sábado, 30 de junho de 2012

The Hubble Ultra Deep Field in 3D [720p]


The Hubble Ultra Deep Field (HUDF) is an image of a small region of space in the constellation Fornax, composited from Hubble Space Telescope data accumulated over a period from September 24, 2003, through to January 16, 2004. It is the deepest image of the universe ever taken,[1] looking back approximately 13 billion years (between 400 and 800 million years after the Big Bang), and it will be used to search for galaxies that existed at that time. The HUDF image was taken in a section of the sky with a low density of bright stars in the near-field, allowing much better viewing of dimmer, more distant objects. The image contains an estimated 10,000 galaxies. In August and September 2009, the Hubble's Deep Field was expanded using the infrared channel of the recently attached Wide Field Camera 3 (WFC3). When combined with existing HUDF data, astronomers were able to identify a new list of potentially very distant galaxies.[2]

Located southwest of Orion in the southern-hemisphere constellation Fornax, the image is a bit over 3 arcminutes across.[3] This is just one-tenth of the diameter of the full Moon as viewed from Earth, smaller than a 1 mm by 1 mm square of paper held at 1 meter away, and equal to roughly one thirteen-millionth of the total area of the sky. The image is oriented so that the upper left corner points toward north (−46.4°) on the celestial sphere.

About Time - 21 hours

Moving towards a 21 hour working week could solve many of our most pressing social, economic and environmental problems. Anna Coote, Tim Jackson and Juliet Schor outline nef's vision.
Why a shorter working week can help us all to flourish in the 21st century

A ‘normal’ working week of 21 hours could help to address a range of urgent, interlinked problems: overwork, unemployment, over-consumption, high carbon emissions, low well-being, entrenched inequalities, and the lack of time to live sustainably, to care for each other, and simply to enjoy life. 

About time - Examining the case for a shorter working week


Speaker(s): Professor Juliet Schor, Professor Lord Skidelsky, Professor Tim Jackson
Chair: Anna Coote
Recorded on 11 January 2012 in Sheikh Zayed Theatre, New Academic Building.

As the economic crisis deepens, this is the moment to consider moving towards much shorter, more flexible paid working hours -- sharing out jobs and unpaid time more fairly across the population. The new economics foundation (nef) set out the case in its report 21 Hours: Why a shorter working week can help us all to flourish in the 21st century.

Now, in partnership with CASE (Centre for Analysis of Social Exclusion) at the London School of Economics, this event brings together a panel of experts to examine the social, environmental and economic implications. They will consider how far a shorter working week can help to address a range of urgent social, economic and environmental problems: unemployment, over-consumption, high carbon emissions, low well-being and entrenched inequalities.

Juliet Schor is Professor of Sociology at Boston College, and author of Plenitude: The New Economics of True Wealth, and The Overworked American.

Professor Lord Skidelsky is Emeritus Professor of Political Economy at the University of Warwick and biographer of J. M. Keynes. He is the co-author, with Dr Edward Skidelsky, of the forthcoming book, How Much is Enough? Economics and the Good Life.

Tim Jackson is Professor of Sustainable Development at Surrey University, and author of Prosperity without Growth.

Source : http://www2.lse.ac.uk/newsAndMedia/videoAndAudio/channels/publicLecturesAndEvents/player.aspx?id=1297

TEDxRepubliqueSquare - Etienne Chouard : Chercher la cause des causes

Etienne Chouard est un homme doux, parfaitement en colère. Poil à gratter de la pensée unique, il agace, perturbe, fait réfléchir. Et en attendant, il bosse. C’est le marathon man des salles des fêtes, l’égérie des résistants, le citoyen d’or d’Agoravox. Calomnié, encensé, il ne laisse pas indifférent. C’est probablement qu’il a quelque chose à dire.

Enseignant l’économie et le droit, à l’occasion du Référendum de 2005, Etienne se plonge dans les textes du projet de Constitution Européenne. Ce qu’il découvre le change à jamais. Depuis, loin des organisations partisanes, il dénonce notre apathie et veut redonner au mot démocratie sa véritable signification. Son credo : une constitution écrite par les citoyens et des représentants tirés au sort.

Source : http://www.tedxrepubliquesquare.com/etienne-chouard/

Étienne Chouard : Comment les banques ruinent les Etats

Étienne Chouard (etienne.chouard.free.fr/Europe/) est un professeur d'économie-gestion et droit fiscal français. Il connait une certaine notoriété en 2005 à l'occasion de la campagne du référendum français sur le traité établissant une constitution pour l'Europe en argumentant pour le « non ».
Avec l'échec du référendum, il est consacré comme un des blogueurs les plus influents de France en 2006.
Le « héraut »des blogs symbolise, bien au-delà du débat sur le traité constitutionnel de 2004, la découverte d'une conscience citoyenne sur Internet : « L'important, ce n'est pas que les citoyens votent la Constitution, mais qu'ils l'écrivent, sinon, ce sont encore les hommes de pouvoir qui feront les règles » déclare-t-il fort de l'idée que « la souveraineté du peuple a laissé la place à la souveraineté des élus. »

Mr Mondialisation - Mondialiénation


Vidéo musique sur l'aliénation des peuples conséquente à la mondialisation du modèle économique néo-libéral. Incitation à la prise de conscience que NOS modes de vie ont un impact direct sur celui d'autres peuples.

Twitter : www.twitter.com/Mondi_Alisation

Web : www.mrmondialisation.net

Envie de soutenir le mouvement ? aidez-nous via cette page : http://www.facebook.com/pages/Mr-Mondialisation/177043642312050?sk=app_190322...

Musiques : "Home" YAB

Images : Baraka, Syndrome du Titanic.

Indigné ! et après ?

Après l'indignation viennent la réflexion et l'action. Il est temps pour le citoyen de prendre conscience qu'il détient le pouvoir de changer son monde. Ce court-métrage vous invite à découvrir des "clés" qui vous ouvriront les portes de la vie alternative. A vous de jouer ! Pour un avenir serein, merci.

Notre DVD Gratuit ici : http://www.facebook.com/pages/Mr-Mondialisation/177043642312050?sk=app_128953...

Twitter : www.twitter.com/Mondi_Alisation

Web : www.mrmondialisation.net

Envie de soutenir notre équipe ? Rdv sur : http://phantasia.be/aider.php

sexta-feira, 29 de junho de 2012

History Channel : Albert Einstein

The German-born physicist Albert Einstein developed the first of his groundbreaking theories while working as a clerk in the Swiss patent office in Bern. After making his name with four scientific articles published in 1905, he went on to win worldwide fame for his general theory of relativity and a Nobel Prize in 1921 for his explanation of the phenomenon known as the photoelectric effect. An outspoken pacifist who was publicly identified with the Zionist movement, Einstein emigrated from Germany to the United States when the Nazis took power before World War II. He lived and worked in Princeton, New Jersey, for the remainder of his life.

