Forum - Sixty Second Idea to Improve the World

Forum - Sixty Second Idea to Improve the World

An imaginative, quirky solution to a challenge of our age. Podcast weekly on Tuesdays.

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  • Let them eat breadfruit! 16 Dec 2014

    Tue, 16 Dec 14

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    6 mins

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    Historian Peter Turchin says that we should stop eating bread made from wheat and switch to breadfruit. For a lot of people, wheat is unhealthy food, plus changing from wheat to breadfruit and other tropical crops would be a boon to the currently poor tropical countries, e.g., the Caribbean and Pacific islands. In one of the most poignant ironies of the modern world, Pacific Islanders import wheat and other Western foods to which their populations are completely unaccustomed and, as a consequence, they suffer from the highest rates of obesity and heart disease in the world.

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  • Become a trio of selves Tues 9 Dec 2014

    Tue, 9 Dec 14

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    7 mins

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    Human beings should be all three sexes - male, female, and neuter - suggests the British-Irish novelist James Friel. We would remain bodied as we are, but have these three different genders in our hearts and minds. In this way, we would engineer ourselves to be happier and more complete. This would also help us judge the consequences of our actions better, and make us more self-aware.

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  • An e-Scope to enable empathy 02 Dec 2014

    Tue, 2 Dec 14

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    Brian R. Little says that we act without being aware of the needs of others, their feelings and the things that give meaning to their lives. The E-Scope, would be built on a merging of mirror neuron principles and affective computing and would allow the user, for ten seconds, to experience the sense of what the other person is experiencing, and it would also help Brian to understand his cat!

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  • Revisit old, 'failed' ideas 25 Nov 2014

    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.

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