MOST EXCITING IDEA UNITING 100 UNIVERSITIES STUDENT UNIONS TO SUSTAIN HUMANS MACHINES & MOTHER NATURE Fortunately the worlds great educator sir fazle abed was already making 100 open universities of sustainable his 5th and final decade long mega-project in an extraordinary attempt to marry the women economics maps of ending povert with expanding middle clases with leapfrog tech partnerships that most empower worldwide youth to advance humanity.In 1984 co-authors of The 2025 Report included The Economist's Deputy Editor Norman Macrae. Our purpose to explore the Keynesian logic of why millennials with a trillion times moore tech than the moonshot generation - and urgently needing to be the first sustainability generation - would need a transformation in which education not economics is valued by all as the communal system which advances humanity.In the intervening 37 years, our friends have seen this view become exponentially more urgent - with covid just the most recent signal that humans have not yet applied remarkable technology leaps by von neumann and others in a way that values all lives matter. We do not see the UN's 2020s sdgs decade as just another media game but humanity's last call. Who's purposes with education give us hope in the 2020s of living up to neumanns (to 1957) and kennedy's (to 1963) valuation of youth. Examples:sir fazle abed to 2019 --- continuing fei-fei li in association with we aim to profile the events to link in your millennials be that by zoom or for real:eg yidan dec 2021
cop26 glasgow nov2021

Friday, June 11, 2021

 adding to the Q&A 3 louise richardson is arguably more connected than any european with last best chance of youth futures 2021 - supporting 360 degree edu research, mixing irish and scottish worldwide networks even more than irish biden alumni can in glasgow, valuing womens empowerment, potentially helping develop turing scholars now brexit has thrown uk scholars out of erasmus; i had problems with platforms sound and there was almost nothing developed in the networking space; its a pity the doctorate day has been hard to access globally; i wish each yidan event would include 5 minute summary on what the new event added to abed's 6 by 6 networks through which education -not economics- multiplies practices of all of sdgs1-5 as well as mapping back tech for all sdgs- abed's  final education-legacy framework through 2010s 100 universities sharing their educational alumni and solutions offers simple way to massively open online cooperation so youth can actively be first sdg generation and humanise AI; the unesco keynote was the only disappointment - there are 30 YEAR lessons from mit media lab 100$ laptop but opposite to his; its very important that oxford, mit and chinese diaspora leap beyond the broken silos designed into empire education; Unesco hosted a great ai-edu summit in 2020 -pity that viwpoint excluded;  regarding celebrating  edu abed's main lesson- education is not a linear process; poorest women are abused most by those who perpetuate system of child's chance to develop brain is ended once they fail one standard examination thanks to charles luminaries and his youth team in hong kong - for all the hope they share

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Wednesday, May 19, 2021

 generations of my family know quite a lot about the similarities/differences of oxbridge (ie oxfird and cambridge) and quite a little about camford (eg boston's cambridge and stanfords silicon valley) -- of course like any explorer i would lovce to hear from you if you can guide me to sighting my brain has previously been oblivious too- while i have always been happier questioning than being examined on things (with the exception of pure maths systems maps) i realise i am an extremly blind person in the sense that i only really speak english and html and a few coding languages which are now almost extinct like fortran...

here goes

both oxford and cabridge were very late in offering business schools and to this day dont really practce engineering the way smith/watt started in glasgow 1760s; in fact adam smith compared oxford campus with glasgow- a hopeless place - doesnt value youth experiential learning, designed/finamced for the conveience of professors- ironically while both oxford and camridge claim to be haves for pure science exploration; oxford is connected by the river thames to the city of london and so big finance and big politics, and these days by motorways to centre and north of england- while cambridge's claim to travellers fame was once that you could walk all the way to london on land owned by the royal family and indeed continue your pilgrimage to the church of england's high synod at ely

these days oxford is an epicentre of vaccine pharma because britain's pharma and chemical industries alway located themselves west and north of london whereas the dna of life was open sourced out of cambridge which tended to be where royal socuety od medicine leaders who valued the nhs more than money making congregated

oxford and camridge share two things i loved during the 7 or so years i visited them- union debates where two sides can goto devating war with eaxh ther but afterwards go share a pint- unlike usa students are free to dring from age of 18 which also explanis why college feasts get boozey and the best cellars outside france are in oxbridge colleges- and then there is student-led theatre at least in cambridge where keynes legacy is the arts theatre whih became the footlights space where the pompous bbc was torn to shreds by the likes of moty python ., not the nine oclock news, rowan atkinson and pretty well any culture that has a sense of humor opposite to parliamentary parties

