From : 2 October (Mohandas K. Gandhi’s birth anniversary)
Until : 16 October (World Food Day)
A global call for action to stand up for our diverse & free food heritage.
Click here to watch a video message from Vandana Shiva, and take action!
“Our seeds and food are vital to life. We cannot afford to allow the destruction of the planet and our health to continue. We cannot allow seed slavery and food dictatorship to continue. We must take back our seeds, our food, our freedom.”
- Vandana Shiva
The newest video from The Story of Stuff Project, “The Story of Solutions, explores how we can move our economy in a more sustainable and just direction, starting with orienting ourselves toward a new goal.” Here at Media for Peacebuilding, we are all about transformative solutions for a better world!
The Occupy Gezi movement, which is taking Istanbul by storm, is a mostly nonviolent movement which attempts to address universal values like real democracy, reverential ecology, economic liberation, human rights, social justice, and peace. One of the most interesting aspects of Occupy Gezi for me (Kimberlye Kowalczyk) has been the explosion of art and music in Istanbul. Expression liberates creativity, and that is what we are seeing in Istanbul. Listen to music from Occupy Gezi for free, online here.
Watch this inspiring TED talk by Israeli graphic designer Ronny Edry, who spearheaded the viral internet campaign, “Israel loves Iran”.
Click here to watch another excellent example of peace journalism from Al Jazeera’s Witness. Peace Journalism’s role is to create opportunities for society at large to consider and value non-violent responses to conflict.
“As fighting rages in Syria, four political satirists find themselves swept up in the great debates that divide Syria’s revolutionaries: armed revenge or non-violent resistance?”
Watch other Witness videos here: http://www.aljazeera.com/programmes/witness
Watch this documentary on greening deserts by documentary filmmaker and ecologist, John D. Liu.
Visit Liu’s interactive storytelling website here: www.whatifwechange.org
Watch this episode of Al Jazeera’s Witness, “Alfred’s Free Press.”
“One innovative journalist has found a way to get daily news and information to Liberians — with the aid of a blackboard.”
Watch this Transcend Media Service interview with Professor Paul Scott on the mainstream media, peace, and democracy.
Click here to watch this global participatory video project in a “Declaration of Interdependence”, by Let it Ripple: Mobile Films for Global Change. Music by Moby.
The KONY2012 video has gone viral with just short of 12mil views in 48 hours. In terms of online advocacy, this is a massive success. While the video is spreading awareness about a war criminal, Joseph Kony, we at Media for Peacebuilding have some questions about Invisible Children’s analysis of the conflict, and thereby their solution. Does a foreign military intervention to “stop” Kony decrease or increase violence in the region? What happens after his arrest? Are the hands of the Ugandan government “clean” in this conflict? Following are a number of links to add perspective to this dialogue. We leave you to your own conclusion.
The Problem with Invisible Children’s “Kony 2012″
Reflections on Kony 2012
A Reader’s Digest of KONY2012
Kony is Not in Uganda (and other complicated things)
On Kony 2012
Let’s Talk about Kony