberation of people (1984 to 2024) then we would need to change economics until transparent world trades zinged across 2 million global villages (some geographically twinning rich and poor cultures as a way of bridging digital divides), some connecting professions because the powerfully separatist profession compounds more risk in a knowledge worker world than anything else transparency mapmakers 1 2 can imaginePerhaps there is an even greater game to play where 2 villages also share the same name - were they founded for overlapping reasons? this is a quiz that every schoolchild can search and play as well as every powerful citizen and everyone else in between

Now when it comes to London's Greenwich - we have the great start of being the epicentre of maps (of 0 degree separation). Maps will prove to be even more valuable to 21st C humanity (if such a species is to thrive) because no knowledge networks survive without them; today's greatest investmnent in cpaital is every human being's likfetime and not to have access to transparent maps and searching is the greatest discrimination we could systemis against any peoples, the 21st C apartheid if you willWhen it comnes to Greenwich in New York, another magic happens ; we've taken extracts from 2 Greenwich Village websites since its clear from their passion that they can descrobe their future histories better than any words my friends and I can conjure up from my desks in London and Bethesda and ... and ...

guided excerpt 1 from Village AllianceWelcome to the Village Alliance Web site! We are a not-for-profit Business Improvement District located in the heart of Greenwich Village one block north of Washington Square Park on 8th Street & extending eastward to Second Avenue & St Marks Place. Over the years, the 12 blocks included in the Village Alliance have been home to some of America's most creative minds and artists.Welcome to our Historic Neighborhood! The location where Jimi Hendrix built the Electric Lady sound studios; Where Barbra Streisand debuted at the Bon Soir and where Gertrude Vanderbilt Whitney founded the Whitney Museum and Andy Warhol and Lou Reed created the citadel of Hippiedom at the Electric Circus on St Marks Place.Welcome to our world renowned community where a clean, safe & friendly environment awaits your visit to a variety of shops, quaint alleyways and a culture of diversity.And welcome to 8th Street, the Shoe Capital of The World!

Guided excerpt 2 from NYCGV
For over 100 years, this small area below 14th Street and west of Broadway has been a Mecca to the creative, rebellious and Bohemian. Although today no starving artists could afford to live here, the vibe still lingers and the beat goes on

Saturday, February 11, 2006

How do cities choose their Twins?

This Charlie Rose debate with Lazard's Wasserstein suggests laterally that Lazards might vote that New York and New Orleans twinned in collaboration.

Could be the smartest fashion theie magazine side of New York could futurise now that anyone linked by 22 years of studying death of distance dialogue scripts 1 2 know the world is flat and its time for the most collaborative space races in the history of humanity and nations

lazards was founded in New Orleans though today its world centre is New York

both places were once great ports ( one continues to be a world trade centre , the other needs some help in renewing this though as the most loved crosscultural crossroads of its size, perhaps york needs to learn as much about the carnival and jazz spirit from Orleans as vice versa)

Both have suffered tragedies in century21 which left theit citziens totaly unprotected whether it was due too much tod down FEMA (for nature's globalisation dynamics to bear) or whomever the senate debates decide this time round

Sunday, February 05, 2006

According to the last 30 years of alumni circles of Entrepreneurial Revolution and Death of Distance Open Source networking: one of the greatest preneurial challenges people everywhere face involves taking back enough hi-trust public briadcasting media to collaborate with web/net media. Both need each other's greatest ethicas, and one offers deep interactive contextual lines of inquiry while the other provides an urgency of scale so that people's debate jam together in one virtual community, so that connections can be searched and progress made from concept to pilot project to replication by open source and through zero degress of separation information that is life critical to te wother side of the world.

We at open schools & media-trust villages such as FoL & Bethesda are therefore accutely interested in New York's fair and any other similar movements you can log up for us. Here's an extract of's gravitational pull

What's Wrong With the News?


Independent, aggressive and critical media are essential to an informed democracy. But mainstream media are increasingly cozy with the economic and political powers they should be watchdogging. Mergers in the news industry have accelerated, further limiting the spectrum of viewpoints that have access to mass media. With U.S. media outlets overwhelmingly owned by for-profit conglomerates and supported by corporate advertisers, independent journalism is compromised.

Ultimately, FAIR believes that structural reform is needed to break up the dominant media conglomerates, establish independent public broadcasting, and promote strong, non-profit alternative sources of information.

Check out these links for more of FAIR's analysis of the media business:

Corporate Ownership
Advertiser Influence
Official Agendas
Telecommunications Policy
The PR Industry
Pressure Groups
The Narrow Range of Debate

Incidentally, over at St Paul, public media's marketwatch is surveying what are the big stories of whether future sustainability will be won or lost? Someone might drop by and gently explian that media is one of the sectors that will make or breat sustainability of the globe which all the world's people share as well as commune round.

Worldwide, club of city supports collaboration and networkers: to pose serious questions, notably on future curves that seem to be trending down in many places and communities. How do all peoples and media 1 2 3 turnround such examples as:
  • Healthcare – ever increasing costs
  • Children – increased family strain, lost safety of community
  • Professionals- loss of Hippocratic oath, ever more bureaucratic
  • Water – Clean water is getting scarcer
  • Transport – getting slower
  • National Government – Increasingly powering over instead of facilitating what people need next Mass media – dumbing down, loss of social space and transparent debates
  • Food chain – cost of good for you food going up
  • Nations Cultures- love of each other’s diversity going down
  • Pensions (investment in sustainable growth) – going down
  • Adult confidence in making a difference with lifelong learning potentials – seems to be going down
  • Insurance – cost going up, learnings across biggest tragedies seem increasingly blocked
  • Underclass – compounding underclass- their loss of hope in life and mutual risks to all of us in a hi-connected world
  • NGOs/Charity – Global*Local infrastructure further removed from depth of grassroots needs in crisis or sustainability turnround challenges
    We are interested in any city network that either recognises any of these as a problem which it wants to question or has some answers they are happy to share with the world
    Chris Macrae,, London & DC, 30 years at origin of Entrepreneurial Revolution, 21 years @ Death of Distance transparency networking, valuetrue mapmaking 1