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 Dear Professor Chen - Harvard Author QuietRevolution Wiego Mission-FamilyTree

I wondered if you could give me some advice on whom and how to contact someone like Malloch Brown or Greg Chen or Shameran Abed or anyone concerned with Fazle Abed's biggest idea connecting his life's work and higher education

Soon after my father Norman Macrae died in 2010 the Japan Ambassador to Bangladesh invited me to 2 brainstorming dinners with Fazle Abed. There he told us of his legacy intent to connect brac university with 100 graduate-female scholars networks of sustainability goals generation . I went to Bangladesh 15 times to help file notes blogged at  http://www.abedmooc.com 

For many reasons - from covid to how Abed's illness accelerated before he could fully brief the new vice chancellor he had chosen, to barriers raised across Asia by Trump etc - the University collaboration idea (and other tech partnerships like that with alipay) are off path even as they remain the most scalable chance for under 35s to leap ahead and support Guterres Summit Future 2023. 

On the tech side I am now helping coordinate research for an AI Hall of SDG fame with Von Neumann's family - my dad became his first biographer and this month 30 years later a new Neumann bio is out. I have footnoted a bit more context on how father was The Economist's 3ed half century sub-editor of end Asian poverty (that being what founder and Adam Smith alumni James Wilson started 1843-60)

Sincerely Chris Macrae
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1760 glasgow smith & watt JFKennedySir Fazle ABED 1 2 3.. brac & girl-power & earth & EconomistDiary 1 2 yuang longping
We can now see that the 5 compasses needed to respond to schumacher's question how to end poverty of a million villages correspond to the 5 core public service markets that a transparent analysis of eSG would value expoentially:
S2 access to human energy - ie security of food, water. clean air
S3 access to last mile health especially basics for infants, children and mothers
S4 With over 60% of humans working informally: Access to livelihood education (community experiential and small enterprise learning) so that villages enjoyed full employment through positive cash flow models
S5 Building (servant leadership) 100000 person lives matter community . Human rights most exciting entrepreneirial revolution has shown that even without tech a dedicated public servant leader (eg adopting franciscan paulo freire values) supporting the world's most entrepreneurial mothers can empower 100,000 person communities where all lives matter. more at abedmooc.com
value chain governace oof finance for the poorest - such as this 6 dimension integration over the first 50 years of Bangladesh's nation building more at abedmooc.com.
You could call my father Norman (teachforsdgs.com, 1 2 4 The Forest Gump of entrepreneurship). He tried to value the borderless knowhow millennials would most urgently need to action as the worldwide sustainability generation. By 1976 his Economist surveys of Entrepreneurial Revolution were advocating that places' services and system maps needed to prep opportunities for 21st c youth to make the best of 2 experiential learning worlds:
1 world class digital networks
2 lives matter last mile community network where children and families develop

Father had been blessed with multiple good fortunes to get to 1976 from his birth in a British Embassy in Russia's Konisberg of 1923

he had survived being home schooled in british embassies in some of Europe's moat hateful place notably Stalin's Moscow and places where Jews were trying to escape from Hitler

he had survived spending his last days as a teenager as navigator allied bomber command burma campaign

in the first 6 years after world war 2 he was mentored by 3 people whose innovations views most mattered to world class joirnalism: john von neumann, sir geoffrey crowther , maynard keynes (NCK). 

**From von neumann dad was given the biggest scoop of worldwide journalism. Ask leaders what will they be doing with 100 time smore tech per decade 1950s to 2020s; that a million times "moore" if they are planning 30 years (half the world's population ahead)
**Geoffrey Crowther had edited The Economist's centenary autobiography in 1943. Because of The Economist's' collegiate instead of individualistic viewpoint, Crowther's work isnt simple to reference academically. The 3 sources I use are the common sense of editorials in The Economist during his editorship, the 1943 autobiography, a published series of lectures he gave at claremont. Additionally Crowther like all those living up The Economist's 1843 founding would start every economist alumni off by studying Adam Smith (which fortunately for Norman had been the only books he had with him in Burma).
**Keynes ; in the final chapter of the general theory of money , interest and employment keynes asks a most valuable question that he was concerned his final graduate classes honored as alumni of his knowhow- practically speaking next generations opportunities and threats are exponentially locked in by a handful of people- do you see wo these people are and how is transparency/human sustainability brought to the consequences of their decision-,making

