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October 2006

Anything you can do, I can do better

Michael Jarvis's picture

It must be something in the water, but Britain’s political elite are falling over themselves to publicly commit to corporate social responsibility and an integrated vision of business in society. Speaking last week, Gordon Brown, current Chancellor of the Exchequer and still favorite to take over from Tony Blair as Prime Minister next year, called on the country to:

Today is the International Day for the Eradication of Poverty

Ignacio Hernandez's picture

The Day seeks to promote increased awareness of the need to eradicate poverty and serves to remind all people that sustained and concerted effort is vital to achieve the millennium development goal (MDG) of halving, betwen 1990 and 2015, the number of people living in poverty (less than 1 dollar a day).


More information about the Day.


Real world issues crash online party

Daniel Drezner points out how serious the virtual world has become. A real economist suggests that burgeoning virtual economies should be taxed. Does this imply that the government will provide virtual services to game-players? The campaign trail has already entered the virtual world, as a former Virginia governor held court on Second Life recently via an avatar.

Congratulations Dr Yunus!

Muhammad Yunus and the Grameen Bank have won this year's Nobel Peace Prize. I was privileged to hear him speak a few years ago, and I was not the only one in the room with tears in my eyes. A great man. The BBC has a short video piece to mark the win.