Economist essay contest on 2050

From: Robin Hanson (
Date: Tue Jul 11 2000 - 08:10:59 MDT
pointed me to
which describes an essay contest on the year 2050.
It is organized by the Economist and Shell Oil,
and the winning essay will get $20K and be published in
"The Economist, The World in 2001". The deadline for
submissions is Aug 14, max length 3000 words.

"The essay should focus on any of the social, political, economic,
commercial technological, scientific, or environmental issues that
we will face in the world of the mid-21st century. The jury will
be looking for a wide range of subjects in the winning essays."

The judges are Matt Ridley, Esther Dyson, a CEO of Shell,
the editors of the Economist and the Whole Earth Mag,
and the director of the OECD International Futures Programme.

I think I'll give it a try; many of you may want to try as well.

Robin Hanson
Asst. Prof. Economics, George Mason University
MSN 1D3, Carow Hall, Fairfax VA 22030
703-993-2326 FAX: 703-993-2323

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