2021 summer update The Economist & Norman Macrae- Millennials Sustainability Curricula
Uniting Nations Around Developing Goals: 1-2, 3-6, & Moore!
To Be or Not To Be – that is the question -Shakespeare Hamlet Act 3 Scene 1 SDGsU.com[i]
JFK & MACRAE -J1
CHRIS MACRAE1 MA STATISTICS CANTAB
Norman Macrae Family Foundation
Washington DC, USA & Glasgow UK
INTRODUCTION SCOTTISH MINDSETS- AFORE YE GO TO OR FROM GLASGOW COP26
Although less than a four hundredth of our human race[ii], Scots' like the Irish, enjoy a reputation for being one of the most impudent[iii], collaborative and innovative of peoples. We seek to ask questions other so-called democracies forbid as politically incorrect. For example: what’s wrong with sustainably seeking to unite public servants instead of paying for fake media’s bipolar nationalist parties?
Where can innovation networks be audited to exponentially improve the human lot? As of summer 2019, why had 300 trillion dollars of western pension funds not valued any UN sdg networks as asset grade[iv]?
Why was JFK’s moon race 1960s the last time USA trusted 50000 youthful brains to actioning one goal as a network rather than a corporation or a government? If the younger half of the world linkin nearly 4 billion human brains, is it actually beyond our species and artificial intelligence to be celebrating global village survival of our species by 2030?
Back in 1984, I co-authored The 2025 Report[v] with my father The Economist’s Norman Macrae. We rehearsed the hypothesis - and mapped mathematically likely exponential timelines - that sustainability of our species would depend on transforming education so that children’s natural curiosity flourishes joyfully wherever the next wee lassie or laddie[vi] is born. queries welcome firstname.lastname@example.org dedication Sir Fazle Abed 20 dec 2019 and Duke of Edinburgh 10 april 2021- in 1995 i donated a few days pro bono work to the Duke's award scheme office in Windsor- at that time I didn't realise what an unique role to human sustainability the royals of UK-Netherlands-Japan would play -sorry! visiTing Bangladesh 15 times from 2007, sir fazle abed helped me see how ignorant i had been - i hope in some small way to atone by helping publish the catalogue of 100 human unicorn networks co-created by the billion poorest Asian women
On the minus side, we are disappointed with loss of youthful purpose at the BBC[ix] – at the margins of expensive entertainment, why not create digital channel with eg khan’s academy? For example, training on how to vaccinate people needs televisual support needs 24/7 fredom of access but not hi-cost production. With smart content, BBC could have virally inspired teachers to smoothly blend real and virtual learning instead of waiting for a pandemic. I can’t believe J Logey Baird[x] saw the sole purpose of tv as commercial entertainment, nor as instrument of politics. Please note from birth, the BBC was invested in by the peoples of Britain who paid the licence fee. By failing to represent people separately from government the BBC has done a worldwide dis-service. With www Tim Berners Lee, the BBC could have partnered in evolving 21st C English speakers’ antidote to drowning in fake media.
SDGSU.com : 2021 is the 37th year that our friends have done at least a small probono survey aimed at discovering problems with demanding that the older half of the world -parents and grandparents - value the younger half of the world’s collaborative[xi] opportunity to be the first sustainability generation
Examples from 37 years of debating Transformation of Education – See more at zoomuni.net and educationopen.com
· 2016 Brookings Washington DC executive director of Scot Gordon Brown’s education commission – would you willingly go for brain surgery to an institution that hasn’t changed in over 100 years?- that’s what we do every day we send kids to classrooms
· 2011 Sir Fazle Abed : MOOCs could change everything but why not C for collaboration; why not a collaboration of universities who share their sustainability alumni with at least one under 30s moonshot network for planet earth every year from now on?
· 2009 Nobel laureate Muhammad Yunus’ director of Grameen technology Bangladesh – our research shows half of children everywhere whatever stage they leave education- will need to entrepreneur their own jobs[xii]
· 2000 16 years after interviewing Norman Macrae at London Office of The Economist, New Zealander Gordon Dryden sells 10 million copies of The Learning Revolution in China
Five generations of my family’s number 1 belief : never mediate system problems pessimistically. Those who use government service to big brother over people destroy that nation’s credibility to adance human rights let alone survival of our species.
which human consciousness culture do you enjoy sharing with youth - Francis, Gandhi, Confucius, Mandela or ... ?
