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 | TOP 5 AFRICAN BLOCKCHAIN APPLICATIONS | Africa Trend Bulletin | March 2018

Top 5 African blockchain applications

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trendwatching.com | TOP 5 AFRICAN INNOVATIONS – OCTOBER 2017 | Africa Trend Bulletin | October 2017

This month's five game-changing innovations from across the continent!

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trendwatching.com | PROTECTED: THE FUTURE OF LUXURY TRAVEL | Consumer Trend Briefing | MAY 2017

Six trends reshaping luxury travel in 2017 and beyond!

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trendwatching.com | 2016: BACK FROM THE DEAD | Consumer Trend Briefing | February 2017

Join us as we bring 2016: BACK FROM THE DEAD to uncover innovations, insights and trend-driven opportunities that have a whole lot of life left in them.

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A Parkland teacher's homework for us all | Diane Wolk-Rogers

Diane Wolk-Rogers teaches history at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida, site of a horrific school shooting on Valentine's Day 2018. How can we end this senseless violence? In a stirring talk, Wolk-Rogers offers three ways Americans can move forward to create more safety and responsibility around guns -- and invites people to come up with their own answers, too. Above all, she asks us to take a cue from the student activists at her school, survivors whose work for change has moved millions to action. "They shouldn't have to do this on their own," Wolk-Rogers says. "They're asking you to get involved."

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Why it's worth listening to people you disagree with | Zachary R. Wood

We get stronger, not weaker, by engaging with ideas and people we disagree with, says Zachary R. Wood. In an important talk about finding common ground, Wood makes the case that we can build empathy and gain understanding by engaging tactfully and thoughtfully with controversial ideas and unfamiliar perspectives. "Tuning out opposing viewpoints doesn't make them go away," Wood says. "To achieve progress in the face of adversity, we need a genuine commitment to gaining a deeper understanding of humanity."

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The "dead zone" of the Gulf of Mexico | Nancy Rabalais

Ocean expert Nancy Rabalais tracks the ominously named "dead zone" in the Gulf of Mexico -- where there isn't enough oxygen in the water to support life. The Gulf has the second largest dead zone in the world; on top of killing fish and crustaceans, it's also killing fisheries in these waters. Rabalais tells us about what's causing it -- and how we can reverse its harmful effects and restore one of America's natural treasures.

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The harm reduction model of drug addiction treatment | Mark Tyndall

Why do we still think that drug use is a law-enforcement issue? Making drugs illegal does nothing to stop people from using them, says public health expert Mark Tyndall. So, what might work? Tyndall shares community-based research that shows how harm-reduction strategies, like safe-injection sites, are working to address the drug overdose crisis.

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