quinta-feira, 23 de agosto de 2012

Star Dust - Professor Carolin Crawford

Interstellar space is not truly a vacuum devoid of matter. Mixed into vast diffuse clouds of atomic gas are minute grains of silicate and carbonate materials known as ‘dust’, alongside complex molecules deep in the cold hearts of nebulae. We shall look at how we can detect and observe this tenuous material, through the processes by which dust scatters and absorbs visible light, and emits its own infrared glow. This interstellar matter is of fundamental importance to us all, as it is the reservoir from which all planets form... and any lifeforms living on those planets.

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Understanding the Brain : A work in progress - Professor Keith Kendrick


How billions of interconnected cells in the brain can interpret and regulate all our bodily functions as well as mediate our experiences of interactions with and responses to the world around us is a huge and fascinating question that many different disciplines have attempted to tackle.

This lecture will consider what we have learned so far about the principles of neural encoding and how they may begin to explain our memories, emotions and conscious awareness.

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Building Brains : The Molecular Logic of Neural Circuits


Thomas M. Jessel, Howard Hughes Medical Institute Investigator, explores the human brain, the sophisticated product of 500 million years of vertebrate evolution, assembled during just nine months of embryonic development. The functions encoded by its trillion nerve cells direct all human behavior. Yet the brain is a biological organ made from the same building blocks as skin, liver and lung. How does the brain acquire its remarkable computational power? Answers lie in the details of its construction -- the cellular and molecular mechanisms that drive the formation of thousands of neural circuits, each wired for a specific behavior.

Susan Carey : Culture and cognitive development


Susan Carey is a Harvard psychologist whose work has explored fundamental issues surrounding the nature of the human mind. Carey is the Henry A. Morss, Jr. and Elisabeth W. Morss Professor of Psychology in the Faculty of Arts and Sciences and is the first woman to receive the Rumelhart Prize. Additionally, Carey is the first recipient awarded the prize for her theoretical contributions to the study of human development.

The selection committee recognized Carey's work for the clarity of insights on deep and foundational questions concerning philosophy of mind and also for her rigorous and elegant experimental methods. Her book Conceptual Change in Childhood (MIT Press, 1985) was highly influential in setting the agenda for research on concepts in both children and adults. Her current research on number concepts and her forthcoming book The Origins of Concepts (to be published by Oxford University Press) have extraordinary reach, spurring advances in cognitive neuroscience, in evolutionary psychology, and in the comparative study of human and nonhuman primates.

Carey received her B.A. from Radcliffe in 1964, and she received a Fullbright Fellowship to London University in 1965. She received her Ph.D. from Harvard in 1971. Carey is a member of the American Philosophical Society, the National Academy of Sciences, the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, the National Academy of Education, and the British Academy. She has been a member of the Harvard faculty since 2001, and previously taught at Massachusetts Institute of Technology and at New York University.

quarta-feira, 22 de agosto de 2012

Janine Benyus : Biomimicry in action

Janine Benyus has a message for inventors: When solving a design problem, look to nature first. There you'll find inspired designs for making things waterproof, aerodynamic, solar-powered and more. Here she reveals dozens of new products that take their cue from nature with spectacular results.

Will Steffen - State of the Planet : Biogeophysical and Climate


Will Steffen, Executive Director of the ANU Climate Change Institute, Australian National University

Slides available here : http://ll1.workcast.net/10301/6120987478516047/Documents/PuP_STEFFEN.pdf

TEDxCanberra - Will Steffen - The Anthropocene

Executive Director of the Australian National University's Climate Change Institute, Professor Will Steffen, takes us on a journey through the science measuring humanity's effect on the planet. Using tangible, real measures, Will shows us the profound change in the planet since the Industrial Revolution and argues that now, more than at any other time, humanity is the single most influential factor in global changes; so much so that we should recognise that now is the age of mankind - The Anthropocene.

Jonathan Friedman : Globalizing Fantasies Trenchant Realities

Jonathan Friedman is a distinguished professor of anthropology at UC San Diego and Directeur d'études, EHESS, Paris. Arguing for the necessity of a global systemic perspective in understanding the contemporary situation, Friedman speaks on a global anthropology of contemporary crisis and the failures of the globalization framework to deal with the phenomenon.

Kim Stanley Robinson - Valuing the Earth and Future Generations : Imagining Post-Capitalism


Climate change and population growth will combine in the twenty-first century to put an enormous load on humanity's bio-infrastructural support system, the planet Earth. Kim Stanley Robinson argues that our current economic system undervalues both the environment and future human generations, and it will have to change if we hope to succeed in dealing with the enormous challenges facing us. Science is the most powerful conceptual system we have for dealing with the world, and we are certain to be using science to design and guide our response to the various crises now bearing down on us. A more scientific economics -- what would that look like? And what else in our policy, habits, and values will have to change?

Winner of Hugo, Nebula and Locus Awards, Kim Stanley Robinson is best known for his award-winning Mars trilogy. He has published fifteen novels and several short stories collections, often exploring ecological and sociological themes. Recently, the US National Science Foundation has sent Robinson to Antarctica as part of their Antarctic Artists and Writers Program. In April 2011, Robinson presented his observations on the cyclical nature of capitalism at the Rethinking Capitalism conference, University of California, Santa Cruz. In 1984, he published his doctoral dissertation, The Novels of Philip Dick.

Authors@Google : Kim Stanley Robinson "2312"


Award winning author KimStanley Robinson reads from his book, "2312", a NYTimes list best seller. He also answers many audience questions.

Curtis White : Inevitably, a Romantic. - Neilly Series


Curtis White : Inevitably, a Romantic. - Neilly Series Part 2

Curtis White : Inevitably, a Romantic. - Neilly Series Part 3

Curtis White : Inevitably, a Romantic. - Neilly Series Part 4

Curtis White : Inevitably, a Romantic. - Neilly Series Part 5

Curtis White presents "Inevitably, a Romantic." A discussion of Romanticism and its relation to American culture since the '60s. Social critic, essayist, and novelist, White has authored five novels, several works of nonfiction and edited works, and numerous articles and essays
Introduction by Patrick Daubert Class of 2011

Pascal Boyer : Why ritualized behaviour in humans?

Central European University, Budapest
Summer University 2007 - Culture and Cognition

Pascal Boyer is Henry Luce Professor of Individual and Collective Memory at Washington University in St. Louis. He teaches in the Psychology and Anthropology departments.

Pascal Boyer works in the Memory and Development Laboratory of the Psychology Department, Washington University. He also manages the the Luce Program in Individual and Collective Memory.

Cognition under the high brow

We cognitive anthropologists deal with “culture” in the broad sense of distributed mental representations widespread in a social group (and many of us don’t really believe that the terms “culture” or “cultural” pick up a natural kind of representations - but that will be the topic of another post). We do not usually have much time for “culture” in the elevated sense of high culture - the sense usually associated with the names of Matthew Arnold or TS Eliot, among others.

But we should pay some attention, perhaps. True, high culture does not occur in all human societies, it is a minority pursuit wherever it does, and there may be more important problems for cognitive anthropology to solve. But it is interesting nonetheless. Wherein lies the difference between the high and low registers? Is there any cultural variation in that difference? How does it translate in terms of cognitive processes?

We academics and other literate types are often misguided in our approach to this, as we compare the best examples of high culture with the worst of the low. This was recently and vividly brought to my attention by the request of a friend and colleague, that we both read something called The Da Vinci Code, which we would then discuss in various undergraduate classes on literature, myth and history. This turned out to be a Serious Mistakes.

