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 | Dec 2014 / Jan 2015

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

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

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

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trendwatching.com | 10 AFRICAN TRENDS FOR 2015 | Africa Trend Bulletin | Dec 2014 / Jan 2015

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

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trendwatching.com | 10 ASIAN TRENDS FOR 2015 | Asia Trend Bulletin | Dec 2014 / Jan 2015

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

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TED: Bassam Tariq: The beauty and diversity of Muslim life - Bassam Tariq (2014)

Bassam Tariq is a blogger, a filmmaker, and a halal butcher -- but one thread unites his work: His joy in the diversity, the humanness of our individual experiences. In this charming talk, he shares clips from his film "These Birds Walk" and images from his tour of 30 mosques in 30 days -- and reminds us to consider the beautiful complexity within us all.

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TED: Khadija Gbla: My mother’s strange definition of empowerment - Khadija Gbla (2014)

Khadija Gbla grew up caught between two definitions of what it means to be an “empowered woman.” While her Sierra Leonean mother thought that circumsizing her — and thus stifling her sexual urges — was the ultimate form of empowerment, her culture as a teenager in Australia told her that she deserved pleasure and that what happened to her was called “female genital mutilation.” In a candid and funny talk, she shares what it was like to make her way in a “clitoris-centric society,” and how she works to make sure other women don’t have to figure this out. (Warning: This talk contains hard-to-hear details.)

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TED: Severine Autesserre: To solve mass violence, look to locals - Severine Autesserre (2014)

Severine Autesserre studies the Democratic Republic of Congo, which is in the middle of the deadliest conflict since World War II; it's been called "the largest ongoing humanitarian crisis in the world.” The conflict seems hopelessly, unsolvably large. But her insight from decades of listening and engaging: The conflicts are often locally based. And instead of focusing on solutions that scale to a national level, leaders and aid groups might be better served solving local crises before they ignite.

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TED: Miguel Nicolelis: Brain-to-brain communication has arrived. How we did it - Miguel Nicolelis (2014)

You may remember neuroscientist Miguel Nicolelis — he built the brain-controlled exoskeleton that allowed a paralyzed man to kick the first ball of the 2014 World Cup. What’s he working on now? Building ways for two minds (rats and monkeys, for now) to send messages brain to brain. Watch to the end for an experiment that, as he says, will go to "the limit of your imagination."

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