when it comes to uniting 8 billion brains sustainably, english has advanages and disadvantage;s it went from the poetry of bard 1 to way admiistrators claimed to use scientifiuc method to (at peak) boss over 25% of the world population; suddenly bankrupted by world war 2 if you would like to see what 1 billion asian women did about this look at their toop 30 coperation ideas at abed mooc; if you want to see back in 1843 is both how ideas first described analytic machines as artificial (ie man-made not nature made) and how this might of integrated with the economists founder in 1843 of systems queen voctoria needed to humanise her empire you might start at economistdaiory.com (you should know that james hiuself doied in calcutta of diarrhea - and it took 112 yeras to massively network parental solutions to diarheas as number 1 killer in tropics) ; if you want to see today's views you might start at bard.solar or economistlearning.com or alumnisat.com or tell us where you like to start) rsvp chris.macrae@yahoo.co.uk
Friends of Fazle Abed study world class scaling of what we now call UN Sustainability Goals but Abed in 1972 first called Goal 1 Poverty alleviation when he founded BRA-C (Bangladesh Rural Advancement Collabs so that Bangladesh became the first nation empowered by poorest village women. Start with 3 favorite wESG (womens Entrepreneurial Scaling Goals : human collaborations of 100K ::1billion :: 50million

  • *** 100000 lives matter eg 5.1 metavillage= 1972

  • ...***1billion girls action networking -eg 3.1 oral rehydration

  • ***50 million graduate Apps: 5.4 purpose of first 100 new unis of sdg generation
1billiongirls.com - over the last half century the greatest human development miracle (extra ref schumacher 1 million bilages) has been networked by 1 billion poorest asian village women -here we invite you to help map the 30 collaborations they linkedin - their chief guide 2019-1970 the former oil company executive fazle abed- In spite of being pivotal to how one quarter of all human beings progressed (and by far the deepest co-creators of Sustainability goal solutions- nobody ever printed any paper money for them - its only since innovating the world's largest cashless banking 1.5 systems that many westerners even began to study 21st C happiest possibilities with them.
Out of Bangladesh, village mothers hired 100000 village coaches - webbed 30 collaborations - giant leaps for womankind & youth as first sustainability generation
Intergenerational collaboration entrepreneur platforms 5.1  metavillage sustainable community building - women empowered:15000 families at a time;5.2   billion asian women,5.3  brac net; 5.4   asian universities share sdg graduates 5.5  climate smart village exchanges,5.6 meta and zoom-me up scotty
BANK FOR ALL 1.1  1.2  1.3   1.4   1.5   1.6 celebrate 30 most human collaborations from developing world of last half-century - inspiring  anyone valuing UN and youth as first sustainability generation
EDUCATION  adult village entrepreneurs 4.1; primary 4.2  ; teen 4.3; university4.4 ; pre-school4.5;tech multidisciplinary luminaries 4.6 
HEALTH oral rehydration 3.1 ;para health "doordash" basic meds 3,2; scale vaccination3.3 ;tuberculosis & 3.4  Frugal processes eg wash sanitation, maternity3.5  ; James Grant School of public health 3.6
FOOD/land security 2.1  rice; 2.2 veggie  2.3    cash crops & village fair; 2.4  poultry;2.5  dairy, 2,6  14 nation leading supply chains financial opportunities to end poverty ;

