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 | LATIN PULSE | LatAm Trend Bulletin | October 2014

Unmissable innovations – with local trend spotters’ insights – that show the future of consumerism in the region.

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trendwatching.com | ASIA PULSE | Asia Trend Bulletin | October 2014

On-the-ground buzz around some of the best consumer innovations in the region!

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trendwatching.com | AFRICA PULSE | Africa Trend Bulletin | October 2014

Seven game-changing innovations from across the continent + spotter insights!

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trendwatching.com | BRAND SACRIFICE | Consumer Trend Briefing | October 2014

One powerful question for brands to answer in 2015: what are you prepared to SACRIFICE?

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TED: Kitra Cahana: My father, locked in his body but soaring free - Kitra Cahana (2014)

In 2011 Ronnie Cahana suffered a severe stroke that left him with locked-in syndrome: completely paralyzed except for his eyes. While this might shatter a normal person’s mental state, Cahana found peace in “dimming down the external chatter,” and “fell in love with life and body anew.” In a somber, emotional talk, his daughter Kitra shares how she documented her father's spiritual experience, as he helped guide others even in a state of seeming helplessness.

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TED: Melissa Fleming: Let’s help refugees thrive, not just survive - Melissa Fleming (2014)

50 million people in the world today have been forcefully displaced from their home — a level not seen since WWII. Right now, more than 3 million Syrian refugees are seeking shelter in neighboring countries. In Lebanon, half of these refugees are children; only 20% are in school. Melissa Fleming of the UN's refugee agency calls on all of us to make sure that refugee camps are healing places where people can develop the skills they’ll need to rebuild their hometowns.

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TED: Jorge Soto: The future of early cancer detection? - Jorge Soto (2014)

Along with a crew of technologists and scientists, Jorge Soto is developing a simple, noninvasive, open-source test that looks for early signs of multiple forms of cancer. Onstage at TEDGlobal 2014, he demonstrates a working prototype of the mobile platform for the first time.

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TED: Myriam Sidibe: The simple power of hand-washing - Myriam Sidibe (2014)

Myriam Sidibe is a warrior in the fight against childhood disease. Her weapon of choice? A bar of soap. For cost-effective prevention against sickness, it’s hard to beat soapy hand-washing, which cuts down risk of pneumonia, diarrhea, cholera and worse. Sidibe, a public-health expert, makes a smart case for public-private partnerships to promote clean hands — and local, sustainable entrepreneurship.

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