Paul Ariès "Décroissance et société de gratuité“

Alberto Acosta : Decrecimiento y Democracia

[es / Zusammenfasende deutsche Übersetzung als Untertitel - einschalten mit Klick auf "CC") / Vollständige Übersetzung: http://is.gd/bAsdk7] Interview mit Alberto Acosta, ehem. Präsident der verfassungsgebenden Versammlung und ehem. Energieminister Ecuador, Facultad Latinoamericana de Ciencias Sociales (FLACSO) bei einem Besuch in der Rosa-Luxemburg-Stiftung anlässlich des Attac-Kongresses «Jenseits des Wachstums» in Berlin, Mai 2011.

Paul Gilding : The Earth is full


Have we used up all our resources? Have we filled up all the livable space on Earth? Paul Gilding suggests we have, and the possibility of devastating consequences, in a talk that's equal parts terrifying and, oddly, hopeful.

Joshua Farley - Ecological Economy

Joshua Farley - Ecological Economy Part 2

Joshua Farley - Ecological Economy Part 3

Joshua Farley - Ecological Economy Part 4

Joshua Farley - Ecological Economy Part 5

Ecological economics provides us with insights into the relationship between economic activity and the capacity of the Earths resources to sustain us. In this video Joshua Farley one of the visionary thinkers in this discipline, provides an overview of some these critical relationships, and gives examples of how responsive policy measures can be applied in an urban setting like Edmontons.

quinta-feira, 28 de junho de 2012

Steve Keen at the Just Banking conference on 20th April 2012

Steve Keen, Professor of Economics & Finance at the University of Western Sydney

"Why banks cause crises, and how to stop them" - This version includes the slides used in the presentation.

Steve Keen is author of the popular book Debunking Economics, and his website debtdeflation.com, which is dedicated to analyzing the "global debt bubble", has attracted a large international audience. In 2010 Steve received the Revere Award from the Real World Economics Review for being the economist who most cogently warned of the financial crisis. He has over 60 academic publications on topics as diverse as financial instability, the money creation process, mathematical flaws in the conventional model of supply and demand, flaws in Marxian economics, the application of physics to economics, Islamic finance, and the role of chaos and complexity theory in economics.

#JustBanking on twitter

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Mary Mellor - Limits to Growth

A talk by Mary Mellor given at the Limits to Growth forum held at the University of Sussex

Mary Mellor at the Just Banking conference on 20th April 2012.

"What does the current banking system mean for sustainability?"

Mary Mellor is Emeritus Professor at Northumbria University. Her current research focuses on the financial crisis, money systems and financial exclusion. Her research interests include the social economy and alternative economics; co-operatives and other alternative economic structures; ecofeminist political economy, ecological political economy and feminist economics; ecologically sustainable and social just 'sufficiency' economics.

One of her research projects is focused on the development of ecologically sustainable and socially just economies. This project explores how the money system can be used to develop a needs-led economy that could enable the circulation of goods and services without requiring constant economic growth.

Mary is a founding member of the World Economics Association and was founding Chair of the University's Sustainable Cities Research Institute. Her most recent book is 'The Future of Money: From Financial Crisis to Public Resource'.

#JustBanking on twitter

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Mary Mellor : Bringing Economics Down to Earth


Mary Mellor is a leading figure in developing radical alternative models of money, finance and economic development. In this talk she outlines how money could be used to create an economy that meets our needs.

Mary Mellor is Emeritus Professor in the School of Arts and Social Sciences at Northumbria University in Newcastle. She was founding chair of the Sustainable Cities Research Institute at the University of Northumbria where her main research areas were financial inclusion and alternative economic development. She is a founding member of the newly formed World Economics Association and is on the editorial board of several journals. She has served as a Councillor (Tyne and Wear Metropolitan Council) and has been a member of a number of organisations and networks around peace, green, feminist and socialist issues. She has also been actively involved in co-operative development and has published extensively on money and finance, financial exclusion, co-operation, sustainable cities, ecofeminism and social/ist economics.
Her most recent books are The Future of Money: From Financial Crisis to Public Resource (Pluto 2010) and The Politics of Money: Towards Sustainability And Economic Democracy (Pluto 2002 with Frances Hutchinson and Wendy Olsen) Feminism and Ecology (Polity 1997)

This video was recorded at Schumacher College : http://www.schumachercollege.org.uk/community/open-evening-mary-mellor-bringing-economics-down-to-earth

Schumacher College is part of The Dartington Hall Trust, a registered charity, which focuses on the arts, social justice and sustainability.
For more information about Schumacher College and Dartington visit:
http://www.schumachercollege.org.uk/ and http://www.dartington.org/

quarta-feira, 27 de junho de 2012

O dinheiro à grande e à portuguesa

O primeiro capítulo da série documental "Aurora" foi lançado no passado dia 5 de Dezembro de 2011. Neste primeiro capítulo é explicado o paradigma económico do sistema monetário na sua essência. A partir deste ponto, o espectador entenderá como as políticas monetárias actuais estão à partida condenadas ao fracasso. Esperar que "a mão invisível" dos mercados corrija os problemas que por ela foram criados é contraditório. O povo diz que "o amor ao dinheiro é a raiz de todos os problemas", e enquanto não interiorizarmos esta realidade, não nos será possível evoluir pacificamente para um novo paradigma.

Panorama Life and Debt A Greek Tragedy 25th July 2012

John Humphrys investigates the economic crisis in Greece. With the debt-laden country set to vote in a new election which may signpost the future of Europe, he meets ordinary Greeks to investigate the truth about the austerity measures and how the country came to its current crisis.

David Suzuki on Rio+20, "Green Economy" & Why Planet’s Survival Requires Undoing Its Economic Model

As the Rio+20 Earth Summit — the largest U.N. conference ever — ends in disappointment, we’re joined by the leading Canadian scientist, environmentalist and broadcaster David Suzuki. As host of the long-running CBC program, "The Nature of Things," seen in more than 40 countries, Suzuki has helped educate millions about the rich biodiversity of the planet and the threats it faces from human-driven global warming. In 1990 he co-founded the David Suzuki Foundation which focuses on sustainable ecology and in 2009, he was awarded the Right Livelihood Award. Suzuki joins us from the summit in Rio de Janeiro to talk about the climate crisis, the student protests in Quebec, his childhood growing up in an internment camp, and his daughter Severn’s historic speech at the Rio Earth Summit in 1992 when she was 12 years-old. "If we don’t see that we are utterly embedded in the natural world and dependent on Mother Nature for our very well-being and survival ... then our priorities will continue to be driven by man-made constructs like national borders, economies, corporations, markets," Suzuki says. "Those are all human created things. They shouldn’t dominate the way we live. It should be the biosphere, and the leaders in that should be indigenous people who still have that sense that the earth is truly our mother, that it gives birth to us. You don’t treat your mother the way we treat the planet or the biosphere today."

Source : http://www.democracynow.org/2012/6/25/david_suzuki_on_rio_20_green

terça-feira, 26 de junho de 2012

"Somos o Mar" & "Jardim Terra" by Beatnicks (Portugal, 1977)


https://www.facebook.com/prognotfrog With different backgrounds and different styles of music, Beatnicks began in 1965 with João Ribeiro, Rui Pipas, Mario Ceia and José Diogo.

