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Political power -- armed central authority, with states and war -- is it part of human nature? Is it necessary for human communities? Or is it a tool that ruling elites use to live at the expense of communities? A tool that does violence to human nature and the...
Beginning in Ethiopia, Professor Brian Cox discovers how the universe played a key role in our ascent from apeman to spaceman by driving the expansion of our brains. But big brains alone did not get us to space. To reveal what did, Brian heads out of Africa to the ancient...
Synopsis In Burkina Faso, changing weather patterns provoked by climate change, combined with over-farming and over-grazing, have turned once fertile lands into desert, degrading up to two-thirds of the land in some places. This film tells the story of how a group of...
"My goal is to get people thinking and trying to wrap their heads around the amazing things that have been achieved and to dream about what will be achieved."
No time to read Stephen Hawking's A Brief History of Time? In just two and a half minutes, Alok Jha explains why black holes are doomed to shrink into nothingness then explode with the energy of a million nuclear bombs, and rewinds to the big bang and the origin of the universe?
Abby Martin interviews the creator of the Zeitgeist Movement, Peter Joseph, covering everything from the upcoming Zeitgeist Festival in Los Angeles on October 4th to economic and societal solutions to global problems ranging from environmental destruction to mass inequality.
"Science is more than a body of knowledge, it's a way of thinking." Carl Sagan Music: Michael Nyman - Second Morrow, The Other Side & The Arrival Facebook - facebook/theinspirationjourney Vimeo - vimeo.com/theinspirationjourney Tumblr - theinspirationjourney.tumblr.com...
A ‘normal’ working week of 21 hours could help to address a range of urgent, interlinked problems: overwork, unemployment, over-consumption, high carbon emissions, low well-being, entrenched inequalities, and the lack of time to live sustainably, to care for each other, and...
This is the "Living on Earth 101" primer every human needs to see. The Wombat was created by the Foundation for Global Community: globalcommunity.org/
If everyone watched this it could radically transform the world. This is a segment from Moving Forward (2011). Watch the full documentary online here.
A good friend of mine, Ian Mackenzie recently shot this short film The Meaning of Death – Stephen Jenkinson.  Hope you are as moved as I was by the film. IN JANUARY this year, I flew out to attend my first full session of the Orphan Wisdom school, founded by Stephen...
"I am because you are," is the deep meaning of Ubuntu, a traditional African philosophy recognizing the shared essence within humanity and life. In this film, we visit Dorah Lebelo and the GreenHouse Project, Credo Mutwa, the great Zulu traditional healer and teacher, and the...
Empathy can be a force for radical social change, but only if we understand how to unleash it. - Roman Krznaric at TEDxAthens 2013
Do you shape the world or does it shape you? Drawing on leading thinkers from around the world, and with a torrent of mind-expanding ideas and information, THE LOTTERY OF BIRTH will make you think again about what it means to be free.
The Permaculture Orchard : Beyond Organic is a full-length educational film that will give you the tools necessary to get started on your own project, whether it's a multi-acre commercial orchard, or a few fruit trees in your urban backyard. Get the film at...
A mute man rants about everything that is wrong in his country in under 3 minutes and goes on to tell you how you can change everything. A powerful film, relevant in every democracy across the world. Written and directed by Ram Subramanian of Handloom Picture Company. Pause...
"Another World" is a film about the grassroots initiatives in Greece that form another world right here and now, away from the crisis and beyond capitalism (Greek narration, English subtitles in captions). We live in an upside world. Right now in the planet there is a unjust...
Today it is possible to create together a moneyless economy based on human needs. Bioecon provides the necessary tools so that we can make it at local, regional and global scales. READMORE Bioecon is a peer to peer, growth sensitive, decentralized and self regulated...
"We do not see the world as it is, we see the world as we are, or...as we are conditioned to see it." Are we competitive, selfish, individualistic creatures by nature? What is human nature, anyway?
Conflict starts with definitions of "us" and "them" ... what if there is no "them" ... ?   
What if our "last act" could be a gift to the planet — a force for regeneration? Musician, folk dancer, and psychiatrist Clark Wang prepares for his own green burial, determined that his final resting place will benefit the earth. A WILL FOR THE WOODS is an immersive...
Jeremy Rifkin, one of the world's most popular public thinkers and political advisors, argues that capitalism will no longer be the dominant paradigm in the second half of the 21st century.
Catch more videos like these at subMedia.tv This week: 1. Worldwide May Day actions 2. Jeremy Hammond's May Day message 3. Against Me! Baby I'm and Anarchist Medley 4. ABC's of prisoner support
This short documentary from the excellent Global Uprisings crew explores ongoing resistance and self-organization in the midst of the economic and social crisis in Madrid, Spain. As social conditions continue to deteriorate across the country, people have been turning to the...
Abby Martin features an exclusive interview with hip hop artist Talib Kweli, discussing the role of government, Obama's presidency, the prison industrial complex, and establishment hip hop. LIKE Breaking the Set @ http://fb.me/BreakingTheSet FOLLOW Abby Martin @...
Breaking the Set features an exclusive interview and musical performance by politically conscious Iraqi-Canadian Hip Hop artist, Yassim 'The Narcicyst' Alsalman, who performs the songs 'Leap of Faith' and 'Sumeria'. LIKE Breaking the Set @ http://fb.me/BreakingTheSet FOLLOW...