The Emerging Mind: How relationships and the embodied brain shape who we are


Renowned academic, author, and director of the Mindsight Institute Dan Siegel, visits the RSA to reveal an extremely rare thing -- a working definition of the mind.

Find out more about the Mindsight Institute:

Listen to the podcast of the full event including audience Q&A:

Daniel Fessler : Taboos, emotions and cultural evolution


Culture and Cognition

In July 2007, we had a great summer schoool on culture and cognition at the Central European University in Budapest organised by György Gergely and Dan Sperber. The proceeding were video-recorded and many of the lectures (by Rita Astuti, Pascal Boyer, Susan Carey, Gergely Csibra, Dan Fessler, György Gergely, Pierre Jacob, Dan Sperber) and of the students presentations (by Coralie Chevalier, Claire Cooper, Christophe Heintz, Olivier Mascaro, Vlad Naumescu) are now visible online at the school's Youtube channel here.

Fall and Winter Extended Teaser

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'Fall & Winter' is a documentary that explores the origins of our global crisis in order to better understand the catastrophic transition we have now entered. This film presents the ideas and experience of a wide range of people dedicated to confronting this crisis head on. The result is an analysis of our failing institutions and culture so we may be equipped to handle drastic collapse and foster a vital, fundamental rebirth in the way we live on this planet.

Unser täglich Brot - Our Daily Bread

Welcome to the world of industrial food production and high-tech farming! To the rhythm of conveyor belts and immense machines, the film looks without commenting into the places where food is produced in Europe: monumental spaces, surreal landscapes and bizarre sounds - a cool, industrial environment which leaves little space for individualism. People, animals, crops and machines play a supporting role in the logistics of this system which provides our society’s standard of living.

Capitalismo & Outras Coisas de Crianças - Capitalism & Other Kids' Stuff

"O Capitalismo & Outras Infantilidades" é um documentário que nos convida a olhar de uma forma diferente o mundo em que vivemos e a questionar algumas das mais básicas premissas da vida no sistema capitalista.
Este trabalho apresenta, em linguagem clara e sem jargões económicos ou políticos, as bases sobre as quais se assentam o sistema capitalista.
A razão do sistema capitalista é a busca, a qualquer custo, do lucro das grandes empresas e bancos. Para que uma minoria siga sendo privilegiada, a esmagadora maioria das pessoas é submetida a toda ordem de exploração, como a destruição de direitos, o desemprego, a fome, a miséria, o roubo, etc.
A minoria que comanda o mundo do capital tem nas suas mãos o controle político da sociedade. Todas as instituições do Estado capitalista têm a função de preservar a propriedade privada, seja por leis, ou simplesmente pelo uso da força e repressão. Todos os dias nos deparamos com esse fato, quando os sem-teto ocupam um terreno urbano ou os sem-terra ocupam uma propriedade rural, ou ainda quando os operários ocupam uma fábrica. A polícia e a justiça garantem a propriedade dos capitalistas. O Congresso de qualquer país capitalista vota as leis que interessam ao grande capital.
Através de eleições, por dentro do Estado capitalista, não se pode conseguir romper com o próprio capitalismo. Há nele uma espécie de "sistema auto-imune" que se mostra em massacres e genocídios ao redor do mundo. Os proprietários do mundo, com seu poder económico, controlam as eleições, financiando campanhas milionárias, controlando as TVs e os jornais (quando estes não são deles mesmos), comprando os partidos e cabos eleitorais. No mundo do capital, o capital é o poder supremo. Só com uma total mudança da consciência massa, que rompa com o capitalismo, usurpador por princípio, e com os governos hegemónicos ditatoriais (lembre-se: toda "democracia" é uma farsa), será possível mudar realmente a vida dos biliões de seres humanos que sobrevivem em toda espécie de miséria.

The Genetics Myth - Clip from Zeitgeist 3 : Moving Forward


Includes interviews with:
Dr. Robert Sapolsky
Dr. James Gilligan
Dr. Gabor Maté
Richard Wilkinson

Full Version : http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4Z9WVZddH9w


Addictions & Corrections with Gabor Maté

"What is it that the correctional service actually corrects? In my view very little...and...the justice system is completely criminal and it should be studied..." So begins a provocative presentation by trauma and addiction treatment expert, Gabor Maté, M.D. While working for two decades on Vancouver's Downtown East Side, Gabor saw how the purely medical model of addiction theory fails to take into account the effects of trauma and the biopsychosocial conditions of human beings as they live in relationship with others. He argues that current Canadian social and criminal policy exacerbate and entrench addiction, criminal behaviour and human suffering. He calls for social policy, medical training and criminal justice to become more fully aligned with the current science and understanding of addiction and healing. Ting Forum on Justice Policy co-sponsored by The School of Criminology at Simon Fraser University, the Correctional Service of Canada, and the Department of Criminology at Douglas College Buy the DVD at http://www.heartspeakproductions.ca


Part Two Dr. Gabor Maté is joined by Ray Corrado (Simon Fraser University, School of Criminology), Tim Veresh (The John Howard Society of the Lower Mainland, BC), and Sav Bains (The Correctional Service of Canada [CSC]), to continue the dialogue on addictions and corrections. Underlying the discussion of the treatment of addictions in the prison environment is an awareness that new and impending crime legislation will result in increased federal and provincial prison populations. To implement these changes, the federal government has committed Canadians to spending 11 billion dollars for expanded prison infrastructure.
Tim Veresh and Sav Bains estimate that eighty percent of those incarcerated in Canada suffer from some kind of substance abuse problem. Yet, Sav notes, CSC earmarks a maximum of 2.8% of its budget for basic cognitive-behavioural intervention programs, its main vehicle for delivering correctional and rehabilitative programming. CSC policy allows them to address an addiction or substance abuse problem only if the problem was deemed to be directly linked to the crime that led to incarceration. Consequently many people leave prison without addressing the problem of addiction or its root cause.
Sav projects that CSC will need to rely more heavily on volunteers and chaplaincy, not only to deal with the deeper psychological issues and effects of addiction, but also to assist with rehabilitation and reintegration.
Ray Corrado suggests that, short of a full revolution, piecemeal work in integrated diagnostics and delivery systems hold the most promise, especially if focused on health, education, early social interventions and information sharing across agencies.
Dr. Maté points out that virtually all the social problems associated with illegal drugs are a result of criminalizing drug use, and that where decriminalization of drug use has been instituted, there are marked decreases in crime and social problems generally associated with drug use.
The key to addressing social and personal effects of addiction is to practice compassion, Maté insists. If social institutions overlook this fact, they foster ongoing suffering rather than healing.

Voces contra la Globalización - Cap. 7 "El siglo de la gente"

Los sucesos de Seattle y Génova, el Foro Social de Portoalegre y el de Caracas. ¿Otro mundo es posible? ¿Cómo ha de ser ese mundo que ya está naciendo?

El séptimo y último capitulo la serie arranca de Seatlle (1999), y llega hasta el Foro Social Mundial de Venezuela (2006) y, a través de la pequeña historia de los movimientos contra esta forma de mundialización, se van entrelazando las voces de José Bové, Vitorio Agnoletto, Manu Chao, Susan George, Eduardo Galeano, Mayor Zaragoza, José Saramago, Jhon Zerzan, Carlos Taibo, Tony Negri, Francoise Houtart, Ignacio Ramonet, Ramón Fernandez Durán, Ignassi Carreras, Sami Nair o Pérez Esquivel acerca de si ese otro mundo que se busca es posible o si se trata tan solo, de una utopía.

Se trata de una reflexión acerca de si es posible o no articular un movimiento global de resistencia frente al modelo neoliberal a partir de una análisis de lo realizado hasta ahora. Cuenta con un material audiovisual excepcional cedido por Manu Chao rodado en Génova.