The group chooses English as the language of their songs. They play in Festival Vilar de Mouros and Vigo. Record an EP containing "Cristina Goes To Town" which is complemented with "School Little Baby" and "Sing It Along. This phase is called Beatniks.and the group is next to a chain Hard Rock. Some say that could be the Portuguese Black Sabbath .

Since 1976 the band embarks on a style "progressive", very close to each Yes, Genesis, or in Portugal, Tantra. Being to sing in Portuguese, then record the single "Nps somos o Mar "(We Are the Sea) which includes the b-side "Jardim terra " (Garden land) it is simply fascinating, and represents its more progressive side, making to remember Perspectiva, another portuguese band (did two fabulous singles! always listen to (especially Lá Fora a Cidade) ,already posted here by Isabel

An essential disc for any music lover in the discography, which is interested in Portuguese Rock . Misongod - ProgNotFrog

Welcome to the Anthropocene

'Welcome to the Anthropocene' with Portuguese subtitles : https://vimeo.com/44205213

In June 2012, "Welcome to the Anthropocene"- a film about the state of the planet- opened the UN's Rio+20 summit on sustainable development. The summit was the largest UN meeting to date.

A 3-minute journey through the last 250 years of our history, from the start of the Industrial Revolution to the Rio+20 Summit. The film charts the growth of humanity into a global force on an equivalent scale to major geological processes.

HD stills available here: igbp.net/5.1081640c135c7c04eb480001217.html

The film was commissioned by the Planet Under Pressure conference, London 26-29 March, a major international conference focusing on solutions.

The film is part of the world's first educational webportal on the Anthropocene, commissioned by the Planet Under Pressure conference, and developed and sponsored by

Anthropocene.info is a beta version. Phase two and phase three of the site development will be complete by the end of 2012.

Anthropocene.info has been brought to you by:
Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organization (CSIRO) | csiro.au
Globaïa | globaia.org
International Geosphere-Biosphere Programme (IGBP) | igbp.net
International Human Dimensions Programme on Global Environmental Change (IHDB) | ihdp.unu.edu
Stockholm Resilience Centre | stockholmresilience.org
Stockholm Environment Institute | sei-international.org

Data used:
International Geosphere-Biosphere Programme | igbp.net
NaturalEarthData | naturalearthdata.com
OpenStreetMap | openstreetmap.org
National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency | nga.mil
National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration | noaa.gov
National Aeronautics and Space Administration | nasa.gov
Greg's Cable Map | cablemap.info

Earlyguard | earlyguard.bandcamp.com
HECQ | hecq.de

A Fierce Green Fire - Official Trailer


A FIERCE GREEN FIRE: The Battle For a Living Planet is the first big-picture exploration of the environmental movement -- grassroots and global activism spanning fifty years from conservation to climate change. From halting dams in the Grand Canyon to battling 20,000 tons of toxic waste at Love Canal; from Greenpeace saving the whales to Chico Mendes and the rubbertappers saving the Amazon; from climate change to the promise of transforming our civilization, the film tells vivid stories about people fighting -- and succeeding -- against enormous odds.

„Nosotros y la Basura” - („Wir und der Müll“)

Más informaciones : film.gianniseufert.de

(Dt. Übersetzung siehe unten)
“Nosotros y la Basura” es un documental educativo sobre la basura y su tratamiento que ya representa un problema muy grave. La película fue elaborado durante seis meses además de nuestro trabajo educativo y como parte del programa “weltwärts” – el servicio civil del Ministerio Federal de Cooperación Economica y Desarollo de Alemania.
La meta era crear un documental de una manera didáctica para sensibilizar y concienciar que toca al nivel de la gente para que se lo utilize en charlas de la educación ambiental y para que sea una inspiración para iniciar un cambio sostenible.
Con el apoyo de la Embajada Alemana Quito, la GIZ, Experiment e.V., Childfund y Fenpidec Ecuador, organisaciónes y personas particuluares adicionales, tal como la proxima generación de los voluntarios, se utiliza el documental en la educación del medio ambiente al nivel nacional en el Ecuador.

„Nosotros y la Basura" („Wir und der Müll“) ist ein edukativer Dokumentarfilm, der das gravierende Problem Müll und dessen Umgang thematisiert. Der Film ist innerhalb von sechs Monaten während unseres weltwärts-Zivildiensts in Puerto Quito, Ecuador, entstanden. Unsere Hauptaufgabe bestand darin, in Bildungsinstitutionen als Lehrkräfte tätig zu sein.
Die Idee war es, ein sensibilisierendes und auf Augenhöhe ansprechendes Dokument zu schaffen, das in Workshops und der Umweltbildung nachhaltig eingesetzt wird und motivierend zu positiven Veränderungen beiträgt.
Mit Unterstützung der Deutschen Botschaft Quito, GIZ, Experiment e.V., Childfund, weiteren Organisationen und Privatpersonen, sowie vor allem der neuen weltwärts-Freiwilligen, wird dieser Film in ganz Ecuador im Bildungsbereich eingesetzt.

Version mit dt. Untertiteln : vimeo.com/29840114

Ein Film von : Malte Brammerloh, Thomas Dollmaier, Gregor Sauer und Gianni Seufert (2010/2011)

Vozes Globais - Boaventura de Souza Santos - Carta Maior na Rio+20

Depoimentos de participantes da Rio+20 e Cúpula dos Povos colhidos pela Carta Maior.
Boaventura de Souza Santos, sociólogo e professor da Universidade de Coimbra

segunda-feira, 25 de junho de 2012

Ana Carolina - Só de Sacanagem / Brasil Corrupção

Carta de Elisa Lucinda (poeta, escritora, jornalista e atriz brasileira) lida por Ana Carolina durante seu show, seguida de uma canção composta por Ana e Tom Zé.

domingo, 17 de junho de 2012

Mafalda (Filme Completo)

Mafalda (Carlos D. Marquez; 1979-82)
Título: Mafalda
Ano: 1979-82
Diretor: Carlos D. Marquez
Tema: Versão filmográfica da mundialmente conhecida personagem criada por Quino

Arundhati Roy : Jungles of Resistance

Renowned Indian author Arundhati Roy says her country’s government has declared war on its own people. Her outspokenness earned her an invitation to spend time with Maoist rebels. On this edition, Arundhati Roy takes us into the jungles of India, as she reads excerpts from her new book ‘Walking with the Comrades’.

Special thanks to the Center for Place Culture and Politics at the City University of New York’s Graduate Center.

Source : http://www.radioproject.org/2012/06/arundhati-roy-jungles-of-resistance/

Capitalism Makes us Crazy : Dr Gabor Maté on Illness & Addiction

Humans have always used drugs, but current level of drug abuse could indicate a bigger problem that we’re driving people into addiction. What’s the connection between the increase in chronic diseases, mental illness and drug addiction in our society today? On this edition, Dr. Gabor Maté talks about the relationship between mind and body health – and what the rise of capitalism has done to destroy both.
Special thanks to KPFA in Berkeley, CA.
Dr. Gabor Maté, physician and author of several books including, “In the Realm of Hungry Ghosts: Close Encounters with Addiction,” “Hold on to Your Kids: Why Parents Need to Matter More Than Peers” (co-authored by Gordon Neufeld), and “When the Body Says No: The Cost of Hidden Stress.”