UN says: Today's Education Systems No Longer Fit for PurposeAt Economistdiary.com we search out collaboration events- most exciting in 2022 - UN total transformation of education -september NY; Neumann's families collaboration search AI Hall of Fame; fen ale owners of transmedia race to humanise the metaverse...
abedMOOC.com started from a brainstorming dinner convened by Japan Ambassador to Dhaka who noticed my father's surveys of Asia Rising begun with Japan 1962 (endorsed by JF Kennedy) had not completely detailed Bangladesh Rural Advancement's  contributions to sustaining humanity and celebrating nation building through women empowerment . Dad's last public birthday party had celebrated launch of Muhammad Yunus Global Social Business Book February 2008 with 40 guests at Royal Automobile Club, St James, London. Father had also paid for sampling 2000 of Yunus books, 10000 dvds (youtube style interviews with all grameen directors during summer 2008 when the Nobel judges opened Yunus Museum in Mirpur, as well as part of launch of 2 Journals by Adam Smith Scholars in Glasgow that had emerged from Yunus making the 250th keynote speech on Adam Smith Moral Sentiments Dec 2008. But Fazle Abed whom my father never got the chance to meet had started 11 years before Yunus Grameen Bank 1983 Ordinance , built health and agricultural foundations, and then schooling -altogether a 5 dimensions approach that was not possible to appreciate from onee dimensional microcreditsummit yunus the clintons, queen Sofia staged annually from 1997. Abed said we could do a Mooc if it was laid out round C for collaborations. He was keen to map how 6  Collabs per the 5 primary sdgs had been integrated through 2 quarters of a century 1972-1995 when rural meant no electricity grids or phones; 1995 when partnering platforms afforded extraordinary leapfrog models that could be designed with mobile networks and solar. It took 16 trips while Abed was alive (and the curiosity og many graduate journalists _ to get this mooc started, and we still try to update it even as Abed left the world in Dec 2019. We welcome corrections and omissions. We have attempted here to map the deepest economic miracle

Monday, May 3, 2021

AM3.0 microhealth before microfinance

covid has taught us we're short of at least 100 million last mile health and early childhood co-workers; this is a priority 50 years of asian women empowerment has focused on but the west's major capital markets have misfocused because macroeconomic data does not deeply value community sustainability let alone a lot of work mothers do for love of child- if we can't value infants fully dont bother talking up rest of sdgs

Medic, banker, educator , engineer - which profession led sir fazle abed to being in the middle of a billion asian women ending poverty? actually none of these siloised expertises,  he was a trained engineer (from adam smith's glasgow university.; he had also leveraged his family's accounting practices to rise to be regional ceo of royal dutch shell oil company -  but starting in 1970 three events each killing a million people changed his purpose in life . What did he do first? he got started  by ending his contract with shell, selling his flat in putney london for about 15000 pounds and with a grant from oxfam in 1972 during the first 12 months of the emergence of bangladesh's new nation (branded by kissinger as a basket case)...

5h1 Abed started by building a resilient community of 14000 village homes over 100000 villagers in bangladesh 1972 which would emerge as a field lab for testing community-scaling solutions. At that time his village peoples were experiencing immediate life threatening challenges: abed had just seen the cyclone that had killed a million people around him in 1970, then war and refugees, then famine ;in addition to all this he noticed the challenge that almost half of adults had never had income-earning livelihoods. In Bangladesh the culture was women in villages without access to electricity grids did not do income paying jobs but raised children. most of Abed's 100000 people were also illiterate

so what enterprises could girls of the village start? Abed answered this question by designing health empowerment/service in an unusual way - looking at data villagers life expectancy was in the low 40s; what livelihood microfranchises could he design round village girls to raise overall life expectancy to mid 60s

 abed  had now reframed the puzzle - how could micro-enterprises be designed so village mothers build their own rural health service around- the threats to life he observed among the 100000 villagers were most accute among infants under 5 and mothers themselves

it would be much later  after tens of thousands village-size enterprises of health and nutrition had positive income models that he started designing financial services for the poor and with the communities -what abed called microfinance+ = financial services owned in trust for the poor and connected to redesigning value chains so the smallest producers were integral to advancing the nation and humankind

abed was aware that tropical rural china faced similar life critical situations; through the influencer network he had built when regional ceo of royal dutch shell oil he contacted china's barefoot medics network - they said they would happily share knowhow but it was also obvious to abed that china unlike his refugees had  a lot of medically qualified people.

