Wednesday, December 16, 2020

 to re

thank you for a wonderful paper mapping brac's reach to the world - can i ask for your cv chris.macrae@yahoo.co.uk - my story: i visited sir fazle 15 times from washington dc 2007 to the year before his death; one of the difficulties in reporting brac is his future partnership actions doubled in size every 3 years from bracs history; we have a lot of his friends in glasgow that want to distribute brac future during cop26 november 2021- that should be the least his alma mater helps linkin- my own cv my maternal grandad a scot whose life work in mumbai ended with writing up legalese uk used for india's  independence; when grandad typed that up he was assuming one united nation not the 3 part partition from which bangladesh people lost most; my father was a teenager in allied bomber command 1943 stationed in myanmar- he flew over bay of bengal often; he became the economist's end poverty sub-editor with particular interest in how east-west technologies might help millennials be the first sdg generation everywhere; posthumously the japan embassy in dhaka 2012 hosted 2 events with sir fazle abed's future networks as my dad's greatest practical heor; because of my wife's work i currently live in dc but wish i could get back to scotland if i ever have time to retire

Sunday, November 22, 2020

 BRAC University Campus by WOHA for Dhaka, Bangladesh

WOHA to transform Bangladesh wasteland into BRAC University campus

WOHA has revealed its plans to overhaul a polluted wasteland in Dhaka, Bangladesh, to create a public park and facilities for BRAC University.

The BRAC University campus will have a 13-storey building that will feature green walls and a giant photovoltaic roof canopy.

Singapore architecture studio WOHA's aim is to create "a liveable, tropical, and sustainable inner-city campus and public park" that sets a precedent for other cities.

BRAC University Campus by WOHA for Dhaka, Bangladesh

"The new BRAC University will serve as a unique model for new campuses worldwide by upcycling inner city wastelands into social aggregators for the next generation," said WOHA's co-founder Richard Hassell.

"Our goal is to make it among the most inviting, open and inclusive public spaces and a model learning environment for other cities and institutions."

BRAC University Campus by WOHA for Dhaka, Bangladesh

WOHA's plans to transform the former flooded wasteland into a campus aims to reflect the intentions of BRAC University – a private university run by international development organisation BRAC that aims "to instil in its students a commitment to working towards national development".

Once complete, it will measure approximately 88,000 square metres. Its division into two distinct zones – the building and the park – splits it into public and private areas.

According to WOHA, this is modelled on the Sundarbans, a type of forest found in the region that has separate ecosystems above and below sea level.

BRAC University Campus by WOHA for Dhaka, Bangladesh

The public zone, named the Campus Park, will be landscaped to include a bio-retention pond – a shallow landscaped area designed to treat polluted stormwater runoff – surrounded by native plants.

WOHA will also incorporate an auditorium, a multifunctional hall and a public gallery at the building's base to form "the heart and social nucleus for over 10,000 students and the wider community".

BRAC University Campus by WOHA for Dhaka, Bangladesh

The Campus Park will be sheltered by the Academia zone, BRAC University campus' main building. This will contain the private study spaces and shield the park from Dhaka's hot sun and heavy monsoon rains.

It will be protected by the giant overhanging roof topped by photovoltaic (PV) panels that will shelter a "sky park" at the top of the building, which will host a field, swimming pool and a 200-metre-long running track.

BRAC University Campus by WOHA for Dhaka, Bangladesh

The building will be developed by WOHA with a grid-like structure to ensure rooms are flexible and can be easily expanded or sub-divided, and to maximise cross ventilation and daylight in every classroom.

Much of the building will also be powered by the PV panels, including fans that will help keep the common spaces cool. Cooling will be enhanced by louvres and green walls equivalent to 26,000-square-metres of landscaping on its exterior.

BRAC University Campus by WOHA for Dhaka, Bangladesh

BRAC University campus is slated for completion in 2021, and will be developed by WOHA with Transsolar and Ramboll Studio Dreiseitl.

