It Didn't Start With You: How Inherited Family Trauma Shapes Who We Are
Mark Wolynn · 14,938 views today · The past is never dead. It’s not even past. — William Faulkner, Requiem for a Nun
Protests Intensify, Spread Across France as Workers Refuse Submission
Andrea Germanos · 12,616 views today · 'What we want today is for this movement to spread,' says unionist.
Proof of Evolution That You Can Find on Your Body
4 min · 6,901 views today · Vestigial structures are evolution's leftovers — body parts that, through inheritance, have outlived the context in which they arose. Some of the most delightful reminders of...
Permaculture Has Some Incredible Solutions For Transforming Suburbia Into Resilient Communities
Chip Richards · 6,703 views today · Rather than waiting for society to all agree how we need to live in a different way, by focusing here in the suburban household, people can actually get on with making...
6 Toxic Relationship Habits Most People Think Are Normal
Mark Manson · 6,341 views today · There’s no class in high school on how to not be a shitty boyfriend or girlfriend. Sure, they teach us the biology of sex, the legality of marriage, and maybe read a few...
Something Extraordinary Is Happening in the World, And Most People Haven't Noticed
Gustavo Tanaka · 4,811 views today · Most of us haven't quite realized there is something extraordinary happening. A few months ago, I freed myself from standard-procedure society. I broke the chains of fear that...
The System Is Failing. We All Know It. It's Time to Start Talking about What's Next
4 min · 4,656 views today · Growing inequality, political stalemate, and climate disruption prompt an important insight. When the old ways no longer produce the outcomes we are looking for, something...
Changing Everything Except What Needs Changing: What's Missing From The Renewable Energy Debate
Steven Gorelick · 4,624 views today · Among climate change activists, solutions usually center on a transition to renewable energy. There may be differences over whether this would be best accomplished by a carbon...
Why Spirituality Is the Key to a More Visionary Politics
Ronan Harrington · 3,612 views today · Progressive renewal lies in a deep recognition that we are not choosing our current lives.
Who Is Creating the Future Nobody Wants?
Joe Brewer · 3,052 views today · Here’s an amazing fact: It’s 2016 and humanity is collectively moving toward a future that nobody wants. We are literally going somewhere that will hurt every single one of...
Ikigai - Finding Your Reason for Being
Chip Richards · 2,986 views today · What Gets You Out of Bed in the Morning? When asked what is the single most powerful contributing factor to one’s health and vitality, integrative medical...
The Most Eco-Friendly Nation on the Planet Is Now Carbon Negative
Carolanne Wright · 2,715 views today · Lodged between two of the most populated countries on earth — India and China — Bhutan may be small at 700,000 souls, but it has a mighty role to play in showing the world how...
A 10-Point Programme for 21st Century Democratic Socialism
Jeremy Gilbert · 2,442 views today · In response to Jeremy Corbyn's  'Standing to Deliver' plan "for a fairer and more successful Britain," Jeremy Gilbert suggests an additional 10 things to plug some of the holes...
Face It: Our Democracy Is a Sham. We Don't Have a Real Say in Most Decisions That Affect Our Lives
CELDF · 2,420 views today · Are we able to stop fracking and other threats to the environment from coming into our communities?  Are we able to protect local farming from sewage sludge or factory...
The Most Radical Experiment in Direct Democracy and Gender Equality can be Found in the Middle East
Rahila Gupta · 2,246 views today · Rahila Gupta meets the women fighters who are helping to stop the advance of ISIS while also leading a radical democratic charge against capitalist ideology. Welcome to the...
Your Lifestyle Has Already Been Designed (The Real Reason For The Forty-Hour Workweek)
David Cain · 2,238 views today · Well I’m in the working world again. I’ve found myself a well-paying gig in the engineering industry, and life finally feels like it’s returning to normal after my nine months...
A World War Has Begun - Break The Silence
John Pilger · 2,025 views today · I have been filming in the Marshall Islands, which lie north of Australia, in the middle of the Pacific Ocean. Whenever I tell people where I have been, they ask, "Where is...
"Women Can't Play Music"
