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BBC Ideas

Short films and videos for curious minds

About this digital series

BBC Ideas is a collection of short, digital films that aim to inspire new thinking and fresh perspectives across a broad range of topics and contemporary issues. With a growing playlist of titles, the films experiment with playful storytelling styles and techniques - animation, mixed media and an array of different film and video formats.

The Open University and the BBC are collaborating on a distinct OU playlist of films as part of BBC Ideas, drawing the university’s academic expertise to challenge and explore the ideas and concepts that shape our world.  

Find out more about ‘short films for curious minds’ and view the entire OU BBC Ideas playlist.

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What does reading on screens do to our brains?

We’re reading more than ever before – but much of it is on screens rather than physical books. Is it changing the way our brains work?

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The power of quiet leadership

Leaders don’t need to be loud and confident. The Open University’s Dr Jacqueline Baxter makes the case for a quieter approach.

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How limits can boost your creativity - BBC Ideas

How limits can boost your creativity

Constraints can feel very... limiting. But experts believe they can actually be helpful for creativity - up to a point.

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Four tips from elite sport you can use in everyday life

From talking to yourself to rehearsing in your mind, these tips from the world of sport psychology can help in your daily life.

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BBC Ideas: How to be a good sporting parent

How to be a good sporting parent

As a parent, you want your child to do well. But how do you strike the right balance between encouraging and supporting your child, and pushing them hard?

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