By Cheryl, May 29, 2013 8:24 am

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Inventing New Ways to See the World

By Cheryl, March 11, 2013 11:41 am

Enjoy the pleasure of seeing through the eyes of visionary artist, VIK MUNIZ, who teaches us to view the world in imaginative ways

“It’s not about fooling somebody, it’s actually giving somebody a measure of their own belief: how much you want to be fooled. That’s why we pay to go to magic shows”

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Say WATTs!

By Cheryl, February 14, 2013 3:16 pm

Get a load of the hilariously funky, REGGIE WATTs – musician, comedian and avowed disinformationist

“We all know this is an illusion but it feels pretty real”

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Greatest Movie Insults…

By Cheryl, October 13, 2012 8:17 pm

* Warning Strong Language *

“If  I wanted a joke…I’d follow you into the john and watch you take a leak!”

“To call you stupid would be an insult to stupid people!”

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The YES MEN Fix the World!

By Cheryl, April 1, 2012 12:06 pm

With a commitment to “Truth Telling where there would normally be lies” – the bold and wacky duo are at it again with new stunts such as the Halliburton Survival Ball !

“Starving is the NEW Black…”

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Thandie Newton; Embracing Otherness, Embracing Myself

By Cheryl, March 11, 2012 11:46 am

Newton speaks eloquently on the value of  living  from your essence

“Embrace the bountiful nothingness …”

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Malcolm Gladwell: Human Potential

By Cheryl, February 14, 2012 11:52 am

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Miss Representation

By Cheryl, January 1, 2012 12:25 pm

Miss Representation brings together some of America’s most influential women in politics, news and entertainment, including Condoleezza Rice, Nancy Pelosi, Katie Couric, Rachel Maddow, Margaret Cho, Rosario Dawson and Gloria Steinem to give audiences an inside look at the media’s message and depiction of women.

The film explores women’s under-representation in positions of power by challenging their limited and often disparaging portrayals in the media.

Miss Representation takes the stand that the media is portraying women’s primary values as their youth, beauty and sexuality – rather than their capacity as leaders.

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Annie Leonard’s Story Of STUFF

By Cheryl, October 31, 2011 2:08 pm

Boo! This is scary! A provocative tour of our consumer-driven culture

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Don Cheadle is Captain Planet!

By Cheryl, September 4, 2011 9:04 pm

“Holy Gaia!”

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Creating ONE-Planet-Prosperity

By Cheryl, August 13, 2011 10:19 am

ONE-PLANET-PROSPERITY is about BEING what we DO — not what we own.  Creating the same, or better quality of life without destroying the planet.

ALEX STEFFEN, co-founder & editor of talks about creating what we all want – GUILT-FREE Affluence!

  • World-changing is about expanding our definition of what sustainability could be
  • The value of de-materialization
  • How connectivity via technology makes it easier to share products & the services they provide (think ZIP CAR!)
  • Or the soon to be popular, brilliant idea: Tool Libraries – how many drills sit on shelves, a wasted resource when, really it’s the hole we want. Yet still we have status and identity wrapped up in owning objects.
  • See what free inspired minds widely connected can create together….things like; a water pump that doubles as a playground – as the children spin they pump the water!  A brilliant yet simple design!

    We’re all in this together & One-Planet-Prosperity becomes the platform from which we can build a future worth living

    The biggest barriers to building a sustainable planet are political, not technological. – Alex Steffen

    For more inspiration visit the WORLDCHANGING website

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    The American Dream

    By Cheryl, August 13, 2011 8:54 am

    ….as the late, great George Carlin put it:

    ” It’s called the American Dream because you have to be asleep to believe it”

    THE AMERICAN DREAM is an entertaining animated film that takes a clever, hard hitting look at the financial system.  It reveals the mystery of how money is created, why housing prices skyrocket, then plunge, and what the heck is going on with the Federal Reserve!

    Knowledge is Power….it can be used for good or evil —help get our nation back on track. If you liked this film please visit the site, donate or buy the dvd:

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    Rwanda; a case study in forgiveness and reconciliation

    By Cheryl, July 20, 2011 2:02 pm

    Filmmaker Laura Waters Hinson went to Rwanda with a chilling question: is it possible to forgive the person who killed your family? Hear the stories of reconciliation she found while making “As We Forgive,” which documents how confessed murderers and genocide survivors are partnering to rebuild Rwanda.

