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. | MASSCLUSIVITY | Asia Trend Bulletin | September 2014

From masstige to MASSCLUSIVE: middle class premium consumption evolves in Asia.

Read the MASSCLUSIVITY Asia Trend Bulletin from » | AFRICONNECTION | Africa Trend Bulletin | September 2014

The Africanization of social platforms, virtual connections & peer-to-peer services.

Read the AFRICONNECTION Africa Trend Bulletin from » | THE FUTURE OF CUSTOMER SERVICE | Consumer Trend Briefing | September 2014

Five trends that will redefine great service in 2015 and beyond.

Read the THE FUTURE OF CUSTOMER SERVICE Consumer Trend Briefing from » | INSTANT TREND EXPERT | Consumer Trend Briefing | August 2014

Everything you need to persuade colleagues and clients of the power of consumer trends.

Read the INSTANT TREND EXPERT Consumer Trend Briefing from »

TED: Andrew Connolly: What's the next window into our universe? - Andrew Connolly (2014)

Big Data is everywhere — even the skies. In an informative talk, astronomer Andrew Connolly shows how large amounts of data are being collected about our universe, recording it in its ever-changing moods. Just how do scientists capture so many images at scale? It starts with a giant telescope …

See the video

TED: Rishi Manchanda: What makes us get sick? Look upstream. - Rishi Manchanda (2014)

Rishi Manchanda has worked as a doctor in South Central Los Angeles for a decade, where he’s come to realize: His job isn’t just about treating a patient’s symptoms, but about getting to the root cause of what is making them ill—the “upstream" factors like a poor diet, a stressful job, a lack of fresh air. It’s a powerful call for doctors to pay attention to a patient's life outside the exam room.

See the video

TED: Uldus Bakhtiozina: Wry photos that turn stereotypes upside down - Uldus Bakhtiozina (2014)

Artist Uldus Bakhtiozina uses photographs to poke fun at societal norms in her native Russia. A glimpse into Russian youth culture and a short, fun reminder not to take ourselves too seriously.

See the video

TED: Hans and Ola Rosling: How not to be ignorant about the world - Hans Rosling / Ola Rosling (2014)

How much do you know about the world? Hans Rosling, with his famous charts of global population, health and income data (and an extra-extra-long pointer), demonstrates that you have a high statistical chance of being quite wrong about what you think you know. Play along with his audience quiz — then, from Hans’ son Ola, learn 4 ways to quickly get less ignorant.

See the video