education

Kansas City Fed bankers answer questions from kids to spread the word about the bank

A superb, awareness-raising initiative by the Kansas City Fed designed to engage a diverse audience, be it a Fed watcher or someone how knows little about the US central bank: Kids Ask the KC Fed.

The series of short interviews are based on questions children have asked when visiting the Kansas City Fed. The questions—asked by a child host to a Kansas City Fed employee—focus either on a particular job or an aspect related to the Bank’s work or both.

In Episode 1, a schoolgirl asks Esther George, KC Fed President, obvious questions, such as "What does a Federal Reserve Bank president do?” or “What’s your favorite thing to do at work?”.

Worth watching, or following as a role model.

Seychelles introduces beautiful 40th anniversary logo

The Central Bank of Seychelles has unveiled a beautiful logo to use throughout this year to commemorate its 40th anniversary.

The Bank opened a public competition to pick the logo, another example of a central bank reaching out to the wider public to seek design and artistic ideas for its creative visuals.

The logo competition was itself part of the calendar of activities to commemorate the 40th Anniversary of the Central Bank of Seychelles on 1 December 2018:

“… the competition is also part of a broader campaign to be run throughout this year by the Central Bank, with the aim of increasing economic and financial awareness of and fostering closer engagement between the Central Bank and the general public.”

The central bank of the tiny island nation already has one of the nicest logos among central banks worldwide, and it now has a beautiful 40th anniversary logo as well.

Play a game... And chair the Fed

The Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco has developed a "Chair the Fed" monetary policy game, allowing everyone to set the key policy rate instead of the Fed's mighty Open Market Committee.

Learn how monetary policy works by taking charge of a simulated economy.

The game is accompanied by a perfect set of FAQs providing explanations about the Fed's policy in simple terms.

While I was at the Czech National Bank, we produced a similar monetary policy game, called "The Captain of Inflation", as part of an educational campaign to mark the 20th anniversary of the Czech crown currency.