Friday, 11 June 2010

Friday, 11 June 2010

Huzzar for the Bank of England!

Let's hear three cheers for the Bank of England, hip hip... no? Well okay, I guess in these uncertain times it might seem a little strange to be celebrating such an institution but for the time being I'd like you to set aside your concerns over your mortgage, pension fund and the like and have a quick look at something that the BoE have put together to help explain inflation: "The Monetary Policy Balloon".

I love this... I mean I REALLY love it... I want to have it's babies. This is a fantastic example of how you can communicate quite complex information simply and effectively through play. Okay so it's probably aimed at a slightly younger audience than me and it does suffer in places from being a little pedestrian but personally I don't think it takes a lot of imagination to see how this could be developed into something really informative and effective for all ages.
Anyway, these are relatively minor quibbles... I think that, given who they are and how well this works, the good old BoE deserve real praise. I only hope that next time they want to do something like this they give us a call so we can make it even more brilliant!

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