oxbridge also more or less monoplses all schhols curricula, and hiw youth are examined - idf not by being the only certification board then by being the one all teachers are instructed to see as the gold standard

this has particular difficulties on missing curricula likr history og how london colonised so much ofhumanity that world wars became the consequenxe of the first century and a hlaf of man and macines- a consequence which included how the two thirrd of humans living on the continemnt of asia were all but left out of human development until a transformed japan started to help asia rise once freed to do so by ameeicas constructive interventions in japan and south korea of the 1950s;

there is a problem that most of the borser conflicts across asia were drwan in stone by the whire royal empires of britannia, netherlands which sucke in japan from the late 19th c - so while these 3 royal families networks could know much more about conflict resolution acrooss asia from 1950s on, it has been american who have made the miltary decisions which since the death of jfk have not been culturally explicable and probaly driven by 1 owning as much cheap dirty energy trade as possible and playing a game alway 100 times behind von neumanns technolgy against wherever russia next sponsored dictators; strangely americans have never really understook greater india or greater china where half of humans develop lives; they have for example often tarred china with the same communist brush as the evil stalin even though china leapt free of all beief in russia from 1968 if not earlier- interali the cultural revolution was abouth the chinese people discovering the cost of mao's purchase of nuclear tech from russia starved up to 10 of chinese in 1960s; once you understand the chinese collective mindset has been to use engineering and village agriculture to escape all such russian controls, banning your students from studing curriculum of how a billion chiese people led by womens community building end poverty is a stupid or even evil thing for curriculum controlers to do

Sunday, January 17, 2021

2021 top challenge university of health

 you have time for a quick zoom on astra zeneca- modi has announced that he's betting india's health on distributing zeneca; it was bracs sir fazle abed who back in the 1980s united with james grant of unicef to do bottom up immunization- not sure who has that knowledge any longer; back in 2005 it was supposed to be in 3 americans minds - jim kim bill gates, george soros friends at columbia health/mailman college; none of the 3 seem to be connected any longer now sir fazle has gone; but maybe sunita knows if there any indians at world bank who can help relink this or geeta may know if london colleges know who else is helping astra zeneca in other countries.. i am putting some notes on this at and

Friday, December 11, 2020

In this year’s edition of the Yidan Prize Summit, held virtually in Hong Kong, 16 academics have been named to the Council of Luminaries. They are Sir Fazle Hasan Abed, Founder, BRAC (posthumous); Anant Agarwal, CEO and Founder, edX and Professor of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science, Massachusetts Institute of Technology; Kamal Ahmad, Founder, Asian University for Women; Vicky Colbert, Founder and Executive Director, Fundación Escuela Nueva; Carol Dweck, Lewis and Virginia Eaton Professor of Psychology, Stanford University; Usha Goswami, Director, Center for Neuroscience in Education, University of Cambridge; Eric Hanushek, Paul and Jean Hanna Senior Fellow and Professor, Stanford University and Hoover Institution; Larry Hedges, Chairman, Department of Statistics, Northwestern University. Thomas Kane, Walter H. Gale Professor of Education and Economics, Harvard Graduate School of Education, Harvard University; Salman Khan, Founder and CEO, Khan Academy; Wendy Kopp, CEO and Co-founder of Teach For All; Patricia Kuhl, Professor, Speech and Hearing Sciences, Co-Director, University of Washington Institute for Learning & Brain Sciences; Lucy Lake, CEO, CAMFED; Angeline Murimirwa, Executive Director-Africa, CAMFED; Carl Wieman, DRC Professor in the School of Engineering and Professor of Physics and of Education, Stanford University; Zhu Yong-xin, Founder, New Education Experiment.

Thursday, December 10, 2020

education's greatest leap forward summits sarting 2021 quarter 4 - glasgow &

 can you help - rsvp

... make a calendar of the first educational-sustainability events where people meet again after covid.

