Monday, August 20, 2018

marta how are you all in barcelona - i have cc'd some people i have known for  a long time who are in barcelona as well as henry - we both earned ma in statistics in 1973 at cambrdge- we used to get frequently run over by steven hawkins who shared the same lab- in those days  maths people were given little more than a bicycle shed to work in but at least college was almost free- henry moved to madrid to start a family -the wise at madrid 2017 was the first time i got to visit him there- back in 2002 i was volunteer eu researcher on knowledge city collaboration- barcelona was celebrated as top- i want to rectify the way eu hq has turned against barcelona as well as most youth entrepreneur cities across europe- fortunately chinese friends are very happy to connect education at city by city levels - so we hope to arrange twin sister education cities very faster from october onwards if we can only make sure we have connected educators who want this both at high school and college level

- the new head of unhabitat wants supercities to send in their cases by march 2019 for a report she will publish to start 2020- this is just one of about 5 un subnetworks that guterres has started and all of which he refers to jack ma as his UN youth livelihoods ambassador- as i think you know jack ma will connect pro-youth cities at new level of artistic and education smarts from tokyo olympics onwards, and hopefully he will demand that cities in his club unlock their part of the 300 trillion dollars of most liquid finance currently banned from investing in SDGs

(also barcelona and the club of rome both its green and its peace networks used to work very closely with each other- if you know who is actively connecting that please tell me- i do know the person who runs but he is very hi level at vatican and i need to work out who he needs as one best contact)

do you or someone else in barcelona feel you are still multiplying wise connections- mostofa can introduce you to dr islam who is sir fazle abed's nominated connector as first wise laureate- there will be a complete rethink of how brac helps with the future  of education summit for a week sept 30 to oct 6 now we can get the advice of jack ma's main academic ying lowrey who is visiting brac for a week as she wants to understand everything brac connects as worlds largest ngo partnership as well as jack ma's new south asia partner as well as original wise laureate and in my opinion still the number 1 network of women empowerment impacts on deep sustainability goals

javeed we have a heck of a lot connecting in next 5 weeks; i dont understand will you be in usa again before the event in dhaka and are you coming to brac and ying lowrey- and who if anyone in usa do you feel we can keep connecting -it keeps on coming back to wise summit and gordon brown education commission at=re not openly connecting the people at the un that guterres is now getting to help youth livelihoods - i assume you are uptodate; i put most of the relevant un contacts at my blog among other spaces


as i think you know rebecca at brookings actually coordinates all of gordon browns education commission and 30 national leaders work because she placed one of her graduates to be his operations director - and i know islam mentioned he had found that she doenst fully understand brac

if he could introduce me and i can take to her some notes which you two can make on linking future of education summits- as well as see if she will contact dr islam directly with gordon brown who is technically still the un's special envoy on education (i dont understand qatar- its the un academic hub fir refugee learning, but it comes to new york and doesnt connect any of the un's elading education or erfugee people - not that i recognise anyhow)

where i live rebecca has this dc event below in brookings in 10 days - islam could choose to say it looks very interesting if he things so- if he doesnt want to introduce me to rebecca but does want to start chatting with her that would be good; equally can you find out does he expect to say anything to anyone at wise new york before ying event- as you know one week before she comes to dhaka there is new york wise- as yet they havent let any delegate start to see other delegates though that is promised any day mow

all the best chris macrae whatsapp i 240 316 8157
Brookings Event Invitation

Why doctors and mayors will be the next playful learning advocates: New evidence on supporting children’s education and development

Wednesday, September 5, 2018, 10:30 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
The Brookings Institution, Falk Auditorium, 1775 Massachusetts Avenue, N.W. Washington, DC 20036
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Schools are essential in supporting children’s learning but given that young people spend 80 percent of their waking hours outside the school walls, everyone has a role to play. New evidence in child development and the learning sciences shows that engaging children in playful learning experiences—which anyone from parents to peers can do—is a crucial ingredient for helping children fulfill their potential. Diversifying the people and places where children can engage in meaningful, social, and ultimately playful learning experiences has been identified as a key to leapfrogging progress in children’s learning, especially for the most marginalized.

