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Imagined Futures with Benjamin Tirone Nunes

Who is Benjamin Tirone Nunes? The question of who I am has been influenced by the places and people that I came into the world around. I am a culturally diverse person. I grew a mix of cultures those being Portuguese, English, German and Italian. I grew up in Portugal going to a german school and then speaking english at home. I was influenced by Italian food through my mother,…
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Imagined Futures with Richard Wilhelmer

Who is Richard Wilhelmer? I am Richard Wilhelmer. I’m Managing Director and one of the founders of Beluga. Beluga is a strategic design consultancy. What we do is combine research and classical methods of market research with innovation and consumer-centric design. We work to bridge the gap between gathering and interpreting knowledge, to create new products and strategies for corporates and foundations. I also have a background in art and…
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Beyond trends – Meaningful innovation for the next decade

In case you missed the last Defining the Next Decade we did in partnership with Impact Hub Berlin on the topic of Beyond Trends: Meaning Innovation for the NextDecade. We explored groundbreaking innovation and ideas that will impact the future for the city of Berlin and beyond. Check out the pictures from the event. Thank you again to the audience, our panellists and moderator (Nele Kapretz, Dr Lydia Kostopoulos, Kaye Han, Sven Ehmann Darius Kü and Marcel Rasche)…
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Why Defining the Next Decade exists?

We are excited to launch Defining the Next Decade platform. It is a culmination of a long journey and this feels like the next step for this idea. To understand what Defining the Next Decade is and what it will be is to first understand the origins of the idea. Our Purpose We are dedicated to sharing ideas for positive impact in our cities. These ideas are across the areas…
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The Medicalization Movement: How real Human Emotions are being mistaken for Disease

In March 2011, a doctor by the name of Richard Morrow conducted a broad study of one million Canadian schoolchildren, observing the medical diagnoses that all children received within a period of one year. He specifically studied those children between the ages of six and 12 who had been diagnosed with ADHD. He found that the boys who were born at the end of the calendar year were 30% more…
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Re-Imagining LA’s Jail System

Amidst the madness of the current news cycle, there are few changes that feel more silver-lined than the expansive criminal justice reforms currently taking place in the United States.   There’s also no better place to watch these changes play out than in my new home of Los Angeles. Like most American cities, LA is haunted by the legacy of racialized policing and lack of accountability in law enforcement. The…
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Refocusing the Future of American Politics

Vision and Values Must Anchor Our Commitment to Action The 2020 Presidential horse race is already heating up. It’s rare that a conversation doesn’t include someone asking which candidate you prefer or who you expect to win. In spite of the divergent branding and inspirational talking points, scores of candidates who have entered the race seem to have overlooked a key lesson from the 2016 campaign: Values and vision are…
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Beyond Cybersecurity: Internet policy and its relevance to our lives online

I am a technology policy professional. I have worked on technology issues in both federal and local government, as well as internationally, and will be starting my PhD in the subject this fall. This is an understandably vague topic, as it’s not as clearly-defined a field as finance, agriculture or health care. When I tell people I work in this field, they invariably ask: “Oh, like cybersecurity?” I don’t work…
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Finding Your Career “Sweet Spot”

Growing up, I spent hours in the batting cage, perfecting my baseball swing just to be able to hit the ball perfectly.  I remember how gratifying it felt when I struck the pitch with the “sweet spot” of my bat, and the ball flew off my bat into the field at a lightning pace like a missile. Even though my baseball career is over, I now help others experience that…
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