..Economistindia.net and EconomistBangla.com and EconomistRefugee.com welcome you to the hitchhikers guide to the oceans Belts and Continents railRoads/pipes/cables etc -bottom up solutions need replicating through communities as digital leapfrog collaboration permits what half a millennium og mercantile colonisation never could celebrate - health is the most fundamental service of girl empowerment communities - so special thanks from girls to health servants like Brilliant, Kim ,Sir Fazle and universal health id network of Nilekani.
UNwomens linkedin:..schools new curricula:2/5 of people live in china & s.asia- how to share their sustainability solutions everywhere; 2/5 of world's land is in china and its north and north west-how do overland roads linking in sustainability; far more than 2/5 of world shipping trade revolves round coastal belt east of china- how will sustainbility world trade roures map- join us at BRI.school- next week long retreat BRACinn Dhaka sept 30 to Oct 6. Special thanks to AlibabaUni.com and NormanMacrae.net for this special opprtunity to celebrate yerr 50 of The Economist's Entrepreneurail Revolution - redesign every market's value chain to SME networks thrive by changing education until youth livelihods match sustainability goals rising everywhere. RSVP isabella@unacknowledgedgiant.com
....GOAL 1 - ending poverty begins with ending the lottery- current odds about 1 in 4 - that the next girl born will have next to no chance of a decent livelihood- mostly this results from history's era of colonisation which spiralled over 5 centuries 16th to 20th as a few monetarily large nations (about tenth of peoples) decimated the economies of others; it wasn't really to 1972 that one of 10 most populated ex colonial nations bangladesh started today's benchmark solution to ending rural poverty- born as a new nation bangladesh had next to zero taxes to govern social solutions with but unlike other colonies its 2 most extraordinary economists went the villages to live and learn with the poor- and to see how partnering with foreign assistance bottom-up girl empowered communities could build - the greatest case of Entrepreneurial Revolution since journalist records began in 1968. Consider Bangladesh's grassroots networking involved 25 years of no electricity and no digital development follows by partnering tech companies with experiments since 1996 today economistpoverty benchmarks solutions at brac and bkash and since april 2018 chinese greatest fintech for small enterprise have joined in these partnerships so that sino-s asia is the space to celebrate girl empowerment and every extreme solution to goals 1 to 17 .. those who wish to end poverty in old cities of big nations might start linking ted leonsis 1 2

Sunday, October 20, 2019

Make world Gracious again - celebrate -to served in world war 2 crisis: map post-colonial world beyond 2 in 3 asian & poverty due to Britain-So 1964 olympics happy moment prince charles asked japan: help map IR4 longitide 0 tokyo

transparency note from chris.macrae@yahoo.co.uk : back in 1962 after 15 years working at The Economist (20 years after his first job navigating airplanes in world war 2 over modernday myanmar) dad norman macrae was permitted to sign his first survey consider japan and the future of humanising machine intelligence - of 3000 leaders 50 years of reporting Economics designed to end poverty dad was only free to sign 25 surveys- here are a few of them - the only people who liked my fathers work were prince charles (award CBE) some of the time and the Japanese Emperor family (Order Rising Sun) quite a lot of the time
welcome to Normanmacrae.net 
1984 book 2025report norman & chris macrae can we AI sustainability goals of 8 billion people by transforming education and how old finance youth?

hypothesis : these are the greatest and most challenging times to be alive- if we humanise machine intelligence (AI) the opportunities for 8 billion people to thrive, every community to thrive and make peace are far more than when the industrial revolution aimed to make the most of the energetic power of machines and consuming things

70 year countdown 2020s 5G ... 1980s 1G 1970s 0G 1960s Moon Race decade
humanising AI in time to win the United nations's great race around sustainability goals depends on mobilising round new maps- these would be simplest to apply by taking tokyo as longitude zero

to see why read ezra vogel's book 2019 : Japan China facing history

or go and unlearn everything you may know about playing industrial world war games by listening to what schwarzman scholars brainstorm -what moon races round earth will the most joyfully networked graduates of the 2020s achieve?

or listen to forbes interview  with jack ma or play the Games of WorldRecordJobs and celebrate the Japanese global collaboration musicforsdgs

here are some of the newly coordinated maps worth touring if you want to help make life of the next girl born optimal in being great and greta wherever she is born

#Reiwa1 japan and south korea and china including diaspora - from 1968 - how the greatest engineers came together

#Reiwa2 japan and uk and europe from 1964 - how prince charles invited japan and the euriopena union never to war again

#Reiwa3 japan and east asian coast to singapore and asean by 1968 - how container shipping/superports became the world's win-win trading route with ever smaller enrterprises webbing just-in-time supply chains

