Forum - Sixty Second Idea to Improve the World

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An imaginative, quirky solution to a challenge of our age. Podcast weekly on Mondays.

Antony Gormley instructs us all to give up shoes and go barefoot. At a time of global warming, with naked feet you can actually feel it. He has gone barefoot for a year and says that if you dispense with shoes you can appreciate distinctions and negotiate your environment in a totally different way. Photo: Footprints in sand (BBC)

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Fast for one day a week! Feb. 29, 2016
Frances Ashcroft says that fasting one day a week would make us healthier and happier.
Women to talk first Feb. 29, 2016
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Turn off the lights Feb. 29, 2016
Once a year the entire earth should switch off all lights everywhere.
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Novelist Mohsin Hamid suggests Magic Paper for writing on will bring creative benefits as well as providing privacy and flexibility. It is ordinary paper you can write on with pen or pencil, fold or tear, but will also store words for you to amend and...
Anthropologist Noel Salazar says that we should walk more: it might stimulate the imagination and creativity that is so desperately needed to solve the world’s problems. And it is much more fun than sitting around a table to ‘brainstorm’ about the...
The immediate rewards of a piece of cake feel so much better than the accumulated downside of eating too many. To counter this, Lesley Fellows argues that we should develop a ‘Consequence Magnifier’ which, worn as an eye piece, will calculate the...
Philipp Blom proposes that men once past the age of twenty should stay away from tight trousers. He says that along with their stretchy kin cycling shorts, tight trousers are the distant heirs of the clothing worn by men in the 1500’s. These were...
Historian Peter Turchin says that we should stop eating bread made from wheat and switch to breadfruit. For a lot of people, wheat is unhealthy food, plus changing from wheat to breadfruit and other tropical crops would be a boon to the currently poor...
Human beings should be all three sexes - male, female, and neuter - suggests the British-Irish novelist James Friel. We would remain bodied as we are, but have these three different genders in our hearts and minds. In this way, we would engineer...
Brian R. Little says that we act without being aware of the needs of others, their feelings and the things that give meaning to their lives. The E-Scope, would be built on a merging of mirror neuron principles and affective computing and would allow...
Are new ideas always the sure-fire way to a better future? Designer Alexandra Daisy Ginsberg says that sometimes, instead of coming up with new ideas, we should sift through old ideas, the things that went wrong, that didn't take off first time...
Anthropologist Timothy Ingold wants to invent a form of writing which would render all keyboards and screens obsolete. Its graphic elements would be shaped by expressive movements of the body, especially arms, hands and fingers. It would use a simple...
Using SMS, Twitter and other channels, people across the world could text their answer to a common question, says Sharath Srinivasan. Perhaps ‘what are you differently to help tackle climate change'? Using networked Big Data computing, local and...
Scientist Nicholas Kotov says some people’s fascination with real gold clothing has gone too far, and should be stopped. Celebrities wear all-gold dresses, nouveau riches make all gold-metal shirts, athletes have all-gold sneakers. We should openly...
The Nigerian born novelist Okey Ndibe suggests we find a new way of introducing ourselves to others through our favourite artworks or objects. So rather than just telling someone your name, adopt a piece of art or even just a tree or a flower, and...
Professor Ian Stewart, Emeritus Professor of Mathematics at Warwick University, wants to stamp out maths abuse. There are two main kinds: using bad mathematics to mislead or confuse, and airbrushing maths out of history when it plays a vital role but...