 Dads wartime experiences put google maps in his head a generation ahead of most other intellectuals and place leaders. He was deeply concerned how world war 2's root cause had become the G8 empires (7 white representing about one sixth of the human race's diversity though most of earth north of the tropics. To father permission to sign one annual survey a year from 1962  was a great joy -this came after 15 years of writing about 1000 anonymous editorials published weekly (including only journalist at birth of european union as well as connector of interdependence mindsets which included President Kennedy as well as the 3 aforementioned wizards). Father's chose as his first survey how the rise of japan offered a model around which the two thirds of humans who are Asians could rise- in 1962 the model was already multiplying win-win trades for people surrounded by east asia shipping lanes - japan s korea taiwan hk and singapore (with notable thanks to 1962 of the peace umbrella and engineering foci that usa had actionable freed these peoples to design).

a bezos & j ma- world's biggest market makers versus fashion's rebecca minkoff .v neumann - dad The Economist's norman macrae was privileged to meet von neumann
and be his biographer-what if youth's sustainability depends most on engineers?
.jf kennedy

 www.Olympics22.com Hi Jeanne/Fady- sorry about length... do our energies most deeply support each other?

can female humanoids solve the biggest media crisis in the world? -  where could Jeanne visit in Boston (early april?) as well as if you feel that what Martina Von Neumanns want to see as first AI Hall of fame matches what you'd like to see game change the next 18 months (a timeline Guterres has set 2023 Unga summit of futures of all beings)


In the 1980s i helped 2 boston professors collect largest database  (express software first of its kind in decade that minicomputers mattered)  of what societies wanted from globally branded corporations. By accident french hq company i was working at became responsible for all surveys in Asia - about 500, starting with unilever Indonesia 1982: my first asian trip - I have now traveled to Asia over 50 times and Unilever's original question- what helps poorest Asian muslim women has been a common thread whilst noticing chinese diaspora multiply trade everywhere certainly what has grown engineers'  supercities (something dad first surveyed in The Economist of 1962)...Starting1988 Economist survey "year of brand" (micklethwait who we gave the story too now edits bloomberg) I have tried to link people who value any sort of open-but-structured communications/behaviours round this question: what would world uniquely miss if XXX did not exist? (XXX could be the UN it could be zbee (beingAI.com)  it could be von neumann it could be whichever is the world largest corporation; or it could be which ever asian female olympics star you trust most as wanting her generation to share in being superheroines) aka www.womensverse.net

. 1999 in a triple issue of journal of market management i guest edited : valuing corporate brand reality (& my book brand chartering focused on leading unique organising purpose).                                                        - you can segment "the world" that xxx compounds consequences into many different subnetworks either demanding or serving  the purpose (and then transparent leaders have to show at every cycle of governance how the life of that promise makes or breaks each constituency's trust as  compounded/integrated truly by unique purpose). Ironically if a physical engineer does not relentlessly integrate foundations - the whole falls down. With tangible accountants or apparently intangibles engineers like zukenberg it appears the collapse only occurs when it has brought us all down. The same could be said for I presume (globally ignorant) biotech designers of covid... so, we could have known for at least 30 years now that sustainability generation in a chaotically webbed through world of human and artificial relationships composing requirement for a totally different audit need than most western boardrooms have ever yet used though when i worked in the japan of the 1980s best japanese (and potentially all Asian consciousness led) companies applied governance round purpose (actually founders of most organisations that grew with society tacitly used a purpose audit but mbas who take over from them suffer from the harvard mba virus opposite to purposeful founders.

