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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  • Revisit old, 'failed' ideas 25 Nov 2014

    Tue, 25 Nov 14

    7 mins

    29 days remaining

    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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  • A Revolution in Writing 18 Nov 14

    Mon, 17 Nov 14

    9 mins

    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.

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  • Global ideas cloud 08 Nov 14

    Sat, 8 Nov 14

    5 mins

    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.

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  • Give Thorium a Chance 01 Nov 14

    Sat, 1 Nov 14

    6 mins

    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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