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Sixty seconds to improve the world

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First broadcast:
Saturday 24 December 2011

A selection of our 60 second ideas, our regular slot where we ask programme guests to imagine they have a magic wand, and tell us what they would do to make the world a better place.

The British artist Antony Gormley calls for us all to walk barefoot, the American satirist P.J. O'Rourke proposes a very unusual device to force children to listen, and the Serbian economist Branko Milanovic argues taxi drivers should rule the world.

To discuss these suggestions are the animal behaviourist and former chief scientific advisor to the British government, Lord Robert May, the physicist and authority on music, Philip Ball, the poet and film maker Imtiaz Dharker, and the Executive Producer of the Forum, Emily Kasriel who came up with the idea of this 60 second manifesto.

Illustration by Emily Kasriel; Taxis, camouflage, naked feet, no ear phones & silence.


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  • Lord Robert May

    Lord Robert May

    Lord Robert McCredie May is an Australian scientist who holds professorships at Oxford and Imperial College London, and is an appointed member of the council of the British Science Association.

  • Imtiaz Dharker

    Imtiaz Dharker

    Imtiaz Dharker was born in Lahore to Pakistani parents, and then brought up in Glasgow where her family moved when she was less than a year old. Dharker divides her time between London, Wales, and Mumbai. She has written five books of poetry and is also an award winning documentary film maker.

  • Philip Ball

    Philip Ball

    Philip Ball writes regularly in the scientific and popular media. His many books on science, include one on critical mass and another on water. He has also written about music, looking at how it works and why we can’t do without it.

  • The Forum 60 Second Idea video – Antony Gormley argues we should go barefoot

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  • The Forum 60 Second Idea video – Watch P.J.O'Rourke change a teenager's world

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    Satirist P.J.O'Rourke invents a new device which will make interaction with teenagers much more pleasant.

    Video by Terry Wilson.

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