Before I Die Network (BIDN)

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The vision behind the Before I Die Network (BIFN) is  best understood through a heartfelt blog written by the founder Olivia Comberti in November 2015 –  On running an organisation that supports people to find their life direction, while losing sight of your own Elsewhere the Before I Die Network is variously described as: “A… Read more »

Wandering through the weeds

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Hi Brian. I’ve just been reading your open letter on High Lines and Bottom Lines which ended “and wandered through the weeds myself”. Wandering through the weeds – you were referring to city spaces. If we were talking, our conversation  would now bounce off from that in various possible directions, depending which of the thoughts… Read more »

High Lines and Bottom Lines

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Dear Pamela, Delancey Street on the Lower East Side is somewhat near me. More interesting is that I used to live one block away from what’s now known as the High Line. Whenever I’m walking on the High Line with a friend I point out the building where I used to live (“The terrible one, right… Read more »

The Lowline, New York City’s First Underground Park

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Hi Brian Is this anywhere near you? I’m wondering if you may have seen it. A Look Inside the Lowline, New York City’s First Underground Park It’s not an urban sci-fi fantasy: Someone is actually building a leafy underground park below Delancey Street on Manhattan’s Lower East Side. The Lowline is a plan to turn… Read more »

The difference between time and attention

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Thanks to Andy Broomfield for drawing my attention to this. Sums it up perfectly. Thanks to Jason Fried for wordifying this common experience. What’s the difference between time and attention? A lot. Written by Jason Fried. I recently realized that if I’m too busy to take something on, I shouldn’t say “I don’t have the… Read more »

Jottings 3.1 Wednesday Dec 8th 2015 – A third start.

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Where am I now? It’s Wednesday – so it was the Wednesday morning meetup with other locals who work from home, five of us today. The group seems to be taking hold. It’s over a week since I signed up for the Teal for startups group (following George Por’s Teal Practice Group meetup on Friday… Read more »

Microloans, research, possible interest to Fantsuam Foundation

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Microloans Don’t Solve Poverty But research might reveal what will. By Ben Casselman (snip) Karlan went on to found Innovations for Poverty Action, a nonprofit organization that works with researchers to conduct studies that measure the impact of global anti-poverty programs. IPA is now working with organizations, including the microlender Kiva, to help them find… Read more »

Patterns of change ref development actors

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It is always encouraging to read words from high-profile people which overlap Dadamac’s ideas and practical work. The post below is extracted from “We need to radically rethink how we help refugees” by David Miliband and Ravi Gurumurthy – the italics are mine. We need to radically rethink how we help refugees (snip) Instead of… Read more »

The sky is the limit: human powered cranes and lifting devices

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Well explained and excellently illustrated post on the history of cranes and lifting devices – from “simple stuff” like the pyraminds to all kinds of ingenuity. The sky is the limit: human powered cranes and lifting devices (snip) We could lift anything without fossil fuels. Nevertheless, apart from their use by some hardcore ecological architects,… Read more »

Press release announcing the 4th Diaspora Development Dialogue.

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4th Diaspora Development Dialogue press releas Haja Bally <comms@afford-uk.org> Dear collegues,  Please find enclosed the press release announcing the 4th Diaspora Development Dialogue. Please, do not hesitate to largely disseminate it to your media contacts, as well as within your network. Don’t hesitate to contact us for more information. Kind regards, PRESS RELEASE4th Diaspora Development Dialogue (DDD… Read more »