|our species depends on urgently improving understanding of peoples across hemispheres- none more so than east-west; two thirds of humans live on the continent of asia with a few more per cent of the world's population living in what have emerged as the extraordinary productive hi-tech islands - japan, taiwan , hk, singapore. by the late 19th century all of the people on the asian continent had been colonised or had their trading systems blocked by western empires- primarly britain's. given this, we find it extraordinary valuable to study how 3 people from the orient travelled to the west and went on to change both hemispheres: gandhi|
below we look at how jack ma's first trip to the usa - seattle 1995 changed the world. he was then his city hangzhou's most popular english teacher- amazon's launch of ecommerce he returned to china to form a network with energetic youth and extraordinary investors including japan's hi tech billionnaire masa son and the silicon valley founder of yahoo jerry yang- how can ecommerce and efinance create the most jobs when china's web infrasucture arrives-?
Having become one of the world's biggest marketmakers, ma was tech city host of china's g20 2016 and at the un he was invited to become worldwide youth jobs adviser;in 2017 he announced that from 2019 september he would return full time to education- according to ma he couldnt see how to impact the 4 most vital social markets with commerce- this web tracks his progress as a return to full time education and his goal of celebrating how the sdg generation can change education , health, green markets, sports and arts markets
unlike ma, gandhi and abed travelled to britain in their teens - gandhi to study law in 1880s, abed to study engineering and shipping at glasgow uni of 1950s.--all three changed the livelihoods and sustainability of hundreds of millions of people in the race to end systemic poverty. unlike gandhi, graduate abed's 10 year spent ascending to become regional ceo of royal dutch shell gave him the perfect mix of engineering and admin experience to empower the poorest to nation build
https://www.jackmafoundation.org.cn/ welcome to digital silk road plus 6 youth Belt Road Maps ... Changing Education - the most exciting times to parent or grow up sustainably. Our old versions: EW , AU ...how can web maximise sme value and job creating education? -help welcomed in compiling top 100 alumni networks of alibabauni.com -UNited fintech & edutech & 17 goals-- notes on china's greatest educators ggv podcast limebike.. sinica -notes who's helping jos number 1 educator? Kenyann, Bangla girls Tsinghua, olympians-for-all, IR4-forhumans - rsvp firstname.lastname@example.org
Saturday, December 15, 2018
Friday, December 14, 2018
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|1:00 PM||Opening Speech|
|1:02 PM||Venue host introduction|
Kyle Fry, Chief Financial Officer, MLG Blockchain
Grace Chen, Director of Investment Sourcing, Meixin Finance
“Wealth Tech Deep Dive”
Liang Bai, Founder, 01Caijing and 01 Thinktank
“Super-corn: Chinese Fintech Investing Leading the World”
|Startup Track||Institution Track|
|2:10 PM||Judge introduction||Theme: Fintech in Institutions — Innovation in Value Transaction|
Sebastien Meunier, Senior Manager, Chappuis Halder & Co. “Action: Blockchain in Financial Institutions”
S. M. Quamrul Hasan, Senior Procurement Specialist, The World Bank
“Global e-GP Architecture using Blockchain Technology”
Hee Lee, Partner, Financial Services, Ernst & Young
“Is Auditing Dead in the Era of Blockchain”
David Zhang, Head of Securitized Products Research, MSCI “AI mortgage models”
|2:25 PM||Explanation of Competition Rules|
|2:30 PM||Fintech startups Competition|
Zhenghua Zhang, Founder and CEO, Unpay
Tra Vu, COO, Kambria and OhmniLabs
Visraant Lyer, Co-founder and CFO, Chord
Hugo Renaudin, CEO, LGOMarkets
|5:00 PM||Volunteer recognition and group photo|
|Evening Black-Tie Award Ceremony|
|5:00 PM||Registration and Networking|
Alex Mashinsky, Managing Partner, Governing Dynamics
“How Can a Blockchain Startup Raise $1Billion VC Funding”
William Nichols, Senior Advisor, Information Architecture and Innovation, US Treasury Office of Financial Research (invited and accepted, await corporate approval)
“Standards, Standards, Standards in the Singularity of Blockchain Explosion”
|7:00 PM||Dinner, and Toast Speeches by Judges, Contestants, VIP ticket holders, and AaA Committee members|
|8:00 PM||Award Announcement and AaA Winner Speech|
|8:10 PM||Judge Panel Discussion: Competition Review|
|8:40 PM||Bloomberg TV Interview with AaA Winners by Kathleen Hays|
AaA 2018 Winner (to be determined by the competition on January 18th)
AaA 2017 Winner L.D. Salmanson CEO of Cherre
Sunday, December 2, 2018
Advancing Sustainable Development in China
By MA Lei
In Beijing, China, last month, the Research Program on Sustainability Policy and Management released their second annual report of the China Sustainable Development Indicator System (CSDIS), a sustainability indicator framework and annual ranking of the sustainability performance of Chinese cities and provinces, at an event attended by over one hundred people from academia, industry, government and the media.
