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How Will Governments Relate to People Who Are More Empowered? Is the Internet Transforming Democracy?

Picture credit: Here Is the City Video Mass person-to-person collaboration has the potential to upend the fundamental power structure of the world as we know it. Not just hyperbole, but a process already taking place across the UK and the world. "Us Now" follows the fate of Ebbsfleet United, a football club owned and managed by 30,000 of its online fans; Zopa, a bank in which everyone is the CEO, and CouchSurfing, a vast online network whose members share their homes with strangers. The founding principles of these...

Syrian War Leaves Ancient Art Endangered

Picture credit: World Monuments Fund Video In March 2001, the Taliban destroyed the Buddhas of Bamiyan, 6th century statues carved into the rock in Afghanistan. Today the war in Syria is putting valuable cultural artefacts under threat. Lisa Ackerman, Executive Vice President of The World Monuments Fund, talks about how the current Syrian civil crisis has caused catastrophic destruction to the old city Aleppo and left its antiquities in the hands of looters. Most tragically, basalt relief sculptures unearthed in the Temple of the...

How about Handing over Hard Cash to the Poor with No Strings Attached?

Video Technology allows us to give cash directly to the poorest people on the planet. Should we do it? In this thought-provoking TED talk, veteran aid worker Joy Sun talks about unconditional cash transfers highlighting an innovative project that makes once off cash donations to poor individuals with no strings attached. Watch this talk to learn what difference a thousand dollar direct cash transfer can make to the life of a poor person who is able to spend the money as he or she pleases. The...

Nuclear Deal with Iran 95% Complete

Picture credit: Just Foreign Policy Video As the November 24, deadline approaches for the end of the Iran and P5+1 negotiations, analysts are speculating about the state of negotiations and what it would mean if a deal is signed. The circumstances and tone of the negotiations have changed since Iran is currently being viewed as a potentially valuable partner in the war against the Islamic State (ISIS). Negotiations have reached a level where there is the possibility of the U.S. lifting sanctions against Iran and allowing it to...

Feminism Gone Awry: How to Be a Female Pop Star in Five Easy Steps

Picture credit: Raz Birkshaw/Wikimedia Commons Video Women pop stars are dominating the charts these days. Hooray! This is a major victory for feminism, right? Alas, it seems that some women are reaching the top of the charts by, ahem, less than feminist tactics. Harriet Gibsone has made an amazing, sharp-humored video on how you too can be a female pop star for The Guardian. Her tips include hiring a man to help you write a song, preferably about your body, because that's what you fans will want. And instead of merely celebrating...

Let's Help Refugees Thrive, Not Just Survive

Picture credit: TED Video Fifty million people in the world today have been forcefully displaced from their home — a level not seen since WWII. Right now, more than three million Syrian refugees are seeking shelter in neighbouring countries. In Lebanon, half of these refugees are children; only 20% are in school. With wars going on continuously, the average time that a refugee will spend in exile is 17 years. On a global scale, every day 32,000 people will be displaced from their homes on average. Most...