Source : http://www.radioproject.org/2012/02/gabor-mate-illness-addiction/

Seeds of Freedom - Narrated by Jeremy Irons

Seeds of Freedom from The ABN and The Gaia Foundation on Vimeo.

The story of seed has become one of loss, control, dependence and debt. It’s been written by those who want to make vast profit from our food system, no matter what the true cost. It’s time to change the story.

A landmark film from The Gaia Foundation and the African Biodiversity Network.

Seeds of Freedom charts the story of seed from its roots at the heart of traditional, diversity rich farming systems across the world, to being transformed into a powerful commodity, used to monopolise the global food system.The film highlights the extent to which the industrial agricultural system, and genetically modified (GM) seeds in particular, has impacted on the enormous agro -biodiversity evolved by farmers and communities around the world, since the beginning of agriculture.

Seeds of Freedom seeks to challenge the mantra that large-scale, industrial agriculture is the only means by which we can feed the world, promoted by the pro-GM lobby. In tracking the story of seed it becomes clear how corporate agenda has driven the take over of seed in order to make vast profit and control of the food global system.

Through interviews with leading international experts such as Dr Vandana Shiva and Henk Hobbelink, and through the voices of a number of African farmers, the film highlights how the loss of indigenous seed goes hand in hand with loss of biodiversity and related knowledge; the loss of cultural traditions and practices; the loss of livelihoods; and the loss of food sovereignty. The pressure is growing to replace the diverse, nutritional, locally adapted and resilient seed crops which have been bred by small-scale farmers for millenia, by monocultures of GM seed.

Alongside speakers from indigenous farming communities, the film features global experts and activists Dr Vandana Shiva of Navdanya, Henk Hobbelink of GRAIN, Zac Goldsmith MP (UK Conservative party), Canadian farmer Percy Schmeiser, Kumi Naidoo of Greenpeace International, Gathuru Mburu of the African Biodiversity Network, Liz Hosken of The Gaia Foundation and Caroline Lucas MP (UK Green party).

This film is co-produced by The Gaia Foundation and the African Biodiversity Network. In collaboration with GRAIN, Navdanya International and MELCA Ethiopia .

Polly Higgins : Eradicating Ecocide

Barrister, author and activist Polly Higgins argues for a new paradigm for business, where people and planet are put first.

Polly Higgins' Eradicating Ecocide campaign is working to protect the natural world through law. Please subscribe to their youtube channel on http://www.youtube.com/eradicatingecocidetv and join their weekly newsletter at www.eradicatingecocide.com.

Listen to the podcast of the full event including audience Q&A: http://www.thersa.org/events/audio-and-past-events/2012/eradicating-ecocide

sábado, 16 de junho de 2012

Fernando E. Solanas : Memoria del Saqueo (2003)

La tragedia que nos tocó vivir con el derrumbe del gobierno liberal de De la Rúa, me impulsaron a volver a mis inicios en el cine, hace más de 40 años, cuando la búsqueda de una identidad política y cinematográfica y la resistencia ala dictadura, me llevaron a filmar “La Hora de los Hornos”. Las circunstancias han cambiado y para mal: ¿Cómo fue posible que en el “granero del mundo” se padeciera hambre? El país había sido devastado por un nuevo tipo de agresión, silenciosa y sistemática, que dejaba más muertos que los del terrorismo de Estado y la guerra de Malvinas. En nombre de la globalización y el libre comercio, las recetas económicas de los organismos internacionales terminaron en el genocidio social y el vaciamiento financiero del país. La responsabilidad de los gobiernos de Menem y De la Rúa no exime al FMI, al Banco Mundial ni a sus países mandantes. Buscando beneficios extraordinarios nos impusieron planes neoracistas que suprimían derechos sociales adquiridos y condenaron a muerte por desnutrición, vejez prematura o enfermedades curables, a millones de personas. Eran crímenes de lesa humanidad en tiempos de paz.
Una vez más, la realidad me impuso recontextualizar las imágenes y componer un fresco vivo de lo que habíamos soportado durante las tres décadas que van de la dictadura de Videla a la rebelión popular del 19 y 20 de diciembre de 2001, que terminó con el gobierno de la Alianza. “Memoria del Saqueo” es mi manera de contribuir al debate que en Argentina y el mundo se está desarrollando con la certeza que frente a la globalización deshumanizada, “otro mundo es posible”.
- Fernando E. Solanas
Fuente : http://www.pinosolanas.com/memoria_info.htm

PROBLEMA : Who are we in the 21st Century?

Watch the film with subtitles in various languages on problema-thefilm.org Inspired by : droppingknowledge.org

A cinematic interpretation of the world's largest round table gathering, PROBLEMA is a visually imaginative, thought-provoking invitation to a world of global dilemmas. Spanning seventeen questions confronting who we are and where we're going, the film follows the insights, perceptions, reflections and views of over 100 people from more than 50 nations sat together in one circle.

A not-for-profit production, PROBLEMA is freely available to watch and to download via this website. If you'd like to support the film, we encourage you to host a screening, to sign our guestbook or to consider making a micro-donation to help further its human connection.

Anuradha Mittal : World Hunger

Anuradha Mital speaking at the 2010 Environmental Land Earth and Water Conference in Eugene Oregon. Anuradha Mittal is an internationally renowned expert on trade, development, human rights, and agriculture issues. After working as the codirector of Food First/ Institute for Food and Development Policy, Mittal established the Oakland Institute, a progressive policy think tank, in 2004.

Jerry Mander : Intro-Globalization

Jerry Mander Intro-Globalization from Imi Pono on Vimeo.

Jerry Mander is a senior fellow at Public Media Center, a non-profit advertising company working exclusively for environmental and social causes, and the program director for the Foundation for Deep Ecology. He is also the Director of the International Forum on Globalization (IFG), a non-profit international alliance of leading activists, scholars, economists, researchers, and writers formed to stimulate new thinking, joint activity, and public education on the global economy. The author of In the Absence of the Sacred (1991) and Four Arguments for the Elimination of Television (1977), he is also co-editor with John Cavanagh of Alternatives to Economic Globalization (2004) and with Edward Goldsmith of The Case Against the Global Economy: And For a Turn Toward the Local (1996).
He holds degrees from Columbia University (in economics) and the Wharton School of Business.


Lori Wallach from Imi Pono on Vimeo.

Local sovereignty, militarization and colonization, forms of development, control and ultimate ownership of resources, worker rights, investment protocols, energy and resource battles are all implicated in the grand bargain sought by great powers and their corporations. We need to learn every detail of these agreements, and their import. And we need to determine what, exactly, we can do about it.

