Navi Radjou: Creative problem-solving in the face of extreme limits

Loved this talk by Navi Radjou: Creative problem-solving in the face of extreme limits #TED :

A great talk on frugal innovation with amazing examples of how creative people many from informal training or some with very little training are improving peoples lives with smart creative disrupting innovations. A great talk if you already know about frugal innovation. Awesome if you are just hearing about it. Great ideas on how to structure your business for maximum market penitration in developing countries.

Id love nothing more than to see amazing long lasting life enhancing designs arising out of the skeletons of current expensive, fast burning technology.

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20 Signs You’re Doing Better Than You Think You Are

This is a wonderful article. Sometime we get so caught up in keeping up with the Jones’ that we forget all that we really have and all that we have been through. We are never the finished product unless we are dead, and there is some debate about that. There is time enough to grow and experience and enjoy those little things that are really the big things. Try to keep what is important in focus and let the rest sort itself out.

Thought Catalog

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  1. Youpaid the bills this month, and maybe even had extra to spend on non-necessities. It doesn’t matter how much you belabored the checks as they went out, the point is thatthey did, and you figured it out regardless.
  2. You question yourself. You doubt your life. You feel miserable some days. This means you’re still open to growth. This means you can be objective and self-aware. The best people go home at the end of the day and think: “or… maybe there’s another way.”
  3. You have a job. Forhowever many hours, at whatever rate, you are earning money that helps you eat something, sleep on something, wear something every day.It’s not failure if it doesn’t look the way you thought it would – you’re valuing your independence and taking responsibility for yourself.
  4. You have time to dosomething you enjoy. Even if “what you enjoy” is sitting on the couch…

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Study: Obesity May Shorten Life Expectancy by Up to 8 Years

I’m terrified of falling into this, and it is just too easy these days. We have access to so much food, and food of such high energy value that our evolutionary history has not caught up with. We now need to reign in our propensity for over-indulgence as never before.

Obesity is a killer, we need to lead ever more active lifestyles at the same time as sitting for longer periods behind a desk.

We need to reevaluate how we live. I make no secret of the fact that I want to live forever or as long as possible (whether or not I’ll achieve this is still to be fought for). This is the threat that sneaks in under the radar. We have to eat, you can’t defend against it but you do need to monitor it.


A new study has found that obesity can shorten one’s life by almost a decade.

Researchers at McGill University linked obesity with an increased risk of developing heart disease and type 2 diabetes — ailments that dramatically reduce both life expectancy and the number of years spent free of chronic illnesses.

Obesity and extreme obesity can reduce life expectancy by up to eight years and deprive people of as many as 19 years of healthy living, the study published Thursday in The Lancet Diabetes & Endocrinology concludes.

Researchers used data from the U.S. National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey to create a model to estimate the risk of disease based on body weight and then examined how excess weight contributed to years of life lost. The model found that the younger someone becomes obese, the more years he or she ultimately loses.

“The pattern is clear,” Dr. Steven Grover, lead…

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Great read: A Life On Pause | Financial Diffraction

Great read! Feeling like I’m part of a lost generation. Raised on hopes and dreams and upon waking the colours sift.

At the same time feeling like I have so little to complain about compared to past struggles and yet there are so many struggles still!

Are first world problems still problems?

Patriotism is dumb, here’s why:

All humans are borne on the same planet, there have been no space pregnancies, we have yet to colonise other worlds we all come from the same place.The scales have shifted but our world view has not. We now realise we live in an infinite Universe, and yet we believe the tiny often arbitrarily defined man made borders still mean something. My greatest hope with the current pause for breathe before we leap into space exploration for profit is that we realise that the minerals out there are many and far more vast than those found on this small rock. And because of that the need for these lines drawn on maps diminishes. I share the same air and the same water with everyone else on Earth. We share it with countless generations before us.

Who is to say I can’t go and visit the awesome natural wonders of the world because I was born at x and not y.

Why do animals get to move more freely than their (self-nominated) curators? It’s a prison system we’ve trapped ourselves in. Behind the bars of regulation and money.

Why must one man speak for me? Why can I not speak for myself? Governments exist in an attempt to regulate ourselves. I’ve met the everyday man, the lazier specimens of our race (of which there is only one ie human, though we come in many shades) and agree that there really should be a set of common rules.

Rules that are not based on where I can and cannot go. Instead rules based on doing less harm! I’m for anarchism because I believe I can govern myself. If I can govern myself why can I not be a global citizen? Why should I have to pay to cross a line, for a stamp, for a piece of paper? Why does one organisation need to keep track of me so badly?

How can you be proud of one patch of Earth and not another when it is all connected? We need to put the work in everywhere not just at home. A trick of birth should not be able to determine your fate.

We need to share our thoughts, stop killing each other over ideas and talk about them.

These are old concepts that were created for a finite world view. We now need a Universal view. We need to take care of each other, and we need to stop pretending that we are not part of the same family from the same planet in an ever expanding Universe.

We need to expand our thought processes to be inclusionary instead of exclusionary.