#Reiwa4 japan and australia/new zealand and south pacific and asean

#Reiwa5 japan and india-bangladesh still emerging but with several leapfrog interventions

#Reiwa6 japan and central asia with or without russia

#Reiwa7 japan and africa ticad since circa 1988

#Reiwa0 in all of the above there was pof course the relationship between japan and usa - this went from worst ever with nuclear bombing to best ever until 1963 JFKennedy - since then from vietnam onwars most of us policy in tghe east has been impossible to understand the consequences of but japan has been extraordinarily polite in not wanting to cause usa any loss of face whikst seeing all tghe time that with over 60% of milleniala being asian it will be the maps of world trade that japan and asoians can agree on which can shape sustainability if indeed thats what the whole world of parents wants for their children which currently under donals trump rule has been put deeply into question- not that any president of the race theorugh 1G to 5G decades has explored how communicatiosn death of distance tech meant loving each others people the number 1 intelligence essentail to humainsing AI and the Games of worldrecordjobs

onebeltnews- explore bel.ts around 7 continents 7worlds.net - cyberchinacenter.com start witth the good news 75% of drones market made by china almsot all to make agriculture more sustainable and to provide urgent services to people in remotest places

explore the markets yout crfeat but get so little value from at economistarts.com and economistsports,ent

tell us how you explore the wporld and link your surveys to humanising ai - what big data platforms helpe we the peoppels make comon sense of all our most urgent goals

see also the un quest for #digitalcooperation
first estimates of damages from typhoon around 500 million dollars - almost half agricultural but exclude worst impacted prefectures with loss of life about 100 people and damage to infrastrucuture and homes

1983 Japan at age 23 Japanese emperor went to oxford (merton) for 2 years
Favorite actress brooke shields -blue lagoon
studies ethics and courtesy, medieval martine transport- at oxford 18th c transport on river thames and clashes over its use of water- interest in peoples ways of life- the thames was as inspiration for my life at that time
short trip to usa with friend keith george - met broke shields!

1991 death of emperor - becomes crown prince
1993 marries masako 29 (prince 33) - she is furst to marry as both a commoner and a career (diplomacy) -she studied at harvard-
at ministry of foreign affairs - discussion on economics including semiconductors

awith 8 marriage 2001 birth of daughter
then poor health or crown princess late 2002

2011 tsunami/earthquake turning point accompanying prince to talk to victims- she made this her top priority

people and water contibues to be interest of crown prince- un address tematic session on water- disaster preparedness, society more resileint disatsres- eed strong will to make tehse things happen

on may 1 2019 reiwa ara begins- couple are now emperor and empress
empress masako - feeling sof the people have been great support to me

crown prince: we should seek constantly never again to reap catastrophe of war
solidarite with peoples at times of disaster
kyrgistan president jeenbekov says he want his nation to learn eg engineering from japan -and to participate in japans increased strategic interest in central asia- and will try to discuss during visit to celebrate reiwa emperor; also mentions belt road is an important process- eg china connected with developing 40 market sectirs in kyrgistan

japan research shows that neatrly 80% of yoinger cancer patiets are women- reverse among elder over 40s

Thursday, October 17, 2019

india edutec soal on a role?

via inc42

With $300K Seed Funding, Edtech Startup SOAL Looks To Solve The Tech Skill Gap With A Hybrid Approach

School of Accelerated Learning is a hybrid learning venture focusing on bridging the tech skill gap
The startup recently closed its first round of funding of $300,000 with Astarc Ventures as the lead investor
Founded by Pratik Agarwal, Raj Desai and Varsha Bhambhani in 2018, SOAL helps learners solve programming challenges along with improving learner cognition
With the number of engineering students graduating every year in India on the rise, the skill gap problem that is currently threatening the tech industry seems to be getting worse. The discrepancy between skills acquired in colleges and industry requirements is so high that nearly 80% of these students either remain jobless or get placed in an entirely different industry. That’s according to edtech startup School of Accelerated Learning (SOAL), a hybrid learning platform, which is looking to fill the tech skill gap with its offline-online model.
The startup recently closed its first round of funding of $300,000 with Astarc Ventures as the lead investor. The round also saw participation from Srinivas Kollipara, founder of Telangana’s T-Hub, Ramki Gaddipatti, founder and CTO of Zeta and Krishnan Menon, founder of BeeCash.