Abby Martin explores the public distrust of the US financial system, discussing the controversies surrounding 'High-Frequency Trading', a practice that involves advanced computer algorithms that gives buyers and sellers on Wall Street an advantage over the general public.
"Science is a cultural activity" Lawrence Krauss Music: Symmetry - Keith Kenniff Facebook - facebook/theinspirationjourney Vimeo - vimeo.com/theinspirationjourney Tumblr - theinspirationjourney.tumblr.com Twitter - twitter.com/TheInspirationJ Copyright Disclaimer Under...
Abby Martin goes over the dark side of zoological and water parks, going over instances of maltreatment of animals in captivity, including drugging Orca whales at SeaWorld with valium and 'culling' healthy animals because of inbreeding. LIKE Breaking the Set @...
Our politicians are hung up on keeping the growth curve rising. But does GDP really tell us all we need to know about a country's wealth and well-being? In this new RSA Short, Kate Raworth makes a powerful argument to look beyond economic growth alone for a true measure of...
Abby Martin speaks with comedian and host of Lee Camp's Moment of Clarity web series, Lee Camp, going over several mind blowing technologies, including remote control cockroaches and a real invisibility cloak. LIKE Breaking the Set @ http://fb.me/BreakingTheSet FOLLOW Abby...
Abby Martin calls out the Foreign Policy Initiative or FPI, a DC neocon think tank that rose out of the ashes of PNAC. Abby discusses the real motivation behind their recent attacks against the credibility of Breaking the Set; advocating for a revival of the Cold War.
Abby Martin takes a look at the meat industry, and the massive government subsidies that are allocated toward it, asking why the price of meat doesn't match its free market value. 
ANOTHER WORLD is a feature documentary about the journey of mankind to discover who we truly are, challenging the modern view of the world and reconsidering the world view and value systems of ancient societies such as the indigenous Americans. It is a quest through science...
It is time for America to reconsider who is dependent on welfare. Poverty is not only the lack of income and wealth but also the poverty of power. A key part of the poverty of power is to be defined as dependent: dependent on charity, handouts, welfare. Yet, it is the...
An excerpt from Anjali's second TEDx Talk on the negative use of fear as motivator in the world of activism, suggesting hope as viable alternative to action. Part 2 is the full-length video.
Generation Waking Up is a global campaign to ignite a generation of young people to bring forth a thriving, just, sustainable world. This video is part of the Generation Waking Up Experience - called a 'WakeUp' for short - a multimedia educational workshop that inspires young...
Complex tax systems allow for avoidance, evasion and expensive administration costs to both the public and private purse. At the recent G8 summit, the UK placed tax compliance as one of the most important issues facing the world today. Our fiscal system is in need of serious...
Can America follow the Swiss and afford to give its people a basic income? Due to Technological Unemployment, Ben Still believes the Basic Income not only is desirable, but will inevitably become essential in the long term. We will also need to continuously lower work hours...
A philosophical treatise against the practice of forced labor for income. An abridged reading of 'The Abolition of Work' by Bob Black. Please take the time to read the full, unedited essay available here: http://deoxy.org/endwork.htm Please consider donating to this and...
10 minutes of plain-spoken awesome. Economic Democracy is the BIG IDEA of our time. Make sure you don't miss the awesome moment starting at 2:30 that goes until 3:25!  "People will have to opt for either political democracy or economic democracy. That is, they will have to...
Alan Watts asks "what did you forget?" in this Sustainable Man film starring Chris, Sean, and Luke Abad as "Joe Dokes" "Do you have any control over being conscious? Do you know how you will?" - Alan Watts
Our ideas about financial investment have been fairly limited thus far. Investment has been all about maximizing financial return at any cost, even if that cost is environmental pollution, human dignity, or our moral compass. Our economy has focused narrowly on creating and...
Kids, try this one at home. Wish you could do more? You don't need a Kickstarter account, or even any Internet at all. Jealous that the folks behind this video, Urban Innovation Exchange and Detroit SOUP, are having all the fun? Invite some friends over and play a...
With all due respect to Lizzie Velasquez, the vast majority of TED and TEDx talks are complete bullshit, and it's high time someone called them out on it. Benjamin Bratton, Associate Professor of Visual Arts at the University of California, San Diego, has a huge problem with...
This film is an inspirational immersion in the Transition movement, gathering stories from around the world of ordinary people doing extraordinary things. There are stories of communities printing their own money, growing food, localising their economies and setting up...
Khanyisa Mnyaka, co-founder of Agape Love Foundation, wants us all to be Superheroes. For more information visit www.agapelovefoundation.org  Supergirl - performed by Heather M. (www.reverbnation.com/heatherm) Used with permission. Video by Heather McCuen
Swedish journalists came to the United States to document the anti-war and Black Power movements of the late 60s and early 70s. The Black Power Mixtape combines music, original 16mm footage, and contemporary audio interviews from leading African American artists, activists...
It would be hard to argue that the environmental movement, which began in earnest in the 1960s, and despite several successes in the 1970s, has failed. Today, the Clean Water Act has been ignored with fracking, Fukushima is releasing millions of gallons of radioactive water...
A short documentary film compiling the essential thoughts of anarchist-communism, in words of the Russian anarchist writer and revolutionary Piotr Kropotkin. It opens with a vague feeling that all forms of social arrangement must be questioned without any broad vision for...