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.

April 2014 Trend Briefing | INTERNET OF CARING THINGS

Time to think beyond the 'Internet of Things'. Consumers are embracing a network of connected objects that actively care for their physical and mental wellbeing, homes, loved ones and more. Learn more about the forces driving this trend, and see how CARING objects fall into one of five categories – HEALTHY THINGS, MINDFUL THINGS, SAFETY THINGS, SECURITY THINGS and FAMILY THINGS...

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March 2014 South & Central America Trend Bulletin | EMPATHETIC PRICING

In 2014, South & Central American consumers are refusing to face daily pain points alone. Instead, they’re turning to brands that provide relief in the form of flexible (& imaginative) pricing and discounts. Check out the 'painkillers' from Coffee Lab, PlayArte, Coca-Cola Chile, Opticolor and more.

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March 2014 Asia Trend Bulletin | HIP HERBALS

One way to aid increasingly busy, stressful (and toxic) lifestyles in Asia's cities? A rediscovery (and 2014 reimagining) of traditional herbal products and practices to promote health, wellness and balance. Featuring Herborist, Hyatt on the Bund, Habu and more.

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March 2014 Africa Trend Bulletin | SEED FUN

Driven by ability, curiosity or necessity, Africans are busy inventing and reinventing almost everything. Organizations that fuel this endless rush towards – and participate in – SEED FUN will attract love and attention from all consumers, not just the individuals and startups they help.

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TED: Jennifer Senior: For parents, happiness is a very high bar - Jennifer Senior (2014)

The parenting section of the bookstore is overwhelming—it's "a giant, candy-colored monument to our collective panic," as writer Jennifer Senior puts it. Why is parenthood filled with so much anxiety? Because the goal of modern, middle-class parents—to raise happy children—is so elusive. In this honest talk, she offers some kinder and more achievable aims.

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TED: David Brooks: Should you live for your résumé ... or your eulogy? - David Brooks (2014)

Within each of us are two selves, suggests David Brooks in this meditative short talk: the self who craves success, who builds a résumé, and the self who seeks connection, community, love -- the values that make for a great eulogy. (Joseph Soloveitchik has called these selves "Adam I" and "Adam II.") Brooks asks: Can we balance these two selves?

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TED: David Sengeh: The sore problem of prosthetic limbs - David Sengeh (2014)

What drove David Sengeh to create a more comfortable prosthetic limb? He grew up in Sierra Leone, and too many of the people he loves are missing limbs after the brutal civil war there. When he noticed that people who had prosthetics weren’t actually wearing them, the TED Fellow set out to discover why — and to solve the problem with his team from the MIT Media Lab.

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TED: Louie Schwartzberg: Hidden miracles of the natural world - Louie Schwartzberg (2014)

We live in a world of unseeable beauty, so subtle and delicate that it is imperceptible to the human eye. To bring this invisible world to light, filmmaker Louie Schwartzberg bends the boundaries of time and space with high-speed cameras, time lapses and microscopes. At TED2014, he shares highlights from his latest project, a 3D film titled "Mysteries of the Unseen World," which slows down, speeds up, and magnifies the astonishing wonders of nature.

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