SOAL Bridges Offline And Online Learning

SOAL is an offline and online educational institute that trains students on both technical and soft skills. The company’s product, Meta-Learning, is a hybrid learning method which merges online learning’s access with offline learning’s engagement. It majorly works on two things — education and employability, with a campus at the state-backed T-Hub incubator in Hyderabad.
Founded by Pratik Agarwal, Raj Desai and Varsha Bhambhani in 2018, SOAL’s current flagship programme, Product Engineering helps learners solve programming challenges while also improving cognition, creativity, communication and collaboration skills, which will hold them in good stead in the job market. It is a 14-week course which includes 12 products and 145 programming challenges of incremental difficulty levels which range from computational thinking to Javascript to soft skills.
The company claims a 100% placement rate with its graduates having recently started their jobs at tech startups such as ShopClues, ClearTax, FactSet, ThoughtWorks, NowFloats and Schrocken.
“We work with learners on their mindset. We focus on how we get somebody to create great products or contribute to great products. We ensure our learners become makers and self-learners. We create a student-first environment where programmes are designed from the perspective of students,” SOAL cofounder Desai told Inc42.
SOAL also offers workplace simulation learning spaces that are enabled by its tech platform called Delta which motivates learners to form a strong understanding of computer science principles. Built on the proprietary Meta-Learning framework, Delta is aimed to develop generalist thinking, self-learning and problem-solving abilities in users.
Using Delta, users build 12 software products over 14 weeks to acquire a real-world understanding of programming fundamentals. They also enter into huddles with educators and mentors to code new concepts and solve problems through code.
With its audience in the age group of 12 years to 50 years, SOAL is looking to monetise its platform in three ways.
First up, is direct payment received from users. Two, along with its financial partners, it helps users by offering low-interest loans for learners. And finally, it is also working on an income-sharing model which does not involve any service fee, but learners have to pay 17% of their yearly salary once they are placed through SOAL.
Can SOAL Bridge The Tech Skill Gap In India?
According to a McKinsey study, 25 Mn to 50 Mn jobs will be created in emerging tech worldwide and India alone will require 6 Mn to 12 Mn jobs in this space in the next decade. While globally there is a fear of artificial intelligence turning the existing jobs obsolete, for India the tech skill gap seems to be a bigger problem.
“We have an education system where not only content is slightly outdated, how we learn is a problem. We have been blindly following the spoon-fed concept that we don’t know how to think from the users’ perspective. Our exam-based education system is creating a gap. We should be moving from knowledge-based economy to skill-based economy,” cofounder Agarwal added.
A study by the analytics firm Aspiring Minds found that only 4.8% of candidates could write correct logic in their code, and less than 1.4% could write correct code. Raj narrated an event wherein computer science graduates didn’t know what Javascript was. “Forget coding many students came up to us and asked what Javascript was. There is a big gap between a curriculum that exists and industry requirements,” he said.
“You not only have to be good technically, but you should also be able to understand problems from a holistic point of view and approach it. We need to know where to crack job interview and sustain long term high growth as well. That is what will bridge the tech skill gap,” added Agarwal.

SOAL’s Expansion Plans With The New Funding Round

SOAL said it would use the fresh proceeds to launch its second campus in Mumbai by December and beef up operations with programmes in creative-tech such as digital marketing, AI, blockchain and design. In the next two years, SOAL aims to launch its tech-enabled learning spaces in Tier 2 cities as well.
Bhambhani said that the capital would be used for inorganic user growth and team building. SOAL will be working and coordinating with people from companies such as Uber and UrbanClap to understand their needs in terms of talent and skills. “We will understand the need of big startups ventures and organisations, the skills they look at for hiring people and include that in our programmes in whatever suitable domain,” said SOAL’s Varsha Bhambhani.

The Threat And Challenges Ahead

SOAL founders said that currently, they are the only company working towards a hybrid programme integrating online and offline learning. “Learning is a mind-body-soul activity. However, it is 2019 and it should be accessible to a large number of people as a system. In terms of focusing on a mindset and creating a self-learning attitude I don’t think anybody is doing it,” said Desai.
But among its many challenges, undoing what the education system inculcates in students seems to be the biggest problem faced by SOAL currently. “We have to make people unlearn what they have learnt. To convince people that the real world doesn’t focus on marks, it focusses on skills. As the tech economy grows, the skills you have to learn have to be multidisciplinary. For example, if you are going to do marketing for Flipkart, you have to understand the tech and market aspects of it. That’s what we are working on,” he added.
via axios