  If you know chinese development history the way the economist reported it in the 1970s, you will know that a war with russia in 1968 ended a the chinese fifth of the world's belief in russian communism- barefoot medics were china's greatest heroes of the 1970s nay they became the greatest heroines as china too discovered massive rural development would depend on women being valued as productive as men - the more so when the one child policy meant half of all families would ultimately be dependent on how educated 20 something women became.

Below are the health service solutions abed came up with - fortunately there was one solution am3.2 the chinese hadn't yet discovered so grassroots health networking turned out to be a win-win across a billion of asia's poorest people- together with the x-factor that village asian women are extraordinary family builders given even half a chance

please note some dates approximate: rsvp chris.macrae@yahoo.co.uk if you have more exact timing

AM3.1 mid 1970s could village mothers do anything to raise life expectancy from low40s to 60s: idea1 door-dash cheap non-prescription medicines: microfranchise 1 village mother- visit 300 homes weekly -partner inspiration chinese barefoot medics (cbm) - parahealth microfranchise grew to over 100000 livelihoods today 50000 use mobile apps too

AM3.2 from 1978 one lesson mothers needed to know to save half of infants from dying - oral rehydration partner east pakistan cholera lab, cbm , unicef's james grant

AM3.3 In the tropics the biggest killer of infants under 5 is dehydration unless mothers/patents know how to oral rehydrate. Everywhere the other biggest challenges is stunting caused by starvation -and food malnutrition - during the first 1000 days. The curriculum of rice mediated by Asian alumni of borlaug turns out to be the most essential food crop for feeding a billion of asians. Whilst american borlaug who had grown up in one of idaho's poorest families made mexico his innovation lab , by the 1950s japan was learning from borlaug how local adaptivity could increase rice production 10 fold. This good news spread to feeding the human development to taiwan then by 1960 Korea. America's rockefeller and ford foundations set up the irri in 1960 as an asean/south asian hub of ending starvation by maximising villagers productivity with rice -partners asia's human centric nations' development, irri, brac, gavi...

AM3.4 from 1980 vaccinate 100% of a rural nation - partner james gran unicef, epidemiologists including vice chancellor swarthmore

---- more later ; 

-if you need formal academic reference - contact Dr Sabina Faiz Rashid at the James Grant school of public health brac university

-if you need more on ending infant mortality start with understanding alumni and sponsors of the world food prize and the gates world health prize. if you need more on Chinese and Bangladesh mothers love of children read "A Quiet Revolution" (1983) by Harvard's Martha Alter Chen or for a 2 millennium view of nature's maps gravitated around the two third of humans who are Asian read Harvard's Ezra Vogel who passed 2021. You might also read Peter Drucker but whilst illuminating on East Asia I haven't tried to search whether he had particular observations on South Asia



ask yourself what was the purpose the united nations had been born to map in 1945 and what strategies had been used regarding the nearly 80% of peoples who as at 1945  had not shared in the first 185 years of glasgows machine age -eg access to electricity grids largely because of the way the g8 nations had divided earth through the peak era of colonisation

our understanding is 7 of the g8 economies - 6 white and japan but nor USSR had agreed on 2 things - refloating their economies; helping free nations becoming newly inpedendent

but until bangladesh strategic help from the 6 western g8 had only tried out one route:

aid was passed through governments - not much trickled down to the bottom but equally this was still the pre-computing age but one where moon race had excited the world that soon no mission would be impossible- see eg larry brilliants reports from afghanistan where as medic to wavey gravy the band was on holiday with its fav consciousness guru

in urgent disaster relief cases a national ngo might be invited in; its experts were only to do the relief not train locals; as soon as the immediate disaster had been sorted relief flew out

==============? the quarter of the world-  1.85 billion lives - who ended extreme poverty 1970-2020 

Extreme poverty - Wikipedia

Extreme poverty, deep poverty, abject poverty, absolute poverty, destitution, or penury, is the ... The number had previously been measured as 1.9 billion in 1990, and 1.2 billion in 2008. Despite the significant ... Thus, to end extreme poverty, it is also important to focus on the interrelated problems of fragility and conflict.

