On Being is a Peabody Award-winning public radio conversation and podcast, a Webby Award-winning website and online exploration, a publisher and public event convener. On Being opens up the animating questions at the center of human life: What does it mean to be human, and how do we want to live? We explore these questions in their richness and complexity in 21st-century lives and endeavors. We pursue wisdom and moral imagination as much as knowledge; we esteem nuance and poetry as much as fact. SaveSave Read more
So what is The Leap Manifesto? The Leap Manifesto is a vision for how Canada can tackle climate change in a way that changes the country, and the world, for the better. The Manifesto is available in twelve languages and counting, and has been signed by tens of thousands of people from all over, and all walks of life. From former Ontario Chief Justice Roy McMurtry to the head of Canada’s Jesuits; from Oxfam to the Council of Canadians to Idle No More; dozens of religious, labour and Indigenous leaders; cultural figures like Leonard Cohen, Ellen Page, Donald Sutherland and Arcade Fire and some of Canada’s largest public sector unions. Another example of change for the better, and just one of many hopeful moves by people coming together to effect change. Read more
In recent years the little-known research group Forensic Architecture began using novel research methods to undertake a series of investigations into human rights abuses. While providing crucial evidence for international courts and working with a wide range of activist groups, NGOs, Amnesty International and the UN, Forensic Architecture has not only shed new light on human rights violations and state crimes across the globe, it has also given rise to a new form of investigative practice, to which it has given its name. The group uses architecture as a methodological device with which to investigate armed conflicts and environmental destruction, and to cross-reference multiple other evidence sources such as new media, remote sensing, material investigation and witness testimony. This exhibition introduces the practice, outlining its origins, history, assumptions, potential and double binds. With these investigations and the critical texts that accompany them, Forensic Architecture examines how public truth is produced, technologically, architecturally and aesthetically; how it can be used to confront state propaganda and secrets; and how to expose newer forms of state violence. Read more
We need to teach young people how to think rather than what to think – Margaret Mead Why? We are entering one of the most pivotal times in human history, and our ability to adapt and think rationally is becoming increasingly important to our selves, our society, our economies, and our survival. • How? By using the power of creativity to entertain, it aims to make learning how to think, a fun and engaging experience, and instil a life-long thirst for understanding and self-awareness. • Who? To be developed in collaboration with academic and creative leaders from around the world, as a registered charity and not-for-profit organisation – for everybody, everywhere, from birth to departure. • What? The School of Thought is an online education platform that will provide courses, content, and other resources that teach creative and critical thinking skills to anyone and everyone, for free. Read more
– EU moves to restrict hormone-disrupting chemical found in plastics Green groups welcome a historical ruling recognising that bisphenol A (BPA), found in TVs, plastic water bottles and kettles, poses a threat to human health. • BPA is linked to a range of hormone-twisting health effects including cancer, learning difficulties and diabetes. Photograph: David McNew/Getty Images – by Arthur Neslen  at The Guardian Friday 16 June 2017 • A chemical found in CDs, DVDs, kettles and water bottles could soon be restricted after the EU authorities ruled that it posed a threat to human health because of its effects on hormones. The European chemicals agency (Echa) voted unanimously that bisphenol A (BPA) was an ‘endocrine disruptor’, linking it to a range of hormone-twisting health effects including cancer, learning difficulties and diabetes. The substance has already been singled out for its toxicity to the human reproduction system. The Green law group ClientEarth, which contributed to a 20-year battle against BPA, said the decision was “historic” and called for rapid action by the authorities. “Now BPA is finally recognised as an endocrine disruptor, the EU and national governments must act fast to limit the irreversible damage this chemical does to people and […] Read more
Making Sense: Were you born in the last 30 years or so – Listen up! Excerpt of Simon Sinek from an episode of Inside Quest. 15 minutes worth watching and 27 million plus views on Twitter, and over 7 million on YouTube. Making Sense http://www.insidequest.com/ This clip published on YouTube Oct 29, 2016 Millennials From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia Generations – Lost Generation – G.I. Generation – Silent Generation – Baby boomers – Generation X – Millennials  – Generation Z • Millennials (also known as Generation Y) are the demographiccohort following Generation X. There are no precise dates for when this cohort starts or ends. Demographers and researchers typically use the early 1980s as starting birth years and the mid-1990s to early 2000s as ending birth years. Millennials, who are generally the children of baby boomers and older Gen X adults, are sometimes referred to as “Echo Boomers” due to a major surge in birth rates in the 1980s and 1990s. The 20th-century trend toward smaller families in developed countries continued, however, so the relative impact of the “baby boom echo” was generally less pronounced than the original post–World War II boom. Millennial characteristics vary by region, depending on social and economic conditions. However, the generation […] Read more