Voces contra la globalización - Cap. 6 "La larga noche de los 500 años" Legendas PT

"Mostra os movimentos populares, principalmente na América do Sul, que conseguiram fazer alguma mudança em seus países e no Mundo. Os zapatistas, que foram os primeiros a dar um grande alerta sobre os malefícios da globalização e exigiam, mobilizando grandes massas, o reconhecimento dos povos indígenas no México. Os indígenas também foram responsáveis por grandes mudanças na Bolívia, principalmente contra a privatização da água e do gás. Mostra como o sistema e a mídia são contra os governos de origem popular na América Latina."

San Cristóbal de las Casas (México). Enero de 1994. El subcomandante Marcos inicia las revueltas contra la globalización el mismo día que entra en vigor el Tratado de Libre Comercio entre América del Norte y México.

El sexto programa comienza en San Cristóbal de las Casas (México) con la toma del pueblo por los zapatista el mismo día en que si firmaba el Tratado de Libre Comercio entre este país y Estados Unidos. Este capítulo analiza el resurgir de los movimientos indigenistas en Latinoamérica, el poder de las transnacionales que se han hecho con la tierra cultivable y los bosques, con sus biodiversidad, la biopirateria, al privatización de casi todo y fenómeno de líderes carismáticos como Hugo Chávez, el subcomandante Marcos o Evo Morales que han tomado la bandera en contra de esta forma de globalización.

Voces como la del subcomandante Marcos, Ignacio Ramonet, Francoise Houtart , Pedro Casaldaliga, Eduardo Galeano, José Bove, Diocelinda Iza, Pérez Esquivel, Ignasi Carreras, Vitorio Agnoletto, Sami Nair, José Saramago y Susan George analizan cómo la globalización está terminando con las identidades culturales y con el medio de vida de las comunidades indígenas en el mundo.

terça-feira, 21 de agosto de 2012

Voces contra la globalización - Cap. 3 "El mundo de hoy"

¿Es posible que una sola potencia pueda dominar el mundo?

"El mundo de hoy"
El tercer capítulo plantea si es posible que una sola potencia pueda dominar el mundo, cómo influye la industria del miedo en los ciudadanos, en manos de quién están los grandes medios de comunicación y cuál es su papel o los esfuerzos por un mundo mejor.

Voces Contra la Globalizacion - Cap. 4 "Un mundo desigual"

La situación de la pobreza en relación al consumo en el mundo, las áreas de miseria en los países desarrollados, las pandemias...

Este cuarto documental analiza cómo el individuo ha pasado de ciudadano a convertirse en consumidor. Por tanto, sus valores han dejado de tener la mínima importancia: ahora la sociedad le valora según su capacidad de consumo. Un no-consumidor es un individuo marginal. También existen piases marginales e incluso continentes enteros.

De este cambio fundamental y de cómo los grandes medios de comunicación mundiales en manos de la megaempresas están fomentando el consumo y el pensamiento único, es de lo que habla este programa cuyo equipo se ha desplazado a Tanzania y otros lugares del mundo para analizar este fenómeno.

A juicio de Tony Negri,"la mundialización ha abierto un proceso de división profunda en todos los países del mundo. La unificación del capital mundial, de la regulación, del proceso de mundialización ha afectado un poco a todos los países. Se pueden encontrar grandes ricos y rascacielos que dominan a poblaciones extremadamente miserables tanto en Nueva York y Los Ángeles como en Johannesburgo o en Nueva Delhi"

David Held, analista de la Globalización nos proporciona estos datos: "Hace poco, el presupuesto de Naciones Unidas era de 1,2 billones de dólares. Eso parece un montón de dinero; pero los americanos se gastaron ocho billones de dólares en cosméticos, veintisiete billones de dólares en productos de confitería y chicles, de setenta a ochenta billones de dólares anuales en alcohol... todas éstas son cifras anuales... y seiscientos billones en coches".

A juicio de Ignacio Ramonet, "este es un mundo escandalosamente desigual y querer cambiarlo no es querer atacar molinos de viento, sino atacar las desigualdades que están construidas de tal manera que nosotros podemos modificarlas".

Además de ellos existen otras opiniones y puntos de vista en las voces de Vitorio Agnoletto, Mayor Zaragoza, JeanZiegler, Ignasi Carreras, Manu Chao, Domingo Jiménez, José Bové, Susan George, Giovanni Sartori, Françoise Houtart, Eduardo Galeano, y Carlos Taibo, entre otros.

Voces contra la Globalización - Cap. 5 "Camino de la extinción"

El calentamiento global, la pérdida de millones de especies, la insensibilidad de los políticos y la despreocupación de los ciudadanos ante un panorama que ha levantado ya las alarmas de los científicos de todo el mundo.

Este quinto capítulo de la serie ha buscado a economistas y científicos relevantes del mundo, críticos con la forma de llevar a cabo la globalización y cómo ésta está influyendo negativamente en el calentamiento global y la pérdida de las especies hasta poner en peligro la propia especie humana sobre el planeta.

El programa comienza con esta afirmación de Dominique Frommel: "La temperatura media global del planeta ha aumentado tan rápidamente durante los últimos cien años como durante los diez mil años precedentes". Y de James Lovelock: "El recalentamiento del planeta está avanzando tan rápidamente que los hielos que flotan en el Ártico habrán desaparecido en un plazo de 25 a 40 años".

Sin embargo ni estos ni otros juicios similares parecen afectar al ciudadano medio según Giovanni Sartori, "el ciudadano occidental, el ciudadano en general, no quiere problemas. Los problemas son el salario, el pan de cada día, la salida el domingo, el partido de fútbol. Por lo tanto, hasta que no resulte afectado personalmente no se dará cuenta de que hay contaminación, porque al fin y al cabo va al campo, luego llega el viento y lo que hace el avestruz, que mete la cabeza en la arena, y dicen <>, y no quiere preocuparse ni ocuparse de ello", o el pesimismo de Jean Malaury cuando declara: "Si les pidiéramos a los europeos que no utilizaran su coche durante un solo día, sería imposible. El gobierno no podría resistir: habría excepciones, como el médico, el banquero, y todo el mundo sería una excepción. Somos incapaces de hacer frente a esta gravísima crisis".

Voces todas ellas preocupadas y comprometidas con el futuro de nuestro planeta. A juicio de Susan George, la economía neoliberal es incompatible con el medio ambiente y como opina James Lovejoy, el llamado padre de las especies, "la manera de llegar realmente a donde en definitiva necesitamos llegar es pensando en nosotros mismos como parte de la naturaleza, como parte de tres o cuatro billones de años de la historia de la vida en la tierra, como parte de este maravilloso conjunto de organismos con los que compartimos el planeta y de los que sabemos tan poco... (...) ... y si podemos hacer eso, creo que descubriremos que de hecho podemos llegar a una coexistencia pacífica".

Junto a ellos Jeremy Rifkin, Manu Chao, Miguel Delibes, Jose Manuel Moreno, Pedros-alió, Quesada, Carlos Taibo, Domingo Jiménez, Eduardo Galeano, Mayor Zaragoza, David Held, o Jean Ziegler analizan la influencia de esta economia del consumo sobre el medio ambiente.

Matt Taibbi - Griftopia


Matt Taibbi discusses his new book 'Griftopia' with Danny Schecter in the First Tuesdays Series at McNally Jackson NYC on Nov 3 2010.

