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 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 | December 2014

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

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

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

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trendwatching.com | POST-DEMOGRAPHIC CONSUMERISM | Consumer Trend Briefing | November 2014

Time to throw out the traditional (and tired) demographic models of consumer behavior!

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TED: Pico Iyer: The art of stillness - Pico Iyer (2014)

The place that travel writer Pico Iyer would most like to go? Nowhere. In a counterintuitive and lyrical meditation, Iyer takes a look at the incredible insight that comes with taking time for stillness. In our world of constant movement and distraction, he teases out strategies we all can use to take back a few minutes out of every day, or a few days out of every season. It’s the talk for anyone who feels overwhelmed by the demands for our world.

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TED: Emily Balcetis: Why some people find exercise harder than others - Emily Balcetis (2014)

Why do some people struggle more than others to keep off the pounds? Social psychologist Emily Balcetis shows research that addresses one of the many factors: Vision. In an informative talk, she shows how when it comes to fitness, some people quite literally see the world differently from others -- and offers a surprisingly simple solution to overcome these differences.

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TED: Mark Plotkin: What the people of the Amazon know that you don’t - Mark Plotkin (2014)

"The greatest and most endangered species in the Amazon rainforest is not the jaguar or the harpy eagle," says Mark Plotkin, "It's the isolated and uncontacted tribes." In an energetic and sobering talk, the ethnobotanist brings us into the world of the forest's indigenous tribes and the incredible medicinal plants that their shamans use to heal. He outlines the challenges and perils that are endangering them — and their wisdom — and urges us to protect this irreplaceable repository of knowledge.

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TED: Rosie King: How autism freed me to be myself - Rosie King (2014)

“People are so afraid of variety that they try to fit everything into a tiny little box with a specific label,” says 16-year-old Rosie King, who is bold, brash and autistic. She wants to know: Why is everyone so worried about being normal? She sounds a clarion call for every kid, parent, teacher and person to celebrate uniqueness. It’s a soaring testament to the potential of human diversity.

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