Friday, 20 May 2011

The week in review

This week has been a big week in the world of progress, and it looks like things will be even bigger next week with the release of two new indices. See our highlights from the week that was and have a look to what’s coming up in the week ahead.

On child well-being
When Children Learn, Nations Prosper (World Bank 18.05.2011)
Around the world, school attendance is at its highest level. But attendance is not enough. Are students learning? This World Bank video looks at the importance of measuring learning in order to understand whether or not teaching methods are being effective.

On gender equality
The special focus this week on the Wikigender Community Portal: New Council of Europe treaty preventing and combating violence against women and domestic violence.  This new groundbreaking Treaty opens the path for creating a legal framework at pan-European level to protect women against all forms of violence, and prevent, prosecute and eliminate violence against women and domestic violence. 
See a selection of media articles: Wikigender special focus

On progress
This house believes that new measures of economic and social progress are needed for the 21st-century economy
The debate is still in progress and will finish on Wednesday. Defending this motion is Lord Richard Layard, Emertius Professor of Economics at the London school of Economics. Against the motion, Paul Ormerod, Economist and author. Join the debate and vote on whether or not you agree with the motion.
See more on Happiness

In the week ahead
Looking to the week ahead there are two key events:

On the 25th of May the Global Peace Index will release their 2011 results. The 2011 GPI will be launched with a series of events around the world and will be available online on the Vision of Humanity website.

The Better Life Initiative will be launched next week at the OECD 50th Anniversary week celebrations. The initiative includes an interactive index, Your Better Life Index, that allows users to rate their country according to what they feel makes life better.

Stay up to date throughout the week by  looking at the Wikiprogress Community Portal, and don't forget you can find us on Facebook, Twitter, Jumo, Flickr and YouTube! Hope to see you this time next week.

Yours in progress, 

Philippa Lysaght

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