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The Unregulated Wild West of Cosmetics Chemicals

Picture credit: UrbaneWomenMag/flickr Video Cosmetics and personal care products are among the least regulated consumer products on the market today. Right now companies are allowed to use virtually any product that they want without any safety assessments before putting products on the market. Cosmetic products include makeup, shampoos, face washes, cologne, aftershave and even baby products. Of the 12,000 chemicals used in the cosmetics industry today, some 80 percent have never been assessed for safety. We simply do not know what...

Noam Chomsky on the Legacy of Ariel Sharon: Not Speaking Ill of the Dead 'Imposes a Vow of Silence'

Picture credit: Helene C. Stikkel/Wikimedia Commons Video In an interview with Democracy Now! following the death of former Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon who died on Saturday, world-renowned political dissident, linguist, author and Institute Professor Emeritus at Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Noam Chomsky says, "There is a convention that you’re not supposed to speak ill of the recently dead, which unfortunately imposes a kind of vow of silence, because there is nothing good to say. (Sharon) was a brutal killer; he had...

The Future of Philanthropy: Will Next Generation Donors Do Things Differently?

Picture credit: psychologytoday.com Video It is predicted that trillions of dollars of wealth will be transferred to the hands of a new generation of philanthropists in the next half-century. “It’s the biggest inter-generational transfer of wealth that we've ever seen. (And) so much of what happens in the future will depend on what the rising generation of major donors (now in their twenties and thirties) will become. Will they do things very differently from the previous generation?", asks Caroline Hartnell of...

What's Wrong with TED Talks

Picture credit: As seen on TED. Video Have you ever wondered why so little of the future promised in TED talks actually happens? So much potential and enthusiasm and so little actual change. Are the ideas wrong? Or is the idea about what ideas can do all by themselves wrong? Benjamin Bratton writes about entanglements of technology and culture - how technologies enable the making of certain worlds and at the same time, how culture structures how those technologies will evolve. The conceptualization of possibilities is...

We Need to Talk about Racism

Picture credit: Tedx Johannesburg Video “Racism remains the one conversation that we simply do not want to have in South Africa,” argues writer, activist and filmmaker, Gillian Schutte in this TEDx Johannesburg talk, which took place in December 2013. Schutte, who challenges racial stereotyping, says that our inability to talk about racism is one of the reasons that South African society remains untransformed. According to Schutte, every white person in our society must come to terms with, challenge and begin to...

The Media, Mandela's Legacy and Transformation

Picture credit: SACSIS Video The media alongside the state is one of the most important institutions in society. The media act as a watchdog and are an important counterbalance to the state. The media holds up a mirror to society. As South Africa (SA) approaches its 20th anniversary as a democracy and as we officially enter the post Mandela era, every important institution in this country is open to review and scrutiny. How has the media embraced its roll in post-apartheid SA? Fazila Farouk of SACSIS speaks to media...