Antamina Contamina - Mineroductos colapsan en la comunidad de Santa Rosa - Cajacay


Es paradojico que ante la desgracia de un pueblo pobre y olvidado por todos, sean los grandes medios de comunicación quienes saquen provecho económico propalando los comunicados de la empresa asesina Antamina, y silenciando las declaraciones de los damnificados.
El domingo 5 de agosto visitamos la comunidad Santa Rosa de Cajacay, donde la empresa Antamina puso en peligro la vida de los humildes pobladores al no tomar medidas de precausiones extremas con sus mineroductos que pasan esta zona amenazando la salud y la vida de más de 100 familias.
Al parecer, luego de una semana de ocurrido este macabro accidente que intoxicó a la mayoría de los pobladores, un congresista llegó al mismo lugar de los hechos, Jorge Rimarachín, a pesar de no ser de la región Ancash.

Los Sin Tierra, por los caminos de América

El Movimiento Sin Tierra es, probablemente, la organización social más importante del mundo. Surgido hace 20 años en plena dictadura militar en Brasil, el MST aglutina a los excluidos de la sociedad brasileña tanto del campo como de las ciudades.

Según Naciones Unidas, Brasil se encuentra a la cabeza de los países con una peor distribución de las tierras y la riqueza. El 50% de las tierras cultivables en Brasil están en manos del 1% de la población; creando así millones de familias sin tierra y sin futuro que se agolpan en favelas rodeados de pobreza y violencia. El Movimiento Sin Tierra propone una " reconquista" del campo del cual fueron expulsados y la creación de asentamientos auto sostenidos.

En un país con una de las mayores superficies agrícolas del mundo, la tierra no solo es un derecho sino que es una garantía de vida. Amparados por la constitución Brasileña de finales de los años 80, este movimiento ocupa latifundios improductivos reivindicando su justo reparto entre aquellas familias que lo necesiten. De esta forma y con una organización siempre asamblearia el MST ha ido retomando millones de hectáreas en los últimos años y creando asentamientos con escuelas y atención medica. En otras palabras, los integrantes de este movimiento han conseguido recuperar la dignidad robada por los grandes latifundistas y las oligarquías dominantes. Brasil, hoy en día, todavía no ha tenido una verdadera reforma agraria.

Esta lucha por la tierra ha generado cientos de muertes entre el campesinado. Pero el MST sigue creciendo y organizándose.

Crapshoot : The Gamble with Our Wastes

A hazardous mix of waste is flushed into the sewer every day. The billions of litres of water - combined with unknown quantities of chemicals, solvents, heavy metals, human waste and food - where does it all go? And what does it do to us? Filmed in Italy, India, Sweden, the United States and Canada, this bold documentary questions our fundamental attitudes to waste. Does our need to dispose of waste take precedence over public safety? What are the alternatives?

No a la venta


RESUMEN: Un documental del Observatorio de Responsabilidad Social Corporativo en coproducción con la Universidad Nacional de Educación a Distancia (UNED).

Las personas de todo el mundo cada vez somos más dependientes de un menor número de grandes empresas globales. Monsanto controla el 90% de las semillas transgénicas, Microsoft tiene un 88.26% de la cuota del mercado en software informático seguida por Apple con Mac tan solo un 9.93%, Cada día 150 millones de personas en todo el mundo compran un producto Unilever sin ni siquiera saberlo, MC Donald sirve 58,1 millones de comidas diarias en todo el mundo. De las 100 economías más grandes del mundo, 51 son empresas. Los estados pierden poder al mismo ritmo que las grandes corporaciones lo ganan. La globalización ha generado un nuevo contexto que requiere una redefinición de las reglas de juego para la sociedad global del siglo XXI.

En este contexto surge el debate en torno a la responsabilidad social corporativa o de las empresas (RSC), que se plantea como el punto de partida desde el cual replantearse el equilibrio entre el desarrollo económico, la sostenibilidad medioambiental y el desarrollo social necesarios para construir el nuevo tipo de sociedad que queremos. Aunque se está produciendo un incremento paulatino del interés por la Responsabilidad Social Corporativa, tanto en círculos empresariales como en el ámbito social, lo cierto es que el proceso está siendo demasiado lento.

Es el momento de que todos nos planteemos qué tipo de sociedad queremos construir y qué papel debemos jugar para contribuir a su desarrollo. Debemos asumir el rol de personas consumidoras, trabajadoras y opinión pública implicadas en la aplicación de los modelos responsables en todos los ámbitos de actuación de las empresas.

Financiado por: Fundación Cajasol

Palabras clave: Empresa, globalización, crisis, multinacional, responsabilidad social corporativa, RSC, RSE, derechos humanos, economía, paraíso fiscal.

Un documental coproducido por la UNED, en el CEMAV, para la iniciativa "NO A LA VENTA" http://www.noalaventa.com/ del Observatorio de Responsabilidad Social Corporativa (RSC), (http://www.observatoriorsc.org/ "una asociación integrada por quince organizaciones representativas de la sociedad civil, entre las que se encuentran ONG, sindicatos y organizaciones de consumidores/as. Es una red que fomenta la participación y cooperación entre organizaciones sociales que, desde diferentes puntos de vista, trabajan en Responsabilidad Social Corporativa."
Entre las entidades colaboradoras se encuentra la UNED.
Más información sobre RSC de la UNED en el blog de Responsabilidad Corporativa y Sostenibilidad

segunda-feira, 20 de agosto de 2012

Voces contra la Globalizacion - Cap. 2 "La estrategia de Simbad"

El nuevo panorama laboral en el mundo.

"La estrategia de Simbad" En el segundo capítulo, se muestra el nuevo panorama laboral en el mundo: las deslocalizaciones de empresas, las grandes áreas de producción mundial (China e India), la inmigración, la perdida de la sociedad del bienestar en Europa, las privatizaciones, la perdida de los derechos laborales, la victoria de la economía especulativa sobre la economía productiva y la política económica neoliberal.

Voces contra la Globalizacion - Cap. 1 "Los amos del mundo"

  • ¿Cuál es el poder real de los políticos?
  • ¿Sabe usted que el volumen de negocios de una sola multinacional es superior al producto interior bruto de muchos países, incluidos Austria o Dinamarca?
  • ¿Cuál es el papel de los paraísos fiscales que dan cobijo al dinero del crimen o al de la corrupción?
  • ¿Por qué se permiten la existencia de estos territorios sin ley?
  • ¿Cuál es el papel real de organismos como el Fondo Monetario Internacional, el Banco Mundial o la Organización Mundial del Comercio?
  • ¿Qué pasó realmente en Argentina para que su economía se viniera abajo?
Este primer capítulo, "Los amos del mundo", analiza el poder real de los políticos y la posibilidad de otro mundo más justo. En esta entrega se ha utilizado material gráfico de los documentales "La Toma", de Avi Lewis, que retrata el movimiento de fábricas recuperadas y autogestinonadas por sus trabajadores en Argentina, y "Memorias del saqueo", de "Pino" Solanas, sobre las diferentes etapas de Argentina desde 1976 a 2001, en el que se muestra la decadencia económica, social, política y cultural del país.

Granito de Arena (English Subtitles)

For over 20 years, global economic forces have been dismantling public education in Mexico, but always in the constant shadow of popular resistance...

Granito de Arena is the story of that resistance – the story of hundreds of thousands of public schoolteachers whose grassroots, non-violent movement took Mexico by surprise, and who have endured brutal repression in their 25-year struggle for social and economic justice in Mexico's public schools.

Completed in 2005, Granito de Arena provides context and background to the unprecedented popular uprising that exploded in Oaxaca, Mexico, in 2006. It serves as an excellent prequel to Corrugated Film's latest release, Un Poquito de Tanta Verdad.