    The hands that were used to kill are now used to build homes for the victims, in what is being called, “practical reconciliation”

    Forgiveness is a process – daily – we must chose to value peace more than revenge.

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    Gimme Shelter: Playing for Change

    By Cheryl, July 9, 2011 10:56 am

    Give yourself the pleasure to enjoy this very special rendition of the classic

    It’s a simple message, expressing the urgency we now face to unite together….

    War, children, it’s just a shot away….Love, sister it’s just a kiss away

    It’s in the shelter of each other that people live

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    How photosynthesis can help us fuel the world!

    By Cheryl, July 3, 2011 9:58 am

    Dan Nocera explains in this POP TECH presentation how we can save the world by providing clean, inexpensive energy –YES!– through already existing technology

    “What plants offer us is insight into how we might create workable liquid fuel. The MIT swimming pool contains 3.2 million liters of water; that pool could store 43 TW of energy, if we take the water down to hydrogen and oxygen. That’s assuming 100% efficiency in the water conversion process, but even if we assume 50% efficiency, we could generate the world’s energy needs with 2/3 of that pool. “The bottom line is, I’m talking about solving the energy problem with an Olympic-sized pool of water. We could be doing that globally, per second. That’s the hope, because there’s so much energy density in that fuel.”

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    Giving makes you happier! Science proves it!

    By Cheryl, May 31, 2011 8:56 am

    Elizabeth Dunn discusses her research on the relationship between happiness and money in this POP TECH presentation

    Here are some great places to spread the love!
    Karma Currency
    Kickstarterthe largest funding platform for creative projects in the world

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    What does it mean to be You?

    By Cheryl, May 22, 2011 8:40 am

    Philosopher Julian Baggini discusses the fundamental question, and whether or not the detachment from “self” promoted by Buddhist teachings is really the answer–
    The talk is presented by the Royal Society for Arts- who’s mission is about putting enlightened thinking to work in practical ways

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    Bill Shannon; performing artist – is no longer “subject but host”

    By Cheryl, May 19, 2011 9:58 am

    Bill Shannon dances — on four legs. Born with a bilateral hip deformity, this ingenious performance artist’s work will challenge your notions of disability.

    Inventing his own form, “Shannon Technique”….”Performance art became a tool for me”

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    LET ME DOWN EASY…a call for GRACE by Anna Deavere-Smith

    By Cheryl, May 17, 2011 11:55 am

    Anna Deavere Smith, begins the conversation regarding her latest solo-show saying, “it’s about our bodies; their power and their vulnerability.” In the end- it’s a message about cherishing the moments of life (wherein we inhabit our bodies)

    In her inimitable style, she portrays the people she’s interviewed which includes;
    the late Ann Richards-former Governer of Texas, Lance Armstrong, Elizabeth Steb-choreographer, Associate Dean of Yale School of Medicine-Ruth Katz, and a captivating bull-rider, Brent Williams; ”What keeps ya on top tha bull is sheer determination!”

    I’m in pursuit of the “spooky truth…I simply begin by asking, what happened?”

    What’s revealed are fascinating stories about the struggle with illness, pain and the healthcare system…. Asking where is care in our society? We have all this technology but do we know how to heal? Do healthcare professionals know how to listen?
    When asked what the play’s title means, she says, ultimately the title is about a call for grace and kindness, in a world that often lacks that. We want to distance ourselves from these realities, because we’re afraid. But can we morally afford to deal with people this way?

    “The medicine I take from the show is how to treat other people”

    The New York run was sold-out – maybe HBO will present this brilliant work? Meanwhile, here’s a chance to get a glimpse of her amazing ability to channel the soul of others, as she illuminates her process in conversation with Bill Moyers.

    Her genius lies in her ability to acutely listen and re-create the persona, their words become her text. Her technique was derived from a philosophy she inherited from her father, “if you say a word often enough – it becomes you.

    In her book, “Talk to Me,” she says acting is about as far from lying as anything because of the vulnerability of the actor.  If you think about it we are going in there and putting our identity for rent, we’re giving it up for periods of time. We are trained to feel deeply for an imagined other -that’s not lying, that’s the pursuit of another kind of truth.

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    the FUNK of life w/ Cornel West

    By Cheryl, May 15, 2011 11:15 am

    This is why I love Brother West — the self-proclaimed jazz man of ideas!

    “Courage is the enabling virtue for any human; courage to think, courage to love, courage to hope…”

    “Can’t talk abut Truth without talking about learning how to die, because there is no transformation without death”

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