On September 5, the Center for Universal Education at Brookings will host an event to examine the power of playful learning and what those outside of the school system—from doctors to mayors to librarians—can do about it. Ultimately, playful learning is crucial for developing a suite of 21st century skills such as social-emotional and executive function, as well as cognition and language development—all skills needed by adults in an economically competitive world. After the session, panelists will take audience questions

Join the conversation on Twitter at #PlayfulLearning.
Welcome and moderator
Rebecca Winthrop, Senior Fellow and Director, Center for Universal Education, The Brookings Institution | @rebeccawinthrop
Kathy Hirsh-Pasek, Senior Fellow, Center for Universal Education, The Brookings Institution; Stanley and Debra Lefkowitz Faculty Fellow, Department of Psychology, Temple University | @kathyandro1Michael Yogman, Chief, Division of Ambulatory Pediatrics, Mt. Auburn Hospital, Harvard Medical School
Katharine Stevens, Resident Scholar, Education Policy Studies, AEI | @kbstevensRosemarie Truglio, Senior Vice President, Curriculum and Content, Sesame Workshop

Monday, August 13, 2018

france's sustainability leaders - a 10 year review

emmanuel faber of danone- featured in latest Economist article below
martin hirsch
maria nowak  -you tell us

youth journalist clubs contributing include journal of social business- foundation norman macrae The Economist's end poverty economist

A tradition of pursuing lofty social goals is going further
THE food industry is going nowhere. Pretty pictures on food packets mislead. Big companies have disconnected people from their sustenance. Consumers, especially millennials, are sceptics about industrial-scale food production. Even sellers of healthy products, such as mineral water, spread harm—just look at billions of their plastic bottles that choke the oceans.
Such views are commonly heard among food activists, radical bloggers or anti-capitalists. Yet these come from Emmanuel Faber, who runs Danone, a large French food company. Mr Faber (pictured) frequently sounds like a doomsayer about his own industry—and about capitalism more broadly. “A revolution” and the end of globalisation are nigh, he says.