Award-winning Seattle filmmaker, Jill Freidberg, spent two years in southern Mexico documenting the efforts of over 100,000 teachers, parents, and students fighting to defend the country’s public education system from the devastating impacts of economic globalization.

Freidberg combines footage of strikes and direct actions with 25 years worth of never-before-seen archival images to deliver a compelling and unsettling story of resistance, repression, commitment, and solidarity.

Pequeno Grão de Areia - Granito de Arena (2005) legendado


Um documentário que todos os professores do mundo deveriam ver.

"Grain of sand" fala sobre a luta dos professores de Oaxaca no México, país governado há mais de 70 anos pelo PRI, famoso pela corrupção e alinhamento aos interesses dos EUA . O filme trata de como a destruição da educação é um projeto articulado a partir de diretrizes internacionais.

Há poucos anos, alunos, pais e professores fizeram passeatas contra a privatização das escolas técnicas, exigência do Banco Mundial e FMI. O Governo respondeu fechando-as de imediato. Quando os professores e alunos ocuparam estas escolas, foram presos e torturados em prisões de segurança máxima. Centenas de professores estão mortos ou desaparecidos no país.

As políticas implementadas na educação mexicana são as mesmas que muitas vezes vemos travestidas de "modernas" em muitos Estados do Brasil. O filme proporciona excelentes discussões sobre o que representa a educação na sociedade capitalista neoliberal. O baixo nível das escolas para a população não é um produto da incompetência, mas sim da conivência para formar um geração de semi-escravos, de mão-de-obra barata.

Nas palavras de Eduardo Galeano, "Este é um sistema que arrebenta tudo o que toca: destrói em pedaços; e que nos ensina que se vive para TER e que se vive para trabalhar, em vez de viver para SER"

Joseph Stiglitz - The Price of Inequality


Nobel Prize winning economis, author and lecturer, Joseph Stiglitz, talks about his latest book, The Price of Inequality: How Today's Divided Society Endangers Our Future. Joseph Stiglitz spoke at the Cedar Hills Crossing Powell's Bookstore in Beaverton, Oregon, on June 14th, 2012. To find out more about the author, please visit his website at josephstiglitz.com. This program was produced by pdxjustice Media Productions of Portland, Oregon. To find out more about the work of pdxjustice at http://www.pdxjustice.org/

Pirate Television : Antonia Juhasz - Black Tide


One of the largest recent environmental disasters is the explosion of Chevron's Deep Water Horizon in the Gulf of Mexico. The disaster caused environmental harm as well as harm to coastal industries. Even though the oil industry promised it knew what to do in-case of a disaster, they did not. There was no investment made by oil companies in research and technology to deal with the spill even though oil spills have been a common occurrence. Due to this lack of investment, old techniques such as using toxic chemicals was used causing more harm as the oil reached the shore.

Lucy Komisar : Corporate Tax Scams

Lucy Komisar: closing down the corporate Tax Haven Racket, spoke June 2007 in Washington DC at the Taming the Giant Corporation Conference.Center for Study of Responsive Law. June 8.

Opus Dei Al Descubierto

¿Se trata de una organización hermética y sectaria o de una organización de inspiración divina totalmente incomprendida? El Opus Dei, una organización conservadora dentro de la Iglesia Católica, se convirtió en centro de atención debido a la forma en la que fue retratada en la novela de Dan Brown «El código Da Vinci». El Opus Dei afirma que en el libro se ofrece una imagen totalmente distorsionada de su organización, que corresponde mucho más a la ficción que a la realidad. Ahora, por primera vez en sus 80 años de historia, los líderes del Opus Dei desean revelar la verdad y desmitificar el conjunto de creencias e imágenes que se han formado sobre este selecto y poderoso grupo. En este documental podrá descubrir la verdad sobre esta organización, fundada en 1928 por el español José María Escrivá de Balaguer, canonizado por el Papa Juan Pablo II el 6 de octubre de 2002, y cuya misión consiste en que sus miembros encuentren a Dios a través del trabajo y la vida diaria.

TEDxRosario - Andres Schuschny - Diseño fraternal


TEDxRosario se realiza en la ciudad de Rosario, Argentina

Desigualdad, power laws, fraternidad, libertad, pobreza, justicia distributiva, diversidad

Andres Schuschny:
Es Licenciado en Ciencias Físicas (UBA) y Doctor en Economía (UBA).
Realizó numerosos cursos de posgrado en el extranjero. Su experiencia transdisciplinaria como investigador, profesor universitario de grado y posgrado de numerosas universidades y consultor internacional le permitió trabajar en tan variados temas como el estudio de los sistemas complejos adaptativos aplicados a la biología y economía, el análisis econométrico y económico cuantitativo, el uso de sistemas de información geográficos aplicados al desarrollo sostenible, entre otras tantas actividades.
Hoy se desempeña como funcionario de las Naciones Unidas realizando investigaciones vinculadas a la prospectiva energética y el cambio climático. Publicó el libro: La Red y el futuro de las organizaciones. Más conectados...¿Más integrados?" que lo vinculó con el mundo 2.0 y del coaching.
Es también asesor de la Transconsultora Muscui, catalizadora de procesos de transformación cultural en organizaciones. Ha publicado numerosos artículos en revistas científicas y de divulgación, capítulos de libros, editado su blog: Humanismo y Conectividad.

Howard Zinn - Myth Of The Good Wars (Three 'Holy' Wars)


Author, Historian, Playwright - Howard Zinn - Myth of the Good Wars (Three 'Holy' Wars)
Filmed by Paul Hubbard at Wellfleet Library on 9-13-09
Sponsored by Cape Codders for Peace and Justice

"War promises" full lenghth documentary


Millions of people believe that evidence proves that Western intelligence services organised the hideous attacks on New York and Washington on 11 September 2001. Even the mainstream media have stopped defending the official version and now prefer to ignore the issue altogether.

Distrust in Western governments grows as the wars of aggression waged by the USA and NATO continue to be justified with these false flag operations. Ever harsher domestic laws are being passed to crush all outrage and resistance in Western populations; at the end of the day they aim to unleash the German military on German civilians, instead of allowing morality and ethics to flow into day-by-day policymaking.

That morality and ethics long ago stopped playing a part in political decision-making is shown by the use of internationally outlawed weapons in all the wars NATO has started. At best, one has heard of depleted uranium after seeing the film Deadly Dust by award-winning Frieder Wagner. But even that film is systemically blocked out and banished, although, or perhaps because, it shows the horrific consequences of the use of these uranium weapons.

Among those aghast at the actions of NATO and the complicity of Germany in such internationally illegal wars of aggression is Christoph Hörstel, for many years foreign correspondent and editorial head of the German public broadcasting network ARD. Of like mind is Giullietto Chiesa, a Member of the European Parliament, who slams the ignorance and disinterest of most of his fellow Members.

What they dont know is explained in the film War promises by insiders and whistleblowers. Annie Machon was a spy with the British MI5 and reports on false flag operations, as do Andreas von Bülow and Jürgen Elsässer, who possess enormous insider knowledge from their membership of the parliamentary committee supervising the secret services, and want to bring it to the public.

Eight years after 9/11 millions of people have linked up through the Internet to jointly rebel against this criminal system. What was still dismissed as a wild conspiracy theory until just a few month ago is now regarded as proven, raising the question how we, the people, handle this situation, in which those who govern us have on their minds anything but our wellbeing.

purchase DVD: http://nuoviso.com/

Constructing Public Opinion - How Politicians & the Media Misrepresent the Public

The media regularly use public opinion polls in their reporting of important news stories. But how exactly do they report them and to what end? In this insightful and accessible interview, Professor Justin Lewis demonstrates the way in which polling data are themselves used by the media to not just reflect what Americans think but instead to construct public opinion itself. Addressing vital issues (e.g., the role the media play in "manufacturing consent" for political elites, what polls really tell us about public opinion, what Americans actually think about politics), Constructing Public Opinion provides a new way to think about the relationship between politics, media and the public.

