.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

Monday, January 16, 2017

since meeting muhammad yunus in 2007 I have twice failed to start up a student union club because i chose the wrong identity- first social business  -which yunus atlanta's great and good, romes nobel peace summit and i spent 4 years failing to plant in historically black UC, 

second valuing youth jobs through girls empowerment which failed because of politics- people like naila chowdhury spent ages getting to know hilary clinton and womens nomination of a un leader who was aligned with india's mmma.org - This website is for sale! - mmma Resources and Information. -  they also professed expertise in financial inclusion models but were stick on pre blockchain and pre-ma models jusr as kim has recently owned up to 
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the co-brand identity that will work is g20 student union club -every university concerned with empowering sustainability of yoiuthy needs to linkin round such a format

if we can get that club popping up in the right places then we can unite all the sustainability movements founded on values such as francsiscans, confucians , technologists of big data analysis app'd to maxime small enterprise value chains

we have learnt several things from failing- student diaries get filled up very early in their academic year

so maurice we need to start g20 clubs this student year in rome and in argentina in time for student year 2017-2018 to have maximum connectivity with g20 in argentina 2018  as well as to celebrate meeting of pope francis and xi jinping - moreover so  the alliance of jim kim and ;pope francis to improve world banking models of ending poverty

g20 from china 2016 which includes climate networks; blockchain networks , whole hemisphere world trade infrastructures models like one belt one road and china's support of the greatest #learninggeneration  with 30 national leaders of www.educationcommission.org and  jack ma www.alibabauni.com

the unique global dynamic of the g20 is that human networks do the homework for what is actually announced as colkaborations when the g20 leaders meet

specifically from december 2017 argentina will be asked for 12 months to linkin diary of how networks such as youth 20 women 20 civic20 business20 climate20 arrange agendas and diaries - we have leaders like jack ma and his top 50 business entrepreneurs club and branson and his bcorp movement embedding topics like green finance and blockchain

camilo can we meet to see if we can get columbia university student union of g20 planted around franciscan values and those of mass flourishing where nobel economist phelps is hugely welcomed in china

maurice what is the one week in rome that i could travel during the remainder of student year 2016-2017 when we could get to the most university leaders and students around rome and explain this to premio sciacca- rome student unions are needed to make the moist of when china xi jinping and pope francis meet to discuss 1) how to make most of argentina g20, 2) where are confucian beliefs in the good of humanity culturally equivalent to franciscan ones as well as those needed for youth sustainability

as soon as possible we need students to start making one minute videos on how to get started with g20 student union clubs - this replicates a process mit uses to spiral a year round cycle of entrepreneur competitions through all of its coding and development labs

we have a unique channel for distributing this content that intel world possible has prepared and ultimately the action projects interfacing student unions and g20 need to have their own khan academy type space - totally open learning content generated by and with students collaborating around sustainability's jobs

thanks chris
ps ian  in london -can we get such a club started at cranfield and is that something harpreet could as a cranfield alumni mentor  eg on relationships to preparing maximium student impact with india g20 - we already know that the coding needed for the education commission's greatest learning generation and sustainability livellihoods will depend on maximising
chinas coders around ma
indias coders around nilekani and million lpetrson universal identity
coders in every leading business engineering school

i am confident that just as jinping knows what the main focus of partnership with franciscans is cross-cultural (a billion+ confcucian and a billion+ franciscans)  so jinping is already working with modi understands on how chiense and indian coders of big data for youth's s,mall enterprises around the world linkin e-platforms