The Right is Rising – Regressive Transformation

Far-Right-Parties-2015 The world is going to shit and shit is moving closer to home.

An anti-fascist, anti-establishment institution that laid bare the ills, evils and warts in society gets attacked by a fascist group further strengthening the rise of fascists in Europe and beyond.

Opportunistic politicians from across the spectrum jump on the opportunity to make currency out of another atrocity, what Charlie Hebdo stands for finds itself under attack… again by monsters after the fact.

They are getting closer and closer…. fascists in all shapes and guises, in the name of God, colour, ethnicity, liberty, pushing fascist wares at us. Working hard to convince us to build walls and burn bridges for the sake of our own safety.

Tweet-Rupert-Murdoch-Controverisla_Rowling_is_just_one_of_many_celebrities_politician-a- Divisions and inequality are the seeds sowed by our ancestors whose bitter fruits we reap, we talk of an unwillingness to integrate, but what have we done to facilitate that journey for 2nd, 3rd and 4th generations of migrants who were shipped in for cheap labor and pushed to the fringes once they had served their purpose. Or for that matter the indigenous inhabitants who got marginalised by the arrival of the outsiders.

Our social framework is geared to consume and discard, it is broken.

Ghettos-and-Greed-Quote Be it Berlin, Bradford, Paris, Lille or London there exist ghettos of discontent and marginalisation, not limited to a single brand of God, ethnicity or colour. Breeding grounds for purveyors of darkness and monstrosity, again not limited to a single brand of God, ethnicity or colour.

Fascism in all its guises is on the rise, one feeding of another. Lets be careful of the narratives we buy into; those that break down the walls, uproot the inequality and divisions that risk setting us back a century, the darkness our ancestors fought against not too long ago.

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Towards a better future state – improving the socioeconomic landscape through data informed transformation – part 4 (Going Agile with Artefacts to aid scalability)

Application of DSDM ATERN to design and deliver innovative Agile international development programmes Somewhere in the beginning of this journey we uncovered our own transformation and that it remains continuous; from people of the fence to a vocal opposition, off the fence and in the thick of it, putting our talent and resources where our mouth is;  designing, engineering and delivering programmes that work, are measurable, repeatable, evolving with increasingly positive and verifiable results. Analysing analogs and antilogs, experimenting, failing and revisiting the drawing board on multiple programmes at times concurrently, at times all consumed by what can be engineered in society using Agile methods to experiment in situ.

Prototyping where prototyping is seldom conducted, taking every opportunity to learn, adapt, apply, measure, rinse and repeat. Running lean, delivering social development programmes on fumes, a startup of sorts with quantifiable social good and spiritual food as our return on investment.

Given our cross cultural, global ambitions means the design process has to be agile with standardised artefacts to ease knowledge transfer between cross cultural teams and adapted to new environments effectively with the same or similar level of efficacy.  Navigating unchartered waters albeit with considerable experience of having delivered very different transformational programmes in large organisations.

Be it the Mini-MBA programme or Urban farming cooperatives, every programme is broken into components and delivered using methodologies best suited for the nature of the individual component, whilst being Agile. We are in a hurry remember, gotta fix whats broken and fast.

Being a practitioner and evangelist of Agile in its different guises it was a no brainer to adopt DSDM Atern here. A major consideration remains scaling the programmes via the international development community; to achieve scale beyond our very humble means requires adoption of our programmes by the behemoths of international development; USAID, JICA, DFID, Minhaj-ul-QuranAga Khan Development Network and the likes of. Though I have my doubts if they could do things as we do… the systems scientist in me says with the right artefacts and training this is repeatable with similar results; they can replicate our programmes and processes, the pragmatist in me says it requires a paradigm shift that is hard for these organisations to contemplate let alone deliver on.

In context effective repeatability entails creating the programmes and documenting the processes in a language these not so Agile organisations understand, can relate to and adopt without having to re-learn or re-engineer. More importantly grass root teams who may not be familiar with Agile at all can pick up and fly with it, we have already proven that they can in South Punjab, KPK and are now doing so in Karachi. With that outcome in mind DSDM Atern was a natural choice for the design process of the programme it self, not so much its delivery. For delivery the teams have been trained in and adapted SCRUM, Kanban and a variety of modelling techniques borrowed from digital marketing, digital strategy development and LEAN… the details of which are for the next post.

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Occupy Pakistan, Occupy Third Rock – updated

Those you who know me occasionally question what takes me to an Ashura procession many thousand miles from home year after year? Why not London… there too is a march on this day.

…it is the message of Karbala and the march of Ashura that takes me away from the serenity of Kent, the freedom I enjoy in England and my family… to march in a protest where the majority do not and live under persecution and prejudice. It is to support those who live it day in day out.

For me Hussain and Karbala stood for everything modern civil society stands for. A society where we have collective options to end persecution as a global society. Hussain had no such friends, no UN to go to for embargoes against a tyrant or coalition to call upon. Hussain and his supporters stood against tyranny and though they lost on the battle field to the last man standing the ideals they sacrificed their life for did not die with them  1333 years ago.

October 13, 680 A.D Hussain and 71 of his family and friends went up against an army 10,000 strong and lost to the last man standing. Their sacrifice was a display of audacious bravery to uphold freedom and democracy*.

The Ashura march across the world (including New York, Chicago, London and as far afield as Tokyo) is to demonstrate how many of us still aspire freedom and human rights and how many of us still remember the sacrifice a few made to ensure we remember it is our right to protest, demand, to elect our rulers, to stand tall against tyranny, be counted and more.

It is a symbolic stand a few made against the many to ensure a free and fair society for all. It transcends religion and gene pool, symbolic of humankind’s struggle against tyranny for justice and freedom.

Hussain did not have the third rock to call upon, for if he did Karbala would have turned out very different.

Those of you who march for the right of the few and the many when under threat, as individuals, unions, communities, occupies of the world and my fellow geeks. Considering attending the  Ashura march in your own cities and towns and help the many on the third rock… who aspire for the freedom few of us enjoy and take as granted. March for the message and not the banners but be counted.

To Pakistanis who see their country, their communities and their own belief systems being hijacked for the agenda of the few, consider march along side a minority and send the resident evil and the world a message. That you too stand for a free and fair society and against tyranny.  Remember if it us today it will be you tomorrow.

To find the Ashura protest procession near you google ‘Ashura  <<Your city/town>> Nov 2013 – Ashura’ this year it is being observed on 15th November 2013. Search for #Ashura #Muhharam on Twitter… you know… use the tools we have for connectedness.

Labaik ya Hussain (We are here for you Hussain)

* The first four Caliphs of Islam were democratically elected by the equivalent of an electoral college.

List of Ashura marches across the third rock:

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