Lori M. Wallach has been director of Public Citizen's Global Trade Watch since 1995.
Wallach is an expert on the operations and outcomes of trade policies such as NAFTA, WTO, CAFTA and more. She is steeped in the domestic and international politics of current trade negotiations and disputes. Wallach works closely with Congress and civil society, scholars, and activists in the U.S and developing countries to foster the growing debate about implications of different models of globalization on jobs, off-shoring, wages, the environment, public health and food safety; equality and social justice and democratically accountable governance.

Breaking '08 Pledge, Leaked Doc Shows Obama Wants to Help Corporations Avoid Regulations


A draft agreement leaked Wednesday shows the Obama administration is pushing a secretive trade agreement that could vastly expand corporate power and directly contradict a 2008 campaign promise by President Obama. A U.S. proposal for the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) trade pact between the United States and eight Pacific nations would allow foreign corporations operating in the U.S. to appeal key regulations to an international tribunal. The body would have the power to override U.S. law and issue penalties for failure to comply with its ruling. We speak to Lori Wallach, director of Public Citizen's Global Trade Watch, a fair trade group that posted the leaked documents on its website. "This is not just a bad trade agreement," Wallach says. "This is a 1% power tool that could rip up our basic needs and rights."

sexta-feira, 15 de junho de 2012

Jon Erickson - "CRASH COURSE" in Ecological Economics

What exactly is Ecological Economics? How does it differ from mainstream economics, and what does it aim to accomplish in today's world? Similar to a "crash course", this video was created for the purpose of addressing these questions in a direct and comprehensive manner, as well as to highlight the principles that lie at the root of Jon Erickson's research, teaching, and outreach activities.

In short, Ecological Economics is a transdisciplinary approach to economic, social, and environmental problem solving. "Transdisciplinary" implies a problem-orientation that draws from a diverse web of knowledge traditionally categorized into the natural sciences, social sciences, and humanities. "Ecological Economics," explains Erickson, "draws on each perspective, addressing complex problems and building shared understanding that enable solutions that are sustainable, equitable, and efficient."

Jon Erickson's current professional activities include being president-elect of the U.S. Society for Ecological Economics, and at The University of Vermont, he is a professor of Ecological Economics as well as the Managing Director of the Gund Institute for Ecological Economics. Erickson serves on the faculty for both the Environmental Studies program and the Rubenstein School of Environment & Natural Resources program at UVM.

This video is a production of the Gund Institute for Ecological Economics, an affiliate of the Rubenstein School for Environment & Natural Resources at the University of Vermont.

The Gund Institute is a transdisciplinary research, teaching, and service organization focused on developing integrative solutions to society's most pressing problems. We conduct integrative research and service-learning projects on a broad range of topics, offer hands-on learning through our problem-solving workshops and courses, develop online teaching resources and international collaborations through metacourses, and support professional and graduate education through our Graduate Certificates in Ecological Economics and Ecological Design. Learn more about the Gund community of students, scholars and practitioners by exploring our news, publications, and video archives, then contact us to help us build a sustainable, widely shared quality of life.

Vermont 2009-2011

For more information, please visit Jon Erickson's Website: http://www.uvm.edu/~jdericks/
and The Gund Insitutes's Website: http://www.uvm.edu/giee/

Josh Farley : Rethinking Economic Growth

PCI Fellow Josh Farley explains the concepts and implcations of money as debt, GDP as a measure of the economy,
and economic degrowth. Recorded at the 2012 Montreal Degrowth conference for The Extraenvironmentalist.
Joshua Farley is a renowned ecological economist working to integrate social, human, and natural capital into the way the world views economics. He is a Fellow of the Gund Institute for Ecological Economics and a Professor in the Community Development and Applied Economics faculty at the University of Vermont. With economist Herman Daly, Joshua co-authored the foundation textbook Ecological Economics: Principles and Applications; he also co-authored Restoring Natural Capital: Financing and Valuation. Joshua has received several Fellowships and has spent considerable time abroad, including several years teaching ecological economics at the School for Field Studies Centre for Rainforest Studies (CRS) in Far North Queensland Australia. http://www.postcarbon.org/person/36214-joshua-farley

Juliet Schor : Working Less

Juliet Schor is Professor of Sociology at Boston College. Before joining Boston College, she taught at Harvard University for 17 years, in the Department of Economics and the Committee on Degrees in Women’s Studies. A graduate of Wesleyan University, Schor received her Ph.D. in economics at the University of Massachusetts.

Crisis global y medio ambiente

Crisis global y medio ambiente (Manolo Garí, Presidente de la Fundación Viento Sur)

Universidad Socioambiental de la Sierra - Homenaje a Ramón Fernández Durán

Presentación de la Universidad Socioambiental de la Sierra y homenaje a Ramón Fernández Durán y presentación de sus últimos libros (Yayo Herrero, Ecologistas en Acción; Miguel Urban, redacción de Viento Sur)

David Graeber : On Bureaucratic Technologies & the Future as Dream-Time

(George Gilder) "theological version of supply side economics, ... creating money through the federal reserve and give it to entrepreneurs is actually a reproduction of the divine act of creating the world out of nothing." (20:50)

The twentieth century produced a very clear sense of what the future was to be, but we now seem unable to imagine any sort of redemptive future. How did this happen? One reason is the replacement of what might be called poetic technologies with bureaucratic technologies. Another is the terminal perturbations of capitalism, which is increasingly unable to envision any future at all.
David Graeber likes to say that he had three goals for 2011 : to promote his new book, Debt: The First 5000 Years (Melville House), learn to drive, and launch a worldwide revolution. He's done well on the first, failed the second, and the third may be on the way, in the form of the Occupy Wall Street movement that Graeber helped initiate. He teaches anthropology at Goldsmiths, University of London, and is also the author of Towards an Anthropological Theory of Value, Lost People : Magic and the Legacy of Slavery in Madagascar, Fragments of an Anarchist Anthropology, and Direct Action : An Ethnography, among other books.

David Graeber gave this talk in the School of Visual Arts theater on 19 January 2012 at 7.

quinta-feira, 14 de junho de 2012

William Rees : Why We're in Denial

Dr. William Rees is a professor emeritus at the University of British Columbia and former director of the School of Community and Regional Planning (SCARP). He is the originator of the "ecological footprint" concept and co-developer of the method. In this interview he speaks with us about why we're in denial about the failure of the human enterprise. We ask Bill about the reasons we're in denial and how we could start adapting to our ecological challenges through a new cultural narrative.

Documentary - BBC How Art Made The World 1 - More Human Than Human

Pictures of the human body fill our TV screens, magazines, billboards, almost our every waking moment. Through the ages artists have been obsessed with the human form. The range of bodies they have created is breathtaking, but yet they share one thing in common... none of these images resembles a real human being.

So why is our modern world dominated by images of the body that are unrealistic?

Neuroscientists theorize this has something to do with the workings of the human brain, and point to a neurological principle known as the peak shift. In essence our brain is hard-wired to focus upon parts of objects with pleasing associations. So if you were an artist, the tendency would be to reproduce human figures with parts that mattered the most to you.