Exploding the myth that most Americans are moderate or conservative, Constructing Public Opinion demonstrates the way in which political elites help to promote the military industrial complex and how the media sustains belief in an electoral system with a built-in bias against the interests of ordinary people. Well illustrated with graphics and many examples of media coverage, it is the first film of its kind to present a critical analysis of media and public opinion.

Source : http://www.mediaed.org/cgi-bin/commerce.cgi?preadd=action&key=106

La Dictature De La Pensee Unique

Ce documentaire regroupe les grands thèmes de la pensée unique: La dictature de Bruxelles ; L'imposition du modèle Américain ; Les dérives du Communautarisme ; Le non-Débat du politiquement correct ; La Délinquance des ghettos ; L' échec de la Presse ; La Démocratie censurée ; Et surtout les Mécanismes Infernaux de la Pensée Unique.

Myth of the Liberal Media - The Propaganda Model of News

Edward Herman and Noam Chomsky demolish one of the central tenets of our political culture, the idea of the "liberal media." Instead, utilizing a systematic model based on massive empirical research, they reveal the manner in which the news media are so subordinated to corporate and conservative interests that their function can only be described as that of "elite propaganda."

"If you want to understand the way a system works, you look at its institutional structure. How it is organized, how it is controlled, how it is funded." -Noam Chomsky

"The Mainstream media really represent elite interests, and what the propaganda model tries to do is stipulate a set of institutional variables, reflecting this elite power, that very powerfully influence the media." -Edward Herman

Source : http://www.mediaed.org/cgi-bin/commerce.cgi?preadd=action&key=114

Sheldon Rampton : The Wires that Control the Public Mind

"The conscious and intelligent manipulation of the organized habits and opinions of the masses is an important element in democratic society. ... In almost every act of our daily lives, whether in the sphere of politics or business, in our social conduct or our ethical thinking, we are dominated by the relatively small number of persons ... who understand the mental processes and social patterns of the masses. It is they who pull the wires which control the public mind." -- Edward Bernays, founder of the public relations industry.

Billions of dollars are spent each year in the United States alone on public relations, a little-understood profession that has become a modern propaganda-for-hire industry. "Publicity" was once the work of carnival hawkers and penny-ante hustlers smoking cigars and wearing cheap suits. Today's PR professionals are recruited from the ranks of former journalists, retired politicians and eager-beaver college graduates eager to rise in the corporate world. They hobnob internationally with corporate CEOs, senators and U.S. presidents. PR wizards concoct and spin the news, organize phony "grassroots" front groups, spy on citizens, and conspire with lobbyists and politicians to thwart democracy. In today's electronic age, they use 800-numbers and telemarketing, advanced databases, and "video news releases" -- entire news stories written, filmed and produced by PR firms and transmitted electronically to thousands of TV stations around the world. Canned news from PR firms is designed to be indistinguishable from real news and is increasingly taking its place, used as "story segments" on TV news shows without any attribution or disclaimer indicating that what viewers are seeing is in fact subtle paid advertisements. On the internet as well, PR firms have created slick websites that promise to inform the public while pushing hidden agendas. Example include:

the Greening Earth Society (funded by the coal industry), which claims that global warming is actually good for the environment
the Foundation for Clean Air Progress (which opposes regulations to control air pollution)
the African American Republican Leadership Council (a conservative organization headed by white Republicans)
Working Families for Wal-Mart (secretly funded, of course, by the Wal-Mart itself)
Project Learning Tree (sponsored by the logging industry)

PR firms create front groups as part of what they call the "third party technique." The basic idea, as described by one PR executive, is to "Put your words in someone else's mouth." They realize that their messages are more likely to persuade the public if they come from seemingly independent "third parties" such as a professor or a pediatrician or someone representing a nonprofit citizens' group. The problem is, these third parties are usually anything but neutral. They have been handpicked, cultivated, and meticulously packaged to make you believe what they have to say--preferably in an "objective" format like a news show or a letter to the editor. And in some cases, they have been paid handsomely for their opinions.

Speaker: Sheldon Rampton
Sheldon Rampton researches deceptive PR firms for the Center for Media and Democracy and is the co-author, with John Stauber, of books including "Toxic Sludge Is Good For You: Lies, Damned Lies and the Public Relations Industry"; "Trust Us, We're Experts: How Industry Manipulates Science and Gambles With your Future": and "Weapons of Mass Deception: The Uses of Propaganda in Bush's War on Iraq." He will discuss the Center's work including its website, Sourcewatch.org, a wiki-powered collaborative research project to document the "names behind the news."

domingo, 19 de agosto de 2012

Sam Keen Presentation at MtDPC

Friendly Favors event at the Mt Diablo Peace Center in Walnut Creek, CA - MtDPC.org
Sam Keen showing us how pre-war propaganda is used to prepare us for killing - SamKeen.com

Jody Williams : A realistic vision for world peace


Nobel Peace laureate Jody Williams brings tough love to the dream of world peace, with her razor-sharp take on what "peace" really means, and a set of profound stories that zero in on the creative struggle -- and sacrifice -- of those who work for it.

Noam Chomsky : Changing Contours of Global Order


Professor Noam Chomsky presented a lecture 'Changing Contours of Global Order' a look at our drastically changing world, and the implications for domestic and world order on 4 November 2011.

This was a free public lecture and was Professor Chomsky's only public appearance in Melbourne, Australia.

Professor Chomsky was an invited guest of Deakin University's School of Humanities and Social Sciences.

Sueños Colectivos : Documental sobre las colectividades anarquistas en Aragón


Desde el mismo comienzo de la guerra civil, en julio de 1936, en muchos pueblos de la España republicana y en la gran mayoría de los del Alto Aragón, mujeres y hombres de manos endurecidas por el frío y el viento, personas que no conocían el descanso, sin apenas estudios pero con una gran valentía y entusiasmo por cambiar las cosas, optaron ante la inminencia de la siega por realizar el trabajo en común recogiendo las cosechas. Colectivizaron la tierra, pusieron fin a la explotación del hombre por el hombre. Abolieron el dinero implantando el intercambio de productos, articularon un reparto igualitario según las necesidades de cada uno, atendieron cuestiones sociales que hasta entonces habían sido olvidadas durante siglos. Esta experiencia colectiva de solidaridad y apoyo mutuo se mantuvo hasta marzo del 38 en el que las tropas fascistas fueron tomando aquellos pueblos con la violencia de las armas, expulsando a sus habitantes hacia el exilio, la cárcel o el paredón. Una verdadera historia de outsiders sobre la que han vuelto, setenta años después, Manuel Gómez y Marco Potyomkin para contarla y dar forma con ella a un documental impecable y clarificador de lo que fueron y significaron las colectividades.

Producciones Potyomkin : http://potyomkinproducciones.wordpress.com

Más información : http://www.cnt.es/noticias/sue%C3%B1os-colectivos-un-documental-sobre-las-col...

Portal Libertario OACA - http://www.portaloaca.com

Encuentro con el Subcomandante Marcos - La Otra Campaña

Gaby Ayélen Bicho Allan Poe

Blanche Petrich entrevista al Subcomandante Marcos en el programa De Este Lado

Fuente : http://es.arcoiris.tv/modules.php?name=Unique&id=754



Indian author and activist, Arundhati Roy, talks about India, Democracy, and Maoist Guerrillas.

sábado, 18 de agosto de 2012

The Gulf Stream and The Next Ice Age


In the battle against climate change there is no enemy to fight, just our attitudes." (Nicolas Koutsikas, Director, The Gulf Stream & the Next Ice Age)

Climate Change is hot on the political and social agenda internationally. Our climate is changing, with industrial production, habitat, transport and everyday human activities acknowledged as causes of global warming.

