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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...
Manitoba First Nation Elder Dave Courchene explains the origins and lessons of the First Nation Seven Teachings. The lessons of the Bear Spirit (Courage), the Beaver Spirit (Wisdom), the Eagle Spirit (Love), the Buffalo Spirit (Respect), the Sasquatch Spirit (Honesty), the...
The guys are miserable as they see their beloved Janice being hitched up and towed once again. They are stuck waiting for the tow for hours and eventually decide on a new course. They hitch to Austin with their gear on their backs and begin some much-needed therapy with the...
Today we travel into the pure world of sci-fi to investigate the much vaunted, mysterious potential future event known as 'The Singularity'. What will a machine consciousness mean for humanity? What are the ethical, political, military and philosophical implications of strong...
In the Fruitvale area of Oakland, California, residents are opening their doors and their hearts, fostering peace in their neighborhood—one block at a time. Casa de Paz is one of several houses joined by a common backyard/ farm, where friends and neighbors are encouraged to...
The difference between 'better' and 'well' makes all the difference. This is a clip from Occupy Love (2013) by Velcrow Ripper. Watch the full documentary here.
As in the American civil rights movement, both music and adult education for action are central to the Dongria Kondh people's resistance struggle. Niyamgiri is the mountain sacred to the Dongria Kondh people which is threatened by the Vedanta mining company. If you can, take...
Desmond Tutu shares a simple and important message for us all - in 19 seconds. Desmond Mpilo Tutu is a South African social rights activist and retired Anglican bishop who rose to worldwide fame during the 1980s as an opponent of apartheid. This is a tiny clip from Pangea Day.
Greg Sarris describes how his people (descendants of Coast Miwok and Southern Pomo) are using their understanding that they have always been a part of the natural world to embark on a major commitment to position themselves as “keepers of the land” once again. Using ancient...
Disillusioned with his life, Dr. John Kitchin abandons his career as a neurologist and moves to Pacific Beach. There, he undergoes a radical transformation into SLOMO, trading his lab coat for a pair of rollerblades and his IRA for a taste of divinity.
Today I lost a good friend.  Zaccheus Jackson and I connected over our mutual love for the art of spoken word poetry a few years back, and our paths often crossed when I would return to Vancovuer.  Our conversations would often be around issues of addiction, the ones that he...
Words from Alan Watts combined with breathtaking timelapse footage by two amazing photographers, and beautiful music by Carbon Based Lifeforms.
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...
 This video has a few answers to this question, but most of all, it is asking you. Because it may be one of the most important questions we need to answer. This is a clip from the film "What Would It Look Like?" by the Global Oneness Project. You can watch the full film here.
The world is like a ride in an amusement park. And when you choose to go on it, you think it's real because that's how powerful our minds are. And the ride goes up and down and round and round. It has thrills and chills and it's very brightly coloured and it's very loud and...
If you really want to change the world...you have to change yourself. Because it all begins and ends with you. The video is a clip from Unveiled & Lifted. Watch the full film here.
Peter Russell’s award-winning video, based on a live audio-visual presentation in 1983. He explores the idea that the Earth is an integrated, self-regulating living organism and asks what function humanity might have for this planetary being. It suggests that we stand on the...
Sometimes there's not much use in telling people what the problems are. The best thing you can do is lead by example. Just show people how this awareness and knowledge has had a positive impact on your life, and people will take interest in what you're doing. The video is a...
Important reflections for everyone hoping to affect change in the world. This is a clip from "UnVeiled & Lifted," which was released online for free by the film-makers in 2013. Watch the full film here.
It is so simple, yet so difficult to feel it sometimes. Freedom Is the condition of the Human Heart.  On an interior level freedom is not about what we have; it is more about where we are and what we do. It is about having the right attitude and perspective. In this context...
"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...
Re-imagine the universe's story and see the human connection to the cosmos in new ways. Author and evolutionary philosopher Brian Thomas Swimme shares his infectious curiosity about life's biggest questions and our role as humans in this awe-inspiring universe.
'Love Everybody' tells the story of Krishnadas, a man who stands everyday for hours on end at Juhu Circle in Mumbai with a sign that says 'Apne dharm par chalo, sabse prem karo' - 'Follow your religion, Love everybody'.
This absorbing documentary focuses on 10 visionary New Zealanders out to prove that a shift in consciousness can heal our environment. You'll be inspired, and never look at stinging nettle in your garden in quite the same way again.  "This inspirational film weaves together...
"The whole process of nature is a process of immense complexity and it is really impossible to tell whether something that happens in it is good or bad." A parable about life and nature narrated by Alan Watts, animated by Steve Agnos, and with music by Chris Zabriskie.
Based on David Suzuki's best-selling book of the same name, and filmed on five continents, THE SACRED BALANCE celebrates a new scientific worldview, an inclusive vision of nature in which we human beings are intimately connected to all life processes on Earth. With Suzuki as...
