Videos about Big Ideas
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The Fermi Paradox - Where Are All The Aliens?
The universe is unbelievably big – trillions of stars and even more planets. Soo… there just has to be life out there, right? But where is it? Why don’t we see any aliens? Where are they? And more importantly, what does this tell us about our own fate in this gigantic and...
The Unlikely Librarian
A story by Our Better World - telling stories of good to inspire action. In an Indonesian fishing village where afternoons are spent napping, one fisherman is losing sleep so kids can read. You can help this unlikely librarian put more books in the hands of more children in...
Small-Scale Farmers Cool the Planet
Fair World Project's new 17-minute documentary highlights the role of industrial agriculture in climate change while expounding on how small farmers are combating the climate crisis through regenerative organic agriculture. Fair World Project political director Ryan Zinn...
Abby Martin Breaks the Set One Last Time
On this final episode of Breaking the Set, Abby Martin, discusses the power of grassroots activism in getting the FCC to uphold net neutrality. Abby then speaks with Eugene Puryear, Organizer with the ANSWER Coalition, about effective activism as it relates to issues from...
Abby Martin Exposes Obama's SOTU Double Speak | Brainwash Update
Abby Martin discusses the hypocritical and misleading foreign policy claims made during the State of the Union.
#BlackLivesMatter: Tactics, Class Warfare, and the Legacy of Racism
Special Panel Discussion on Racism, Poverty and the Future of Ferguson. On this episode of Breaking the Set, Abby Martin, features a special panel discussion on race relations, class warfare, and the impact of the Ferguson protests on national policy.
Zapatista (1999)
With exclusive access and interviews with Subcomandante Marcos, Noam Chomsky and others, Zapatista is the definitive look at the Zapatista uprising, its historical roots and its lessons for the present and the future. January1, 1994. The day the North American Free Trade...
Why You Should Break Rules - In 30 Seconds
A woman’s place is in the home. Marriage is between a man and a woman. These are rules that we have consciously or unconsciously written for our society. We worry too much about what happens when we break the rules. Here's why we should do the opposite!
Why Immigration Reform Is Useless Without Ending the Drug War
Abby Martin speaks with Eugene Puryear, organizer with the ANSWER coalition about President Obama's executive action on immigration reform and how this will impact the millions of undocumented people in the US.
Wanderers is a short science fiction film by Erik Wernquist - a digital artist and animator from Stockholm, Sweden. The film is a vision of our humanity's future expansion into the Solar System. Although admittedly speculative, the visuals in the film are all based on...
The Top Censored Stories of 2014 | Interview with Mickey Huff
Abby Martin interviews, Mickey Huff, Director of Project Censored, about some of the top 25 censored stories of 2014, covering everything from the lack of police brutality statistics to the impact of ocean acidification. 
Taking Down the Daily Show with Allison Kilkenny and Jamie Kilstein
Abby Martin interviews co-founders of Citizen Radio and authors of the new book, #NEWSFAIL, Allison Kilkenny and Jamie Kilstein, about the biggest flaws in corporate comedy news and why topics like feminism and climate change are covered so poorly by cable news.
Human Universe: From Apeman To Spaceman
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...
Greening the Desert (2014)
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...
Neil Turok - The Universe Within
"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."
Some of Stephen Hawking's Big Ideas Explained in an Amazing Animation
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?
Wealth Illusion, Structural Violence & The Fear of Truth
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.
Carl Sagan - A Way of Thinking
"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 - Tumblr -
About Time - The Case For A 21 Hour Working Week
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...
The Wombat Has Some Simple Instructions for Living on Earth. Listen Up!
This is the "Living on Earth 101" primer every human needs to see. The Wombat was created by the Foundation for Global Community:
This Video Dispels Every "Nature VS Nurture" Myth You've Ever Heard. The Implications are Profound.
If everyone watched this it could radically transform the world. This is a segment from Moving Forward (2011). Watch the full documentary online here.
What is the Meaning of Death? This Man Has Some Words to Share with You.
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...
How to Start an Empathy Revolution
Empathy can be a force for radical social change, but only if we understand how to unleash it. - Roman Krznaric at TEDxAthens 2013
The Lottery of Birth (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 (trailer)
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...
Listen To This Mute: An Angry Speech-Impaired Man Rants about His Country
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 (2013)
"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...
Bioecon: A Natural Economy
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...
The Myth Of Human Nature
"We do not see the world as it is, we see the world as we are, we are conditioned to see it." Are we competitive, selfish, individualistic creatures by nature? What is human nature, anyway?
How Do You Define Yourself?
Conflict starts with definitions of "us" and "them" ... what if there is no "them" ... ?   
A Will for the Woods
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...
A World Beyond Markets: How Will The 'Collaborative Commons' Transform Our Lives?
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.
Solidarity Means Attack!
Catch more videos like these at 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
Pieces of Madrid
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...
Talib Kweli Breaks the Set on the Obama Presidency, the Prison Industrial Complex & Real Hip Hop
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 @ FOLLOW Abby Martin @...
The Narcicyst Breaks the Stage on Conscious Hip Hop, 'Sumeria' & 'Leap of Faith'
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 @ FOLLOW...
How Financial Looters Are Destroying Your 401(k) in a Fraction of a Second
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.
Lawrence Krauss - Nature's Imagination
"Science is a cultural activity" Lawrence Krauss Music: Symmetry - Keith Kenniff Facebook - facebook/theinspirationjourney Vimeo - Tumblr - Twitter - Copyright Disclaimer Under...
Drugging Whales, Killing Giraffes & Other Disturbing Zoo Realities | Brainwash Update
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 @...
Growth is Not Enough
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...
Remote Control Cockroaches & Invisible Cloaks with Lee Camp | Think Tank
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 @ FOLLOW Abby...
Abby Martin Takes Down the Cold War-Obsessed Neocons Behind the Curtain
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.
Why a Hamburger Should Really Cost $30
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 (2014) (trailer)
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...
How Welfare DOES NOT Work The Way You Think It Does
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...
Hope vs. Fear - Motivation for Change - Anjali Appadurai
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: The Story Of Our Generation
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...
The Taxing Question of Land (2013)
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...
Could the USA Afford a Basic Income?
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...