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Honouring Mama Africa

Picture credit: Pop Watch Video Grammy Award-winning singer and songwriter Angélique Kidjo gave an interview earlier this week about headlining the Carnegie Hall’s tribute to Miriam Makeba, the legendary South African singer and activist who died in 2008. Numerous international artists as well as South Africa’s Vusi Mahlasela joined Kidjo in performing, "Mama Africa: A Tribute to Miriam Makeba", on Wednesday, 5 November at Carnegie Hall in New York City. The concert was presented as the...

Lichtgrenze: A Light Art Project Commemorating the 25th Anniversary of the Fall of the Berlin Wall

Picture credit: Lichtgrenze Video To celebrate the 25th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall, the Lichtgrenze (The Border of Lights) an extraordinary light installation will be produced, following the former route of the so-called Berliner Mauer. From the 7th - 9th of November 2014, the 15.3 kilometer frontier that once divided the city center will be re-imagined in light by thousands of illuminated balloons. Running through the center of Berlin, from Bornholmer Straße to the Oberbaumbrücke, the...

What New Power Looks Like

Picture credit: TED Video We can see the power of distributed, crowd-sourced business models every day — witness Uber, Kickstarter, Airbnb. But veteran online activist Jeremy Heimans argues these businesses are vested in a "new power" model, which he explains as, “The deployment of mass participation and peer coordination to create change and shift outcomes. The distinguishing factors are “mass participation” and “peer co-ordination”. This is what makes "new...

Sweden Recognises Palestinian State

Picture credit: Margot Wallstrom courtesy Voa News Video Sweden's new centre-left government announced this week that it has recognised the Palestinian state, making it the first EU country to do so. Sweden's foreign minister, Margot Wallstrom, told Al Jazeera that recognising Palestine will put each party on a level playing field and help move peace talks forward. She said that Sweden is hoping that this new development will inject some new dynamics into the now-suspended peace talks by making the parties less unequal. Wallstrom also said she...

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...