Dear Rebecca. Leslie and friends
I have always hoped a pro-african youth hub could embrace "knowledge envoy" but of course you know what culture/collaboration model you want at Silver Spring Coworking IOSpaces and your linking in of leading ihubs across africa
taddy (see dialogue below) is the simplest case of knowledge envoy for me to be passionate about; i assume what he is doing in s africa could be wonderful to replicate in other african countries especially where the median age of whole nation is under 25, but i hope he wont mind me observing he needs to be so focused on s.africa operations and partnerships that while he wants other african pro-youth capitals to join in with him he hasnt had all the time needed to spread that in the 7 years I have been watching him (at least not out of complex places like washington dc)
a knowledge envoy represents an idea like taddys out of one or more places by sharing the good news of the solution but where someone has a funding or strategic proposition putting them in direct contact in this case with taddy; this is an opposite process to fundraising lobbies
-sadly in what i construe of a post ebola world, partners in health desperately needs knowledge envoying but i have abjectly failed to move that on since meeting paul farmer at soros 20th open society celebrations budapest central european uni 2013
rebecca i wondered if eg leslie and i could discuss knowledge envoy with your choice of someone at world bank
for example do you know nii simonds well enough to set up a meeting for us?
i see nii simmonds has a history connecting maker faire and tedx africa - the #africandiaspora hashtag on Twitterdoesnt yet run an annual tedx out of usa as far as i know- could be a gamechanging dc opportunity-
depends in part whether you like eg tedx speaker choices organised inside bank by a friend of naila; more directly naila's west coast friends organise directly (6th) youth tech summit inside world bank - see 12 august http://www.athgo.org/athgothon2015/
-how do we connect #africandiaspora with that- is there one person at usahidi we could be linking in now- kenya has become the african lab for all the mobile women4empowerment parrtnerships that naila once hoped her home country of bangladesh would lead with yunus and sir fazle abed http://www.brac.net/content/where-we-work-africa#.VX_59PlViko
BRAC Africa especially the next billion dollars spent on girls education (in my mind) needs knowledge envoying by diaspora out of dc- sir fazle abed and japanese ambassador to dhaka kindly briefed that in series of dialogues at the japan embassy in 2012
a few years ago i met emeka okafor at a mit summit in boston co-spondored by dubai and the original tech wizards of cashless banking
he appeared to be the african with the most to do with building makerfiare and tedx in africa
he also connected founders of Africa 24 | La première chaîne mondiale d'information pour l'Afrique whom i have twice visited in paris; they have 80 journalists dedicated to searching out best news of africa by and for africans- for 5 years paris wanted t be yunus social mba epicentre- it invented global social business partnering with him only to see germany takeover all the youth collaboration goodwill that yunus once was most valued for- the same german connection has also ruined the last 2 nobel epace summits including the one atlantas great and good had hoped to host around 10000 plus youth nov 2015
if you have a friend in paris you most trust i would suggest letting me fix a meeting for them with africa24 and also 7me Forum Mondial Convergences (billet l'unit) -this is a 5000 person mainly youth event organised annually- its mow far more open for youth to gamechnage with than microcreditsummit and its a sort of open space of france;s equivalent to usaid (actfed); i know the main operational director of convergences if anyone wants to know him
i can leave copies of africa24tv magazine at iospaces if thats relevant to you
all of above sort of links with my view that a club linked by owning open learning and other satellite channels can be milenaisl number 1 collaboration pathway back to sustainability
i know i am mad about this idea- which my fathers entrepreneurialrevolution.avi online library of norman macrae--
journalist friends at The Economist first started writing about 30+years ago but where the whole official journalist world has lost touch
chris macrae washington dc 240 316 8157
Dr Taddy Blecher BIO -version original as of June 2015
Dr Taddy Blecher is the Chairman of the SA National Government task team on Entrepreneurship & Job Creation in the Human Resource Development Council of South Africa, as well as the CEO of the Community and Individual Development Association, the Maharishi Institute and the broad-based Black Economic Empowerment fund: Community & Individual Development Trust.
In his national entrepreneurship role for South Africa Taddy has achieved:
1. Entrepreneurship will be included in the curriculum for every child from Grade 1 to Grade 12 in all provinces of South Africa. Over 12 million young South Africans will learn about this critical field of economic opportunity in theory and in practice on an annual basis
2. Entrepreneurship education will be included for one million youth per year going through the technical and vocational College system
3. A new national portal for entrepreneurship is being developed under the Department of Trade and Industry, and a national virtual incubator to reach any number of small businesses through internet-enabled mobile devices is being built. This includes:
a. Free website initiative together with Google, that has assisted 65,000 South African firms to have a website
b. Free MBA, BBA, PDM, and Certificate in Management, including all books, curriculum, video lectures, manuals, mock exams, etc, that has been accessed by 500,000 South Africans
c. A financing tool accessible my mobile phone to assist every business to gain access to public or private sector financing
4. A new national Council on Entrepreneurship is being created (alongside the new Small Business Development Ministry)
Dr Blecher co-founded the Branson Centre of Entrepreneurship with Sir Richard Branson, where over 4,500 individuals have been trained and assisted with building businesses. The Branson Centre based on the success in South Africa, has been replicated in Jamaica and in the UK.
Taddy is known as a pioneer of the free tertiary education movement in South Africa, having helped to create six free access institutions of higher learning out of nothing, as well as inspiring the creation of three other institutions. He also serves on the British Government Task Team for the reinvention of higher education and skills development, as well as the Italian Government – South African Government business chamber board.
He has raised over R500 million in cash, property and equity to support free access to post-secondary school education. As a result, over 14,250 unemployed South Africans have been educated, found employment and moved from poverty to the middle-class. These formerly unemployed youth now have combined salaries in excess of R700 million p.a. and expected life-time earnings of R17 billion. Over 600 000 young South Africans in schools have been reached with one-week education and life-skills training courses.
Taddy is consistently working on developing sustainable means to help unemployed youth in South Africa gain access to transferable skills through education, training, jobs, entrepreneurship, and careers, thereby breaking the poverty cycle.
Dr Blecher has been honoured with a number of awards, including: the 2002 World Economic Forum "Global Leader of Tomorrow" award, a 2005 World Economic Forum "Young Global Leader of the World", a Skoll Global Social Entrepreneur winning a $1 million prize for his work, an Ashoka Fellowship, and has been honoured with two honorary doctorates. In 2009 he was named by author Tom Peters as one of his top 5 most influential entrepreneurs in the world over the last 30 years.
A qualified actuary and management consultant, Dr Blecher is passionate about the approach of Consciousness-Based Education, a system of education developing the full potential of every student. This has led the Maharishi Institute to winning the first prize in a global competition to find the most innovative education initiative in the world in October 2010.