Tue, 25 Nov 14
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Are new ideas always the sure-fire way to a better future? Designer Alexandra Daisy Ginsberg says that sometimes, instead of coming up with new ideas, we should sift through old ideas, the things that went wrong, that didn't take off first time around, to see if we've missed something. Perhaps the timing was wrong or the context meant the idea didn't survive. In addition to documenting the things that worked, we should have encyclopaedias of bad ideas, to see how we might improve on them, and to make sure we don't repeat the same mistakes again.
Mon, 17 Nov 14
21 days remaining
Anthropologist Timothy Ingold wants to invent a form of writing which would render all keyboards and screens obsolete. Its graphic elements would be shaped by expressive movements of the body, especially arms, hands and fingers. It would use a simple hand-tool, causing a dark liquid to flow by gravitational and capillary force into a light but absorbent surface. This new writing system would have a hugely expressive range, communicating not just by choice of words or emoticons, but by subtle nuances of line and texture.
Sat, 8 Nov 14
12 days remaining
Using SMS, Twitter and other channels, people across the world could text their answer to a common question, says Sharath Srinivasan. Perhaps ‘what are you differently to help tackle climate change'? Using networked Big Data computing, local and global Ideas Clouds would then be projected in village squares and against the night sky so people could see their community’s solutions and compare and learn from others.
Sat, 1 Nov 14
5 days remaining
It’s time we took thorium-based power generation seriously, says architect Alison Brooks. Over the last half-a-century, there have been a number of attempts to use thorium as an alternative nuclear fuel but all have been abandoned, partly because of technical obstacles, partly because of the nuclear arms race which needed other nuclear materials. But with over a dozen countries now looking seriously at thorium again, perhaps its time has finally come?
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