 I am assuming my family’s home town Glasgow is one and friends there are already arranging the middle saturday of cop26 nov 2021 to be when youth representatives of every schooling district in Scotland come together and greet counterparts from all over the world in person or virtually

I would love to see the middle east host one of these comeback summits for humanity and worldwide youth engagement. Can you share you views with me - my first guess that the summit connected with the UAE expo probably December will be optimal; actually Qatar will probably hold one too but I understand that politics may not make that the most unifying one; also while my family’s greatest friends in japan probably are not going to host the Olympics they hoped for they can be the relay between the middle east expo and theirs in 2025

I assume the UN will host a meta-event- I am not sure whether that is September New York or somewhere else

I love Chinese diaspora explorations of family’s futures- probably Singapore is the simplest space to unite a summit around . When it comes to poorest rural mothers. 15 visits to Bangladesh have helped me understand who’s who- and one university there is trying to linkin 50 other universities around educational transformation. Two of america’s biggest billionaires have supported the emergence of these mothers networks but not yet the whole college coalition

It may sound naiive but when dad at the economist and i thought of education as key to sustainability – as we did n our 1984 book the - we segment trust/joy of the world into parents and the rest mainly youth; in the broadest sense education is about we the elders choosing how youth’s time is spent accessing livelihood knowhow which replicated across communities helps live and livelihoods thrive everywhere- according to technologists at that’s at a tipping point in 2020s – one last chance for humanizing artificial intelligence

Could you tell me time/day to send you a zoom invitation to discuss further?

Tuesday, December 8, 2020

review of 2010s part 1

 ...Ma 1 (Jack) returned to full time education sept 2019, Ma 2 (Pony) is linked by co-founder who hosts the education laureates out of Hong Kong.

which events of world class nations and supercities do you linkin &A welcome +1 240 316 8157 : Can you help girls co-create sustainability's 3 billion new jobs: renew every community, renew planet, humanise exponential impacts of 1000 times more commnstech than 1946 Most exciting times to be alive : Over next decade (3 generations – half of world being girls & boys under 30, their parents and grandparents) will determine whether human race is sustainable.
Do you see why education must change way beyond 300 hundred old classrooms to empower girls to explore far more than history can examine? NB by 1969 about 12 times more comstech had led a small network of men to race to the moon while almost half of girls were too poor to have access to electricity grids let alone any progress of 250 years of Industrial Revolution. Inspired by miraculous developments in China and Bangladesh, GirlsBeltRoad invites every community to celebrate going beyond win-lose era of colonisation and carbonisation. Diarise sustainability's urgent search for world record jobs creators; empower girls to lift up half the sky by transforming orbits of education and economies back to celebrating sutsainability of everyone. Recommendation listen to why China's richjest technologist values LoveQ then dare to play the WRJC game of fives with everyone you network with. Girls stories of goodwill's 7 social wonders in on : bankers, food workers, health servants, educators, hi-trust media designers, disaster relief connectors, public service. welcome to and

Wednesday, September 30, 2020

 can you discuss some of china's edutech models - my greatest sdg hero fazle abed of brac stated a 8 year dialogue with china on edutech beginning with how new universities could study where future of public services and community building ai could link youth www as first sdg generation? what could the world largest ngo partnership interface with asian approaches to new universities and ai education

Monday, September 21, 2020

 Register here for Plenary 1 & Parallel 1A-B on Day 1 of ICSD 2020.

About this Event

Register for Session 1 (Plenary & Parallels) | September 21, 2020 UTC 03:00 to 06:00 am

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Plenary 1, University Leadership for the Decade of Action

03:00 – 04:00 UTC

The session will showcase innovative approaches that universities in the Asia/Pacific region are implementing to increase their societal value and impact on the SDGs, as well as the challenges and opportunities to accelerate these actions and make them part of a new “business-as-usual” for universities. The session is partially in response to the challenge made by President Mike Crowe of Arizona State University at a recent event of the UN Higher Education Sustainability Initiative, that universities need to change the way they operate and be more connected to the community to have real impact.


  • John Thwaites, Chair, Monash Sustainable Development Institute (Moderator)
  • Michael Crow, President, Arizona State University
  • Dawn Freshwater, Vice-Chancellor, University of Auckland
  • Kit Poon, Professor, School of Public Policy and Management, Tsinghua University

Monday, August 3, 2020

As well as updating 50 years of work the late great sir fazle abed added one extra challenge to integrate every decade. his last challenge was brac the global universsy network of poverty.