DIASPORA NATIONS AS GLOBAL VILLAGE NETWORKERS
Xglasgow.com EconomistRefugee.com. May I clarify a paradox which applies to Scots and many geographically isolated nations: 80% of us Scots have lived worldwide since the middle of the 19th century.
We became a mainly Diaspora nation seeking to love each others’ peoples partly because we were colonised by London from early 1700s. This was when our nation was bankrupted by a dumb investment in the Panama Canal, which most of our 1700s clans-folk did not even know had happened. Scots at Glasgow U also invented engines in 1760s – the birth of humans and machines. Industrial Revolutions seemed to our first entrepreneurial brothers Smith and Watt- far too big for one small island not to share equally with the rest of the world.
Scots therefore welcome all to Cop26 who want to take on the third and last best chance[xv] to sustain humanity – come ye -or zoom in[xvi] to- Glasgow November 2021. And we welcome the younger half of the world to continuing a relay of leap forward summits mapped at EconomistDiary.com including Asia’s hosting in December 2021 of the 3 most exciting summits education has ever conceived : Dubai’s Rewired[xvii], Qatar’s WISE twinned brilliantly by the first lady of Qatar with WISH[xviii], Hong Kong’s Yidan Prize hosted by TenCent’s former co-founder Charles Yidan[xix].
Economistsports.net: we also want to help celebrate the decade long marathon that edutech wizards like Jack Ma seek to EdTech bring to 2020s Olympics[xx] and the late great Kobe Bryant aimed to turn into exciting goals wherever lives matter to communities. In valuing sustainable developmet: we cherish systems mapped round valuing goal 3 health and goal 4 education grow economies across generations not vice versa.
Humanity’s second best chance of sustaining our species was born with the United Nations in 1945 - a stage in human development which we will revisit as a main focus of this paper.
But first consider, in a bit more detail, the first best chance : valuing exponential opportunity and threats to human development the way Glaswegian Adam Smith journalised around 1760, and another Scottish brother mediated round London’s Royal Societies of the mid 19th century. We pay homage to Diaspora Scot James Wilson who gave birth to The Economist in 1843 as the first media whose editors aimed to celebrate transforming nations around sustainability development goals 1 end poverty, 2 end hunger.
Wilson was purposefully an alumni of his fellow Scot Adam Smith and probably a follower of Frenchman JB Say who had coined the term entrepreneur to debate how to empower the future of a nation that has just taken back productive assets from monopoly rule by all the King’s men. Those who read Adam Smith[xxi] contextually distinguish between his text Moral Sentiments written before the start of the machine age and his work on nations which became Smith’s pre-occupation once he had seen his Glasgow University co-worker James Watt had started up the age of humans and machines.
Smith thought in terms of systems: man-made markets and their interaction with machines were new systems he was trying to map to constructively interface with nature’s systems as well as local cultural and global health systems. As already mentioned, Scotland was 50 years into being colonised by London. Smith advocated that machines should be shared all over the world and that London capitalists as then epicentre of slave-making empire were not to be trusted to lead this. Indeed, Smith sought to unite Scots and Irish engineers with the United States. His only plea: as machines reached a new state, regional leaders should not just repeal slavery but buy out at a fair price owners of business models depending on slave labour and redesign the business model so that all lives matter. Imagine the consequences of applying the Smithian Proposition. Imagine if everywhere the Louisiana Purchase extended the States had developed along Smith’s lives-matter states of being. Imagine if the far west coast of USA had extended the same values. And next when Americans started sailing west to Hawaii and Japan, what if these inter-hemisphere mapmakers had extended win-win greetings of trade not the colonial empire’s smash and grab?
