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.
“As the US and Iranian governments escalate tensions in the already volatile Straits of Hormuz, and China and Russia begin openly questioning Washington’s interference in their internal politics, the world remains on a knife-edge of military tension. Far from being a dispassionate observer of these developments, however, the media has in fact been central to increasing those tensions and preparing the public to expect a military confrontation” Click here to watch.
Watch this film to gain insight on the growing anti-nuke movement in Japan, post March 11th, 2011.
Japan has the rare opportunity to turn an unprecedented disaster into a beacon of hope by becoming a leader in the world to turn from nuclear power to a safer, cleaner future.
All of Japan’s nuclear reactors are scheduled to be shutdown for stress tests by the summer of this year, and many groups and individuals across Japan are coming together in solidarity to ensure this becomes a massive leap towards a future free from the repeat of such a disaster.
Watch this informative video about urban farmer, Novella Carpenter.
* warning: some images of animals killed for food.
In gratitude for all those who fight daily and sometimes die to protect life on our planet. Click here to watch this powerful video.
Watch this video interview with Will Allen, an urban farmer who has managed to produce ONE MILLION POUNDS of organic food in just 3 acres.
A beautiful film about our home, Planet Earth. We highlight this as an example of Media for Peacebuilding, because of its focus on solutions at the end of the film, rather than ending on a note of hopelessness or anger. We are all bogged down daily with negativity. It is time for SOLUTIONS, the COURAGE to suggest them, and the VISION to seek them out.
At a time when the mainstream media is having trouble wrapping their heads around the Occupy Movement, here is one of the best videos I have seen about the spirit behind Occupy Everywhere.
The newest video from the Story of Stuff Project, “The Story of Broke calls for a shift in government spending toward investments in clean, green solutions—renewable energy, safer chemicals and materials, zero waste and more—that can deliver jobs AND a healthier environment. It’s time to rebuild the American Dream; but this time, let’s build it better.”
Watch this interview on Democracy Now! with independent filmmaker and author John Sayles. Interesting insights from a filmmaker who uses media for peacebuilding by broadening conflict beyond a zero-sum game.