.Brian Beedham, foreign editor of The Economist for a quarter of a century, died this week, aged 87 F or nearly all the 25 years leading up to the collapse of communism in 1989, two intellects dominated the pages of The Econ- omist. They were Norman Macrae, as dep- uty editor, and Brian Beedham, as foreign editor. Their marks were influential, endur- ing-and quite different. Norman, who died in 2010, relished iconoclasm, and orig- inal ideas sprang like a fountain from his ef- fervescent mind. Brian, bearded, tweed- jacketed and pipe-smoking (or pipe-pok- ing), held ideas that were more considered. It was he who provided the paper’s atti- tude to the post-war world. In that world, nothing was as important as seeing off communism, which in turn could be achieved only by the unyielding exercise of American strength. This view was not in itself unusual. What made it re- markable, and formidable, were the clarity, elegance and intellectual power with which it was propounded. No issue demanded the exercise of these qualities more than the Vietnam war, and probably none caused Brian more an- guish. A man of great kindness, and with- out a hint of vanity or pretension, he was far from being either a heartless ideologue or a primitive anti-communist (though he never visited either Russia or Vietnam to put his opinions to the test). But his unwa- vering defence of American policy drew criticism from both colleagues and readers. Why did he persist in pounding such a lonely trail, even after it had become clear that the American venture in South-East Asia was doomed? The short answer was conviction. His anti-communism was born of a love affair with America. As a young man, at Leeds Grammar School and Oxford, his politics had been leftish. They might have stayed that way. But in 1955 ambition bore him from the Yorkshire Post to The Economist where, after a few months, he won a Commonwealth Fund fellowship and with it a year study- ing local politics in the South and the West of the United States. In America Brian dis- covered a national ideology based on indi- vidualism, bottom-up democracy and an active belief in liberty that meant pro- blems could be solved at home and na- tions could be freed abroad. This was ex- actly in tune with his own emerging ideas. The dispassionate romantic Coming from drab, class-ridden, 1950s Brit- ain, Brian might have stayed. But he felt in- dubitably British. The Suez crisis was be- ginning just as he left for America in August 1956; he so strongly backed the in- vasion of Egypt that he volunteered his ser- vice to the British military attache in Wash- ington, ready even to give up his new American adventure to fight for this hopeless cause. And though he later became enthusiastic about direct democracy (an en- thusiasm, like that for homeopathic pills, which was fostered by his links with Swit- zerland through Barbara, his wife), he was a monarchist to the end. Suspicious of intellectuals, Brian rel- ished exposing the soft, less-than-rigorous- ly-thought-out (he was fond of hyphens) orthodoxies of the liberal left. As foreign editor, he liked to draw unsparing compar- isons between the Soviet Union and the Nationalist regime in South Africa: to deny freedom on the basis of ideological convic- tions, he argued, was no less objectionable than denying it on the basis of colour. It was no doubt Brian’s command of words that helped to make him our Washington correspondent in 1958 and then, in 1963, foreign editor. In this role he wrote leaders on all manner of topics, often argu- ing a difficult case: for nuclear weapons, say; for supporting Israel (another of his unshakable causes) when sentiment was running otherwise; or indeed for the do- mino theory itself, which was never so ringingly defended. Brian was equally skilled as a sub-edi- tor. Articles that arrived on his desk with no clear beginning, end or theme were turned, apparently effortlessly, into some- thing perfectly sharp and coherent. More annoyingly for authors, articles that were perfectly coherent were sometimes turned with a few tweaks, deft as a paw-dab from one of his beloved cats, into pieces that said something quite different from what had been intended. A statement of fact might be qualified by “it is said” or the American invasion of Cambodia would become a “counter-attack”. These intrusions could be difficult to square with The Economist's tradition of open-mindedness; especially as Brian’s own mind was more contradictory than it seemed. His favourite conversation-part- ners were men like Henry “Scoop” Jackson and Richard Perle, hawkish intervention- ists; but he also had an acquaintance, al- most friendship, with at least one kgb man at the Soviet embassy in the 1980s. Away from work, the world he was analysing weekly was kept at bay. He did not own a television set, and found the best use of computers was to listen to American civil-war songs. Some of his pieces were pounded out on an ancient Ol- ivetti in a turret of Barbara’s family castle in the Alps, surrounded by peaks and clouds. Deep down he was a romantic, capable of great human feeling, whose head con- stantly seemed to remind him to keep a rein on his heart. He wrote sympathetical- ly and perceptively about Islam, and mov- ingly about refugees-especially boat peo- ple, and especially if they were Vietnam- ese. They were making his point for him....The Economist May l6th 2015