WOHA is an architecture studio based in Singapore, which was founded by Wong Mun Summ and Hassell in 1994.

Other recent projects by the studio include a pavilion for the Dubai Expo 2020 that will evoke a "lush tropical oasis" and a green community for senior citizens in Singapore that was named World Building of the Year in 2018.

Friday, September 18, 2020

 when a nation has zero affordable trusted public services , no livesmatter community spaces

people inside and outside the nation have a lot of urgent questions to ask- nobody i have ever met was more entrepreneurial and caring in valuing answers to the peoples questions than sir fazle abed

i found bangladesh 2017-2019 the most valuable country to visit -15 times- and see community building as well and small enterprise growth

- seven 5-point frameworks started to emerge mainly from people who had co-worked with fazle abed- he had linkedin partnerships from 3 of the empires- britain netherlands japan - historically most responsible for leaving bangladesh as the largest new nation in 1971 with next to nothing other than the 8th largest population in the world and a low lying river basin 

 everything starting up from scratch

7 wondrous networks on serving human development dedicated to fazle abed

1) five factor streaming of  17 human/sustainability dev goals 


the un's 17 sdgs translate into 5 exponential factors

f1=sdg1 end poverty gravitates 

f2=2-6 increasing productive  life expectancy 

f3=sdg7-12 connecting leaps ahead of old market value chains 

f4=sdg13-16 adapting climate 

fd5= uniting communities, nations as well aws human and natural webs

2) SHELF 5 markets village women need to medIate maximising the community's resiliency and space to nurture kids -SAFETY HEALTH EDUCATION LOVE-LEADERS FINANCE

reference fazle abed referred to paulo freire work on pedagogy of oppressed - the franciscan view of great leaders serve/live with the poorest and diagnose what systems need changing- this bootm up view applies to every life critical market - freire focused on the educational servant leader



3) VESTY =5 human lot advancement networks that emerged during the first 15 years of the united nations- much the most urgently relevant was 

V for village solutions eg the rice science to end starvation from alumni of borlaug or various heal solution's including that from east pakistan's cholera lab - oral rehydration

even if bangladeshi poorest village women had no immediate access to the other 4 solutions, every brac co-worker has an educational responsibility to train kids for a future when the nation is freed by access to these = they would be changing the world- and before fazle abed began 50 years on village poverty alleviation he had studied ship engineering at glagow university and risen through accounting and leadership skills to be regional ceo for the british-dutch multinational oil company shell- 

E is for new engineering most human solutions - see deming an american whose alumni  hubbed out of japan since late 1950s

S is for satellite and other advances in media- we wouldlt be able to do mobile leapfroging without hese solutions but as you can imagine they onlty came to be useful to bangladesh public services nearly 30 years after the nation started up

T- tech - the computing analysis power which those who strted silcon valley promise to multiply 100 fold every decade through 1970s tp 2020s

Y = youth- empowering them with a great goal to just do it- thats what JFK did in 1960s with moon race - ironically there are reports the 1960s world over that even the most isolated of peoples were chatting up the hope that soon no mission would be impossible- see eg rookie doctor larry brilliant- his first job was to accompany the pop stars wavy gravy- after a hard yeas tour their relaxation took them to remote afghan hills and their favorite consciousness guru - at that time americas moon race was multiplying hope everywhere


coming soon more frameworks-

5e's of microfranchising - effective efficient expandable electrifiable e

silicon valleys 5 computing g's

the 5 valuE multiplies of local to worldwide markeTing

the 5 markets UNITS needed to end middle income traps



Sunday, August 30, 2020

was bengal greatest world trade area until 1900?

some naive questions world history seems to erase details that deep data now needed to be openly grounded on

1 until early 1900 was bengal the most important world trade area in asia at least for the sterling economy at that time the de facto world currency and trade rules- i assume it may have been looking at the map and recognising kolkata was the capital of the whole of british india until 1912?


