Norman Macrae -The Economist pro-youth economist -bravo sir fazle abed & jack ma
1 List greatest communications or computing revolutions as soon as can be reported
2 List greatest ideas with up or down potential as soon as observable 1) geodemocratic, 2 practice areas -eg what was youth futures exponential opportunity or risk of the concept of national health service or even of european union. (In both cases The Economist view was most wonderful concept- lost its intergeneration pro-youth purpose within 5 years of staring to be executed- can we learn about designing social and business systems why before we design the next wonderful concept)
3 List scariest /riskiest apps
4 Recursively clarify wherever and however future histories impacts of 2 or 3 are linked into 1
The simplest part of this exercise is a checklist of 1 communications and computerisation. Here are some of the items worth valuing exponentially up and down that emerged during 2nd and 3rd quarters. By 1972 the curriculum of Entrepreneurial Revolution was born - it would determine whether by 2025 global and local systems had been designed so that the rest of the 21st century would be or not be worldwide youth's most productive and sustainable time.
Open computers (von neumann) -birth of massive coding
Computer chips start to get on moores law economy
Internetworks start to be experimented with
Notably 2 of the scariest apps of second quarter of 2oth Century were the accident of how taped radio was first dominated in Hitler's propaganda making world war 2 inevitable. World war 2 invented the nuclear bomb which spun what had previously been public servants in the most developed nations into becoming merchant of fear and armed races (eisenhowers industrial military complex). In tandem those politicians who were partly aware of what taped radio had done insisted on 2 opposite extreme futures of broadcast tv - ultimately it should be censored by government or ultimately only commerce should dictate it. Ironically both of these versions turned mass media into the dumbest and most anti-youth futures. Before the end of the 3rd quarter of the 20th century, ER was mapping how the battle to make inet media the smartest humans had ever designed would determine whether the 21st C started spiralling worldwide wars through communities or worldwide freedoms - terms to start debating included global village and borderless planet
When we rereview our list of greatest open education entrepreneurial revolutionaries 1984-2025 we need to factor in how forbidden questioning chained all sorts of disciplines in government run schools even though the western view of mid 20th century social safety nets assumed that governments were the only democratic way forward. That is why today's checklist of the 20 greatest anti-youth monopolies starts with the 4 anti-youth education monopolies:
what is taught
what is researched
what is examined
what is certified
unless we free these job creating futures will become ever more in conflict with what the vast majority of teachers are conditioned to do to children and youth.
Another huge future history opportunity and risk. By 1975 it was possible to discuss the scenario that more money and time would be spent on all these communications and service revolutions than manufacturing. In other words we needed to ask how different the economic models of the postindustrial age could be- and did they provide a new opportunity from what keynes called economist most basic problem - ending poverty.
Those who believe that knowhow can multiple value in open use map win-win economics models of abundancy that free future purposes that are critically different to the scarcity assumptions of consuming up things. One aspect that entrepreneurial always needs to value most is future productivity not the demand pull that the advertising as dumbest media age conditioned