Permaculture designer Andrew Faust gives us an inspiring and heady narrative about the evolution of all life and human consciousness on Mother Earth.  For more info about Center for Bioregional Living or to subscribe to the newsletter: 
Meet Mr. Happy Man: 88-year-old Bermudian Johnny Barnes devotes six hours every day to an endearing traffic ritual that has made him one of the island’s most cherished citizens. Come rain or shine, he’s there. He stands and blows kisses. This story will make you smile. Every...
Bob Randall, a Yankunytjatjara elder and traditional owner of Uluru (Ayer's Rock), explains how the connectedness of every living thing to every other living thing is not just an idea but a way of living. This way includes all beings as part of a vast family and calls us to...
A spiritual journey into the ethereal landscape of Dartmoor with Satish Kumar, the world-renowned ecologist & creator of Resurgence magazine. Through changing seasons, Satish walks the moor and explores ancient woods and rivers, home to a wealth of wildlife including red...
In 2004, thirteen Indigenous Grandmothers from all four corners, moved by their concern for our planet, came together at a historic gathering, where they decided to form an alliance: The International Council of Thirteen Indigenous Grandmothers. This is their story. Four...
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...
Is 'true' capitalism good and crony capitalism the real problem? This debate has been raging for a long time and finally we have a definitive answer. This video kindly cuts through all of the divisive rhetoric and misunderstandings and offers a constructive path towards...
Bhante Rakkhita Samanera is an English Buddhist monk exploring the Philippines. Local villagers experience the opportunity to offer spiritual & material support during this residential stay at yoga-healing communities.
'Gift' is a must watch short film that has a profound, heart-touching message about the importance of giving, and the true value of wealth. It’s a beautiful depiction of how we deeply touch others when we selflessly give our time, love and kindness. “Gift” is about a boy who...
Examined Life pulls philosophy out of academic journals and classrooms, and puts it back on the streets. In Examined Life, filmmaker Astra Taylor accompanies some of today's most influential thinkers on a series of unique excursions through places and spaces that hold...
Political power - armed central authority, with states and war - is it really necessary for human society? Or is it a tool that ruling elites use to live at the expense of society? Engines of Domination offers a theory of political power as a tool for making tools of human...
"Imagine what it would be like if, instead of branding us by our brains or looks, our schools and televisions described the divinity and greatness inside each one of us, and taught us the means to realize it. If, instead of idolizing wealth and fame, showed us the usefulness...
A compilation video highlighting Star Trek's stance on war, race, slavery, globalization, colonization, and personal liberty, juxtaposed with current facts and images that show these philosophies' parallels to modern-day issues. 
Less is more with this beautiful short film, so perhaps it's best to watch it without too much explanation. The filmmaker says, "the idea was that something is happening but you can't see it but you can feel it, like ageing itself."
Stefan Molyneux receives some wisdom from somebody who actually understands what Anarchism means. US libertarianism =/= Anarchism Anarcho-Capitalism =/= Anarchism Voluntaryism =/= Anarchism
Showing the deep connection between our present ecological crisis and our lack of awareness of the sacred nature of creation, this series of essays from spiritual and environmental leaders around the world shows how humanity can transform its relationship with the Earth...
"Darkening of the Light: Witnessing the End of an Era," a new book by Llewellyn Vaughan-Lee, is a witness to the loss of the light of the sacred reflected in our continued destruction and desecration of life's fragile ecosystem. This story of our collective destiny, however...
"Once upon an illusion called time, we forgot what we came here to remember." A visceral consciousness shifting gonzo journalism movie through a transformational festival, exploring themes of unity, lucid dreaming, metaphysics, and more.  Experience the first movie free...
Abby Martin features an exclusive interview with Pulitzer Prize winning journalist Chris Hedges, concerning areas of extreme poverty that he refers to as crisis zones, as well as the reasons behind the collapse of complex societies.
David Korten’s inspiring and extensively-illustrated presentation of his new book The Great Turning: From Empire to Earth Community. David says we are at a defining moment in all of human history.   “Will future generations know our time …[as] the Great Unraveling, when...
Astrophysicist and celebrity science advocate Neil deGrasse Tyson recently, and at great length, discussed the importance of scientific literacy with Bill Moyers. Moyers began by reminding viewers of a recent Gallup poll in which 46 percent of Americans espoused the belief...
In this colorfully animated short, Jacque Fresco talks about two different ways that people have gone about solving problems.
Full-length documentary following the legendary Masanobu Fukuoka on a visit to India. Masanobu Fukuoka is a farmer/philosopher who lives on the Island of Shikoku, in southern Japan. His farming technique requires no machines, no chemicals and very little weeding. He does not...
Pandora's Box, subtitled A Fable From the Age of Science, is a six part 1992 BBC documentary television series written and produced by Adam Curtis, which examines the consequences of political and technocratic rationalism. The episodes deal, in order, with communism in...