2 was the reason why britain changed capitals to delhi a defensive one for administering the region not a logical one for maximising positive trades locally to globally

3 was there ever a time when trade with china passed through this region - we know that from the birth of bangladesh the miracle of a billion villagers rising emerged around a coalition between fazle abed and friends in chinese regions facing similar health and starvation and historical inequality of women- in particular this was a revolution in bottom up health services including oral rehydration, and massive immunisation and america's best epidemiologists including james grant and larry brilliant were involved- later when jim kim befriended soros he was surprised to find that bangladesh had solutions eg to tuberculosis that he paul farmer and boson global health movements needed- and soon he found these also extended to first 1000 day nutrition movements too- without this asian ending poverty aka women empowerment never could have scaled -and it is still unclear to me if most of india has operationalised these deep local health service networks

3a when larry brilliant first appointed to google.org he said he had added climate resolution to his overall goals on health and end poverty particularly because bangladesh region with all its low lying deltas would be the earliest loser of ocean warming - is this the case and eg does this also meal kolkata will get flooded out too

3b it seems that between 1900 and 1948 the people who lived in the region we now call bangladesh lost every advantage both their region and their hard work deserved- is this a fair comment or do geographic neighbors see this differently- i understand faiths complicate all this but isnt it time natures rules united peoples and places- is it constitutionally impossible for the un to stand up for this dynamic of livesmatter

4 i keep on hearing about tagore as a cultural hero- did his reach unite peoples or did it segment them

5 because of my family's relationships with gandhi i have tried to understand how the maps of the west coast of india evolved over time but i feel really clueless about india's east coast- in particular was kamala harris' mother region significant in how world history from 1850-1945 onwards evolved- if she had a briefing on her desk from november of what she should know at least to maximise geocultural intelligence of usa and her motherland what would it say

5a ironically the other half of harris' black" lineage is with her father's jamaican origin- in spite of his post as an elderly emeritus professor at stanford she seems to have been estranged from him and so one cannot assume she has and deep knowledge of carribean lives matter either-any comments -give the chaos in usa this winter of peak virus, peak hatred of democrats-republicans, deep data briefings on ethnicities need to bet to the offices of biden and harris in ways that i dont yet see anyone supplying transparently- of course if a university existed where every peoples positive stories were told one might innocently have though un/unicef/unesco/unwomen/unrefugee partnerships could have made that happen by now





-related readings from this week's newsletters:
IEA Head of Education Dr Stephen Davies recently wrote a briefing paper urging us to resist calls to bail out the sector. Doing so, he said, would simply enable universities to continue as before. Read his briefing paper on reshaping the UK’s Higher Education for the post-pandemic world here.


This sixth episode in our “Speaking of Gandhi” podcast series features stories from Gandhi and Tagore and the inspiration of their writing and actions from the rivers of India and the oceans of the world. Srimati Karuna offers reflections with readings of Tagore from Dr. Sudeshna Basu.

Saturday, August 15, 2020

upcoming women entreprenur summit hosted by bangladesh

 nov 19-21

 LINEUP WORTHY OF YOUR PRECIOUS TIME

Visionary Speakers

H.E. Ameenah Gurib-Fakim

H.E. Ameenah Gurib-Fakim

President of Mauritius (2015-2018)
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    Hosne Ara Begum ndc

    Hosne Ara Begum ndc

    Managing Director (Secretary), Bangladesh Hi-Tech Park Authority (BHTPA)
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      Padmaja Ruparel

      Padmaja Ruparel

      Co-founder and President, Indian Angel Network
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        Feryal Abdullah Nass

        Feryal Abdullah Nass

        Founder and Chairwoman, Bahrain Entrepreneurship Organization
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          Monwara Hakim Ali

          Monwara Hakim Ali

          President, Chittagong Woman Chamber of Commerce & Industry
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            Danela Arsovska

            Danela Arsovska

            President, Macedonian Chambers of Commerce
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              Roberta Rudokienė

