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Adam Curtis’: “The Century of The Self” (video)

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“Buyer beware” works better if the buyer is aware of his/her subconscious ‘decision drivers’! Here is the full version of Adam Curtis’ “The Century of The Self”. All four episodes are ‘one viewing’, about 4 hrs in length. With greatest gratitude to ‘therebel.org’ who posted on Vimeo! Continue reading

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What is Willful Blindness vs What is a Whistle-blower?

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What is ‘willful blindness’, how influential is it in our personal, workplace, community, and political lives? What motivates whistle-blowers? Margaret Heffernan reviews what she’s discovered as answers to these questions in a 15 minute TEDx talk. Well worth a listen! Continue reading

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Problems Viewing Adam Curtis’s BBC series The Century of the Self and Why You Should Find a Way to View It

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Unfortunately, one of my favorite, most ‘revered’ links is now almost (but not quite) unavailable. Adam Curtis’s “The Century of The Self” BBC mini-series has practically vanished! … Today, (6 August 2013) I’ve researched it’s availability. … Here’s what I’ve learned re the availability of The Century of The Self series, and notes on its value in understanding manipulation … Continue reading

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Zimmerman Trial – What of the Restorative Justice Process ?

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Neither Trayvon Martin nor George Zimmerman was born to become known for the reasons we’ve come to know them. How does a society weary of wasted and lost potential of the new-born infant begin to find deeper understanding, even healing, that might lead to a better future? “What if Restorative Justice practices were (or had been) used – to combine justice with healing from this painful event?” My thoughts and some wisdom from experts … There is a nagging – to many, sacred, – sense that “we have something better to bring to Tribe Human than we’ve found so far”. … I believe that nagging has always pestered us. It explains much … It pesters us for a reason … Continue reading

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Zoe Weil’s Wisdom – Empathy-driven Activism

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A Tedx Talk, and an article – both by Zoe Weil – share a single underlying theme – alleviating suffering. Combining insights from the two gives opportunity to expand on the theme. Continue reading

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“People Get Ready … The head and the heart are gonna drive this train”

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Buoyed and enthused at the richness of today’s ‘exposure’ to “the best we can be”, including direct reminding of Adler, and science that supports belief in ‘our best’, I paused to ‘soak it in’ only to find the song, “People Get Ready…,” rise up in my thoughts. (I’ve posted a YouTube selection here.) Continue reading

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Strauss-Kahn, IMF, Justice – Lessons for Humanity

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When in university, I told a friend I hoped “to one day write all that needs to be said in a single sentence”. This single post brings me closer. For me, it’s possible to ‘see’ much of “all humanity’s 21st century challenge” captured in the ‘S-K, IMF, Justice’ drama. This post explores what the drama suggests to me. … I see no viable option for humanity but to ‘dream a big INclusive dream’ and ‘go for it’. Continue reading

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IMF Policies and Dominique Strauss-Kahn; Strauss-Kahn’s Arrest Effectively Removes His Influence?

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“Ultimately, employment and equity are building blocks of economic stability and prosperity, of political stability and peace. This goes to the heart of the IMF’s mandate. It must be placed at the heart of the policy agenda.” (Dominique Strauss-Kahn to the IMF) NOTE: By Tuesday afternoon, with more info on victim made public, I’ve added an update to my original post. This story has at least two, not necessarily easily connected, ‘threads’ worth thought. One is appropriate legal response and justice in support of the victim; one is our mindfulness of IMF policy – broad global issues of justice. Overall theme at “Thoughts From The Well” is to encourage our use of the 21st Century to transition from ‘head/power-over’ paradigms in human society to ‘head/heart’ paradigms. Continue reading

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Ecuador’s Long Struggle with Chevron and its Predecessor Standard Oil

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The Ecuador-Chevron video I’ve made available here is 3 minutes. All humanity, all life everywhere, is vulnerable to deadly exploitation by our well-entrenched economic practice of “progress by profit and profit by expansion.” Status-quo’ does not challenge itself. The challenge must come from that ‘ordinary voice’, and the ordinary voice must be informed, thoughtful, and firm. Continue reading

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Glencore: Profiteering from hunger and chaos – Features – Al Jazeera English (Reflections)

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This world needs economic systems that do what economic systems ‘theoretically’ are supposed to do. They’re supposed to serve humanity. They’re supposed to help us uplift ourselves and one another toward greater fulfillment of our astonishing potential and promise. … This post features an Al Jazeera article on food insecurity, but offers also larger awareness. The better we understand, the better we can be strict and clear in our questions and demands to those we elect. Continue reading

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