Joanne Stephens · 1,715 views today · Self-esteem holds us back and undermines our happiness; but it can be overcome
A Simple 6 Step Self Compassion Exercise to Combat Depression and Low Self Esteem
5 min · 1,539 views today · It’s all too easy to be extremely tough on ourselves; we need – at points – to get better at self-compassion. Here is an exercise in how to lessen the voices of self-flagellation.
A Hauntingly Beautiful Short Film About Life and Death
5 min · 1,473 views today · The Life of Death is a touching handdrawn animation about the day Death fell in love with Life.
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Challenging Privilege: on Solidarity and Self-Reflection
Dilar Dirik · Solidarity is not a one-way charity undertaking by privileged activists, but a multidimensional process that contributes to the emancipation of everyone involved.
How the Gun Lobby Pay to Ensure Their Products Remain Unregulated
4 min · The makers of MOST dangerous product on US market are protected from legal liability like no other manufacturer. How did this happen? And why we must end this special status.
4 Dirty Secrets of Oil Sponsorship
1 min · Big oil companies are greenwashing themselves by sponsoring the arts, but Art Not Oil are fighting back. Further reading: 6 Audacious Actions to End Oil Sponsorship of the Arts
Brexit, An Open Letter
TTRP · On Morality and Fear
Indigenous Communities Harnessing the Power of Film to Tell Their Stories
5 min · A short 2-part film exploring the training of participatory video facilitators amongst the Yaqui and Comcaac communities in Sonora, Mexico.
Hounded - A Short Film About Foxes, Britain's Last Remaining Wild Dogs
18 min · Hounded is a short film that explores the intensity of emotions evoked by one creature; the Red Fox. Through a series of interviews, Hounded seeks to offer a balanced and...
Used and Betrayed - 100 Years of US Troops as Lab Rats
31 min · On Memorial Day, politicians will speak at ceremonies all over the country and repeat their favorite mantra: “Support the troops.” This pledge is hammered into the American...
Fear, Money and Racism: What's Our Problem With Diversity on Screen?
11 min · The lack of diversity in film and television dominated the debate during awards season. But away from the Oscars, the UK picture is also bleak: the film Bafta acting nominees...
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Watch John Oliver Take the Hot Air Out of Climate Change Coverage
4 min · So-called "balanced" climate change coverage usually means a skeptic is put up against a climate expert. Watch HBO funny man John Oliver explain why this set up is so absurd (warning: he likes to swear).
The Internet's Own Boy (2014)
105 min · The Internet’s Own Boy follows the story of programming prodigy and information activist Aaron Swartz. From Swartz's help in the development of the basic internet protocol RSS...
Solar Roads:  The Future of the Highway & the Next Energy Revolution
3 min · What if roads and parking lots were solar, fueling enough energy from the sun to power nearby communities as well as electric vehicles? Scott and Julie Brusaw, the...
They Said 'I do' ...Then Something Shocking Happened
2 min · Can you imagine how you'd feel if a government actually did this?
Rap News 24: Israel vs Palestine
8 min · Decades of failed peace talks have led nowhere. But do not lose hope just yet: join Robert Foster as he attempts to host the first ever Middle East Peace Raps, using rhyme and...
F-ck The Poor?
1 min · A man walks the streets of London shouting #FuckThePoor to see whether we really do care about those less fortunate. He makes a really good point.
If Walmart Paid Its Employees a Living Wage, How Much Would Prices Go Up?
2 min · In the series “The Secret Life of a Food Stamp,” Marketplace reporter Krissy Clark traces how big-box stores make billions from the federal Supplemental Nutrition Assistance...
Jacque Fresco - A Story of Change
13 min · "Every action and decision we take - or don't - ripples into the future. For the first time we have the capability, the technology, and the knowledge to direct these ripples."

 

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Our website has cataloged over 3000 of the best films and videos that can be watched free online, sorted into 40 subjects related to changing the world. And, since there's still so much to learn about that isn't featured in a film, we've also cataloged a fair amount of articles, too.


 



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