look how different every move abed made as a bottom up agency connecting relief and development; he was there at the right time; the national government of bangladesh had almost zero tax base or property of any kind; while it tried out to organise people out of the city of dhaka, 80% of the nations people were left to self-organise with no communications other than person to person-ironically while pakistan ruled dhaka it had hated youth closing down any fredom in dhaka universities; chittagong in the far east maintaned some degree of entrepreneurial energy -see eg how yunus started tapping that between 1974-1983 leading to the government ordinace of grameen bank 1983 dismantled by sheika hasina in 2011 www.economistbangla.com

what is heartening in line with franciscan pedagogy of the oppressed-  is how abed never sought popularism/celebrity; his alumni of rural advancement doubkled down just on serving in village communities, empowering womens human capital; is there any model of true sustainability development goals more deeply possible at that time ; and over the next 50 years our purpose at abedmooc is to explore what sorts of data/intel informed grassroots community engagement solutions; when opportunities such as mobile and solar came to the villages how would the grassroots data be coded, mapped , even turned into AI village sustainability mapping such as ai vaccine distrbution of 100% coverage

lets look at module 6.1 the future history of place branding as it may have looked from village network rising viewpoints in the 1970s


  1. OP-ED: Sir Abed: An inspirational and determined visionary
    Sabina Faiz Rashid
    Published at 01:19 am December 20th, 2020
    Sir Abed with the dean and associate dean of the School of Public Health COURTESY

    Remembering the BRAC founder on the first anniversary of his passing

    “If you don’t give us a chance, then who will?”

    That summed up my first encounter with Abed Bhai. I was in my early 20s, fresh out of university, and visiting Bangladesh after living most of my life overseas. I had no prior knowledge of who Abed Bhai was, or what he stood for. Yet, something inside compelled me to implore with him for an opportunity; and relent he did, fortunately.

    The trajectory of my life changed because of that initial meeting, and years later it changed again with my joining the original team in 2004, that was tasked with establishing the James P Grant School of Public Health, (JPGSPH) BRAC University.

    Abed Bhai was without doubt a fearless visionary and he brought the same spirit in challenging us about the direction of the school. A School of Public Health was something that Abed Bhai had envisioned for many years, and it was his dream that developing country health professionals receive a quality degree and contribute to making a difference in their homelands.

    He was very clear about the absolutes: It had to provide opportunities for disadvantaged students; it had to be competitive and of international standard; and it had to attract students globally so that they could learn first-hand real-world knowledge on public health in the developing world. As a result of his vision and guidance, the JPG School has been recognized internationally, continues to attract students from abroad, and is a leader in public health research in the country.

    Abed Bhai was a tough task master but he was also a patient listener. He was open to ideas and willing to be challenged. He placed trust on the individual person, provided encouragement, and built confidence for people to take on leadership roles. When he asked me to take on the helm of the school in 2013, I was initially reluctant and overwhelmed at the thought.


    I had reservations, but he persuaded me to take on the challenge, and very calmly explained that my hesitancy to take on this role was without merit. Today, thanks to the dedication of my wonderful colleagues, the school continues to grow, taking inspiration from Abed Bhai’s ethos and his constant quest for excellence.

    For a person of such stature and achievements, nothing was too small or big for getting the work done. If that meant picking up the phone and calling a program officer or asking the security guard about his wages, or needing an intervention in a program, he would just do it and not wait for someone else. I was fortunate and privileged enough to work closely with him and see first-hand his way of working.

    His attention to detail, knowledge, wisdom, humility, and commitment to making a difference was astounding and truly inspirational. Abed Bhai changed millions of lives, yet remained grounded in the service of others; and he did it without fanfare or any expectations of fame.

    On the first anniversary of Abed Bhai’s passing, I fondly remember the person who gave me my first career break, and who will always hold a special place in my heart.

    Sabina Faiz Rashid, PhD, is Dean and Professor at BRAC James P Grant School of Public Health at Brac University. All views expressed are solely of the author.

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