CLOTH and metal badges have long been worn by Boy Scouts, soldiers and others to show off their accomplishments.
Now the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation is putting millions of dollars into a competition to spur interest in a new type of badge — one that people can display not on their clothing but on a Web site, blog or Facebook page while they are looking for a job.
The badges will not replace résumés or transcripts, but they may be a convenient supplement, putting the spotlight on skills that do not necessarily show up in traditional documents — highly specialized computer knowledge, say, or skills learned in the military, in online courses or in after-school programs at museums or libraries.
Very cool to see “badges” for tech skills, we think is key to sharing and celebrating skills. We’ve had a soldering badge since 2009 and before the end of 2011 we’ll have over 30 electronic / maker-friendly skills badges you can award and earn.