Mission Oriented Innovation | Jeffrey Sachs

Politics fractures when policy fails – as events of the last year have shown. Nine years on from the global financial crisis, policymakers are still struggling to find convincing answers to the economic problems it exposed. At the same time, the world faces many significant and complex challenges, from climate change to the problems of managing chronic health conditions, to the challenges of ageing populations, to meeting the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals. This special event marks the launch of a new collaboration between the RSA and UCL’s new Institute for Innovation and Public Purpose to develop mission-oriented innovation policy in practice.

Mooi openhartig gesprek van wetenschappers met een hart.
Link: Mission Oriented Innovation | Jeffrey Sachs

Elizabeth Lesser: Take “the Other” to lunch

There’s an angry divisive tension in the air that threatens to make modern politics impossible. Elizabeth Lesser explores the two sides of human nature within us (call them “the mystic” and “the warrior”) that can be harnessed to elevate the way we treat each other. She shares a simple way to begin real dialogue — by going to lunch with someone who doesn’t agree with you, and asking them three questions to find out what’s really in their hearts.

Closed captions and translated subtitles in a variety of languages are now available on TED.com, at http://bit.ly/2gCd8bl.
Link: Elizabeth Lesser: Take “the Other” to lunch

Adam Curtis HyperNormalisation BBC Documentary 2016

We live in a time of great uncertainty and confusion. Events keep happening that seem inexplicable and out of control. Donald Trump, Brexit, the War in Syria, the endless migrant crisis, random bomb attacks. And those who are supposed to be in power are paralysed – they have no idea what to do.

This film is the epic story of how we got to this strange place. It explains not only why these chaotic events are happening – but also why we, and our politicians, cannot understand them.

Link: Adam Curtis HyperNormalisation BBC Documentary 2016

Gasland Part II

Door: Biggest Ideas
Source: http://bit.ly/2dZUez4

Gasland Part II follows on three years later, to continue documenting how the stakes have been raised on all sides in one of the most devastating environmental issues rapidly spreading the globe. This sequel further enriches the argument that the gas industry’s portrayal of natural gas as a clean and safe alternative to oil is a lie, where in fact fracked wells inevitably leak over time, and vent exuberantly more potent greenhouse gasses such as methane in cumulative effect, not to mention the continued string of cases of severe water contamination across the United States and even cases as far away as Australia. Gasland Part II follows deeper into these happenings, revealing yet more of an entrenched corporate collusion in the pursuit of exploiting dwindling ‘natural resources’

Tegen verkiezingen – nieuwe democratie David van Reybrouck

VPRO Buitenhof uitgezonden 29-9-2013

De nieuwe democratie van David van Reybrouck

`Tegen verkiezingen’ zo heet het nieuwe boek van de vermaarde Belgische schrijver en politiek activist David van Reybrouck. Onze representatieve democratie raakt steeds meer in het slop. Van Reybrouck pleit daarom in plaats van verkiezingen voor een systeem van loting om de democratische instituties een nieuwe impuls te geven. Een gesprek over zijn revolutionaire idee.
Link: Tegen verkiezingen – nieuwe democratie David van Reybrouck in vpro’s Buitenhof

Lex Bohlmeijer – in gesprek met Frank Keizer

Frank Keizer (Leeuwarden, 1987) debuteerde dit jaar als dichter met de bundel Onder normale omstandigheden. Als overtuigd marxist geeft hij zijn visie op het neo-liberale tijdperk als een permanente strijd van allen tegen allen. Een opmerkelijke nieuwe stem in de literatuur. Hij spreekt in poëtische termen over onzekerheid en uitbuiting en roept de vraag op: “Hoe organiseren wij elkaar?”

Door: De Correspondent