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 | 10 LATIN TRENDS FOR 2015 | LatAm Trend Bulletin | December 2014

Innovation opportunities to seize in South & Central America in the year ahead!

Read the 10 LATIN TRENDS FOR 2015 LatAm Trend Bulletin from trendwatching.com »

trendwatching.com | 10 TRENDS FOR 2015 | Consumer Trend Briefing | December 2014

Innovation opportunities to run with – and profit from – in 2015!

Read the 10 TRENDS FOR 2015 Consumer Trend Briefing from trendwatching.com »

trendwatching.com | 10 AFRICAN TRENDS FOR 2015 | Africa Trend Bulletin | December 2014

Innovation opportunities to run with – and profit from – in 2015!

Read the 10 AFRICAN TRENDS FOR 2015 Africa Trend Bulletin from trendwatching.com »

trendwatching.com | 10 ASIAN TRENDS FOR 2015 | Asia Trend Bulletin | December 2014

Innovation opportunities to run with – and profit from – in 2015!

Read the 10 ASIAN TRENDS FOR 2015 Asia Trend Bulletin from trendwatching.com »

TED: Mundano: Pimp my ... trash cart? - Mundano (2014)

In Brazil, "catadores" collect junk and recyclables. But while they provide a vital service that benefits all, they are nearly invisible as they roam the streets. Enter graffiti artist Mundano, a TED Fellow. In a spirited talk, he describes his project "Pimp My Carroça," which has transformed these heroic workers' carts into things of beauty and infused them with a sense of humor. It's a movement that is going global.

See the video

TED: Bruno Torturra: Got a smartphone? Start broadcasting - Bruno Torturra (2014)

In 2011, journalist Bruno Torturra covered a protest in São Paulo which turned ugly. His experience of being teargassed had a profound effect on the way he thought about his work, and he quit his job to focus on broadcasting raw, unedited experiences online. In this fascinating talk, he shares some of the ways in which he's experimented with livestreaming on the web, and how in the process he has helped to create a very modern media network.

See the video

TED: Carol Dweck: The power of believing that you can improve - Carol Dweck (2014)

Carol Dweck researches “growth mindset” — the idea that we can grow our brain's capacity to learn and to solve problems. In this talk, she describes two ways to think about a problem that’s slightly too hard for you to solve. Are you not smart enough to solve it … or have you just not solved it yet? A great introduction to this influential field.

See the video

TED: Jeremy Howard: The wonderful and terrifying implications of computers that can learn - Jeremy Howard (2014)

What happens when we teach a computer how to learn? Technologist Jeremy Howard shares some surprising new developments in the fast-moving field of deep learning, a technique that can give computers the ability to learn Chinese, or to recognize objects in photos, or to help think through a medical diagnosis. (One deep learning tool, after watching hours of YouTube, taught itself the concept of “cats.”) Get caught up on a field that will change the way the computers around you behave … sooner than you probably think.

See the video