A radical, inspiring, controversial idea from a global thinker from the world of philosophy, science, psychology and arts.
Sat, 1 Mar 14
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We should learn to expect less, and live more in the moment, says musicologist Elizabeth Hellmuth Margulis. To change people's attitudes, Elizabeth suggests using theatrical improvisation.
Sat, 22 Feb 14
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Know someone who always avoids buying a round in the pub, even when it's definitely their turn? Archaeologist Sarah Parcak proposes a novel solution to this problem.
Sat, 15 Feb 14
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Find out what happened on your grandparent's birthday and on your own, says historian Suzanne Desan. For instance, what political conflicts and wars were going on, what were people worrying about at the time, what were their pastimes, what did they eat? The point is to try and use history to compare your own life with the lives of your ancestors. You can start with the minutiae of life and gradually build up a bigger picture and bigger questions.
Sat, 8 Feb 14
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Bent Flyvbjerg suggests that, much like architects in ancient Greece, today's builders, architects and anyone who invests other people's money, i.e. bankers, politicians, project managers, should be required to put down a deposit, in the form of their own property, as security. If the finished cost over-run was less than 25%, the public purse would cover it. This is an acknowledgement that there are always unpredictabilities involved in any large projects. But if the cost exceeded the budget by more than 25%, the builder, politician or banker would forfeit his own deposit. In this way, we'd all be much more careful in providing realistic estimates for projects and would have a tangible incentive to keep to them!
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