The big picture: The Fed and central banks around the world are responsible for overseeing and stabilizing the world’s money supply, but most are at risk of being left behind in this new phase.
  • 1.7 billion people have no access to digital payments, cross-border transactions carry an average transaction cost of 7%, and even sending money within a country is cost-prohibitive for people without bank accounts, Libra's Marcus says.
  • "The poorer you are, the more you’re paying for financial services."
What's happening: While a future without cash may seem distant in the U.S. — where more people write checks than use digital payments and there is a rising demand for dollars — the rest of the world is going there.
  • Countries like Kenya and India are already operating digital currency networks, and the People's Bank of China says it will release a digital currency this year.
  • Estimates show Chinese payment platforms Alipay and WeChat Pay handled $37 trillion in mobile payments last year, Fed governor Lael Brainard said Wednesday at a symposium on digital currencies held by the Peterson Institute for International Economics.
Yet the Fed is being "exceptionally cautious" in its possible development of a U.S. digital currency, Brainard, the Fed's leading financial authority — and a former undersecretary at the Treasury Department — told Axios during Wednesday's event.
  • A digital currency would have "profound implications for monetary policy transmission and potentially for financial stability," she said. "All of those things require a lot of careful consideration."
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Tuesday, October 15, 2019

schwarzman - china core schools curriculum of 21st c

from what it takes published oct 2019 by Schwarzman
linking in china's Tsinghua University, the world's number 1 tech startups entrepreneur suburb  Z and world's scholars humanising AI

Thursday, October 3, 2019

china schwarzman

the world's most exciting alumni network schwarman scholars appears to have the following Asian networkers among its 550+ membership up to 2019-2020
we welcome correspondence- how can countries eg india add to their representation- will soem scholars explain how they collaborate as well as gravitate their own purposes
India 14
China 114
Japan 5
Singapore 11
S Korea 7
vietnam 1

Mongolia 5
Kazakhstan 2
Kyrgyzstan 1
Afghanistan 2

Pakistan 3
Myanmar 1
Nepal 1

Russia 2
Greece 1

Sweden 2
Denmark 1
Switzerland 1
Spain 1
France 4

UK 23
Ireland 5
USA 238
Mexico 4
Brazil 5
Canada 17

Israel 3

Egypt 4
Libya 1
Kenya 2
Cameroon 2
South Africa 4
Ghana 5
Guinea 1

Australia 14
New Zealand 2

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Wednesday, October 2, 2019

from our friends at economistpoor.com usa- axios dc reports

It now costs an average of $4.72 to take money out of an ATM that isn't owned by your bank — the highest amount since Bankrate.com started tracking the data in 1998 (when it was $1.97).
Why it matters: ATM fees disproportionately fall on low-income people in neighborhoods that banks tend to avoid. At the same time, saving money in the bank is harder than before, as banks lower the interest rates they pay to depositors.
By the numbers: There are 2 parts to what customers pay to use an "out-of-network" ATM: A surcharge from the machine's owner and a fee that a majority of banks charge for using someone else's machine.
  • Surcharges by machine owners are now an average of $3.09.
  • Among the 67.7% of banks with "non-bank ATM fees," the average fee is $1.63.
By the city: Of the 25 metro areas included in the study, Houston has the highest average ATM fee ($5.58), while Los Angeles has the lowest ($4.15).
  • For banks, "the ATM fee has long been low-hanging fruit in terms of boosting fee income," Greg McBride, chief financial analyst at Bankrate.com, tells Axios. "Nobody's worried about alienating a non-customer."
Meanwhile, the average yield on a checking account is only .06% — down from 1.35% in 1998 (though the lowest figure was .04% in 2014, per Bankrate.com).
  • The average overdraft fee is $33.36 — down from the record of $33.38 in 2017, but up from $21.57 in the original survey.
  • Philadelphia has the highest average overdraft fee ($35.50), while Cincinnati has the lowest ($30.95).
Flashback: The world's first ATM was installed in London by Barclays in 1967.
  • "The bank was only open until 3:30 p.m.," so getting cash outside business hours was a big deal, recalled Carol Greygoose, an 18-year-old teller at Barclays at the time.
The first ATM in the U.S. was installed at a Chemical Bank branch in Rockville Centre, N.Y., in 1969, 6 weeks after the first moon landing.
There were problems at first: "Because the machines were offline there was no way to check a customer's balance to see if there was enough money to cover a withdrawal," according to Wired.
  • "To overcome that barrier, there was a $150 daily limit for ATM withdrawals."


i think we need to catalogue next 12 months of global ai-sdg leadership meetings by 2 segments - so eg 75th UNga sept 2020 will be on sdgs humanising side , g20 in saudi arabia probably not! https://niti.gov.in/writereaddata/files/document_publication/NationalStrategy-for-AI-Discussion-Paper.pdf I dont understand well enough which events India leadership sees as serious opportunities to ensure your 20% of world population voice is integrated- i have had special difficulties in understanding which future processes of the UN India embeds itself - I had great hopes a year ago of amandeep gill - he had chaired a good report on ai in india and was given leadership role in year long un panel calling on experts in digital cooperation from 20 countries including melinda gates and jack ma- the report disappointed - it appeared nobody wanted to clash head on with trump digitalisation of world www.digitalcooperation.org   https://www.itu.int/en/ITU-T/AI/2018/Documents/Presentations/Amandeep%20Singh%20Gill.pdf

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