              Roberta Rudokienė

              Head of Startup, Startup Lithuania
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                Dr. Susan Amat

                Dr. Susan Amat

                Executive Director, GEN Accelerates; Vice President of Education, GEN
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                  Efka Heder

                  Efka Heder

                  Team Leader, EU and ADA funded project ALLED2 Kosovo
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                     Kathryn Rose

                    Kathryn Rose

                    Founder and CEO, wiseHer
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                       Cristina A. Fernandez

                      Cristina A. Fernandez

                      Vice President for Policy & Research, Global Entrepreneurship Network
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                        Dr. Maja Zelihic

                        Dr. Maja Zelihic

                        Fulbright Specialist, Dept Chair FSBT( Forbes School of Business and Technology), NAFSA Global Partner
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                          Betsy Shaver

                          Betsy Shaver

                          Vice President, MindCette, LLC
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                            Senela Jayasuriya

                            Senela Jayasuriya

                            Founder & CEO, Women Empowered Global
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                              Cecilia Wessinger

                              Cecilia Wessinger

                              Founder, Mass Collaboration
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                                Jelena Plavanski

                                Jelena Plavanski

                                President, Business Angels Association of Serbia
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                                  Maryam Najafi

                                  Maryam Najafi

                                  Business Development Advisor, Iran Fintech Center
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                                    Larisa B. Miller

                                    Larisa B. Miller

                                    Chief Executive Officer, Phoenix Global LLC
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                                      Dr Haidi Badawi

                                      Dr Haidi Badawi

                                      Founder of Future STEAMpreneur
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                                        Buke Cuhadar

                                        Buke Cuhadar

                                        Vice President, Global Entrepreneurship Network
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                                          Dr. Marcia Brandon

                                          Dr. Marcia Brandon

                                          Managing Director and CEO, Caribbean Centre of Excellence for Sustainable Livelihoods
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                                            Srijita Dia Ghosh

                                            Srijita Dia Ghosh

                                            Entrepreneurship Specialist, Ada Jobs Foundation
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                                              Ms. Sebahat Işık

                                              Ms. Sebahat Işık

                                              Founder and Managing Director, YSM Consultancy W.L.L
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                                                Naureen Hyat

                                                Naureen Hyat

                                                Co-founder, Tez Financial Services
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                                                  Chinwe Okoli

                                                  Chinwe Okoli

                                                  Founder and Executive Director, Grand Africa Initiative
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                                                    Shaillee J. Chopra

                                                    Shaillee J. Chopra

                                                    Chief Digital Innovation Officer, Lumina Health Partners
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                                                      Colleen Wong

                                                      Colleen Wong

                                                      Director, Global Entrepreneurship Network
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                                                        Adina Tarry

                                                        Adina Tarry

                                                        ADINA TARRY® Strategic Management and O/D Consulting
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                                                          Ayumi Moore Aoki

                                                          Ayumi Moore Aoki

                                                          Founder & Chief Executive Officer, Women in Tech
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                                                            Ana Maria Torres

                                                            Ana Maria Torres

                                                            Director, Entrepreneurship World Cup, GEN
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                                                              Karen Contet

                                                              Karen Contet

                                                              Co-Founder & CEO AngelHub, Chief Hustler WHub
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                                                                Patricia Russ

                                                                Patricia Russ

                                                                Senior Manager, Ecosystem Strategy, Startup Genome
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                                                                  Dr. Hazel Herrington

                                                                  Dr. Hazel Herrington

                                                                  Founder, Destiny Arise & GGA Ambassador for Australia
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                                                                    Liva Echwald-Tijsen

                                                                    Liva Echwald-Tijsen

                                                                    Founder and Head of the board, Female Founders of The Future
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                                                                      Andrea Sesum

                                                                      Andrea Sesum

                                                                      Founder, Ontario College of Business & Technology
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                                                                        Aneida Bajraktari