Over 5 decades serving the new nation of bangladesh from 1972 solutions innovated by all the truest friends of fazle largest ngo coalition gravitated by biggest population challenge of all - how poorest women develop places to end poverty. Sir Fazle was as modest as he was determined- he used to say, the poorest women do all the hard work, my best friends decide there is something they want to do with their life that applies to all of us., as an engineer i simply listen out for a beautiful local solution and pick ones i can find ways of helping villagers scale massively

we are going through all the transcripts of fazle - to collate his advice on university - do you have any

70s resilient community change disaster relief to bottom-up to direct cash transfer

sir fazle took on the challenge of building a national service eg health - where none existed in villages ie places without electricity grids or running water- which do you think mattered most when building a health service - health servant leaders or financial wizards?

80s last mile health servants - the first lesson 100000 villages need to share- cataloguing vilage businesses of para health and nutrition- change aid part 2 planting sustainable microfranchise business models wherever village women can energise them

90s building girls schools

00s staying ahead of tech to go global, national, and village

10s banking for a billion unbanked with fintech and succession project - the global uni of poverty

Friday, March 20, 2020

  1. log 3/20/2020  thanks jack ma for sharing nurses handbook from wuhan i wish very teacher and student could be free to experience such courageous skills

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    BACK IN 1984 -our book 2025 report explained why we believed survival of our species would depend on 21st nations spending at least 5% of their budget on transforming education:
    go online
    twin classes worldwide to search for best solutions/trainers of solutions every community needed for next girl or boy born having a great chance at life

    paradoxically the west biggest nations have failed in that until today a virus has forced online education and working worldwide

    this would be a good time to listen to the favorite educator and economist o a billion poorest girls - fazle abed

Monday, March 9, 2020

schwarzman updates
computing mit- structure -building 2023
beijing sponsors
oxford - building 2024?

February 2019, MIT announced the appointment of Dan Huttenlocher SM ’84, PhD ’88, as the MIT Schwarzman College of Computing’s inaugural dean. A seasoned builder and leader of new academic entities, most recently Cornell Tech in New York City, Huttenlocher assumed his post in August 2019.
celebration feb 2019

mit evolution

  • Reorient MIT to not only deliver the latest advances in computer science and AI but also discover the power of computing in every field of study on campus, while ensuring that the future of computing is shaped by insights from other disciplines.
  • Create 50 new faculty positions located both within the College and jointly with other academic departments across MIT.
  • Provide a structure for collaborative education, research, and innovation in computing across all of MIT’s schools.
  • Educate students in every discipline to be “bilingual,” so they can responsibly use and develop computing technologies to help make a better world.
  • Transform education and research in societal, public policy, and ethical considerations relevant to computing.
The founding of the MIT Schwarzman College of Computing is both a big leap into the future — and a natural next step for an institution that has been at the forefront of computing and AI from the start. 

existing departments, institutes, labs, and centers at MIT are now part of the college:
The Schwarzman College of Computing hosted a forum on Feb. 12 2020 for members of the MIT community to learn more about the initial organizational structure of the college. The slides from the event can be viewed here.

Wednesday, February 19, 2020

 General 4 — Teaching Public Service in the Digital Age

i am not sure about the depth - early stages- but its wonderful to see this level of academia  doing this openly

if you do see actionable connections please tell me as my statistician friends will be linking in where we can

We are university academics and practitioner-instructors who teach future public servants in schools of public policy and administration from around the world.

We came together via Harvard Kennedy School because we share a concern: our institutions are equipping graduates with industrial-era skills and competencies to solve digital-era problems. We can do better, and we have to do better.

Our core members are:

Chris Allison - Director General, Canada School of Public Service

Dr. Amanda Clarke - Associate Professor, Carleton University

David Eaves - Lecturer of Public Policy, Harvard University

Dr. Tanya Filer - Policy & Research Leader: Digital State, Cambridge University

Dr. Dr. Robert Krimmer, Full Professor, Tallinn University of Technology

Dr. Ines Mergel - Full Professor, University of Konstanz

Dr. Vernie Oliveiro - Civil Service College, Singapore

Tom Steinberg - Co-founder Teaching Public Service in the Digital Age, Ash Center for Democratic Governance and Innovation, Harvard Kennedy School

Sameer Vasta - Lecturer of Digital Government, University of Waterloo

Sunday, December 29, 2019

mapping future herstory/history of world class nations

One of the paradoxes of human evolution - at least as the english langiage records it - : we probably started in africa and around the med sea belt road

