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Friday, July 15, 2005

Smallest ideas can have greatest impact

See a BBC News website article today by reporters Jo Twist and Keven Andersen on their attendance at the Technology, Entertainment and Design conference in Oxford.

According to the article, X-Prize founder is turning his attention to education, clean water technologies and nanotechnology.

Love the idea about flowers that bloom red petals if they are growing above landmines. Not sure about the elderly person with little social contact in a care home wanting a few conversations a day with someone in Bangladesh - unless of course they/their family were from India, then it might be an intriguing idea. Key tip on ideas seems to be picking battles that are big enough to matter, but small enough to win.

Note the report says others put the future of humanity into stark context, warning that our rate of urban growth is unsustainable and destructive to communities and to the environment. Also, it quotes Chris Andersen as saying the philosophy of TED is that governments come and go, but ideas last forever.

# posted by Ingrid J. Jones @ 7/15/2005
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