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Could a game win the Nobel Prize?

Probably not, but that won’t stop people from trying – at least not Eric Zimmerman, the man behind the Game Design Challenge. This year he has challenged game designers to concoct up something that could win the Nobel Peace Prize. The ideas include a game that aims to inspire players to spontaneously meet and carry out humanitarian acts such as food drives, another is meant to make players assume the role of their enemies – and see the human costs of their decisions.

European alliance for corporate responsibility

On March 22, 2006, a new business-led European Alliance for Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) was kicked off by the European Commission.  It's goal: to reconcile Europe's economic and environmental ambitions.

New World Bank blog!

I am happy to say that we are no longer the only World Bank Group blog on the block. (It would of course be hypocritical for a blog praising private sector development to unwelcome competition!) Our colleagues at the World Bank Institute have just launched the Poverty & Growth Blog. Click over, bookmark, subscribe and comment!

Alternative energy fund proposed

"The developed world has a responsibility to help developing economies meet their energy needs in an environmentally sustainable way… So at the World Bank meetings in April... I will propose a World Bank facility -- a 20 billion-dollar fund for developing economies to invest in alternative sources of energy and greater energy efficiency."

That’s Gordon Brown, UK Chancellor of the Exchequer.

Mapping the global future

Mapping the Global Future' is the latest unclassified report from the US National Intelligence Council. This forward-looking scenario based report focuses on the contradictions of globalization, the impact of the rise of China and India, and new security risks. More on specific topics below the fold.

Oil in Belize

Belize is the newest exporter of oil to the United States, a development that is starting to upend this small country of 280,000 people… [Despite] the formation in December of a government petroleum advisory board, there is considerable skepticism throughout Belize that the country can develop its oil resources without the corruption and environmental damage that afflict other poor oil-producing countries.

Dangerous used-cars for export

For the Iraqi-born used car dealer Tareq El-Khaled, the fire spelled financial ruin: The seven cars represented his entire capital. And Tareq thinks he knows who the perpetrators were. A group of Chechens had dropped by his dealership that same afternoon, but had been unhappy with the deal Tareq was offering. They had made an offer, but it was less than Tareq himself had shelled out for the car in question. He put the kibosh on the deal and the men left the lot, screaming wild threats at the dealer.


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