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 Saturdays.

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  • Can't remember people's names? 19 Jul 2014

    Sat, 19 Jul 14

    5 mins

    27 days remaining

    Professor Lennard Davis says that for the over 50 generation who occasionally can't remember proper names, as in book and movie titles, actors, acquaintances and the like, we should adopt a new convention. When that moment of non-remembering occurs, we should be allowed to fill the void with the two-word expression: ‘Proper Name’, or ‘PN’. Everyone knows that the actual name will surface within minutes if not seconds, so the conversation can continue to flow without embarrassment or boredom.

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  • Turn Car Radios into Safety Devices 05 Jul 2014

    Sat, 5 Jul 14

    4 mins

    13 days remaining

    High visibility vests are not enough! Science writer and keen cyclist Philip Ball wants to make vulnerable road users more visible to drivers of motorised vehicles by developing a small wearable transmitter: this would give an audible warning to a driver that he is approaching a living being on the road. It would work through the car radio, much like the RDS system works now, over-riding anything else that the driver might be listening to.

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  • Forum60sec:Global Skill Swap 26 June 2014

    Sat, 28 Jun 14

    6 mins

    6 days remaining

    Could teachers learn from crafts-people and vice versa? In this week’s 60 second idea, art curator Elinor Cleghorn wants to set up a Global Education Skill Swap. Traditional crafts people, such as cobblers, potters, leatherworkers and weavers would share their methods with school teachers and their students. In return the teachers would offer the crafts people education for education's sake. The main aim would be to increase the viability and respectability of those who work with their hands, as learning these crafts is often viewed as somehow inferior to more academic pursuits.

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