Archive for the ‘Interesting ideas’ Category

Every once in a while, I come across something that makes me think, DAMN IT. I want to be a part of this! And often I can’t, because I’m stuck in Singapore as bonded labour, or I don’t have the moolah to make it happen, or I’m just plain lazy and just continue watching Greys Anatomy or something. But then I stumbled upon the No Right Brains Left Behind idea, and it’s the kind of thing that you are already involved in, whether you know it or not.

When Singapore added inculcating creativity and innovation to it’s agenda, [flashback to my Creative Thinking class in Year 1 of university…] I wasn’t surprised. Its evidently an area most of Singapore isn’t seen as getting straight A’s for, and certainly not one of the top five adjectives you’d use to describe this city state [efficient x5?]

So here is an innovative and social process that taps on the best minds in education and creativity, to come up with ‘tools to solve 21st century problems for the creative crisis in US education.’ Revolutionary. But when you have minds like Sir Ken Robinson, Bogusky, Piers Fawkes etc etc (including Jason Oke, who I recently had the chance to meet) – how can it not be?

Singapore, stay tuned and take notes!

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So I was just reading my own twitter feed, trying to find an article that I hadn’t tagged on delicious, when I stumbled upon this tweet that I had totally forgotten to elaborate upon on my blog. [Yes, I am fully aware that sounds like a line from How to Speak like a Digital Native 101]

This documentary amazingly captures so many of my interests at once. Branding, check. Fashion marketing, check. Trendsetting, trendspotting, check check. New York!, check! Sartorialist. TED. I could go on, but I’m assuming you’ve already watched the video [seriously, watch it] [No really, I mean it. WATCH.]

The best part for me? It’s not one of those We Have All The Answers On The Future videos. But I came away with so many questions after I watched this. What are the places I go to based on passion? Who influences the influencer? What tips it over the tipping point? What are brands thinking when they think they can gatecrash the trend party? What are you made of when you’re all by yourself? What inspires me? Who do I inspire?

Coincidentally, I was in New York this summer and bumped into the Influencer statue dude [not knowing back then that he was the Influencer statue dude] Did I say coincidence? I don’t think so.

The other night at Clarke Quay, I watched two very, very drunk people try and find each other on facebook despite being drowned out by the loud music & their significantly reduced hand-eye coordination. If I had bumped into this on mashable sooner, I would have definitely recommended it to the alcohol-crossed lovers..

Not to say that Bump 2.0 is only useful in inebriated situations- given that it can compare calendars, instantly connect on LinkedIn, facebook and Twitter as well as allow you to continue a conversation without having to Bump again- it has huge potential for use at business networking events.

I didn’t think I’d ever consider online dating sites, but this one has come closest to changing my mind.

Alikewise is a dating site which promises to match people based on their taste in books, and given that the first spark I shared with my current boyfriend revolved around a conversation on my reading list – I’m hooked to the idea!

Of course you’d need more than a common love for Vikram Seth to find true love, but it is a great starting page. Would be even better if this can be integrated into a location based application, or as a layer on existing apps like foursquare – a push notification that I just passed someone else who wanted to be an architect solely due to The Fountainhead will definitely stop me in my tracks!