Gender Smart | July 1, 2017

Death, women, and Bill Gates on forecasting the future (Brief Quiz № 21)

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You looked at the headlines and thought nothing happened this week? Try again: test your Impact IQ.

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1. What must the impact investing community do to address gender diversity issues?

a. Take a good look at itself
b. Leave hiring decisions to artificial intelligence
c. Hire more women
d. Leave markets to work them out

2. What’s China’s latest tool in its war against pollution?

a. Politburo crackdown on worst offenders
b. Accelerated coal to LNG transition
c. Launching Green Finance zones in five provinces
d. Outsourcing more manufacturing to America and Europe

3. What’s the leading cause of death worldwide?

a. Life
b. Morning news
c. Tweets
d. Cardiovascular diseases

4. What is Jean Case’s new challenge to the world?

a. Share your impact data
b. Bring back AOL’s unlimited dial-up plan
c. Find a spouse for Leo di Caprio
d. Find a buyer for the house in Virginia

5. What’s up with emerging markets investing, according to the Aspen Network of Development Entrepreneurs?

a. The deals are getting bigger! The money’s pouring in! It’s a bubbbbbbbbbble!
b. More emerging-market investors focus on smaller deals, but finance gap persists
c. There are fewer investing opportunities because rising GDPs mean there are only half as many emerging markets as there were in 1990.
d. Most emerging markets money goes to the Silicon Valley. ICYMI, tech is going to save the world.

6. Bill Gates says we always overestimate and underestimate what?

a. The change that will occur in the next two years vs. the change that will occur in the next 10 years
b. The change that will occur in the next 10 years vs. the change that will occur in the next two years
c. My net worth vs. his net worth
d. Books you read last year vs. books he read last year

7. What’s the “Educate Girls” development impact bond at risk of?

a. See first question in this quiz
b. Proving everyone wrong, about something or other
c. Validating its premise
d. Some form of fundamentalism

8. Who are the future big players in renewable energy?

a. Big Oil
b. Governments
c. Women
d. The five elements in Greek mythology

9. There’s a holiday weekend coming up in the US. What’s the Brief going to do?

a. Take a break, we’re toast
b. Take a breather, we deserve it
c. Help! we’re stuck in a daily newsletter and we can’t get out of it!
d. Take a break, YOU deserve it

Don’t you have more important things to do than answering a Brief Quiz? Go on. Grill a burger. Make some fireworks. Save the world.

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Answers: 1.a, 2.c, 3.d, 4.a, 5.b, 6.a, 7.c, 8.a , 9. really?