Predictions and observations we are already experiencing in a film by Franny Armstrong and Spanner Films, made in 2009.   La Era de la Estupidez – The Age of Stupid – 2009 Franny Armstrong – Subtítulos en Español Published on YouTube Nov 14, 2012 Read more
How to practice emotional hygiene | Guy Winch | TEDxLinnaeusUniversity • This talk was given at a local TEDx event, produced independently of the TED Conferences. We have medicine cabinets for common physical injuries like cuts and colds but no toolkits for common psychological injuries such as failure, rejection, guilt, and loss. In his inspirational talk, Guy Winch tells us that “you can’t treat a psychological wound if you don’t know you’re injured”. Guy teaches us a lesson on why it is so important to practice emotional hygiene. Guy Winch Ph.D. is a psychologist, speaker, and author whose books have been translated into 15 languages. His most recent book, Emotional First Aid: Practical Strategies for Treating Failure, Rejection, Guilt, and Other Everyday Psychological Injuries (Hudson Street Press, 2013) examines the surprising ways in which seven common psychological injuries (Rejection, Loneliness, Loss, Guilt, Rumination, Failure, and bouts of Low Self-Esteem) impact our behavior, emotions, cognitive functioning, and physical health, and provides science-based treatments to heal the wounds they inflict. In both his writing and his talks, Dr. Winch aims to bridge the gap between the science of psychology and its practice in the real world. He is passionate about translating current […] Read more
What does it mean to be beautiful? | Esther Honig | TEDxVancouver • In a project titled “Before and After”, Esther Honig sparked a global conversation on beauty ideals. The results were both positive and negative, and may have left more questions than it answered. Recorded at TEDxVancouver at Rogers Arena on November 14, 2015. YouTube Tags: beauty, identity, TED, TEDxVancouver, TEDxVancouver 2015, Vancouver, TEDx, Rogers Arena, Vancouver speakers, Vancouver conference, ideas worth spreading, great idea, In the spring of 2014, journalist Esther Honig embarked on an unconventional social experiment. She sent her image to 50 strangers around the world and asked that they use Photoshop to “make her beautiful.” The results sparked a worldwide conversation around beauty ideals and globalization before taking an unexpected twist. On June 24, 2014, the project went viral and was featured on Buzzfeed, TIME, The Atlantic, CNN International, Good Morning America, The Today Show and many other prominent media properties. It wasn’t long before her face had become a public domain, highjacked by marketers. In order to take back the narrative surrounding her project and her identity, she had to relinquish ownership, confront the criticisms and allow her project to take on a life […] Read more
Thank you Becky, for sharing your experiences with us – do pay some attention to what she says – don’t judge, just relate. If you have questions about any of the topics raised, please let Sparky know, so that we can create a social space to discuss, analyse and find solutions and positive response to current social issues. Read more
Denis Dutton – A Darwinian theory of beauty TED collaborates with animator Andrew Park to illustrate Denis Dutton’s provocative theory on beauty — that art, music and other beautiful things, far from being simply “in the eye of the beholder,” are a core part of human nature with deep evolutionary origins. • Uploaded on YouTube Nov 16, 2010 http://www.ted.com Read more
The Magnum Portrait Award 2017 WINNERS & FINALISTS! https://www.lensculture.com/2017-lensculture-portrait-award-winners#nelli-palomaki In this age of selfies and endless streams of instant images shared on the internet, an international jury of eight photography experts reviewed thousands of submissions from around the world to select 44 fresh, unique and diverse approaches to represent the possibilities of 21st century portraiture. Many of the featured portraits stand apart from the usual “likable” pictures we see in mainstream and social media; instead, they require a bit more time and contemplation to appreciate the richness that they hold. This award-winning work covers a wide range of territory—from portraits that explore challenging social issues, to alternative processes that cleverly add layers of meaning and historical reference, to conceptual work that seems hyperreal or dream-like. Some portraits delve into the challenges of memories that fade and change over time, while others question personal identity when viewed as part of a religious or cultural group. The jurors also chose personal favorites, which are presented here with commentary. All of the selected work—whether nuanced series or penetrating single images—demonstrate that portraits are unique in their power to captivate our gaze and show us something new and unexpected about each other and the […] Read more
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