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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Ask children: what do you think about that? 8 June 2015
Ilina Singh believes that to encourage children to engage with the world and participate in debate, we should ask them the question What do you think about that? every day. And pause. And listen. 'That' can be a person, place, thing or idea. Adults need to hear what children and teenagers have to say and young people need to be given an opportunity to challenge,to collaborate and to take part.What do you think about that? gives children a daily opportunity to share their thoughts.
Dátum: 2015-06-08 Idő: 10:15:00
Revive yourself. 1 June 2015
How about a sofa that can be remote controlled to make the occupant stand?, suggests the Sanskrit specialist Professor Jyotsna Kalavar. The sofa represents passivity, and by making the sitter stand upright it would encourage efforts to revive oneself, move forward and be energetic.
Dátum: 2015-06-01 Idő: 09:00:00
Say no to Grass 25 May 2015
Entomologist May Berenbaum argues for fewer manicured lawns to help pollinators and reduce pollution.
Dátum: 2015-05-25 Idő: 09:00:00
Purple plastic bottle tops please. 18 May 2015
The green, red and blue dyes in plastic milk bottle tops used in many countries are a real problem, says material scientist Sujata Kundu. The colours are hard to separate from the main plastic polymer and, as green tops are the most popular in the UK, the recycled plastic tends to have an un-appetizing green tinge. So Sujata wants us either to switch to colourless bottle tops, or, better still, change to an exciting colour, such as purple, so that recycled plastics become widely accepted.
Dátum: 2015-05-18 Idő: 09:00:00
Internet in exams 11 May 2015
Professor Sugata Mitra argues for the use of the internet in exams.
Dátum: 2015-05-11 Idő: 09:00:00
Getting back lost time 04 May 2015
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.
Dátum: 2015-05-04 Idő: 08:02:00
Trade your best assets 27 April 2015
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.
Dátum: 2015-04-27 Idő: 00:01:00
Making science more visible 21 Apr 2015
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.
Dátum: 2015-04-21 Idő: 09:00:00
We can choose to be good 14 Apr 2015
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
Dátum: 2015-04-14 Idő: 09:00:00
A world without GDP 07 Apr 2015
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.
Dátum: 2015-04-07 Idő: 13:40:00