Friday, 29 April 2011

The week in review

We have some very exciting news for you… the Wikiprogress Community Portal has been given a makeover. The new layout is easier to navigate through the media reviews, spotlights, papers, newsletters and special reviews. We have also added a new section on interactive web 2.0 apps. Have a look and please tell us what you think.

In other news, another busy week has given us plenty to choose from for your selection of highlights from the week that was.

The release of the Gallup 2010 Global Wellbeing Survey has caused quite a stir in the media, with news sources focusing on the impact of the findings at national levels. The article from the Global Times (below) picks apart how the media have reviewed the survey findings and in some cases, misinterpreted the data. Nevertheless, there are many good articles out there showing the impact this data has on the wellbeing of various societies.

On child wellbeing
If you read the week in review last week you would have noticed I included an IDB blog on crowdsourcing and poverty. This is another interesting IDB blog and focuses on the role that ICT can play in education. The IDB calls for governments to take stronger leadership roles in developing national policies to incorporate ICT into education systems.

On human development
After hearing Jeni Klugman (Director of the Human Development Report Office) speak last year in Sydney on the 2010 Human Development Report (HDR), I have been eagerly following what she has to say about the HDR and human development in general. This article highlights the key innovations that were included in the 2010 HDR and addresses criticisms on both new and old HDR issues. Given that last year was the 20thanniversary of the HDR, it is an interesting article that looks at just how far they have come and what challenges they have faced along the way.
HDI 2010: New Controversies, Old Critiques (HDR News Release 27.04.2011)

On gender equality
This article looks at two Saudi women who attempted to register to vote in municipal elections. The movement, much like the article, is optomistic and determined. Nine million women in Saudi Arabia have been ruled out of the vote which is set to take place in September. 
Saudi elections - women seek vote (Reuters 26.04.2011)
See also the Wikigender article on  gender equality in Saudi Arabia

And something on happiness
Action for Happiness is still receiving a lot of media attention, both on the movement itself and the political implications of measuring wellbeing. This article looks at what Action for Happiness calls the ’10 Keys to Happier Living’.
Happiness is a Political Issue (Happy 21.04.2011)

And on that happy note, I hope you enjoyed my selection of highlights from the week that was. Be sure to tune in the same time next week.

Yours in progress,
Philippa Lysaght 

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