.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

Sunday, September 18, 2016

18 september is most revolutionary report and debriefing on pro-youth education ever assembled by the world of nations -new york un https://www.eventbrite.com/e/education-commission-report-launch-tickets-26722466617 briefings led by
 Jim Kim, Jack Ma (China), 
  Norway’s PM Erna Solberg,  Chile’s Michelle Bachelet Indonesia’s Joko Widodo,  Malawi’s Peter Mutharika, UNESCO Irina Bokova  acceptance by Bam Ki-Moon
Commissioners Gordon Brown (chair, scotland);  Gracia Machel (S Africa), Amartya Sen, and 25 more

9 things to know about exploring youth opportunities linked in to jim kim

Came to the world bank with best connections of world record job creators ever by the leader of any sort of bank

8 he had built health care bottom up with paul farmer leveraging every connection in boston -their health out of poverty labs had begun in haiti and peru- spread with soros help to russia and africa 

7 he had been spotted late 1990s by george soros- the most revolutionary of billionnaire investors and economists- it was soros who funded the first mobile phones for the poor experiments grameen 1996 bangladesh

6 kim had helped soros and farmer discover that the greatest of all bottom up health networkers was sir fazle abed of www.brac.tv  and that his experiments with health care built out of nothing in rural villages had  in 1970s trued china's barefoot doctors but failed because that idea needed government approval - and had so alternatively teamed up with jim grant unicef to action learn with the world of villages oral rehydration- what scaled rural womens networks to grow and grow- brac was about 20 years ahead in developing last mile community health workers - thats now the job description of 95% of todays 15000 staff of partners in health www.pih.org  now do at ghrassroots levels

5 both kim and farmer were originally cross-cultural anthropologists- they understood all modern bottom-up community economic movements (apart from china''s) had the same origin - south america of the late 1960s; the story goes that while usa was racing to the moon, the peoples of s.americas - who had seen the end of european colonisation but mainly at the price of pretty rotten dictators funded by one or other superpower in the cold war with the exception of the 2 big countries brazil and mexico-  
peoples across latim america asked what does this catholic faith we have inherited from colonistion meanb to us- they decided the faith they liked was franciscan - ie faith that acts as servant leaders where the priests come an live and learn with the poorest- this - brazil's contribution to this debate was less about faith and more about wanting barefood educators - paulo friere -pedagogy of the oppressed

4 hence kim was always aiming to link faiths together around hope and joy of hi-trust community-workers and educators- when pope francis was elected - he became one of pope francis first visitors asking for a pro-youth parthership - their connections first positive impact aided obamas cuba policy

3 Kims other great friendship cemneted (i think) during his first year at teh world bank was with Jack Ma- the two make brilliiant advisers of each other, and who's who in the world of leapfrog coding

2 kim had actually been obama's , last roll of the dice - obama failed us youth on banking in spite of his mom having founded womens world banking microcredit networks out of indonesia; obama had failed development youth- while he had correctly indentified the need to re-examine market value chains from the bottom up he had niively assigned this task to usaid- usaid has about 10000 subcontractirs on its books mainly organised around a handful of large organisations all of whose experts depend on not open sourcing their knowledge of value chains; when obama interviewed kim , obama had said something like i know how to explain to congress you as the most practical health strategist devlopement has ever had but what else can i tell them - to which kim said have you read your mothers phd- it turned out kim knew much more about bottom up finacnial inclusion and women empowerment networks than obama did

1 kims first 18 month at world bank were quite fun, hopeful - he was chapmioning under 35 professionals every way he could - sharing what social movements had really done in the various health cases he had got michael porter to help him write up; but then ebola struck- there is no doubt that kim accelerated usa responses by about 3 months absolutely critical give how fast the plague had got to; but it gave his enemies inseide the world bank ammunition- in effect he was partnering too close with the ngo he had previously co-founded with paul farner

0 maybe there is a different game going on but kim does not look likely from where i sit to get or want re-election fall 2017; last month he issued an extraordinary rtport on the future of heatktcare in china- i would assume that unless something collaborative for youth emerges from 18 september - kim will devote the rest of his life to how china and asia can sustain their youth - why waste time on west's broken systems when asia (particularly women of china and bangladesh) want kim's work and connections 

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