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 | INSTANT TREND EXPERT | Consumer Trend Briefing | August 2014
Everything you need to persuade colleagues and clients of the power of consumer trends.
trendwatching.com | LOCALIZASIAN | Asia Trend Bulletin | July 2014
Why 'by Asia, from Asia, for Asia' is the region's hottest consumption story.
trendwatching.com | INNOVATION CELEBRATION | Consumer Trend Briefing | CURRENT EDITION
The most bang on-trend innovations from 2014 so far.
trendwatching.com | AFRICONSUMPTION | Africa Trend Bulletin | July 2014
Pan-African consumerism for the 21st century.
TED: Laurel Braitman: Depressed dogs, cats with OCD — what animal madness means for us humans - Laurel Braitman (2014)Behind those funny animal videos, sometimes, are oddly human-like problems. Laurel Braitman studies non-human animals who exhibit signs of mental health issues -- from compulsive bears to self-destructive rats to monkeys with unlikely friends. Braitman asks what we as humans can learn from watching animals cope with depression, sadness and other all-too-human problems.
TED: Jarrett Krosoczka: Why lunch ladies are heroes - Jarrett J. Krosoczka (2014)Children’s book author Jarrett Krosoczka shares the origins of the Lunch Lady graphic novel series, in which undercover school heroes serve lunch…and justice! His new project, School Lunch Hero Day, reveals how cafeteria lunch staff provide more than food, and illustrates how powerful a thank you can be.
TED: Aziza Chaouni: How I brought a river, and my city, back to life - Aziza Chaouni (2014)The Fez River winds through the medina of Fez, Morocco—a mazelike medieval city that’s a World Heritage site. Once considered the “soul” of this celebrated city, the river succumbed to sewage and pollution, and in the 1950s was covered over bit by bit until nothing remained. TED Fellow Aziza Chaouni recounts her 20 year effort to restore this river to its former glory, and to transform her city in the process.
TED: Tim Berners-Lee: A Magna Carta for the web - Tim Berners-Lee (2014)Sir Tim Berners-Lee invented the World Wide Web 25 years ago. So it’s worth a listen when he warns us: There’s a battle ahead. Eroding net neutrality, filter bubbles and centralizing corporate control all threaten the web’s wide-open spaces. It’s up to users to fight for the right to access and openness. The question is, What kind of Internet do we want?