I am excited by 2 issues raised by recent Brookings
1) Can anything be done to narrow the gap between the world's most expert researchers and commercialising what society most affordably needs ? eg National Institutes of Health's role being one example mentioned. With new head of world bank's arrival from the
grassroots network partners in health this can be timely.
2) Can a mother of all benchmarking movements be constructed round the missing human relationships of Unseen Wealth first reported by Brookings in 2000 from an experts survey that Georgetown social lawyer Margaret Blair chaired. Unfortunately the incoming Bush administration ?(in spite of their president making a talk at NIST on ushering in a new era of responsibility) actively withdrew all funding from this report's systemic insights on preventing compound risk because they believed it was too intimately linked to Al Gore's ideology
Viewed as extreme innovations challenges, both have seemed to my father and I to be gravitating ever more conflicts since we first saw 500 youth linked in simultaneously by a digital elearning network in 1972. My father's lifetime work at The Economist, and his friend Peter Drucker, tried to raise post-industrial and the mobile world's "death of distance" valuation issues ahead of time so as to prevent irreversible degradation of communities and families as the foundations of productivity and freedom chartered by Adam Smith's entrepreneurial school of economics.
Keynes had mentored my father that the opportunity of economics is to design futures peoples want most; the risk is to destroy them. So dad believed the simplest forward ?mediation involves encouraging people to map back 10 times more productive futures for the net generation through any market sector whose greatest human purpose they feel most passionate about. He parted from us in 2010. Our family foundation is helping convene occasional remembrance parties ?where small clusters of practice people wish to take another look at a market's social actions that they are most passionate about..
One idea that is gaining traction is developing student entrepreneur competitions in a way that forces professors and students to go back into societies to mobilise solutions and connect action research. During university year 2012-2013 we aim to make DC some of the two biggest experimental capitals in this regard with over 100 universities linking in. The number 1 pro-youth economist in the world's next DC day for celebrating this movement is 28 September.
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