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. | TRANSPARENCY TRIUMPH | LatAm Trend Bulletin | May 2015

Why Latin American consumers are demanding honesty – and leaving no hiding place for brands!

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Why brands must evolve to a higher state of consciousness.

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Speech, gesture, touch, sight: why truly intuitive technologies are set to transform your customer interactions forever.

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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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Chris Burkard: The joy of surfing in ice-cold water

"Anything that is worth pursuing is going to require us to suffer, just a little bit," says surf photographer Chris Burkard, as he explains his obsession with the coldest, choppiest, most isolated beaches on earth. With jawdropping photos and stories of places few humans have ever seen -- much less surfed -- he draws us into his "personal crusade against the mundane."

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Esther Perel: Rethinking infidelity ... a talk for anyone who has ever loved

Infidelity is the ultimate betrayal. But does it have to be? Relationship therapist Esther Perel examines why people cheat, and unpacks why affairs are so traumatic: because they threaten our emotional security. In infidelity, she sees something unexpected — an expression of longing and loss. A must-watch for anyone who has ever cheated or been cheated on, or who simply wants a new framework for understanding relationships.

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Steven Wise: Chimps have feelings and thoughts. They should also have rights

Chimpanzees are people too, you know. Ok, not exactly. But lawyer Steven Wise has spent the last 30 years working to change these animals' status from "things" to "persons." It's not a matter of legal semantics; as he describes in this fascinating talk, recognizing that animals like chimps have extraordinary cognitive capabilities and rethinking the way we treat them -- legally -- is no less than a moral duty.

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Cosmin Mihaiu: Physical therapy is boring -- play a game instead

You’ve just been injured, and you’re on the way home from an hour of physical therapy. The last thing you want to do on your own is confusing exercises that take too long to show results. TED Fellow Cosmin Mihaiu demos a fun, cheap solution that turns boring physical therapy exercises into a video game with crystal-clear instructions.

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