Prehistoric artists were clearly caught up in peak shift tendencies, creating exaggerated statues like the famed Venus of Willendorf. For their part, the Egyptians perfected a more stylized, order-obsessed human figure, only to have the Greeks break out and create fantastically heroic — but totally unrealistic — images like the Riace Bronzes.

So why then are we moderns constantly inundated by unrealistic images of the body?

In reality, we humans don't really like reality - we prefer exaggerated, more human than human, images of the body. This is a shared biological instinct that appears to link us inexorably with our ancient ancestors.

Source : http://www.pbs.org/howartmadetheworld/episodes/human/

Indigné ! et après ?

Après l'indignation viennent la réflexion et l'action. Il est temps pour le citoyen de prendre conscience qu'il détient le pouvoir de changer son monde. Ce court-métrage vous invite à découvrir des "clés" qui vous ouvriront les portes de la vie alternative. A vous de jouer ! Pour un avenir serein, merci.

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Documentary - BBC How Art Made The World 2 - The Day Pictures Were Born

We live in a highly complex world, one that requires many different skills and abilities to make our way through it. One of these skills is to look at lines and shapes that we see around us and give meaning to them. This ability to read images is an essential part of our lives. If we didn't have it, life, as we know it, would be impossible; our world would be unrecognizable. But at some point in our ancient past, that's what the world was like — imageless. And then something changed. At some point in our human history, probably about 35,000 years ago, we began to create pictures and to understand what they meant. Archeologist call this period the "creative explosion." But why did people suddenly decide to start creating images of the world around them?

The discovery of the prehistoric cave paintings of Altamira gave 19th century experts a clue to this question—they first theorized the obvious, prehistoric humans painted simply to represent the world around them. But that was not a real answer, for these early artists only seemed to paint one thing—animals. And they painted their pictures in dark caves, too, well away from the eyes of admirers.

Scientists who study altered states of consciousness suggest the answer lies in the hard-wiring of the brain. People didn't just one day decide to invent making pictures. Rather, prehistoric artists where experiencing sensory deprivation deep within their caves—in a sort of trance state—resulting in powerful hallucinations. These hallucinations were of such powerful emotional importance they felt compelled to paint them on the walls. According to this theory, these artists were simply nailing down their visions.

Source : http://www.pbs.org/howartmadetheworld/episodes/pictures/

Columbia Forum on Art and the New Biology of Mind

The Academy's Teatro was packed with an enthusiastic crowd eager to learn about recent advances in the neurosciences from the best-known scientists in the world, including Antonio Damasio, V.S. Ramachandran, Raymond Dolan, Vittorio Gallese, Joseph LeDoux, Semir Zeki, and Margaret Livingstone, along with responses and reflections from noted artists including Marina Abramovic, Robert Irwin, Richard Meier, Lynn Davis, Laurie Anderson, Terry Winters, Joan Snyder, Philip Taaffe, George Condo, and David Salle. The conference was led by the Academy's Director, David Freedberg, along with Arthur C. Danto and Nobel Laureate Eric R. Kandel. The Forum was sponsored in part by the Louise T. Blouin Foundation.

quarta-feira, 13 de junho de 2012

Jem Bendell - Rebuild21 : The Future of Finance

What will banks of the 21st century look like? Well not like you think! According to Jem Bendell Rebuild21 speaker we need to rethink the concept of banks and currencies for a more sustainable 21st century. Jem Bendell is a professor and the owner-director of Lifeworth Consulting, providing solutions for systemic change towards sustainable development. For 16 years he has consulted with business, United Nations (UN) and civil society, while writing over 100 publications on the social responsibility of organizations.

Read more about Rebuild21 at : http://rebuild21.org

Employing the Future - Jem Bendell

Jem Bendell, Founder and Director, Lifeworth, Switzerland shares his thoughts on employing the future at the World Economic Forum on the Middle East, North Africa and Eurasia in Istanbul, Turkey, 4-6 June 2012.

Erik Assadourian Presents at State of the World 2012 Symposium

Senior Fellow and State of the World 2012 Co-Director Erik Assadourian presents his chapter "The Path to Degrowth in Overdeveloped Countries" at the Worldwatch Institute's annual book launch and symposium on April 11, 2012.

terça-feira, 12 de junho de 2012

segunda-feira, 11 de junho de 2012

David Korowicz : The Modern Economy, Civilisation, Complexity & Collapse


David Korowicz is a physicist and human systems ecologist, the director of The Risk/Resilience Network in Ireland, a board member of FEASTA - The Foundation for the Economics of Sustainability, and contributor to the 2011 book Fleeing Vesuvius: Overcoming the Risks of Economic & Environmental Collapse. Korowicz lives in Dublin, Ireland.
Korowicz's keynote talk delivered to the 2010 International Conference on Sustainability: Energy, Economy, and Environment organized by Local Future nonprofit and directed by Aaron Wissner.

Steve Keen : Why 2012 is Shaping Up to be a Particularly Ugly Year

At the high level, our global economic plight is quite simple to understand says noted Australian deflationist Steve Keen.

Banks began lending money at a faster rate than the global economy grew, and we're now at the turning point where we simply have run out of new borrowers for the ever-growing debt the system has become addicted to.

Once borrowers start eschewing rather than seeking debt, asset prices begin to fall -- which in turn makes these same people want to liquidate their holdings, which puts further downward pressure on asset prices:

More info : http://www.chrismartenson.com/blog/steve-keen-2012-particularly-ugly-year/76297

domingo, 10 de junho de 2012

Health@Google : Dr. Daniel Siegel, Taking Time In

Studies of physical health, emotional well-being, longevity, happiness, and even wisdom suggest that our ability to be aware of our own internal world and feel deeply connected to others is at the heart of both resilience and mental health. This ability to see the mind or to have "mindsight" is a learnable skill that stabilizes the lens through which we come to sense our feelings, thoughts, and memories. Mindsight promotes more meaningful and empathetic relationships, an integrated and flexible brain, and a coherent and resilient mind.

Our bodies, our minds, our "selves" : Neurobiological perspectives on creativity

Mary Helen Immordino-Yang is an assistant professor of education at the Rossier School of Education and an Assistant Professor of Psychology for the Brain and Creativity Institute at the University of Southern California. She studies the bases of the brains emotions, social interaction, culture and its implications for development and learning and is also the inaugural recipient for the Award of Transforming Education through Neuroscience. The award is co-sponsored by the International Mind, Brain and Education Society (IMBES) and the Learning and the Brain conference. Immordino-Yang lectures nationally about how the arts foster creativity and the latest in neuroscientific and developmental evidence of what creativity is and how it is grounded in emotional and cognitive processing.

Recent advances in neuroscience are highlighting connections between socio-emotional feelings and learning that have the potential to revolutionize our understanding of the role of affect in creativity. In this talk I will discuss our new work on the neurobiology and psychology of admiration and compassion, demonstrating how these emotions can be inspirational, how they appear to influence biological and sociocultural development, how they may differ across cultures, and how they may promote social, intellectual, and artistic creativity. We will also discuss how these emotions reveal connections between the mind and body in learning and creating, and what they may teach us about the neurobiology of self awareness and the importance of internal reflection to these processes. Possible implications for children and adolescents living in unsafe or urban environments, and for children who overuse technology, will be discussed.