                                                                        Aneida Bajraktari

                                                                        Co-Founder/Partner, Balkans Capital - Financial Services
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                                                                          Dr. Hina Shah

                                                                          Dr. Hina Shah

                                                                          Director, International Centre for Entrepreneurship and Career Development (ICECD)
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                                                                            Samar Alshorafa

                                                                            Samar Alshorafa

                                                                            Co-Founder & Chief Executive Officer, She is Arab
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                                                                              Julie Murat

                                                                              Julie Murat

                                                                              Chief Operating Officer (COO), Bridge for Billions
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                                                                                Aleya Rafique Ikbal

                                                                                Aleya Rafique Ikbal

                                                                                Head of IT and Business Transformation, IPDC Finance
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                                                                                  Surayya Siddiqua

                                                                                  Surayya Siddiqua

                                                                                  Head of Marketing, Grameen Danone Foods Limited
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                                                                                    Diana Carolina Rojas Torres, Ph.D

                                                                                    Diana Carolina Rojas Torres, Ph.D

                                                                                    Head, Department of Innovation and Entrepreneurship, Universidad de La Sabana
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                                                                                      Dr. Tina Alton

                                                                                      Dr. Tina Alton

                                                                                      President and Founder, Nation of Women, London
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                                                                                        Wan Fara Ayu, W Ahmed

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                                                                                        Co-founder & CIO, Kanzun Ventures Management Sdn Bhd
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                                                                                          Dr. Lafifa Jamal

                                                                                          Dr. Lafifa Jamal

                                                                                          Professor, Dept. of Robotics and Mechatronics Engineering, DU
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                                                                                            Yasemin Cilt

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                                                                                            Community Manager of APAC & Middle East at Startup Grind
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                                                                                              Ekatherine Vaynberg

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                                                                                              Head of Research, Growth & Disrupt, Sber
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                                                                                                Katarina Jagić

                                                                                                Katarina Jagić

                                                                                                Mentor Branson Centre of Entrepreneurship
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                                                                                                  Sâadia Lakehal

                                                                                                  Sâadia Lakehal

                                                                                                  Founder and CEO, Emperia Industries Connect Inc.
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                                                                                                    Areej Hamada

                                                                                                    Areej Hamada

                                                                                                    Corporate Lawyer, Arbitrator & Founder, Legal challenges group
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                                                                                                      Maliha Quadir

                                                                                                      Maliha Quadir

                                                                                                      Founding Managing Director, Shohoz
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                                                                                                        Lina Hamdan

                                                                                                        Lina Hamdan

                                                                                                        Founder and CEO, Enablinc Consulting
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                                                                                                          Mantasha Ahmed

                                                                                                          Mantasha Ahmed

                                                                                                          President, Bangladesh-India Business Council of WICCI
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                                                                                                            Michelle Chivunga N

                                                                                                            Michelle Chivunga N

                                                                                                            Founder/ CEO -Global Policy House, United Kingdom
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                                                                                                              Haifa Addas

                                                                                                              Haifa Addas

                                                                                                              Founder and Chief Executive Officer, INSTAGLAM.CO
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                                                                                                                Farzana Khan

                                                                                                                Farzana Khan

                                                                                                                General Manager, SME Foundation
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                                                                                                                  Armin Zaman Khan

                                                                                                                  Armin Zaman Khan

                                                                                                                  Founder & Chief Executive Officer, Romoni
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                                                                                                                    Hazel Wei

                                                                                                                    Hazel Wei

                                                                                                                    Co-Founder & Chief Executive Officer, Joni.Ai
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                                                                                                                      Dr. Ruby Bakshi Khurdi

                                                                                                                      Dr. Ruby Bakshi Khurdi

                                                                                                                      Founder and CEO, RAY Academy Swiss
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                                                                                                                        Ayesha Saeed

                                                                                                                        Ayesha Saeed

                                                                                                                        Head of Talent Management, Banglalink
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