Snippets



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 | 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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trendwatching.com | 2016: BACK FROM THE DEAD | Consumer Trend Briefing | February 2017

Join us as we bring 2016: BACK FROM THE DEAD to uncover innovations, insights and trend-driven opportunities that have a whole lot of life left in them.

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trendwatching.com | 5 AFRICAN TRENDS FOR 2017 | Africa Trend Bulletin | January 2017

5 actionable, delight-inducing trends to run with NOW.

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An economic case for protecting the planet | Naoko Ishii

We all share one planet -- we breathe the same air, drink the same water and depend on the same oceans, forests and biodiversity. Economist Naoko Ishii is on a mission to protect these shared resources, known as the global commons, that are vital for our survival. In an eye-opening talk about the wellness of the planet, Ishii outlines four economic systems we need to change to safeguard the global commons, making the case for a new kind of social contract with the earth.

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What comes after tragedy? Forgiveness | Azim Khamisa and Ples Felix

On one awful night in 1995, Ples Felix's 14-year-old grandson murdered Azim Khamisa's son in a gang initiation fueled by drugs, alcohol and a false sense of belonging. The deadly encounter sent Khamisa and Felix down paths of deep meditation, to forgive and to be forgiven -- and in an act of bravery and reconciliation, the two men met and forged a lasting bond. Together, they've used their story as an outline for a better, more merciful society, where victims of tragedy can grow and heal. Prepare to be moved by their unimaginable story. "Peace is possible," Khamisa says. "How do I know that? Because I am at peace."

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Want to change the world? Start by being brave enough to care | Cleo Wade

Artist and poet Cleo Wade recites a moving poem about being an advocate for love and acceptance in a time when both seem in short supply. Woven between stories of people at the beginning and end of their lives, she shares some truths about growing up (and speaking up) and reflects on the wisdom of a life well-lived, leaving us with a simple yet enduring takeaway: be good to yourself, be good to others, be good to the earth. "The world will say to you, 'Be a better person,'" Wade says. "Do not be afraid to say, 'Yes.'"

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See how the rest of the world lives, organized by income | Anna Rosling Rönnlund

What does it look like when someone in Sweden brushes their teeth or when someone in Rwanda makes their bed? Anna Rosling Rönnlund wants all of us to find out, so she sent photographers to 264 homes in 50 countries (and counting!) to document the stoves, bed, toilets, toys and more in households from every income bracket around the world. See how families live in Latvia or Burkina Faso or Peru as Rosling Rönnlund explains the power of data visualization to help us better understand the world.

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