Throughout history, society has been influenced by a series of factors such as governmental and non-governmental bodies, their laws and rules, media, education, economic factors (GDP, poverty, unemployment) science, technology, globalization and many others. If the influence spread more or less globally, very often the consequences had to be dealt with locally. While for some societies the stream of change came at the right moment and facilitated development, for others it was too powerful, too quick. Limits arose and, with it, a global duty of finding solutions to overcome them.
The African colonisation had a tremendous psychological impact on the native population from the 19th to the 20th century, when its development was profoundly dominated by a “take, don’t build” mindset. Since then a great number of poverty-reduction programmes have happened and are still happening throughout the African continent as we speak, and still poverty remains one of the most challenging barriers the African society (and not only!) is faced with.
At TEDxVienna Unlimited, Auma Obama, activist, humanitarian and sister of the most powerful man in the world, Barack Obama (hello NSA!) recalls the reasons behind the unsustainability of development aid programmes and calls for a change of paradigm in the way we think about poverty. Have a look at her wonderful and inspiring talk:
Progress in education has slowed down during the period of globalization. Children from third world countries often lack access to proper school environments and teaching materials, not to mention the motivation to overcome the limits of their own society.
Samar Jodha, succesful commercial photographer and filmmaker who felt the lack of real meaning in his art work, decided to get involved in communities that he could empower through art. In one of his projects, he started a series of educational programmes, namely photography workshops for children from slums, that have two main goals: ensuring that children’s empowerment through education does not require their disconnection from their own communities and daily activities and awakening their creativity and self-awareness by simpy providing the tools they will never have access to otherwise. By presenting their works in international exhibitions, Jodha manages to collect money that then he sends back to the communities for buying their own stationary. In his talk, Samar Jodha present the incredible results of these projects so we invite you to watch his talk and share his amazing work with your friends.
Food chain madness
If you take a look behind the scene of the European food chain, you’ll actually find out the crazy and unlimited streams of tomatoes that are crossing the continent from North to South and East to West. The life of a tomato or a pepper is very adventurous but a closer look into it reveals the main characters of the story: multinational supermarkets, states, the European Union and even the scientific world. What role has each of these in the production and distribution of vegetables around Europe and how “Bio” are “Bio-Tomatoes”? Annemieke Hendriks has “followed” tomatoes around Europe for the past four years and revealed some very interesting processes in her talk at TEDxVienna Unlimited. Enjoy!
Nowadays there are 5 million people born without sexual intercourse and surprisingly (or not) the key driver for this reproduction trend is education. At TEDxVienna Unlimited, Carl Djerassi, inventor of the “Pill” has made some very interesting and startling predictions in terms of the biological power relations between men and women when it comes to reproduction. From IVF (in vitro fertilization), the “Geriatric” continent we live in, to the reasons why contraception is the last on the priorities list of farmaceutical companies, his amazing talk has given the public a great deal of thinking to do, so have a look and let us know what you think.
The ginger paradigm
Technology has changed both the internal and external dynamic structures of organizations, especially the hierarchical ones. Online communication is bringing these organizations in front of a new challenge: How can they solve problems in the context of multiple perspectives? Marc Miletich and Ip Wischin, who started off as filmmakers, have come up with a new approach called the ginger paradigm. The ginger paradigm allows the re-contextualization of problems through a visual narrative map that enables solutions by allowing stakeholders to become co-owners of the problem, by triggering their emotional investment and enabling them to actively participate in organizational matters. To better understand the concept, have a look at their funny and captivating talk: