It would be nice to have "Show Badges" as an option to toggle on or off in the Recent Content, Popular Content when you edit the widget. It would be another way to highlight peer to peer given badges on the entire system or individual groups and spaces.
For example, on our home page, we use the Popular Content widget (which is broken at the moment... boo). I would like to see "Jane Doe just received the "Nice Work" badge from John Doe". It gives Jane warm fuzzies to be recognized and shows others in the community, hey, I can give a badge to someone?