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Chris Macrae: Those who read dad's 1984 text -mapping the net generation's 3 billion jobs - will see that Youth Economics converged 7 sub-curriculum - we would love to know where the most trusted updating MOOCs are on each.. Each curriculum involves freeing the purpose of a market mapped as a system that multiplies the most possible value across generations
7 purpose of economics in ruling a borderless world where peoples, professions and borderless public servants need to value compounding the next generation's human lot let alone doing no current evil
6 purpose of healthcare
5 purpose of education and intelligent forms of media and open tech
4 purpose of banking
3 purpose of aid and foundations to be designed -and celebrated joyfully- around goals for a new millennium . That includes investing in youth to co-produce the goals that were not possible before digital networking's death of distance
2 purpose of clean energy - both for machines and food and water that energises humans
1 purpose of peace spreading happiness and safety through communities all over our world
We are behind Norman's exponential deadlines on starting in the most purposeful direction in all 7 of these deep human practices and integral value exchanges. So as well as searching for transparent curriculum so youth can enjoy living these purposes, we need to value what last change gamechanger sall of us alive in the 2010s can find -and collaborate around - to get back on track. Some leaders that encourage us are at http://wholeplanet.tv but we'd love to hear who empowers you and yours on which combinations of these 7 curriculum vitae
MATT RIDLEY When I joined the Economist in 1983, Norman Macrae was the deputy editor. He died last week at the age of 86. Soon after I joined the staff, a thing called a computer terminal appeared on my desk and my electric typewriter disappeared. Around that time, Norman wrote a long article that became a book about the future. It was one of the strangest things I had ever read.
It had boundless optimism --
Brainworkers, which will increasingly mean all workers, will be able to live in Tahiti if they want to and telecommute daily to the New York or Tokyo or Hamburg office through which they work. In the satellite age costs of transmission will not depend mainly on distance. And knowledge once digitalised can be replicated for use anywhere almost instantly.
and a startlingly fresh economic perspective --
In the 1890s around half of the workforce in countries like the United States were in three occupations: agriculture, domestic service and jobs to do with horse transport. By the 1970s these three were down to 4 per cent of the workforce. If this had been foretold in the 1890s, there would have been a wail. It would have been said that half the population was fit only to be farmworkers, parlourmaids and sweepers-up of horse manure. Where would this half find jobs? The answer was by the 1970s the majority of them were much more fully employed ( because more married women joined the workforce) doing jobs that would have sounded double-Dutch in the 1890s: extracting oil instead of fish out of the North Sea; working as computer programmers, or as television engineers, or as package-holiday tour operators chartering jet aircraft.
When he retired in 1988 he wrote
Some will say [I have] been too optimistic. That is what a 65-year-old like me finds it natural to be. When I joined The Economist in 1949 it seemed unlikely that the world would last long. But here we stand, 40 memory-sodden years on, and what have we done? What we have done - largely because the poorest two-thirds of people are living much longer - is approximately to octuple real gross world product. During the brief civilian working lives of us returning soldiers from the second world war, we have added seven times as much to the world's producing power as was added during all the previous millennia of homo sapien's existence. That may help to explain why some of us sound and write rather tired. It does not explain why anybody in the next generation, to whom we gladly vacate our posts, can dare to sound pessimistic.
He was a rational optimist.