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.
March 2014 | HERITAGE HERESY
Rising numbers of consumers are embracing brands that play with, subvert and even explode their own heritage. In 2014, nothing is sacred… Learn about the five forces – including CLEAN SLATE DISRUPTION and the NEW NORMAL – pushing consumers to embrace ever greater brand heresies. And see how leading brands, from BMW, to Versace, to Marriott to Moët & Chandon are already putting HERITAGE HERESY into action.
February 2014 South & Central America Trend Bulletin | METRO MOBILITY
Learn why Latin American consumers are changing their perceptions of personal mobility. And what the range of innovative new transport solutions (public, shared, crowd-powered, sustainable and more) means for all businesses...
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February 2014 Asia Trend Bulletin | CRAMMING
For millions of consumers in the Asian megacities of 2014, time pressure is ever more intense. Enter: the urge to CRAM as much – productivity, connection, value, fun, and more – into every moment...
February 2014 Africa Trend Bulletin | HYPERACTIVE BRANDS
As a result of African consumers no longer willing to tolerate bland mass-marketing messages, HYPERACTIVE BRANDS all over the continent will increasingly capture these consumers attention with delightful, engaging, altruistic and empowering interactive initiatives and campaigns...
TED: Manu Prakash: A 50-cent microscope that folds like origami - Manu Prakash (2012)Perhaps you’ve punched out a paper doll or folded an origami swan? TED Fellow Manu Prakash and his team have created a microscope made of paper that's just as easy to fold and use. A sparkling demo that shows how this invention could revolutionize healthcare in developing countries … and turn almost anything into a fun, hands-on science experiment.
TED: Gabe Barcia-Colombo: My DNA vending machine - Gabriel Barcia-Colombo (2013)Vending machines generally offer up sodas, candy bars and chips. Not so for the one created by TED Fellow Gabe Barcia-Colombo. This artist has dreamed up a DNA Vending Machine, which dispenses extracted human DNA, packaged in a vial along with a collectible photo of the person who gave it. It’s charming and quirky, but points out larger ethical issues that will arise as access to biotechnology increases.
TED: Christopher Soghoian: Government surveillance — this is just the beginning - Christopher Soghoian (2013)Privacy researcher Christopher Soghoian sees the landscape of government surveillance shifting beneath our feet, as an industry grows to support monitoring programs. Through private companies, he says, governments are buying technology with the capacity to break into computers, steal documents and monitor activity — without detection. This TED Fellow gives an unsettling look at what's to come.
TED: Philip Evans: How data will transform business - Philip Evans (2013)What does the future of business look like? In an informative talk, Philip Evans gives a quick primer on two long-standing theories in strategy -- and explains why he thinks they are essentially invalid.