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Sunday, December 04, 2005

NEWS: Ecologist Essay Contest

My favourite green magazine, the Ecologist, is running an interesting essay contest with a prize of £2,500 and publication in the magazine for the lucky winner.

Billed as the Ecologist Annual Essay Competition, In association with the Coady International Institute the goal is to generate intelligent debate about our world and the issues we face. I suspect it will do that and more especially as they have selected a provocative question for the contest:

What is humanity’s worst invention?

Hmmm, can think of a few myself. But this question is not just progress-bashing. 2,000 words requires more than that in my mind and seeing how most inventions can be both good AND bad the essay will have to delve deeper into the issues that one might first suspect. Interesting.

The deadline for entries is 15 March 2006 so get your thinking caps on folks...and spread the word...this contest has the potential to generate a lot of fascinating debate across various media across the world.

NOTE: The Coady International Institute was established by St Francis Xavier University (where I did my undergrad funnily enough) in 1959, the Coady International Institute is world-renowned as a centre of excellence in community-based development.



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