 -plot for example the egyptian, muslim/ottoman, greek and roman empires- and their relationship to the land bridge we now call the middle east- walk south west from the middle east mediterranean from eg bethlehem and you will get to africa; walk north and west and o0nce you have passed through asian turkey you will get to southern europe ncluding
 greece and italy
Golden Rule Chronology if we rewind humanity to when the greek empire was strongest it may have evolved religious homage to many olympian gods in direction of golden rule religion

eventually- the romans took over and as far as the western europe is concerned - took over much of europe by foot, provided an alphabet that was 25 letters complete, added the birth of Jesus to golden rule religion -christianity
the roman journest west and north of italy built roads far and wide through the continent -and over to the british isles- after first invading britain in 55 bc, decided under emperor hadrian that scotland was too far to go and built a wall there...this was also the time the empire started to contract- 

meanwhile back in the middle east, arabian muslim movement were soon to grow around their own prophet on earth

- if we jump forward to marco polo's or st francis time -something amazing had happened- a pedestrian world trade route stretched all the way from the middle east med sea coastal belt overland to china- a huge relay across inland regional communities (often a full 10 degrees north of asian coastline where it runs close to latitude 20- for the trade to flow overland at the speed of yak neighbors cultures had to adapt to each other without borders-
 it seems that one reason why europe and middle east worked so hard to trade with the far east was this was the home of spices many of which were regarded as the medicines of their day and wer light enough to act like a win-win currency - the further you distributed it the more it was worth.So there;s teh old world approaching 1500- the east had never been designed around golden rule religions- instead organic consicousness movement united south asia china korea  and japan-just like the western end of the silk riad had its bay area so did the easter end; being on these 2 one of these coast lines was probably the greatest place to design win-win trades out of- we know the venetians in particular had regained being the centre of european civilisation

Ironically nearly 8 centuries after Marco Polo's role as mayor of hangzhou, a citizen of this town by te name of jack ma remembered the importance of conccious neighbors in mapping world trade - note how one of the 2 greatest market makers the world has ever seen -see bezos and ma- followed up his branding of oriental ecommerce as alibaba with oriental ai scholars networks called DAMO

but what happened next was mainly north europe discovered royd the workd vogaes- the enw world to the est o0f amnerica, and circukmnavigating afri9ca to reach asia- boats nbeeded to be bigger and arjmed to win this race- while the italians concentrated on teh med sea the big game had chnaged to whomever had teh biggest mercantile force to develop the new world to0 te west and staging posts all along the south asian caostral belt to wherever spices of different soirts grew most

wile tehre were many battoles on teh way te 1% og people who lived in britan proved most efficient - in the early 1600 they added a j to the alphabet whi9ch to this day has 26 charctres - english became thye oredominat language, to the extent that thyere was a world trade monetart6 curreny it was the pound (newton had replaced teh silver standard with the gold standard), spices were wtill teir own currency. the brit sleaped fiwrad in oublishing science and bt 1760 amazingly the british colony of scotkand started upo bot teh futuresof eninbes japes watt and teh future of maoral markets adam smith-that was 170s that was- smith next book passinately demanded that britain see that america was multiplying a far loarger emigrant population on a contental scake hundres of tiems larger than Britannia's island - instead of trying to rule usa why not design win-0win free trades. London did not understand smithsian economics with teh result that america decared independence in 1776 - and for thye next 100 yeras americans focused on developing theor own continet while britain got on with extending beywond indiua to trying to cintrol trade with china and demanding opium be a curency. By 1914 the majoreity of humans who lived on teh asian contientb were traopoed in pverty mainly because britain's colonia rule made the caostal belt the dominant world trade route and one wehere britain extracted what it wanted from eastern countrries. To somne extent other wetser europ empires did likewise. In any event by 1914 1nnd the again in 1939 - the whole model of mercantile colonial was cola[sing . Nations all areound teh world wanted to ruloe temselves. America had twice intervened to save tyhe old world fr5om war. The dollar beceme the workds great trading currency. The nations of ethw orld met at sab frakjciscao 1945- so what happened next is bot the most important geonomic mapping exercise for undersranding tiday's sustainabiloiuty goalo race - and can in iur view be understood by emploring 4 win-win technolgies that emnerged between 1945-1960: on the ground rice secince and other solutions or rural keynsiansim making rural communiteis self sufficients- out of nthe easst's most powerful island japan better eneginnering of deming - and then the 2 hi-tech races into space including satellite communicatiosn nwhich oen day would end teh cosdt of distance as a way og knowledge networking, and computing brainpower whose inventir vin neuman  died early becasusde of cancer but whose unprecdent value multipliers were decalred by alumni of gordin moore to multiply 100 times more analytical power every decade from 1965 to 20205 -tahts a trullion tiems moore

with all those technologies would it be possihle to design a world in which each next girl or boy born had a safe happy and productive opportunity for life. Why should that be difficult as long as we shared correct information on helping each others people do what nature gave them the most diversse advantages to do and as long as the new codes we medited found ways to bridge all the old cultures languages faiths...?

