Friday, 15 April 2011

The Week in Review

Welcome to the Wikiprogress week in review. It seems that every week we have more and more to report on. Here are the highlights from the (incredibly eventful and busy) week that was….

Action for Happiness
Action for Happiness (AFH) is a new self-proclaimed ‘mass-movement to help create a happier society’ in the UK. Launched on Tuesday, AFH was created by three key progress thinkers - Lord Richard Layard, Geoff Mulgan and Anthony Seldon. Since the launch, the website was overwhelmed with so many hits that it has been inaccessible for most of the week! See the Wikiprogress AFH Media Review with over 20 news items on Action for Happiness and see my favourite news article below.

And a great blog post by the new economics foundation (nef):
Think a happy thought (nef blog 14.04.2011)

Society at a Glance from the OECD was released on 12 April - key findings released feature a chapter on unpaid work including information from new OECD member countries (Chile, Estonia, Israel and Slovenia) as well as data from emerging countries.

World Health Organisation’s Bulletin: The Happiness Effect
Emerging from the worst economic crisis in decades, more governments than ever are measuring health and happiness as well as gross domestic product. But how will the study of well-being shape new policies? Read on.

The World Development Report
The World Bank had a brilliant launch of the 2011 WDR on Monday. The report focuses on conflict, security and development - analysing the negative impact cycles of violence have on different regions. It was released in a flurry of online activity, with the World Bank using various forms of multimedia to interact with a diverse audience and show the impact of the report. See the official website to download the report and the Wikiprogress WDR2011 Media Review for all related news items.

World Bank urges new focus on global development in fragile states (The Guardian 11.04.2011)

Equal Pay Day in the USA was on 12 April -  This date symbolises how far into 2011 women must work to earn what men earned in 2010. Read the Presidential Proclamation.

In other Gender News, the World Bank has announced that the 2012 WDR will focus on gender equality and development.  We can only imagine what sort of interactive technology the World Bank will use to release this one next year! See the link below for a sneak peak.

I hope you enjoyed the week in review. Be sure to tune in the same time next week for another riveting read on the week that was.

Until then, yours in progress 

Philippa Lysaght

For more, please see our constantly-updated Wikiprogress Media Review

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