The Gulf Stream and the Next Ice Age is a one-hour documentary which explores the results of a recent American government report that believes the collapse of thermohaline circulation will take place around the year 2010 and impose a minor ice age on Europe. Could Dublin acquire a climate like Spitzberg, and London like that of Siberia?

The Gulf Stream is a powerful surface current, driven by the Trade Winds. Its origins lie in the Gulf of Mexico and it carries the tropical waters from the Florida Strait to the great banks of the United States, where it heads eastward, carrying its warm waters to the borders of the North Atlantic. As soon as the tropical waters hit the Arctic Ocean, they cool abruptly and plunge towards the abyssal zone to form a loop, known as "thermohaline circulation." Then, like an immense conveyor belt that slows down in the ocean depths, it sets out again southward to rejoin the beginning of the Gulf Stream.

Nicolas Koutsikas

National Geographic - Strange Days on Planet Earth - Part 1 of 4 - Invaders

National Geographic - Strange Days on Planet Earth - Part 2 of 4 - One Degree Factor

National Geographic - Strange Days on Planet Earth - Part 3 of 4 - Predator

National Geographic - Strange Days on Planet Earth - Part 4 of 4 - Troubled Waters


Around the globe, scientists are racing to solve a series of mysteries. Unsettling transformations are sweeping across the planet, and clue by clue, investigators around the world are assembling a new picture of Earth, discovering ways that seemingly disparate events are connected. Crumbling houses in New Orleans are linked to voracious creatures from southern China. Vanishing forests in Yellowstone are linked to the disappearance of wolves. An asthma epidemic in the Caribbean is linked to dust storms in Africa. Scientists suspect we have entered a time of global change swifter than any human being has ever witnessed. Where are we headed? What can we do to alter this course of events? National Geographic's Strange Days on Planet Earth, premiering in Spring 2005 on PBS, explores these questions. Drawing upon research being generated by a new discipline, Earth System Science (ESS), the series aims to create an innovative type of environmental awareness. By revealing a cause and effect relationship between what we as humans do to the Earth and what that in turn does to our environment and ecosystems, the series creates a new sense of environmental urgency. Award-winning actor, writer and director Edward Norton (Primal Fear, American History X, Italian Job) hosts the series. A dedicated environmental activist, Norton has a special interest in providing solar energy to low income families. Each of the four one-hour episodes is constructed as a high-tech detective story, with the fate of the planet at stake.

National Geographic

Marketing da Loucura - Estaremos Todos Insanos?


CCHR : Comissão dos Cidadãos para os Direitos Humanos : http://www.cchr.org/pt

Documentário produzido pela CCHR expondo os erros cometidos pelos psiquiatras aliados da indústria dos medicamentos, que visam unicamente o lucro financeiro, que seus princípios e fundamentos carecem de embasamento, e seus postulados são facilmente contestáveis pois se baseiam na mentira e no engodo.

City Club Presents Juliet Schor

Noted author and sociologist speaks on her new book "Born to Buy : The Commercialized Child and the New Consumer Culture" in this address to the City Club of San Diego.

Pirate Television: John de Graaf and David Batker - What's the Economy for Anyway?


John talks about the misleading goals that the US economy aims for. The GDP, formed in 1930's, confirms that the creation and purchase of goods reflect a strong economy. John argues otherwise saying a good economy should produce a better standard of living, and not simply accumulation of ?stuff?. We need to find a better way to measure our success through art, health, family, and community because currently we are stuck in a economic society that is focused on the old goals of mass production of needless goods.

Our anthropogenic culture’s view on dreams with Derrick Jensen

Derrick Jensen is a prolific writer, speaker and activist. He is the author of Endgame and a myriad of other thought-provoking titles. He joins Luke now to discuss his latest work, Dreams.

Bob Massie at the Strategies for a New Economy Conference

Bob Massie is the President and CEO of the New Economics Institute. An ordained Episcopal minister, he received his B.A. from Princeton Unversity, M.A. from Yale Divinity School, and doctorate from Harvard Business School.  From 1989 to 1996 he taught at Harvard Divinity School, where he served as the director of the Project on Business, Values, and the Economy. His 1998 book, Loosing the Bonds: The United States and South Africa in the Apartheid Years, won the Lionel Gelber prize for the best book on international relations in the world. He was the Democratic nominee for lieutenant governor of Massachusetts in 1994 and a candidate for the United States Senate in 2011.

During his career he has created or led three ground-breaking sustainability organizations, serving as the president of Ceres (the largest coalition of investors and environmental groups in the United States), the co-founder and first chair of the Global Reporting Initiative, and the initiator of the Investor Network on Climate Risk, which currently has over 100 members with combined assets of over $10 trillion. His autobiography, A Song in the Night: A Memoir of Resilience, has just been published by Nan A. Talese/Doubleday.
Source : http://neweconomicsinstitute.org/people/bob-massie

Stewart Wallis and respondent Rebecca Henderson - A New Economy for a New America

sexta-feira, 17 de agosto de 2012

Museum for Skills - Dr Iain McGilchrist

The seminar "Museum for Skills" was held 10 May 2012 at the British Council in London. This video clip shows Dr Iain McGilchrist's lecture "The Divided Brain and the Unmaking of Our World". Dr Iain McGilchrist is a Fellow of the Royal College of Psychiatrists, and former Consultant Psychiatrist and Clinical Director at the Bethlem Royal & Maudsley Hospital, London. He has published original articles and research papers in a wide range of publications on topics in literature, medicine and psychiatry. His most recent book, "The Master and his Emissary: The Divided Brain and the Making of the Western World" was published by Yale in November 2009.

The seminar was a collaboration between ArtProjects and Solutions (artprojectsandsolutions.com), ArtQuest (artquest.org.uk/) and the Norwegian Association for Arts and Crafts (norskekunsthandverkere.no/english).

Funded by the Norwegian Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Royal Norwegian Embassy and the Norwegian Association for Arts and Crafts.

Filmed by Video Productions Ltd (VPL) (videoproductionsltd.com).

Dr. Iain McGilchrist : Keynote Talk - Transpersonal Annual Conference 2010


This is a recording of a keynote talk given by Dr. Iain McGilchrist in September 2010 at the Annual Conference of the Transpersonal Section of the British Psychological Society (http://transpersonalpsychology.org.uk). Recorded by Kendall Wrightson.

Dr. Iain McGilchrist on The Divided Brain


Renowned British psychiatrist and author, Iain McGilchrist, delivers a lecture entitled Our Mind at War. Drawing from research in his latest book, The Master and his Emissary: The Divided Brain and the Making of the Western World, Dr. McGilchrist explains how an overreliance on ways of looking at the world characteristic of the left hemisphere may be partially responsible for the increase in mental illnesses globally, including depression. His lecture was produced in collaboration with the Literary Review of Canada.

Iain McGilchrist @ Schumacher College : Things Are Not What They Seem

Dr Iain McGilchrist, author of The Master and his Emissary: The Divided Brain and The Making of the Western World , puts our society on the couch. He suggests that the bipartite structure of the brain helps us to understand why the world so often seems paradoxical, and why we so often end up achieving the opposite of what we intend.

Recorded at Schumacher College
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

Chris Hedges - MICA - March 26, 2012


Hedges writes a weekly column for Truthdig and has been very involved in the Occupy Wall Street Movement and was arrested with others in New York this past November as part of a demonstration.

