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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  • Getting back lost time 04 May 2015

    Mon, 4 May 15

    Duration:
    5 mins

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    Writer Shumon Basar wants to create a personal ‘time-bank’. It would record exactly how much of your day has been lost when your computer freezes or there’s no phone signal. Then, just before sleep, you would strap your phone onto your head, turning it into a personal virtual reality environment. Ping! Suddenly you are on an idyllic island beach. In real terms, you’ll be there for exactly the time you lost during the day. In neural terms, time will stretch by ten times. One lost, frustrating minute from the day will feel like many rejuvenating minutes on a better side of the planet.

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  • Trade your best assets 27 April 2015

    Mon, 27 Apr 15

    Duration:
    7 mins

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    Colombian political scientist Dr Oscar Guardiola-Rivera suggests trading between nations would be fairer if we learnt from the early Amerindian tribes where the rule was you always traded your best assets. This created a more balanced and equal society.

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  • Making science more visible 21 Apr 2015

    Tue, 21 Apr 15

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    Physicist Stephen Blundell wants to introduce public display boards of current scientific data to encourage more numeracy and greater interest in science. So, in railway stations and bus stops, public squares and doctors’ waiting rooms, let’s have display boards with not only the usual details of time and ambient temperature but also barometric pressure, background radiation, current solar flux, the value of the Earth’s magnetic field and others.

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  • We can choose to be good 14 Apr 2015

    Tue, 14 Apr 15

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    Professor Dan Fessler argues that whatever our evolutionary heritage may tell us, we can choose to make decisions that are positive in our local and international communities

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  • A world without GDP 07 Apr 2015

    Tue, 7 Apr 15

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    David Pilling argues that we are wrongly obsessed with Gross Domestic Product as a measure of economic success, and that we need to find a new one. GDP only measures output and he says we should care less about production and more about income and consumption. If all growth goes to the top 1 per cent, that’s great for GDP, but the average person just feels poorer. Britain now counts illegal drugs and prostitution as GDP and natural disasters are good for GDP with all those things to repair. Housework is invisible from GDP so is sustainability, leisure and public transport.

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