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Danone is well-placed to spot such changes. With its headquarters in Paris, the company sells to over 130 countries and made nearly €25bn ($28bn) in revenues last year. Mostly it sells dairy goods such as Activia yogurt, mineral water (in plastic bottles) such as Evian or Volvic, and baby food. Mr Faber sees change driven mostly by the new habits of consumers in rich countries. “People are walking out of brands that they’ve been consuming for decades,” he says. Millennials in particular do not think their food system works and are shopping locally, favouring smaller producers and buying organic, plant-based or GM-free products.
Danone’s answer is to rethink the motivating idea of the company. That means rejecting the Anglo-Saxon idea that a firm exists primarily to maximise the welfare of its owners, the shareholders. Danone is pursuing what Mr Faber sees as a more meaningful goal. The “purpose of this firm is not to create shareholder value”, he says. Instead it is to get healthy food to as many mouths as possible, benefiting everyone from suppliers to consumers to owners.
In part, this serves as savvy marketing; Mr Faber, a wiry rock-climber, is living the brand. The approach is also consistent with Danone’s history going back well over a century. In a speech in Marseille in 1972 a former boss, Antoine Riboud, launched the idea of the company having a “dual project”, meaning it should pursue both economic and social benefits. That speech, influenced by his Socialist leanings and anti-capitalist protests and social upheaval from 1968 onwards, is still dutifully cited by senior management.
The firm does put its money where its mouth is. It has sold subsidiaries that produced biscuits, chocolate and beer, for example. Evian, its high-end mineral water brand, which accounts for roughly 3% of revenues, is trying to become carbon neutral. Danone is working on a way to make recycled plastic, which is often grey, appealing to drink from. Danone also runs large-scale, non-profit “social businesses”, such as one in co-operation with Muhammad Yunus, a Nobel laureate, which provides high-quality and nutritious yogurt cheaply to Bangladeshi children. Mr Faber previously led this part of the company.
The latest effort is to win certification as a “B Corporation”, a label meant to reflect a firm’s ethical, social, environmental practices. Smaller outfits, such as Patagonia, a clothing firm, or Ben and Jerry’s ice-cream (now part of Unilever) were early B Corps. Some 2,500 have been certified in the past decade or so. Athleta, an “athleisure” firm owned by the Gap clothing chain, became a B Corp in March. Firms scrutinise each other, along with independent monitors.
So far around 30% of Danone’s various subsidiaries are thus certified. The goal is to do them all within a few years, at least by 2030. In April Danone North America, encompassing WhiteWave, an organic-food firm that Danone bought in 2017 for $12.5bn, became the world’s biggest B Corp. The idea is that the label will help to win back trust from consumers.
Relatively few people, at least outside America, have heard of B Corps, although Walmart, Danone’s biggest single customer, is an enthusiastic promoter and pushes B-Corp goods in its stores. In America B Corps are associated with (but different from) Benefit Corporations, a legal status for firms that lets them seek goals other than maximising shareholder welfare.
B Corps are certified by an independent movement called B Lab, founded by Jay Coen Gilbert. Like Mr Faber, he talks of a pressing need to rethink the philosophy of the company, saying “we need to correct an error in the source code of capitalism: shareholder primacy”. B Corps, he says, promote better governance and better serve the interests of workers, suppliers and wider society, in addition to investors. He notes that Larry Fink, chairman of BlackRock, the world’s biggest asset manager, said much the same in a letter to companies in January.
Prophet with profits
Does Danone’s radical approach hold water? Other consumer giants, such as Unilever, emphasise that giant firms should lead on environmental, social and governance topics. But Danone’s virtue-signalling goes further, analysts agree. All the same, Martin Deboo, of Jefferies International, a bank, notes that Danone has a mixed reputation among European investors. The firm had been trying to up its returns, but its high-priced purchase of WhiteWave, which has low returns, was disappointing, he says. Danone’s returns of around 8% on invested capital are relatively low compared to its peers. After rumours in the summer of 2017 that an activist investor was circling, the firm’s share price leapt, suggesting buyers hoped new management could lift its performance.
Over time, Danone’s approach may become more appealing to mainstream investors. Long-term asset managers, banks, and other financial partners say they feel social and environmental obligations getting stronger. Yngve Slyngstad, the head of Norway’s pension fund, says he is obliged to consider how investment decisions today might affect future generations and ask how firms might influence society, say, over climate change. The fund owns nearly $1bn of Danone stock (1.7% of the total).
Danone points to other financial benefits of its approach. It trumpets, for example, a deal announced in February with 12 creditors. Cecile Cabanis, its chief financial officer, describes a syndicated credit facility of €2bn that is tied to Danone’s B-Corp status plus other environmental, social and governance goals. As more of Danone is certified, she says, the margin payable on the credit will gradually fall. Mr Faber does concede that ultimately, he himself will be judged by Danone’s share price. The proof of the pudding will be in the eating.

Sunday, August 5, 2018

how did geremany's eu become 2nd worst big force for sustainable youth

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apart from george soros who would get top marks in attempting the following exercise

well read this survey on the dreams of european in 1971 and count how many have been dashed by bureaucrats who have done far more harm than ever king canute did in  not realising sustainability waves require bottom up diversity and open searching not trying to make standardised rules and expert silos   top-down

after all it was mainly europeans who caused 2 world ward because 4 centuries of coknisation was a win-lose model making a few countries biggesr at the cost of the many

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it mainly the brits as a noth sea euro who didnt have the direct experience of the med sea belt rioad trading across cultures

and now yet again it is a northern euro, germany.  that has designed a currency so everyone is ruled by it and which is so clueless about southern models  (and so shifty about the subprime bubble,l requiring austerity decade- the precisely wrong model i you value youth instead of the elders who designed the bubble) that it has turned the med sea into a sea of refugees and the east euriopean borders into spaces post-ukraine invasion where every body knows germany's addiction to cheap russian energy mean that it only pays lip services to peace in east euro- it could have been all so different- as our 1984 book asked all kind minded people to prepare how to help all peopls as the berlin wall fell- instead gernany used the eu to support east germany but every other opportunity to make the whole of Eurasia a happy and free space for communities an people to thrive didnt get a look kin from bureaucrat governments

Wednesday, August 1, 2018

when the uk joins the tpp the euro will slump by 50%  and the dollar will gyrate like the neurotic 100 least sustainable business leaders who control it   --long live the european peoples and the poorest women worldwide - free yourselves of the bureaucrats and top 100 bankers in wall street  berlin brussels luxemboutrg switzerland bad islands monaco who should have been in prison from 2008 on

see testimonies of iceland and rest of arctic circle and  ...