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 | CANDID CONSUMPTION | Africa Trend Bulletin | March 2015

Why in 2015, institutions and brands will undergo the African inquisition, as increasingly curious consumers across the continent demand total transparency and information.

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trendwatching.com | POST-DEMOGRAPHIC CONSUMERISM IN ASIA | Asia Trend Bulletin | March 2015

In 2015, Asia evolves beyond the old demographic models of consumer behavior.

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trendwatching.com | CURRENCIES OF CHANGE | Consumer Trend Briefing | March 2015

Why customers will expect good behavior to be more than just its own reward.

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trendwatching.com | 10 LATIN TRENDS FOR 2015 | LatAm Trend Bulletin | Dec 2014 / Feb 2015

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

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Nathalie Cabrol: How Mars might hold the secret to the origin of life

While we like to imagine little green men, it’s far more likely that life on other planets will be microbial. Planetary scientist Nathalie Cabrol takes us inside the search for microbes on Mars, a hunt which counterintuitively leads us to the remote lakes of the Andes mountains. This extreme environment — with its thin atmosphere and scorched land — approximates the surface of Mars about 3.5 billion years ago. How microbes adapt to survive here may just show us where to look on Mars — and could help us understand why some microbial pathways lead to civilization while others are a dead end.

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Paul Tudor Jones II: Why we need to rethink capitalism

Paul Tudor Jones II loves capitalism. It's a system that has done him very well over the last few decades. Nonetheless, the hedge fund manager and philanthropist is concerned that a laser focus on profits is, as he puts it, "threatening the very underpinnings of society." In this thoughtful, passionate talk, he outlines his planned counter-offensive, which centers on the concept of "justness."

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Takaharu Tezuka: The best kindergarten you’ve ever seen

At this school in Tokyo, five-year-olds cause traffic jams and windows are for Santa to climb into. Meet: the world's cutest kindergarten, designed by architect Takaharu Tezuka. In this charming talk, he walks us through a design process that really lets kids be kids.

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Kailash Satyarthi: How to make peace? Get angry

How did a young man born into a high caste in India come to free 83,000 children from slavery? Nobel Peace Prize Laureate Kailash Satyarthi offers a surprising piece of advice to anyone who wants to change the world for the better: Get angry at injustice. In this powerful talk, he shows how a lifetime of peace-making sprang from a lifetime of outrage.

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