Norman Macrae -The Economist pro-youth economist -bravo sir fazle abed & jack ma
YOUTH ECONOMICS PRIMARY QUESTIONS (Q welcomed - firstname.lastname@example.org )
If 22nd C historians exist to write up humanity's greatest sustainability mistakes expoentialy compounded throurh the second half of the 20th C, I expect that these will be the right old muddles they will most need to explain
|health service.1 2.||.education ..||.energy - both machine and human (ie food , water) and natural capital|
..designing 21st C open tech and smart media.
|.peace lost by professions and politicians ruling over places with too big to exist financial systems|
Norman Macrae Foundation invites you to urgently collaborate in ending these messes (and of course others you have most local intelligence on) before they destroy the future of 21st C youth.
Our promise to you is that we will search relentlessly on how to linkin the main writings from 1948 on ending these risks - the entrepreneurial revolution curriculum which was my father's life work as a real job mainly at his desk at The Economist London St James; as his virtual job surveying 25 countries by questioning top leaders and writing up questions that were opposite to what their PR agents most tried to ram down his throat.
For example : in 1984 father wrote a survey on how to deliver 8 times more value from the UK's National health Service-...
.Better care at one eighth the cost?. The Economist (London, England), Saturday, April 28, 1984; pg. 23; Issue 73
This may sound like a crazy ask but Norman had 3 double or quits value multipliers in mind which depend on how transparently and lovingly we all connect open systems and open societies...
HV1 he had diarised the mess that the NHS started around in 1948- so a 2 times less costly service was certainly possible;
HV2 he believed that to invest in innovative quality (and not to make the nhs a ponti scheme on the next generation) some charges needed to be made in smartly chosen apps ;
HV3 he also believed that there were certain most costly medical interventions that a public service should never go near.
2 cubed means up to 8 times more value can be searched out and collaboratively systemised and that doesnt even include the bonus multipliers he hoped would be designed in as the net connected everyone rounding reducing degrees of separation as far as life critical information flows can be mapped
quite frankly if we helped youth use the coming decade to 2025 to get on the pathway to only 4 times more valuable health care that would bring back full time employment to youth but if we dont aim for that - we will probably not even turn round something that is exponentially accelerating towards 16 times more costly - a syndrome the American futurist used to call health and safety fascism. There comes a point where failed health systems make it too costly to health or safety to get out of bed each day or to afford a bed anywhere near decent work. Note also that there is more than one least value health system in the world - from the archetypal UK NHS to the appallingly costly and neurotic American health system.
The good news is that if we could learn both's muddles there would be even more value to share with worldwide youth's futures. And this becomes a media problem- one that there is not a bats chance in hell that hyper-commercial media will lead 21st c humanity to but which Norman desperately hoped nations with massive public broadcasting could have questioned. In other words not only are there within system risks to remove but many of the greatest risks to youth multiply across the different practice areas. Again the good news is open education platforms can resolve this but only if we design such platforms to test out curriculum youth have never been free to study before. Let's hope Khan Academy gets that in every way the hundred times more resourced coursera appears not to -unless youth collaborate by doing what past Indian President Kalam asked about a decade ago - please young people (and parents of young people) please tear up any non-sustainable curriculum before 2020.