Author and journalist Chris Hedges spent nearly two decades as a foreign correspondent in Central America, the Middle East, Africa and the Balkans. He has reported from more than 50 countries and has worked for the Christian Science Monitor, National Public Radio, the Dallas Morning News and the New York Times, for which he was a foreign correspondent for 15 years. He has authored 11 books, including War Is a Force That Gives Us Meaning, which was a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award for Nonfiction. He writes a weekly column for Truthdig and has been very involved in the Occupy Wall Street Movement and was arrested with others in New York this past November as part of a demonstration. Hedges talk is sponsored by the Humanistic Studies Department.

TalkingStickTV - Chris Hedges : Days of Destruction, Days of Revolt


Talk by Chris Hedges, co-author of the book "Days of Destruction, Days of Revolt" given June 29, 2012 at Town Hall Seattle in Seattle, WA.

La privatización del Agua - Pedro Arrojo

Pedro Arrojo, Profesor Titular del Departamento de Análisis Económico de la Universidad de Zaragoza y miembro del Consejo Científico de Attac, reflexiona sobre el modelo de privatización del agua más extendido: el PPP (Partenariado Público-Privado), con el que la clave de privatización deja de ser la mayoría financiera para situarse en la propia Información mediante la gestión de todas las decisiones empresariales y técnicas. Empezamos a confrontar este modelo por todo el mundo bajo el pretexto de la crisis y utilizando el equívoco de la "austeridad", que no es otra cosa que "sabotaje social".
Sobre la base del agua como derecho humano con el que no se puede mercadear, Arrojo recuerda también que la ONU a día de hoy no contabiliza en sus estadísticas de mortalidad por imposibilidad de acceso al agua el caso de afecciones tóxicas causadas por la minería a cielo abierto.

What is land grabbing?


Answers from
Tony Clarke (Right Livelihood Award 2005), Polaris Institute, Canada
Camila Montecinos, GRAIN (Right Livelihood Award 2011), Chile
Lennart Olsson, LUCSUS, Right Livelihood College, Lund University

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terça-feira, 7 de agosto de 2012

The Conversation - Episode Eighteen : David Korten

Dr. David Korten is an economist, author, and progressive activist with a background in international business. He is the president of the Living Economy Forum, co-chair of the New Economy Working Group, co-founder of YES! Magazine, and a member of the Club of Rome. His books include When Corporations Rule the World and The Great Turning: From Empire to Earth Community.

Our conversation covered a broad range of topics from economics to ecology, cultural myths to systems thinking. As you would expect, connections abound. I am especially happy that David brought our fundamental cultural stories (myths? narratives?) into the project and quite intrigued that he categorizes the Newtonian scientific narrative and the religious patriarch narrative into the same anthropocentric category. How do Cameron Whitten’s interest in advertising and Laura Musikanski’s focus on branding relate to David’s interest in changing our cultural myths? And speaking of Laura, David’s conversation further explores the question of “what is an economy for?” The list of connections could go on forever, but David seems to be working with an idea similar to Timothy Morton’s mesh and, though we don’t address this headlong, you’ll probably end up wondering about the philosophical difficulty of biocentrism that came up in Chris McKay‘s conversation. David’s conversation also raises questions about defining “waste” and the balance between technology and long-term sustainability.

Like Timothy Morton, I’m running this episode a little longer because it packs in a lot of ideas. I hope you enjoy it as much as we did.

Artwork by Eleanor Davis.

Authors@Google: David Graeber, DEBT : The First 5,000 Years


While the "national debt" has been the concern du jour of many economists, commentators and politicians, little attention is ever paid to the historical significance of debt.

For thousands of years, the struggle between rich and poor has largely taken the form of conflicts between creditors and debtors—of arguments about the rights and wrongs of interest payments, debt peonage, amnesty, repossession, restitution, the sequestering of sheep, the seizing of vineyards, and the selling of debtors' children into slavery. By the same token, for the past five thousand years, popular insurrections have begun the same way: with the ritual destruction of debt records—tablets, papyri, ledgers; whatever form they might have taken in any particular time and place.

Enter anthropologist David Graeber's Debt: The First 5,000 Years (July, ISBN 978-1-933633-86-2), which uses these struggles to show that the history of debt is also a history of morality and culture.

In the throes of the recent economic crisis, with the very defining institutions of capitalism crumbling, surveys showed that an overwhelming majority of Americans felt that the country's banks should not be rescued—whatever the economic consequences—but that ordinary citizens stuck with bad mortgages should be bailed out. The notion of morality as a matter of paying one's debts runs deeper in the United States than in almost any other country.

Beginning with a sharp critique of economics (which since Adam Smith has erroneously argued that all human economies evolved out of barter), Graeber carefully shows that everything from the ancient work of law and religion to human notions like "guilt," "sin," and "redemption," are deeply influenced by ancients debates about credit and debt.

It is no accident that debt continues to fuel political debate, from the crippling debt crises that have gripped Greece and Ireland, to our own debate over whether to raise the debt ceiling. Debt, an incredibly captivating narrative spanning 5,000 years, puts these crises into their full context and illuminates one of the thorniest subjects in all of history.


David Graeber teaches anthropology at Goldsmiths College, University of London. He is the author of Towards an Anthropological Theory of Value, Lost People, and Possibilities: Essays on Hierarchy, Rebellion, and Desire.

This talk was hosted by Boris Debic on behalf of the Authors@Google program.

segunda-feira, 6 de agosto de 2012

Common Welfare Economy - Christian Felber


The "Common Welfare Economy" comprises the basic elements of an alternative economic framework. It employs three approaches:

1. Market values and social values should no longer oppose each other. The same values that contribute to fulfilling interpersonal relationships should be awarded in the economy.

2. Conformity with the constitution. The economy should function in accordance with the values and objectives established by the constitutions of western democracies, which is currently not the case.

3. Economic success should no longer be measured with monetary indicators (financial profit, GDP), but by what is really important, i.e. utility values (basic needs, quality of life, communal values)
Market values and social values should no longer oppose each other.

The first draft of this model, including the Common Welfare Balance Sheet, was developed between 2009 and 2010 by a dozen entrepreneurs from Austria.

Practical Implementation

In the fiscal year 2011, 60 companies in three countries created the Common Welfare Balance Sheet. They were supported and advised by Common Welfare Consultants; auditors reviewed the Common Welfare Balance Sheet. Towards the end of 2011, the number of pioneers has risen to 150; over 500 companies from 13 countries support the overall process of the Common Welfare Economy.

Overall Process

Increasingly, different working parties are forming around the model and the pioneer companies. Editors, scientists, speakers, ambassadors, ... numerous people offer their skills and knowledge in order to contribute to the joint development of the Common Welfare Economy.

Energy Fields and Communities

In eight countries: Austria, Germany, Italy, Switzerland, Liechtenstein, Spain, Argentina and Honduras -- Energy Fields (regional support groups) have emerged. They surround supporting companies and communicate the idea in their local area. There have been the first requests by communities to become a Common Welfare Community.

Open Process

The model of the Common Welfare Economy is based on two core elements: the Common Welfare Balance Sheet and the 20 Cornerstones. By constantly integrating feedback, we have continually readjusted the model and will do so in the years to come. At the end of this process, economic conventions need to take place, first on a communal level, then on a nationwide level. By popular vote, parts of the model shall be anchored in the constitution.


Everyone can contribute to the Common Welfare Economy with their specific skills or interests -- be it as a company, as a consumer, as a working party or as an Energy Field, in schools and universities or in residential communities. Every day their number grows. Join the process!