Hosted by the China Center for International Economic Exchanges (CCIEE), the Program’s research partner and leading policy think tank in China, the event celebrated the second launch of the CSDIS as well as the publication of a Chinese “blue book” on the project, a prestigious academic publication in China. The publication, titled “Evaluation Report on the Sustainable Development of China (2018),” was sponsored by AliResearch, the research arm of the Alibaba Group.
CAI Jijun, the deputy chief editor of the Social Sciences Academics Press of China, the publisher of the blue book, opened the event by sharing the strict criteria that went into selecting this particular report for blue book publication, as it was selected as part of the national 13th Five-Year Key Publishing Project. Blue books provide scientific basis for macro-level decision-making and serve national strategic needs, and CAI shared how sustainable development is inevitably important for China’s current stage of development.
Moderated by ZHANG Dawei, CCIEE’s vice chairman and secretary-general, the audience then heard from WANG Jun, a member of CCIEE’s academic committee, and Satyajit Bose, associate director of the Research Program and associate professor of practice at Columbia’s School of Professional Studies. Speaking on the CSDIS project, WANG was confident that through our joint efforts we can continue to improve different sectors’ understanding of sustainable development and encourage implementation of its solutions. Satyajit Bose used an ancient Chinese proverb to convey that there are two sides of everything and that for China to measure its healthy development it cannot solely focus on higher GDP; sustainability is a key factor, and he hopes this project continues to contribute to that each year.
HAO Jianbin, secretary-general of the AliResearch Academic Committee, spoke on some of the progress that China has been making, including how Alibaba is implementing sustainable strategies in their own day-to-day business operations. With AliResearch’s new relationship with CCIEE and the Research Program, HAO sees Alibaba now having even more opportunities in absorbing and implementing practical sustainability strategies.
In the second part of the event, ZHANG Huanbo, a researcher from CCIEE, and GUO Dong, associate director of the Research Program on Sustainability Policy and Management, introduced this year’s research results of the China Sustainable Development Indicator System (CSDIS).
The biggest change from last year’s system is that 30 more cities were added to this year’s analysis, up to 100 from 70. Interestingly, one of the newly added cities, Zhuhai, ranked number one among all 100 cities in overall sustainable development, outperforming economic powerhouses like Beijing and Shenzhen. Zhuhai showed a true balance of performance in each of the five categories the system scores and ranks: economic development, social welfare & livelihood, environmental resources, consumption & emissions, and environmental management, earning it the top spot.
The event ended with a panel discussion on leveraging information to implement sustainable development strategies. Moderated by Satyajit Bose, the panel featured YANG Jun, strategy director of the Alibaba Cloud Research; LV Haiqi, deputy director of the International Statistical Information Center, National Bureau of Statistics of China; ZHANG Jianzhi, researcher from the Foreign Economic Cooperation Office; and MA Lei, the China program officer of the Research Program on Sustainability Policy and Management.
As a “big data” expert, YANG thinks that big data is crucial in both cost savings and quality assurance when implementing sustainability strategies such as transportation data. By collecting a city’s transportation and traffic data real time and consistently, for example, a city could easily forecast the traffic times each day and inform citizens to choose more suitable transportation plans of the day. ZHANG has extensive experience in implementing pollution control through international cooperation, as well as using various mechanisms to get diverse actors to comply with environmental treaties. Besides government-only efforts, she sees that the awareness of public and private sectors have also largely improved. She commented that the CSDIS is of great help for Chinese cities to understand sustainable development and encourage healthy competition for cities across the globe. In response to the question, “What are some of the pitfalls that we should be concerned about in trying to measure something that is so multi-dimensional as sustainable development,” LV stated that although GDP is an important indicator and it will always play an unsubstituted role in measuring development, sustainable development is far more comprehensive. LV is aware of the fact that the CSDIS program has faced the hardship of ensuring data quality, but thinks this problem is being solved each year under China’s National Statistical Bureau’s yearly adjusted management standards. MA Lei shared her understanding of ways in which younger generations in both the US and China approach sustainable development. In China, for example, 37% of millennials are willing to spend more money to support environmentally-responsible brands; in the US, about 87% of millennials would be more loyal to a company that helps them contribute to social and environmental issues. MA, who always has reusable bags and utensils in her purse to substitute the use of plastics, has confidence in her generation’s growing behavioral change toward ethical and sustainable consumption.
Getting back to the CSDIS, the panelists agreed that “high-quality development” is a term often referred to and heard in today’s China, but its concept is actually similar to that of sustainable development. Essentially, China can’t just pursue high-speed economic development without fully considering people’s livelihood and environmental sustainability. These considerations are reflected in the five major categories of the China Sustainable Development Indicator System, which shall be updated and improved annually.
MA Lei is China program officer for the Research Program on Sustainability Policy and Management.