Susan Greenfield : How does the brain generate consciousness?

Baroness Susan Greenfield CBE Hon FRCP, Member, House of Lords, United Kingdom, Professor of Synaptic Pharmacology, Lincoln College, Oxford University presents this lecture: How does the brain generate consciousness? This video was recorded at The Australian National University on 30 August 2010, and was the keynote speech at a John Curtin School of Medical Research symposium: New Perspectives in Clinical Neuroscience and Mental Health.

Susan Greenfield was both an undergraduate and graduate at Oxford, but has subsequently spent time in postdoctoral research at the College de France, Paris, with Professor J Glowinski and at the New York University Medical Centre, New York, with Professor R Llinas. As a consequence of working in both biochemical and electrophysiological environments she has developed a multidisciplinary approach to exploring novel neuronal mechanisms in the brain that are common to regions affected in both Alzheimer's and Parkinson's disease. The basic theme of her research is to develop strategies to arrest neuronal death in these disorders.

She is also co-founder of a university spin-out company specialising in novel approaches to neurodegeneration, - Synaptica Ltd In addition, Professor Greenfield has a supplementary interest in the neuroscientific basis of consciousness, and accordingly has written 'Journey to the Centres of the Mind Toward a Science of Consciousness' (1995) W H Freeman Co, and 'Private Life of the Brain' (2000) Penguin. Her latest book 'Tomorrow's People: How 21st Century technology is changing the way we think and feel' (Penguin 2003), explores human nature, and its potential vulnerability in an age of technology.

In addition, she is also Director of the Institute for the Future of the Mind, part of the James Martin 21st Century School, which exploits the parallels between the brains of the very young and very old, and how they are all vunerable to technology, chemical manipulation, and disease.

She has also written 'The Human Brain': A Guided Tour (1997) Orion-Phoenix Press, which ranked in the best seller list for hard and paperbacks.

She held the Gresham Chair of Physic from 1996-1999, and has received 28 honorary degrees. In 1998 she was awarded the Michael Faraday medal by the Royal Society and in 1999 was elected to an Honorary Fellowship of the Royal College of Physicians. She is also involved in science policy and has given a consultative seminar to the Prime Minister on the future of science in the UK. Susan has been involved in the 'Science and the Economy' seminars at No 11 and in response to a request in 2002 from the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, she produced the Greenfield Report 'SET Fair: A Report on Women in Science, Engineering, and Technology'. She was awarded the CBE in the Millennium New Year's Honour's List and Life Peerage (non-political) in 2001. In 2003 she was awarded the Ordre National de la Legion d'Honneur.

Flowers in The Desert : The Search for Chile's Disappeared


"In the hallucinatory photographs of Paula Allen, the lunar landscape of northern Chile's desert stretches toward the horizon like a sea of grief. That arid land is the perfect metaphor for the unremitting pain of the women of the disappeared. Their suffering is that vast, that terrible. The tiny figures of the women with shovels in their hands, scouring that plain baked by a brutal climate, are in these photographs converted into eternal symbols."
- Isabel Allende

Source : http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/1756888157/flowers-in-the-desert-the-search-for-chiles-disapp

BBC Horizon : The Secret You

With the help of a hammer-wielding scientist, Jennifer Aniston and a general anaesthetic, Professor Marcus du Sautoy goes in search of answers to one of science's greatest mysteries: how do we know who we are? While the thoughts that make us feel as though we know ourselves are easy to experience, they are notoriously difficult to explain. So, in order to find out where they come from, Marcus subjects himself to a series of probing experiments.
He learns at what age our self-awareness emerges and whether other species share this trait. Next, he has his mind scrambled by a cutting-edge experiment in anaesthesia. Having survived that ordeal, Marcus is given an out-of-body experience in a bid to locate his true self. And in Hollywood, he learns how celebrities are helping scientists understand the microscopic activities of our brain. Finally, he takes part in a mind-reading experiment that both helps explain and radically alters his understanding of who he is.

Source : http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b00nhv56

V.S. Ramachandran - Art, Reality, and the Brain : The Quest for Aesthetic Universals

Dr. V.S. Ramachandran, Director of the Center for Brain and Cognition and Distinguished Professor with the Psychology Department and Neuroscience Program at the University of California, San Diego at the San Francisco Asian Art Forum for Museum Directors at the Asian Art Museum (November 8-9, 2011)

V.S. Ramachandran -The Tell-Tale Brain : A Neuroscientist's Quest for What Makes Us Human


V.S. Ramachandran is Director of the Center for Brain and Cognition and Professor with the Psychology Department and the Neurosciences Program at UC San Diego. A former BBC Reith Lecturer, he wrote Phantoms in the Brain: Probing the Mysteries of the Human Mind (with Sandra Blakeslee), and is the author of A Brief Tour of Human Consciousness: From Impostor Poodles to Purple Numbers. His latest book, The Tell-Tale Brain: A Neuroscientist's Quest for What Makes Us Human explores human uniqueness and illustrates how we can better understand the normal by studying the abnormal. Called "The Marco Polo of neuroscience" by Richard Dawkins and "The modern Paul Broca" by Eric Kandel, Ramachandran has also been celebrated in the epidemic of medical melodramas: in the episode "The Tyrant" of the television show House, MD., Dr. House cures phantom limb pain using Ramachandran's mirror box.

sábado, 9 de junho de 2012

Juan Enriquez : Will our kids be a different species?


Throughout human evolution, multiple versions of humans co-existed. Could we be mid-upgrade now? At TEDxSummit, Juan Enriquez sweeps across time and space to bring us to the present moment -- and shows how technology is revealing evidence that suggests rapid evolution may be under way.

Sam Keen : In The Absence of God

Complete video at : http://fora.tv/2010/03/11/Sam_Keen_In_The_Absence_of_God

As global residents within a culture of fanaticism, materialism, and greed, is it possible to bridge our differences and dwell in harmony in the twenty-first century? Celebrated author Sam Keen believes that a new understanding of the role of religion in our lives is essential for such a transformation. And that nothing less than our existence hangs in the balance.

In In the Absence of God, Keen offers a provocative critique of the present state of religion and leads the way down a new path -- one of renewal for us and our troubled society. By recovering the experience of the sacred, Keen argues, we may renew our own relationship with God and discover the religious commonality we all share, ending bridging differences that have divided Christians, Jews, Muslims, Buddhists, and others.

Known throughout religious and philosophical circles alike, Keen has spent his life asking the "big questions," and in In the Absence of God, he does not shy away from some of the most difficult and provocative questions concerning religion today:

What does religion offer us in today's world? How has religion failed us? Must we choose between religious fundamentalism and atheism -- or is there a hopeful alternative? How can religion address the challenges and violence we face every day?

Keen reminds us that the answers to these questions lie at the heart of religion and shows us how to access them. By reviving the sacred in everyday life through an appreciation of such elementary emotions as wonder, gratitude, anxiety, joy, grief, reverence, compassion, outrage, hope, and humility, we may rediscover God for ourselves and find a way to live in peace.