which  XXX could be a corporate brand, a billionaire,  the lead humanoid branch of robotics, von neumann alumni, zbee , hong kong - any system that gravitates communities of life. From 2002 harvard with the exception of 2 people (one interested in deep qualitative interviewing, the other interested in communities wpf practice) hated chartering question especially as I had spent 10 years at price water house coopers applying it to missing measurements when the only metrics a board uses are 90 day tangible accounting. In 2000 my main ally  in dc (author unseen wealth) at georgetown law school was fired by bush's inner circle because she got too close to asking ahead of time what  was purpose of enron, worldcom, other fake utlities that texas and andersen accounting brought to the millennium...conversely mit connected alumni across boston were interested in what would world of 21st miss if mit alumni did not exist. Edward Roberts at sloan business school who probably introduced year round entrepreneur competitions into every faculty instead of just a business competition wrote a report - without mit usa would miss both unique purpose of 21st C job creating higher education and engineers for good. 

Jeanne I write this - firstly fady has been living this inside his peer generation of mit for most of 21st C ;;secondly because I have a lot of questions : what sorts of conversations might zbee most want to be linkedin wirh ; having studied western media since i graduated, its all too easy to amplify mass hatreds;  much harder to app media to celebrate what next generation most wants to advance human lot around; 

: you might think educators would make it is easy for the next generation to  sustain the futures bur currently for whatever reason in the west, at least, Ed has be polluted by media and lost safety in community- unesco has just published a report saying education is broken everywhere ..all sorts of other agendas where over 60s are cashing out of the world instead of investing in millennials; notoriously 300 trillion dollars of western pension money still doesnt recognise any sdg innovation investment as asset grade!

here are some specific questions about the period between now and end of april - in other words before during and after jeanne's us trip

1 can we help with whom jeanne meets in boston (mit .. tufts ...wherever else humanoids and robots or questions about von neumann legacy connect- eg berners lee still says the web he wanted to design doesnt yet exist- is there a zbee subcommunity of how can friends of zbee help friends of berners lee)

by accident tufts is part of hosting a million student conversation on climate on march 30 (its main other partner is all of soros open society networks and so OSF leader malloch brown who author the 2000 millennium goals while at   UN); guterres has said the main summit he wants to host in 2023 is futures of all, not COP futures as only defined by 200 nations leaders

in my life time the one thousandth of the world's people from hong kong have contributed more than any other one thousandth i can think oif (with possible exception of true mit /neumann alumni)- it could be incredibly timely if jeanne could contact HK people at www.yidanprize.org - i think they  are struggling too with how do the values of openness for advancing humanity blossom in everything they sponsor without getting sucked into HK-global politics

my friend at american university has found a nice way of connecting worldwide millennials beyond barriers nations set up ; apparently back in wales of 1913 a higher ed course was taught on youth's global affairs - so his work connects that - in november he was at an oxford union debate- by a vote of 2 to 1- youth should not look only to america to provide the lead they need; oddly a wall street genre of the same sort has emerged around the biggest fund manager dalio; and there is still the question is ESG the way to get financiers to debate what investment/society is being compounded by money where; the people i trust most in the esg debate in new york are 1 japanese 2 ,musicians/artistic youth plus a few daring under 35s who have worked themselves into semi-influential positions at places like deutsche bank

I dont know if one of the paragraphs above should have been the main one between the three of us; coming back to jeanne's diary who did zbee most want to amplify what actionable conversations with? and should this conversation be widened to include people like rebecca or is this firstly a question about future of humanoids and robotics and how this connects with all the other tech multipliers which von neumann family is happy to be piloted as AI Hall of Fame if we can find www scouts of whom to nominate

borlaugdemingmr & mrs steve jobs berners-lee global id mistake.fei-fei listanford family.james grant ..shannon maylarry brilliantbill gates..Wang Huiyao ..florence nightingale.barefoot chinese medics.jim kim.george soros. attenborough familynobel dr yunus 1 2gandhieinsteinmandelaquiz ABED CONNECTED THE MOST COLLABORATIVE SOLUTIONS SO BILLION ASIAN VILLAGE WOMEN ENDED POVERTY 1970-2020 - NAME UP TO 10 OF HIS BIGGEST PARTNERS
3X3 last mile health
.jim kim.bill/melinda gatesfamily stanford
james grant.Abed.larry brilliant
.florence nightingale & clara barton.franciscans/clares.barefoot chinese medics
last chance- change education
louise richardsonSchwarzman/ Li-Ka ShingCharles Yidan
Sheikha MozaAbed.Lee Kuan Yew
Fei-Fei Li , JerryYangGuterres/claresNieman/Khan
top 2021 youth sdg networks march: luminaries -education & tech : feb developing edu & health; jan: engineering's greatest : december: sustainability hidden agenda: Americans who valued Asians ; november deep valley networking; october livesmatter herstory