Smith made one more plea that was way ahead of his time. He sought to rid the world of the Colonial Empire’s system of higher education which he observed at oxford of the 1760s as being designed for the convenience of professors and bureaucratic masters of administration not of valuing youth.[xxii] Smith’s transformation of education was to be designed around empowering life-long learning opportunities- particularly for factory workers – to the extent that their work involves drudgery they most of all need support in artistic and other education geared to enjoying their free time. When Scots share readings of Smith we celebrate that joyful school of economics mapped round valuing all lives matter especially ahead of times of unprecedented innovation,170 years after Smith and 70 years after Wilson you can also read the same argument being made in the last chapter of Keynes – general theory – of employment, money and interest
In turn, Wilson’s success in applying Smithian ideology to mediating transformation was less than his life had hoped for but kept alumni of The Economist one of the globe’s most curious networks at least for its first 150 years. Over its first decade, The Economist went viral among London’s Royal Society of the mid 19th century. Wilson succeeded in repealing The Corn Laws but not before they had contributed to starvation of many in Ireland leading to a hundred and fifty years of troubles with the Irish. Queen Victoria took a shine to the idea of ruling over commonwealth instead of slave-making. She sent Wilson to charter a bank in India aimed at transforming India peoples lives. Wilson died of diarrhea 9 months after reaching Calcutta. Instead of ending British control of Asia the British sailed on to the south China coast where they demanded the Chinese accept opium as a currency for the much desired Chinese teas and silks. The Chinese refused, and their trade with the rest of the world was effectively closed for 110 years confining the once wealthiest and most consciously civilised[xxiii] fifth of the world to poverty[xxiv]. Wilson’s son-in-law Walter Bagehot took on as second editor- he is credited with changing the English constitution towards commonwealth.
We can see how The Economist tried to maintain Wilson’s purpose at the autobiography of its first centenary published in 1943[xxv].To the extent that the root cause of the world wars was the way white empires plus Japan had colonised the world, clearly The Economist still had a lot more to mediate to start its second century of journalism for humanity. Today around the SE borders of the EU it has ever more now questions to air such as how did the med sea become a sea of refugees?
I was asked by Adam Smith scholars and the editor of journal of social business to compile a section on what my father as a follower of Smith and Wilson contributed to the 3rd half century of The Economist 1943-1993.
Norman’s joy of reporting peoples who are freeing themselves from history’s fault-lines has a lot to do with both his father’s and his student days were interrupted by world wars.
His father Duncan Macrae had been doing post-graduate studies at Heidelberg when world war 1 started -as a relatively rare Brit speaking German grandad became a spy for Britain and then a British consular instead of the family business as a Scottish missionary! In Norman’s case after an adolescence spent in places like British embassy in Moscow, he spent his last days as a teenager as a navigator in allied bomber command stationed in modern-day Myanmar. Norman’s log book diaries have an almost weekly entry – another right old mess today: another young crew failing to return from that day’s mission.
Having the good fortune to survive the war, Norman was determined never to publicly show pessimism on anything else. He saw the systemic challenges of the 1945’s birth on UN like this:
1) Unite the leading empires (eg 7 of the G8 with exception of Stalin’s) to reboot their advanced economies
2) Reconcile wherever they- mainly the white race representing 13% of our species= had done damage to colonies or native people- in total about 70% of the world’s population in 1945
3) Outlast Stalin
.Surviving the war made Norman Macrae optimistic but realistic about the challenges facing the world which he tried to help mediate over the next 40 years through 3000 anonymous Economist articles (in line with the paper’s collegiate culture) and 30 named surveys- Typically one Norman Macrae[xxvi] survey per year from 1962. His start as a temporary intern at The Economist in 1949 was good timing- he had enough breathing space as a still young curious man to have enjoyed being in Cambridge’s last class mentored by Keynes in Cambridge and doing enough research to launch 2 definitive practitioner books London Capital Market, Sunshades in October[xxvii]
His experience of an itinerant childhood as the son of a British Embassy man assigned to projects collecting intel on the evils of Hitler and Stalin, Norman never made the assumption that worlds biggest organisations were good ones. Purposeful gets more purposeful is good; big gets bigger isn’t the way nature’s evolutionary systems work. Like Peter Drucker , Norman chronicled hundreds of cases on how managing big organisations was less entrepreneurially beneficial for the human lot than small medium enterprises or community-deep service franchises.