Sam Keen, Philosopher, Author, Lecturer

At an evening meeting of the Oakmont Sunday Symposium, Sam Keen (http://samkeen.com/) discussed living a Spirited Life and laid out 10 Rules of Thumb.

Manfred Max-Neef : El mundo en rumbo de colisión

Manfred Max-Neef (1932) economista y ambientalista chileno, ganador del Premio Nobel Alternativo de Economía (Right Livelihood Award) y autor de “Economía Descalza” y “Desarrollo a Escala Humana”, 2 obras trascendentales a la hora de resumir su pensamiento que sigue claramente las líneas del Small is Beautiful del economista inglés Schumacher.

Max-Neef fue miembro del Consejo Asesor de los Gobiernos de Canadá y Suecia para el Desarrollo Sustentable, y candidato independiente a la Presidencia de la República de Chile en 1993. Entre los años 1994 y 2002 fue rector de la Universidad Austral de Chile. Actualmente es profesor de Economía Ecológica de la Universidad Austral de Chile. Está considerado como ‘Uno de los sabios de nuestro tiempo’ y ‘Uno de los 50 líderes mundiales en sostenibilidad’.

Su Hipótesis del Umbral, sostiene que a partir de determinado punto del desarrollo económico, la calidad de vida comienza a disminuir; transformando la felicidad relativa de las personas en soledad y alienación. Es por eso que la búsqueda de Max-Neef son propuestas para la puesta en práctica de un desarrollo a nuestra escala, de una economía que roce la tierra, basado en la idea de que “en la naturaleza, todo sistema vivo crece hasta un cierto punto en el que detiene su crecimiento, pero no detiene su desarrollo. El desarrollo puede seguir infinito, pero el crecimiento no”. Max-Neef es un pensador pragmático que busca con sensatez un desarrollo sostenible, sencillo y palpable, antes que la especulación desmedida que no reconoce límites en su ambición.

El video que nos convoca, de su conferencia en la Universidad Internacional de Andalucía titulada “El mundo en rumbo de colisión” (bajo la convocatoria Luzes Diálogos en La Rábida), es una clase magistral de las relaciones entre economía y medio ambiente, plasmada con la energía de quien ha vivido de manera contundente en consecuencia a sus credos y no solo existido entre automóviles, periódicos, frigoríficos y aspiradoras, como dice Thoreau. Deliciosas son sus palabras finales (que transcribo) a partir del minuto 52′, en donde se refiere a los típicos, cariñosos y dañinos consejos paternales acerca del encaramiento de la vida:

Mi conclusión a estas alturas, de 77 años de acumulada juventud, es que (…) si viven toda la vida haciendo lo que les conviene, es una vida bastante miserable. Ustedes no tienen que hacer lo que les conviene, ustedes tienen que hacer lo que tienen que hacer. Eso es lo único que les dará la satisfacción cuando lleguen a viejos… haber sido consecuentes consigo mismos. (…) La gente que sabe exactamente para dónde va, es la que nunca descubre nada, porque se da lo que llamo la obsesión del punto fijo: estoy aquí y tengo que llegar allá, y en consecuencia, todo lo que hay entremedio se percibe como obstáculos que deben ser superados (…) Y es en esos presuntos obstáculos que está toda la aventura de la vida. Entonces me la paso con anteojeras en una vida pobre. El consejo es derivar en estado de alerta, y derivar no es dejarse llevar por la corriente.

sexta-feira, 8 de junho de 2012

David Graeber in conversation with Jonathan Conning


David Graeber, author of Debt: The First 5,000 Years, in conversation with Jonathan Conning, Associate Professor of Economics at Hunter College at the Graduate Center, CUNY.

About the book:

Every economics textbook says the same thing: Money was invented to replace onerous and complicated barter system-to relieve ancient people from having to haul their goods to market. The problem with this version of history? There's not a shred of evidence to support it.Here anthropologist David Graeber presents a stunning reversal of conventional wisdom. He shows that 5,000 years ago, during the beginning of the agrarian empires, humans have used elaborate credit systems. It is in this era, Graeber shows, that we also first encounter a society divided into debtors and creditors.

With the passage of time, however, virtual credit money was replaced by gold and silver coins-and the system as a whole began to decline. Interest rates spiked and the indebted became slaves. And the system perpetuated itself with tremendously violent consequences, with only the rare intervention of kings and churches keeping the system from spiraling out of control. Debt: The First 5,000 Years is a fascinating chronicle of this little known history-as well as how it has defined human history, and what it means for the credit crisis of the present day and the future of our economy.

About the speakers:

David Graeber is an anthropologist and activist based in New York, and London, where he holds the position of Reader in Social Anthropology at Goldsmiths, University of London. He is the author of six books, including Toward an Anthropological Theory of Value, Lost People: Magic and History in Central Madagascar, Direct Action: An Ethnography, and most recently, Debt: The First Five Thousand Years, alongside popular and political writings that have appeared in venues like Harpers, The Baffler, and The Nation. He is currently working on two books: one on bureaucracy, the other about his involvement in the formation of Occupy Wall Street.

Jonathan Conning joined the economics department in the fall of 2002. His research and teaching interests include Development Economics, applied microeconomic theory and financial contracting, as well as trade and modern political economy. His research has explored the structure and operation of rural financial markets, microfinance and social investment, as well as topics in agrarian production organization, property rights, economic history, and impact evaluation.

Portugal - País de Contrastes : Episódio 1

A politica ambiental deste país nem sempre foi a melhor, mas teve os seus momentos altos. Veja neste documentário a evolução que houve neste país na ultima metade de século num sector que será fulcral para a nossa sustentabilidade no futuro.

Intervenção de Slavoj Zizek no comício da Syriza

O filósofo esloveno participou na campanha da Syriza e diz que a coligação da esquerda radical grega é hoje "a única oportunidade para a Europa". Legendado em português.

Documentos TV - La huelga del silencio

Documentos TV recuerda los acontecimientos que se produjeron en 1962 en las cuencas mineras de Asturias y que supusieron el primer conflicto laboral al que debió hacer frente el régimen de Franco.

En 1962 las grandes cifras económicas comenzaban a dar un respiro a la dictadura del General Franco. Tres años de Plan de Estabilización habían conseguido un incremento del Producto Interior Bruto, el equilibrio en la balanza de pagos y una menor inflación. Pero todo había sido a costa de un considerable descenso del nivel de vida de los trabajadores, un aumento del desempleo y un incremento notable de la emigración.

Impulsada en silencio, a base de gestos y con el protagonismo de un puñado de militantes anti-franquistas, se inició una huelga en las cuencas mineras asturianas que se extendió por otros lugares de España. ''Si uno ve en qué sitios se produce la huelga, tiene que ver con los lugares donde hay memoria y tradición del movimiento obrero'', afirma Rubén Vega, historiador de referencia para el movimiento obrero en Asturias y experto en el conflicto laboral de 1962.

Fuente : http://www.rtve.es/alacarta/videos/documentos-tv/documentos-tv-huelga-del-silencio/1396713/