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.


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How cohousing can make us happier (and live longer) | Grace Kim

Loneliness doesn't always stem from being alone. For architect Grace Kim, loneliness is a function of how socially connected we feel to the people around us -- and it's often the result of the homes we live in. She shares an age-old antidote to isolation: cohousing, a way of living where people choose to share space with their neighbors, get to know them, and look after them. Rethink your home and how you live in it with this eye-opening talk.

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How I fail at being disabled | Susan Robinson

Born with a genetic visual impairment that has no correction or cure, Susan Robinson is legally blind (or partially sighted, as she prefers it) and entitled to a label she hates: "disabled." In this funny and personal talk, she digs at our hidden biases by explaining five ways she flips expectations of disability upside down.

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Hamilton vs. Madison and the birth of American partisanship | Noah Feldman

The divisiveness plaguing American politics today is nothing new, says constitutional law scholar Noah Feldman. In fact, it dates back to the early days of the republic, when a dispute between Alexander Hamilton and James Madison led the two Founding Fathers to cut ties and form the country's first political parties. Join Feldman for some fascinating history of American factionalism -- and a hopeful reminder about how the Constitution has proven itself to be greater than partisanship.

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The human insights missing from big data | Tricia Wang

Why do so many companies make bad decisions, even with access to unprecedented amounts of data? With stories from Nokia to Netflix to the oracles of ancient Greece, Tricia Wang demystifies big data and identifies its pitfalls, suggesting that we focus instead on "thick data" -- precious, unquantifiable insights from actual people -- to make the right business decisions and thrive in the unknown.

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Amazing news my #IndianStreetKitchen short listed in #Cateys2017 award with my brilliant partners @elioruk #tashtag pic.twitter.com/gXYhPvnMtd
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A Mauritian streetfood fave of mine! twitter.com/tastemauritius…
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Just finished lunch and tried everything....time to roll me out #Tashtag twitter.com/dionjsully/sta…
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Welcome to my black fruit lassi and lychee iced tea...kicking thirst into the dust @elioruk #tashtag twitter.com/kristatagell/s…
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