Several weeks ago Thomas Friedman spoke here at the IFC. Video of the event is now available online.
Scenarios seem to be hot, whether they are aiming at 2020, 2025 or beyond.
The World Business Council for Sustainable Development has announced they are close to finishing their project looking at the future of water (2030). Previous WBCSD scenarios include: sustainable technology, biotechnology and energy (2050).
Simon Maxwell of the ODI offers four visions of bilateral aid. The spyglass is dominated by multilateral programs; the spigot is 'one cheque a year'; the spoon concentrates on health and education programs; the spanner picks up infrastructure. (Expect to see this paper on the ODI Blog, but you heard it here first.)
This brief paper got me thinking about other analogies for aid. Spanish omelette? Spandex? Spiral? or Spaghetti?
Can you taste the difference between tap water and bottled water? Apparently few can. Then why do the world’s most developed countries spend so much on the stuff?
Or 'boomerfrogging', or 'backflipping'. From green blog Worldchanging, 'leapfrogging' in reverse: innovative ideas from traditional cultures: