Ignite Your Thinking


NewCo Shift Forum

At the Shift Forum earlier this year, five short, superb talks challenged the audience’s thinking. Here they are, all in one place.

One of my favorite parts of this year’s Shift Forum as “Ignite at Shift,” a series of five-minute talks give in rapid succession. If you’ve never heard of Ignite, you’re in for a treat, they’ve spread to hundreds of cities around the world and range across a heady set of topics. They’ve been called “TED Talks on speed,” and feature a unique creative box: each presenter gets 20 slides, which automatically advance every 15 seconds. The result is a fast and impactful experience. We’ve now published each one of them, and curated them here for your viewing pleasure. Special thanks to Ignite founder Brady Forrest for curating these extraordinary talks.

We Don’t Need to Wait For Driverless Cars

Rose Broome makes the case for a universal basic income.

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How Can We Keep Artists In Our Cities?

Moy Eng has a market-based answer worth understanding.

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The Law Is Fiction We Chose to Believe

Y-Vonne Hutchinson on what she learned while creating societies from scratch.

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Angry Birds, the Titanic, and Ostrich Feathers

A tale of tulip-mania in Africa, or how the automobile killed the feather market.

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When Super Intelligence Emerges, Will We Even Notice?

Rob Reid argues that perhaps the best answer is “Ideally, no.”

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Stories From Behind the Fog

Arjanna van der Plas humanizes the terrible experience of homelessness.

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