The Irregular Newsletter of Z/Yen Group Limited
Security Forward Workshop & Dinner - 22 March 2017
House Of Lords EU Internal Market Sub-Committee’s Report On Brexit: Trade In Non-Financial Services - Now Out!
Following Ian Harris’s giving of evidence in the House of Lords EU Internal Market Sub-Committee’s report on Brexit: trade in non-financial services last autumn – click here for the Now & Z/Yen piece at that time…
…the House of Lords report is now out! Here is a link to the report.
Here is that link to the report again. It might not be a fun read, but it is an important contribution to the Brexit debate; timely given the expected triggering of Article 50 next week.
Ian once again would like to thank the hundreds of people who contacted him in the autumn and provided him with input for his evidence. That scale of participation attracted the attention of the Chair, Lord Witty, who specifically expressed his thanks and that of the committee for that scale of input.
If you are a Now & Z/Yen who doesn’t tend to look at the Long Finance site, you might also/instead be interested to read Ian’s 25 year horizon piece on Brexit – click here - which Ian wrote prior to the referendum.
Affordable Analytics For Civil Society
Metaphorical Eye On The Analytical Ball?
Ian Harris addressed the Charity Finance Group conference on the subject Powerful Analytics You Can Use For Free in March 2017. Ian’s talk was mostly an informative coaching session on the use of Excel and R to do powerful modern analytics – click that earlier link to see the slides.
Part of the talk was an odyssey through Ian’s 30+ year career using analytical tools. Ian was almost spitting feathers at all the expense and hard work that was needed in the past but is now unnecessary as the software is so powerful and to-all-intents-and-purposes free.
Those wanting some general training on these techniques could do worse than one of Z/Yen’s analytics courses, of course – click here for a link to our forthcoming events, which includes those amongst many other good things.
My Word Is My Environmental Policy Bond
Regular Now & Z/Yen readers are used to the idea of Michael Mainelli as a man of letters; indeed Korean and Chinese as well as English letters, since The Price of Fish, co-written with Ian Harris, went global.
Now Michael has added French letters to his collection of multi-lingual literary feats. L’Innovation Financière Au Service Du Climat: Les Obligations Á Impact Environnemental, co-written with Abdeldlellil Bouzidi, is an essential read for those interested in policy performance bonds; in this case environmental policy.
Michael heaps praise on his co-author, Djellil, describing writing with him as an absolute pleasure. Now & Z/Yen finds it strange that Michael has never expressed the process of writing with Ian in such terms. Djellil must have caught Michael in a rare good mood.
Michael was impressed by Google translate, which he says helped enormously to get his rusty French into vaguely editable shape. Now & Z/Yen is not so sure about the merits of on-line translation. For example, when we tried translating the term “French letters” it returned “capotes anglaises”; how can that be right?