.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, March 6, 2017

My father Norman Macrae was The Economist's main libertarian and Keynsian investigator of who makes the future. (more in footnote)

Number 1 MEETING ISSUE - with every valuing youth network
Next 4 year (closed versus open systems) compounding greatest risk and opportunities to under 35 conscious libertarians everywhere

I would like to discuss whether your members agree (hopeful from keynote speeches last month's 10th anniversary gala they do) and if so ask how to share 3 sorts of collaboration maps

1 Action Solution Networks
2 Action Mediation Spaces
3 Connecting superplace action agendas

Two examples of 1
 - my associates and those who inspire me including the kissinger-inspired committee of 100 chinese americans are helping a chinese college take 1000 english speaking students every 4 months both to establish long-term goodwill between china and other nations; and to help advance missing peer to peer curricula 



-from 2008 i accompanied muhammad yunus on most of his student lecture tours which then focused on inner city youth entrepreneur competition particularly among black and latin americans - while his process evaporated all the youthful innovation on supercity possibilities now hubs out of baltimore but invites dc experts to join in - this locational gravity about in large part because of john mackey's conscious capitalism networks but the communities serving this are the same ones that nurtured the great supreme court justice thurgood marshall; next major collaboration celebration may 2017- can i introduce some of your local team to this celebration process while the collaboration planning is coming together  

2 There are about 4 cities where we help energise weekly conversations hosted on technology consequences though we would like to partner is similar model everywhere- the most exciting of these is currently in new york- john kiehl owns broadways movie studio but he is an alumni of mit, friend of john mackey , coding scholar of wolfram- his heavy hitting friends map who's apping what in leading engineering schools -how do we see if new york members of S4L would like to join in

3 "Collaboration Agendas": having attended many UN events , i conclude that the action spaces for under 35s are now the preparation networks for each G20 which were relaunched out of Jack Ma's social world trade city Hangzhou last fall- i am particularly excited to linkin under 35s to argentina's g20 in 2018 and india's g20 in 2019. I know the vatican universities main youth communications director who shares the excitement for 2018. The world bank jim kim formed a partnership with pope francis in 2013 and has been asking young professional to work out what system changes elders cant make. 

chris macrae  240 316 8157
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FOOTNOTES
My father Norman Macrae was The Economist's main libertarian and Keynsian investigator of who makes the future. He started the agenda of entrepreneurial revolution in 1972 around the hypothesis of what will happen to 21st c youth if the trend started in 1946 of doubling spends on communication techologies every 7 years continues to 2025 (i co-authored the 1984 book on that). This is what convinces me the next 4 yeras are unprecedented in collaboration opportunities and risks. My single biggest social innovation recommendations to under 35s is friend "Rejuvenation of China" because they have half a billion sustainability jobs to design around under 30s and their elders have no safety net other than their one youth per family. With connectors like Jack Ma, collaboration chapters around blockchain are one of the keys that will determine everything. Does your membership have one over-riding solution you all want to connect across borders

Publisher - World Record Games of Job Creation
one of my father's salient predictions for 2017:
anticipate need for creative destruction of education systems (eg as now led by over 50 national leaders out of 2 summit networks Home | the Education Commission and WISE Initiative Qatar @beijing2016 @madrid last week-- by now half of the most urgently valuable knowhow for sustainability will be co-created anew every 5 years - only young people's networks can liberate that - all of older politicians, academics, professionals cannot- this is a very big investment fund challenge- again new york has one youth-led wall strret fund that provides a paradigm all supercities for youth could benchmark

timelines that DC networkers can most spin for better or worse:
**apart from mapping back g20 or other mass convergences where youth can present solutions

**the first half of 2017 sees china's leader xi jinping choose his 7 member top-team for next 5 years - the person in usa who has published jinping's likely diary works at brookings in washington dc and regularly updates with tsinghua - the beijng university which most of china's top leaders are alumni of

**jim kim's second 5 years at world bank has just started

**trump's first 50 days have just spiralled

**the opportunity to connect baltimore's conscious hubs with leonsis and cases media-tech hubs is critical if baltimore-dc is to be a benchmark supercity for all youth livelihoods

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