Sunday, October 15, 2006

Slate, TommyWonk, the Grameen Bank and the Nobel Peace Prize

I was wondering whether anyone had taken notice of Nobel Peace Prize award to Muhammad Yunus and the Grameen Bank. After all, microfinance is a obscure topic even among the wonkiest of bloggers. How obscure? When Michael Weiss at Slate marked this year's Peace Prize, he had to reach down to this humble blog to find someone who had noticed the award and its significance:
Delaware consultant Tom Noyes at Tommywonk writes approvingly of Yunus' award: "Capitalism without capital means nothing to the poor. The Grameen Bank has created more capitalists than any other institution on earth."
For a blogger of modest ambitions like me, any attention at all is welcome -- especially when it comes for taking notice of an institution that has changed as many lives as has the Grameen Bank.
By the way, it's worth checking out the other, even wonkier blogs cited: Genevieve's Tales of Pillage, Plunder and other Fun Stuff and The Discomfort Zone focus on global development issues. Miriam at Pearls of Iraq identifies her occupation as Peacebuilder. I'm honored to be mentioned in their company.
Thanks Slate.


Blogger jason said...

"Capitalism without capital means nothing to the poor."

Well done. I meant to say that befor but got sidetracked with the lefty blogs thing.

12:09 PM, October 16, 2006  
Blogger mmahaffie said...

Well, done Tom! Well-deserved notice.

2:03 PM, October 16, 2006  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

You are the WONKIEST and I hope the DE News Journal takes notice!

12:44 PM, October 17, 2006  
Blogger Tom Noyes said...

The News Journal did run an editorial on Yunus and the Grameen Bank yesterday.

One advantage I have over the NJ editorial board is that I don't have to call a meeting on what to write.

5:32 PM, October 17, 2006  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

no, I meant of your gathering fame!

10:50 PM, October 17, 2006  

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