Category Archives: Things I Like

Festival of Ideas

For the last two weeks, I’ve been enjoying the 10th annual Cambridge Festival of Ideas. It’s a packed fortnight of mainly free events organised by Cambridge University celebrating the arts, humanities and social sciences. The official theme this year was ‘truth’, but there were literally hundreds of events covering a diverse array of topics.

I’m still new to Cambridge and this sort of thing, so I got stuck in and ended up going to these eight events:

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StoryCorps

I’ve just discovered StoryCorps and I think it’s great! It has a website and a podcast – here’s a quick video to explain the concept:

StoryCorps’ mission is to preserve and share humanity’s stories in order to build connections between people and create a more just and compassionate world.”

It was actually this TED talk that pointed me in the direction of the podcast: Continue reading

Ecosia

Ecosia.org operates as a search engine like any other, but with the added bonus that it plants trees with its ad revenue.

I switched a few months ago and it tells me that I’ve performed enough searches to plant 15 trees. That might not sound a lot, but their site boasts that they’ve planted 13.7 million trees! That’s up from 10 million in June, so that count is rising fast!

It takes zero effort and there’s no downside, so why not switch your default search engine to Ecosia today.