50 system views smith &
who can younger world market sdgs with? and where share mask off coffee eg unga 76 ny sept cop26 nov sdgscafe.com
montessorifrancisguterres..jeff bezos.jack ma.maso son.schwarzman/rhodes
louise richardson
.bloomberg-hopkinsli ka-shing..mahbubani/lee kuan yew.tang taiwanberners lee/torvaulds.p ma/yidan..royals of japan uk netherlands dubai qatar jordan.schwabelon musk..steve jobssergey brin kai-fu lee cindy mi kobe bryantezra vogel deng.anne dunham..urgent place leaders collabs 2021-2.sheika moza - mother of all global education laureate alumni of sir fazle abed wise educationaboveall wish womens university campus some delegates from 3 wise summits madrid beijing qatar illustrate diversity of 360 degree education grows youths futures- i made these country delegate lists around 2017.mayors of tokyo and beijing - stuck with the costs of olympics and covid.vice chancellor oxford at cross roads of ireland-scotland; oxford vaccines; schwarzman-rhodes; yidan luminaries............

Monday, November 30, 1970


scottish notes -2020s updates

 Professor Acharya American University & Unesco Transnational Chair wrote:

Very helpful, including the Quesnay text: here is a great paper on Chinese influence on Quesnay. 

Christian Gerlach, Wu-Wei in Europe. A Study of Eurasian Economic Thought, Working Paper No. 12/05

(Department of Economic History London School of Economics, March 2005)



What I would like to know more is how Adam Smith was influenced by Quesnay. Both supported free trade, but smith was into machines and Quesnay into agriculture. Quesnay’s Chinese inspired natural order of things, inspired free market, or Laissez Faire, which in turn influenced Smith?

chris macrae writes:
Amitav if anyone can answer your questions with direct knowledge of whether eg quesnay and smith corresponded it will be christopher berry or people he knows in Glasgow- he has published several of oxford uni press books on smith (In addition zasheem who was a teenage survivor of bangladesh's 1970 killer cyclone meeting fazle abed then has launched 2 glasgow university journals from the 250th keynote on smith's moral sentiments including Editorial Board | Journal of New Economics

All the rest is just the sense I have which is driven by how on earth did we get from 1758 to world wars and (now again G8 madness aka bidenuni.com ) 
around  resolutions to which which I dont know if Quesnay contributed:

This different viewpoint which may be wrong academically but has practical relevance (and is i believe how the economist analysed things from 1843 to 1990 but not since then). the economist centenary autobiography 1943 is relevant to its first 100 years - it was my fathers questions futurised by direct connection with von neumann and anchored on smith, keynes that staged globalisation dialogues up to 1990 (and which were then transferred to 2 book 2025 report and bio of von neumann)

my father read smith and keynes while he had down time navigating airplanes world war 2 out of burma and regaarded james wilson who founded the economist 1843 (and then his son in law walter bagehot) as mainly an alumni of adam smith and after smith of frenchman JB SAY (father probably communicated more with drucker than other american scholars and bot of them trace the word entrepreneur to jb say - my understanding is jb say was always asking what helps people be producers and sustain communities) the opposite side of economics numbers games on demand