normanmacrae.netyou can explore 30 years of surveys aiming to love each others cultures -a swell as children - in The Economist starting in 1962 

...with the japan rising  world epicentre of deming's better qualily engines which as well as more relaible vehicke started up suoer trains 100 tiem more efficient containerv ports, various sorts of machines ofr excavating and building suoercities as well as smart manufactirer of microelectonicsd

who was norman macrae in the line of disapora scots back to james wilson foounder f teh economist 1843 and adam smith 1760, how did diaspora scots system thinking compare with the great maths guys einsteain and von  neumann, the great justice mahatma gandhi, and the world's oner and only pro-youth economist maynard keynes - read last chpater of general theiry of money, interest and employment ebfire you listen to another nighloy news economics correspondent -let alone ebefore any election of the era of a trillion tiems moore machine brainpower. Old politicains shorting at each other every day out of congresses are about as unseful to your places future as king canute unloess tehy modestly ask bot h hi-ytech youth and hi-triust youth to guide the through world reocrd jobs creatirs and not one dimensional political arguments however vakuid thi9s may have been i9n the days when the fastest a medssage couold be transitted was by stagecoach and when law by gun ujsually precded law by bjustice if endeed njusti9cees never caught up with the most diverse local nuances that antuyre;s eveoilutionary rules will always command

FULL CIRCLE -dads last days as teen navigated airplanes over modernday Myanmar & Bangladesh
before my father Norman Macrae from The Economist - died aged 86 in 2010 headvised family and friends to maximise connections with fazle abed of brac (also george soros 20th open society laureate)- last week sir fazle died- i am wondering how do under 30s maximise sdgs next;  sir fazle's last briefing to me involved maximising partnerships with brac university - is that one of the connections open society leaders are linking in or which colleges do you see as most open as the 2020s converges all the technologies my father's sustainability timelines mapped

new 2020s to all
 - join us in playing the game of supercityuni consequences - what if each city's favorite sdg daughter or son linked in:
so gordon brown could link an scotland's own adam smith scholars
dhaka sir fazle abed scholars
jack ma hangzhou scholars and with mayor of tokyo - next olympics cities scholars - eg the mayor of beijing winter olympics 2022 is former president of tsinghua and co-founder of the scwharzman scholars that links in boston mit yale oxford ...

where might you pick supercity fans of youth as the sdg generation:
more choices from education commission here
more choices from GAMES of here
more choices from schwarzman scholars here
more choices from jack ma's humans AI research networks here
you tell us where you pick sdg teams from 

Saturday, November 30, 2019

Schmidt Futures, Rhodes Trust Announce "Rise" Program To Develop Next Generation Of Talent By Identifying, Supporting Young, Rising Leaders Around The World

Rise to create global network, opportunities for youth as they work together to do more for others

Rise, an Initiative of Schmidt Futures and The Rhodes Trust 
Nov 13, 2019, 05:01 ET

