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 | TURN OVERWHELM INTO OPPORTUNITY | Consumer Trend Briefing | February 2016

Why watching businesses, not customers, is the counter-intuitive secret to anticipating what people will want next!

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trendwatching.com | 5 LATIN TRENDS FOR 2016 | LatAm Trend Bulletin | January 2016

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

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trendwatching.com | 5 AFRICAN TRENDS FOR 2016 | Africa Trend Bulletin | January 2016

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

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trendwatching.com | 5 ASIAN TRENDS FOR 2016 | Asia Trend Bulletin | January 2016

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

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Economic growth has stalled. Let's fix it | Dambisa Moyo

Economic growth is the defining challenge of our time; without it, political and social instability rises, human progress stagnates and societies grow dimmer. But, says economist Dambisa Moyo, dogmatic capitalism isn't creating the growth we need. As she shows, in both state-sponsored and market-driven models, capitalism is failing to solve social ills, fostering corruption and creating income inequality. Moyo surveys the current economic landscape and suggests that we have to start thinking about capitalism as a spectrum so we can blend the best of different models together to foster growth.

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Special Olympics let me be myself -- a champion | Matthew Williams

How much do you know about intellectual disabilities? Special Olympics champion and ambassador Matthew Williams is proof that athletic competition and the camaraderie it fosters can transform lives, both on and off the field. Together with his fellow athletes, he invites you to join him at the next meet -- and challenges you to walk away with your heart unchanged.

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How we'll fight the next deadly virus | Pardis Sabeti

When Ebola broke out in March 2014, Pardis Sabeti and her team got to work sequencing the virus's genome, learning how it mutated and spread. Sabeti immediately released her research online, so virus trackers and scientists from around the world could join in the urgent fight. In this talk, she shows how open cooperation was key to halting the virus ... and to attacking the next one to come along. "We had to work openly, we had to share and we had to work together," Sabeti says. "Let us not let the world be defined by the destruction wrought by one virus, but illuminated by billions of hearts and minds working in unity."

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A simple way to break a bad habit | Judson Brewer

Can we break bad habits by being more curious about them? Psychiatrist Judson Brewer studies the relationship between mindfulness and addiction -- from smoking to overeating to all those other things we do even though we know they're bad for us. Learn more about the mechanism of habit development and discover a simple but profound tactic that might help you beat your next urge to smoke, snack or check a text while driving.

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