At his 1950s desk at The Economist Norman relentlessly debated how to escape the Orwellian big brother scenario that the human race -its constitutions and political strategy got stuck in the first two eras of Adam smith machine revolutions From an agricultural age: to that which energetic machines add to human power: To that with machines for telecommunications and space interconnect locally to globally
Fortunately clues to tech-transformational systems challenges came from an interview with John von Neumann whose legacy Norman later became the biographer of. Thus Norman kept on inter-generating back from the future ideas of humans and machines – how might these bring peace and sustainable generation to
A united Europe
A uniting Asia and Africa
A United America
A United Triad
Norman is credited by his co-workers as turning The Economist into the first global viewspaper. That meants integrating/adapting to diversity across hemispheres not over-standardising one perfectly right way.
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Norman was the only journalist at the Messina birth in 1955 of the European Union. You can hear how well he got on from the founding Frenchman Jean Monnet, Italian and German at this video[xxviii]. However any hope that the EU would lead the freedom of former colonies -especially med sea facing - was dashed by the protective common agricultural policy in 1962. Norman never gave up with Europe- for example he celebrated when a young Romano Prodi translated 1976’s Entrepreneurial Revolution into Italian but top-down bureaucratics were in conflict with mapping small-enterprise networks as the way to community-built sustainability. As can indeed be seen by Norman’s 1982 survey of silicon valley[xxix] in the days when it built rather than exited from future-youthful purposes
WHAT ABOUT THE TRIAD : USA & THE 2 pesky island empires
Norman’s 1962 survey of Japan celebrated breakthroughs exactly opposite to the wall the EU had run into. Japan had found the two American post-War innovations that all of Asia needed most:
· Borlaug’s village agriculture revolution – this offered at least 5 times more rice food security wherever rice is grown in Asian provided Borlaug’s solutions are microfranchised- ie knowhow adapted how Borlaug alumni recommended the value stayed with the local producer
· Deming improvement in engineering . If you were going to use bullet trans or container shipping or build cities where 25 million people thrive or depend on electronics to calculate, or measure time or to machine tool you needed absolute reliability. For reasons that remain murky, America’s biggest engineering companies didn’t believe in Deming and so Asia got first chance in how industrial revolution’s smart manufacturing bridges to IR2, IR3, IR4. By 1962 when Macrae published his first named survey “consider japan” in the economist this roadster capital model was already spreading in SME just-in-time value chains which South Korea and Taiwan wanted to join and which traders/financiers in Hong Kong and Singapore were happy to merge into world class trade. When Price Charles saw this happy leap forward at 1964 Olympics he asked Sony CEO Akio Morita and Japan Emperor to inward invest in wales as Japan’s first European entry; sadly the assassination of JFK in 1993 prevented him from uniting USA UK and Japan.
Unexpectedly just as the EU began to stumble, Macrae’s 1962 survey consider japan went globally viral with JFK writing this review -from then on Norman in his 13th year of sub-editing The Economist was permitted to sign one annual survey
What happened next? As far as I can find out American Intelligence never followed up the idea that Japanese Korean and Chinese diaspora were growing win-win economies. This lost momentum may have been personally due to the sad assassination of Kennedy, but more systemically it appears that while the world was cheering on Americans right stuff for the space race- USA social fabric was being torn asunder with assassinations of black and white leaders and ever more sensationalist tv media. My diaspora Scottish and Irish friends so wish Kennedy had survived to be off camera at the 1964 Olympics where Prince Charles picked up the baton of east-west reconciliation by asking Sony to come be one of japans first inward investors in Europe in his country wales. This year also started to bridge the 3 old-world empires Britain , Japan and Netherlands whose colonial orbits had most trapped half of all humans (living inland on the continent of Asia) in next to zero modern infrastructure
Norman’s Economist surveys continued mediating how to design a sustainable world celebrating where the biggest youth populations were to be developed - particularly Asia where two thirds of millennials live. Norman sought out Good news stories of Asians escaping the walls of poverty that the British empire’s colonial age had spiraled . Here’s a review of his survey of Asia 15 years after Kennedy’s appraisal.