Every Town Needs a Remakery
Jeremy Williams41,339 views today · The Edinburgh Remakery is a social enterprise that teaches repair. The shop sells refurbished computers and furniture, and hosts workshops where people can come along and learn how to repair their own things. There’s a big vision behind it: “we want to generate a repair revolution. This means changing the way people...
Have We Been Denying Our Human Nature for Four Hundred Years?
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This is One of the Most Powerful Music Videos Ever Made
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Stressed out? This Weird, Relaxing And Life-Affirming Video May Be Just What You Need
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This Text Message Exchange Between a Mother and Daughter is Pure Gold
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David Graeber: We Need a Revolution in the Way We Think about "Work"
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4 Essential Self-Defense Moves Every Woman Should Know
2 min3,818 views today · Trish Hoffman has made it her goal to teach women how to feel safe and prepared, no matter what. In the video above, she demonstrates how a woman can defend herself against an...
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This Is What It Takes to Stand Up: The Essence of Courage
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No, You're Not Entitled to Your Opinion
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The Real Truth About Fake News
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Bright Spots - Stunning Animated Exploration of Island Conservation
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The Demoralized Mind
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