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2007: The year of biomonitoring?

Rachel Kyte's picture

The line between the private and the public has increasingly blurred in recent years as the language of rights has framed issues of public goods and public commons. Our understanding of basic human rights has expanded to include the right to clean water, clean air, and more.

Three new books, in brief

A major perk of the blogging lifestyle is that a lot of free books arrive on my desk. While we're in the spirit of exercising more, eating better, and getting to that bookstack on the bedside table, here are a few you might add to the pile:

Happy New Year, trivia junkies

The BBC has compiled a handy list of 100 facts you may have missed last year. A few that are tangentially related to private sector development:

#76. In Bhutan government policy is based on Gross National Happiness; thus most street advertising is banned, as are tobacco and plastic bags.

#81. Iceland has the highest concentration of broadband users in the world.

#94. There are two million cars and trucks in Brazil which run on alcohol.

Integrating the social into the business model

Michael Jarvis's picture

The Harvard Business Review might not be top of most people's lists of stocking stuffers, but for those with loved ones interested in corporate responsibility or social entrepreneurism, two articles make the December issue a must.