While major news networks have struggled to figure out the right way to cover the Trump administration, political satirists like Samantha Bee, John Oliver, Stephen Colbert, and Seth Meyers have demonstrated why comedy can be such a powerful antidote to bullshit.
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
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
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
Cathy Newman’s full interview with Philosopher Noam Chomsky. From Trump and Clinton, to climate change, Brexit and TPP, America’s foremost intellectuals presents his views on who rules the world today.
Link: Noam Chomsky full length interview: Who rules the world now?
Door: Biggest Ideas
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’
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