.................................................................................................................................................................america's media crisis started with its biggest brands...Help teachers and children generatethe most exciting jobs creation game? A 21st C mashup of a board game like monopoly, a quiz like trivial pursuits, and both a mass media and an app such as jobs creation sharkette tank?. more : why not blog your peoples search for world record jobs creators ..last 7 years of generation of changing education
1 the board - maps of large continents and small islands, of super cities and rural villages, transportation routes for exchanging what people make connected to webs like Jack Ma's gateways where 3000 people co-create live for a day before linking in their networks (Notes on valuing freedom and happiness) join 25th year of debating whether we the parnets and youth can change education in tine to be sustainable
2 rules of jobs-rich trading games - lifelong grade 1 to 69, beginners to experienced connecting many previous games - eg game 1 if your region has no access to a seaport, how are trading dryports developed
3 backup every trial game ever played including successes & failures, searchable by valuable collaboration factors; geographically neighbouring, match particular skill (eg electrical engineerings) around the world
3.1 cases and the cultural lessons from future history that worldwide youth will need to translate if they are to be the sustainability generation
3.2 unexpected joys; eg often the most exciting innovations for linking the sustainability generation come from communities that had the least connections - eg some of the games best players are the women and girls who developed bangladesh as 8th most populous nation starting with next to nothing at independence in 1971; case sino-english translation of world record book of jobs creators- can you help us translate this into other mother tongues - isabella@unacknowledgedgiant.com us we chat line 240 316 8157 - click to diary of good news youth journalism trips 8 to china, 1 korea, 3 arab emirates, 13 bangladesh 1 to japan

Saturday, December 31, 2011

on-demand moocs

on-demand moocs are one of the main ideas to have emerged from remembrance parties of norman macrae's lifetime work on entrepreneurial revolution and changing education

worldpossible
ondemand mooc mixes the scaling power of hosting the first mooc syllabus in the world with the open learning and continuous improvement of a subject that a platform like khan academy offers; if the world record jobs creators could all agree on one destination web page indexing ondemand moocs, youth's sustainability generation's livelihoods could be in the middfe of changing education

example how could an on=demand mooc evolve by benchmarking positive secular consequences of all cultures taking the franciscan way (the trust values of  western world record jobs creator pope francis) as one main comparison

(we also welcome votes for other urgent on-demand mooc topics - eg belt road mapping ; assembling 30000 microfranchises)

rsvp isabella@unacknowledgedgiant.com




While americans raced to the moon in 1960s, many peoples still without electricity hosted futures debates- across the latin american continent , the debate centred on what do we love about the catholic culture we have inherited from the colonial past

it was decided the franciscan was- demanding that most educated professional lived and learnt with the poorest was the greatest cultural joy- the brazilian paulo freire pubished how to apply this to education - the general ideology of preferential option poor (POP) involves:
professional should live with the poorest
identify system failures (or absences eg access to electricity) trapping the poorest and where ncessary call in other professionals to help resolve this
as new technology , priortise what this could innovate for the poorest - note im modern paralnce this is called leapfroging - so eg solar can have the greatest advantage to this not on electricity gruds

3 questions stem from this:
a) where was the idea of POP applied
b) what other cultures celebrate a similar demand
c) how does this take on extra significance in times like today where we have abouta decade to transform systems so that youth can sustain the human race

unfortunately the cold war spiralled with particularly dismal impacts across much of south america which didnt get many national chances to transform round pop

so which countries or parts of professional markets did?

the main country to apply pop was bangaldesh from 1971 - it was this cultural value set that empower the world poorest voilage women to develop bangladesh in two parts- pre-digital networking fro 1976 ; with pop applications of mobile and microsoilar from 1996

apart from market sctors that bangaldesh redesigned around the poorest's livelihoods, last mile partners in health were developed by farmer and kim linking exchnges from bostons most health stidents and profesisonjals with
haiti
and later peru, russia and rwanda

when jim kim came to the world bank in 2012 he challenged staff under 35 to look at how to POP their professions - its not obvious that any cases have scaled this directly from the world bank ; partbshjips have been fpormed - eg between jim kim and ope francis in 2013; some of the new development projects across the belt road maps that the wprld bank supports may be seen as a step in the pop direction

lech walesa says that he would never have dared lead poland's race to free itselff from russia without the moral support of pope jon paul; clearly tofay's pope francis is chalenging those with sustainability networls to value applying their methoids preferentially to the most needy cases - refugees on various belt raod hotspots are one of the clearest cases he support - as our all sectors that need to chnage if climate crisis is to be alleviated