I am aware that the french and the scots shared many ideas opposite to how london empire systemically worked; for scots this became personal from 1710 when we became a colony of london (losing a nation's fortune on trying to build panama canal 50 years before engines is unique example of scottish folly, but why infrastructure/commons banking has susbequently interested us especially thanks to von neumanns greatest valuation multiplier scoop of all times)

if smith wrote moral sentiments in 1750s out of glasgow having returned from oxford:
he will have seen a port when youth were pressganged
scotland's far north climate does not specialise in  the same foods french produce- the one thing we produce is sheep ;and i suppose enough barley for whisky and potato seeds

its my feeling that the reason why smith's moral sentiments defined transparent markets around enough buyers, sellers , supply chains have information on costs and quality of everything is that this could be mapped as a system of connections ; he though of nature, health, cultures as systems emanating from nature and wanted the man made system of a market to match nature's evolutionary/extinction logics

then from 1760s with glasgow the birthplace of machine age he focused on how that changed markets and the world of empires

I dont specifically see why his ideas would have matched quesnay's interests from machine age on...

what i do believe (from many generations of my family tree) is the scottish free kirk missionary networks are at their best almost culturally empowered as st francis (west's only consciousness) networks (ie female clares community health; male interested in natural diversity) and when french and scots called themselves auld allies it was probably franciscan culture as community building up instead of royal and top down system rules that connected similar value mapping

chinawise: I think one would need to ask of both quesnay and smith whose views on the silk road did they build with/on - I wish ezra vogel was around

Its relevant to know that in the first 80 years after machines. more than half the nation of scots had to emigrate (why we are now 75% diaspora) - lowland rural scotland thinned by london whose accountants valued sheep as more profitable than scottish children; so while I am mot clear where smith's view of china came from I know very well that scots after smith had a lot of sympathy all across asia particularly with china and india - seeing peoples across asia as the same victims of britannia rules the waves as scots were

equally from 1962 my fathers asia rising surveys return to celebrating entrepreneurial revolution round the sme supply chain networks like japan taiwan korea hk singapore built 1962-1975 then with diaspora china down china's coastline whilst networking 100% productive villages round borlaug's food revolution and quite frankly abed and james grants last mile health networks -oral rehydration andvaccinations (infant essential in tropical regions)

my father called macroeconomic models disgraceful political chincanery; smithian market transparency allied to contextual service networking is the valid part of system design  of human development- when my father (and Italy's Romano Prodi) coined the term entrepreneurial revolution in 1976 he assumed entrepreneur implied smithian scaling grounded in purpose ; that the e-word would not make sense to big organsiations unless they intrapreneured 

linguistically because the french at the time of jb say (unlikie chesnay's) time had just cut off the heads of kings and others top-down monopolising the country's productive assets

because fazle abed was at glasgow around 200th class of adam smith and went into engineering with royal dutch shell for 12 years - he chose what ever was most relevant of smith and shell   to scaling how to build 1000000 rural village women empowerment networking  (see quiet revolution by harvard professor marty chen) - i am moving both bangladesh and boston system mapping of entrepreneurship to   http://www.youthmarkets.com  as well as maps (maths scaling) servant leadership of billion poorest village women 

chris 1

rice goal 2 core curriculum


Why didn’t the rest of Asia get a taste for Chinese hero Yuan Longping’s hybrid rice?

  • The ‘father of hybrid rice’ took China from famine to feast with his 1970s breakthrough that boosted yields by 20 to 30 per cent, yet today much of Asia remains wedded to local forms of inbred rice
  • Funding problems, limited research, low genetic diversity and good old fashioned taste buds all help to explain why. But experts say there’s no reason we all can’t learn to love the hybrid variety

Yuan Longping inspects a trial plantation of hybrid rice. Photo: XinhuaYuan Longping inspects a trial plantation of hybrid rice. Photo: Xinhua
Yuan Longping inspects a trial plantation of hybrid rice. Photo: Xinhua

As a guest professor at the Institute of Food and Nutrition Development in Beijing, Suresh Babu often finds himself eating out at Chinese restaurants after his lectures. Fortunately for him, Babu is a “rice lover”.

“Whenever I go to China, I find hybrid rice in the restaurants, grocery shops, everywhere,” said Babu, who is also a senior fellow at the International Food Policy Research Institute in Washington.

Less fortunately for Babu, while modern 

 may have what seems like an endless supply of rice, little of it appeals to what he calls his “South Indian taste buds”.