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Trotting the globe for thoughts, ideas, discussions, the next big thing and often uncovering the bizarre is the discourse of a day in the world of the Urban Rajah. These snippets have been collected to connect you with food for thought.

trendwatching.com | 5 KEY TRENDS FROM THE DESIGN INDABA | Africa Trend Bulletin | May 2018

5 Key trends from the Design Indaba

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trendwatching.com | TOP 5 AFRICAN BLOCKCHAIN APPLICATIONS | Africa Trend Bulletin | March 2018

Top 5 African blockchain applications

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trendwatching.com | TOP 5 AFRICAN INNOVATIONS – OCTOBER 2017 | Africa Trend Bulletin | October 2017

This month's five game-changing innovations from across the continent!

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trendwatching.com | PROTECTED: THE FUTURE OF LUXURY TRAVEL | Consumer Trend Briefing | MAY 2017

Six trends reshaping luxury travel in 2017 and beyond!

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How cancer cells communicate -- and how we can slow them down | Hasini Jayatilaka

When cancer cells are closely packed together in a tumor, they're able to communicate with each other and coordinate their movement throughout the body. What if we could interrupt this process? In this accessible talk about cutting-edge science, Hasini Jayatilaka shares her work on an innovative method to stop cancer cells from communicating -- and halt their fatal ability to spread.

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What a scrapyard in Ghana can teach us about innovation | DK Osseo-Asare

In Agbogbloshie, a community in Accra, Ghana, people descend on a scrapyard to mine electronic waste for recyclable materials. Without formal training, these urban miners often teach themselves the workings of electronics by taking them apart and putting them together again. Designer DK Osseo-Asare wondered: What would happen if we connected these self-taught techies with students and young professionals in STEAM fields? The result: a growing maker community where people engage in peer-to-peer, hands-on education, motivated by what they want to create. Learn more about how this African makerspace is pioneering a grassroots circular economy.

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Why I fight for the education of refugee girls (like me) | Mary Maker

After fleeing war-torn South Sudan as a child, Mary Maker found security and hope in the school at Kenya's Kakuma Refugee Camp. Now a teacher of young refugees herself, she sees education as an essential tool for rebuilding lives -- and empowering a generation of girls who are too often denied entrance into the classroom. "For the child of war, an education can turn their tears of loss into a passion for peace," Maker says.

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The little risks you can take to increase your luck | Tina Seelig

Luck is rarely a lightning strike, isolated and dramatic -- it's much more like the wind, blowing constantly. Catching more of it is easy but not obvious. In this insightful talk, Stanford engineering school professor Tina Seelig shares three unexpected ways to increase your luck -- and your ability to see and seize opportunities.

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