I think this idea is great! Semi-standardized badges, with a verifiable, open infrastructure. But I’d really like to see it implemented in education. I think this would be an awesome motivator in grades 3-8, for example. And I could see this replacing grades to a lesser or greater extent. What if we moved students through school the way Boy Scouts move through the program, for example?¬†

Mozilla has an Open Badges initiative. I’ll definitely be investigating further.