NEW YORK and OXFORD, EnglandNov. 13, 2019 /PRNewswire/ -- Recognizing that the world's most important problems will be solved by tomorrow's leaders, Schmidt Futures and the Rhodes Trust announced today the Rise program to increase opportunity for exceptional young people worldwide to serve their communities throughout their lives. Rise is the anchor program under a commitment also announced today by Eric and Wendy Schmidt—founders of Schmidt Futures—to dedicate $1 billion across their philanthropic initiatives to find and elevate talent across disciplines to serve others and help address the most pressing global issues. 
"All around the world there are brilliant and visionary people who could do so much more to help their communities and the world if they had the support and opportunity," said Eric Schmidt. "All too often, those individuals are isolated at a very young age and don't have access to the resources that can help them develop their ideas. Rise will find and connect these exceptional young people—and give them individualized support they need—so they can work together to serve others."
Rise, an initiative of Schmidt Futures and the Rhodes Trust, will build a lifelong community of students, teachers, and institutions across sectors who aim to serve others. The program, which will seek young people between the ages of 15 and 17 from around the world, will be designed to encourage a lifetime of service and learning by providing support that could include scholarships, career services, and funding opportunities to help these leaders serve others for decades to come. 
The first annual competition for Rise in 2020 will begin to build a global community of students, teachers, and others—including a larger group of finalists worldwide and ultimately at least 100 extraordinary young people each year who show the potential to have a unique impact on their communities with more connection and support. Those young people who advance through the final stages of the competition will be invited to attend a residential fellowship before their final year of high school that will support them as they consider how to serve others, how to become leaders, and how to transition to higher education and careers. Other opportunities will include the potential to apply for scholarship funding for education, mentorship and other assistance tailored to their specific needs and interests, and a variety of career services as part of the Rise network. 
To encourage service, Rise will invite its community members to make service commitments together and develop a platform to match network members with common interests. In addition, Rise plans to support non-profits or other social enterprises that Rise network members drive together to serve others.  Finalists and others in the Rise network will have the opportunity to compete for as-needed funding to launch or scale their ventures; funds are intended to be designated for these purposes in a total pooled amount of at least $5 million per year of the program. 
"Through our philanthropic work over the past 13 years, we know that investing in people and giving them the tools and support they need to develop and implement their ideas can lead to exceptional solutions to global problems—from protecting our planet's fragile ecosystem to ensuring every individual has access to fresh air, clean water and healthy food," said Wendy Schmidt. "By identifying emerging talent in all disciplines, we can support them and their ideas as they work on solutions we can't even imagine today."
"We share Eric and Wendy Schmidt's commitment to developing tomorrow's young leaders and believe that Rise is an incredible opportunity to identify talent early and nurture these public-spirited young people who have the potential to do extraordinary things. We have seen firsthand the power of creating a lifelong network of exceptional talent and the importance of being part of a vibrant community of moral engagement and mutual support," said Elizabeth Kiss, Warden and CEO of the Rhodes Trust.
The vision behind Rise—to develop talent for public good—is also at the heart of both the Rhodes Trust and Schmidt Futures missions. Their partnership follows the 2017 launch of the Schmidt Science Fellows program—a post-doctoral program developed to give the world's best aspiring scientific minds a broader perspective, the ability to engage in an interdisciplinary way and the opportunity to make a lasting impact on society.
"We are excited to work with Schmidt Futures to develop a global program for young people who show intellect, resilience, and integrity, which have always been key values for the Rhodes Trust. We look forward to witnessing how these teenagers will develop into tomorrow's leaders across all disciplines in every country," added Sir John Bell GBE, Chair of the Rhodes Trustees and Regius Professor of Medicine at the University of Oxford.
"If one person alone can change the world, just imagine the power of what a network of exceptional people could do to help others," said Eric Braverman, CEO of Schmidt Futures. "The work ahead for Schmidt Futures with partners like the Rhodes Trust is clear: build the network everywhere we can, bet on the network's collective potential, strengthen its connections, and help the best ideas to scale."
In the coming months, Schmidt Futures and the Rhodes Trust will announce more details about the Rise program and its partners, as well as opportunities for teachers, students, service organizations, and others from the public, private, and nonprofit sectors to become involved in the Rise network. For more information, visit
To hear an interview with Eric and Wendy Schmidt about their new talent commitment, click here.
Schmidt Futures is a philanthropic initiative, founded by Eric and Wendy Schmidt, that finds exceptional people and helps them do more for others together. Schmidt Futures knits talent into networks, bets on the most promising ideas through diverse forms of competition and support, and equips people to scale through partners and modern tools. To realize this vision, Schmidt Futures uses a broad set of tools—including gifts, grants, investments, and startup activity—for charitable, educational, and commercial efforts with a public purpose. For more information, visit
The Rhodes Trust, based at the University of Oxford, brings together and develops exceptional people from all over the world and in all fields of study who are impatient with the way things are and who have the courage to act. Rhodes Scholarships are postgraduate awards that provide transformative educational opportunities. Established in 1903, they are the oldest and perhaps the most prestigious international graduate scholarships in the world. Over 8,000 Rhodes Scholars have gone on to serve at the forefront of government, education, the arts, NGOs, commerce, research and other sectors. They are well-known advocates for expanded social justice and have advanced the frontiers of science and medicine. For more information, visit
SOURCE Rise, an Initiative of Schmidt Futures and The Rhodes Trust

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