Michael Sandal’s book, as reviewed here at Phi Beta Iota (see Review: Public Philosophy–Essays on Morality in Politics) prompted my putting forward some related links and thoughts. I highly recommend Michael Sandal’s TED presentation The Lost Art of Democratic Debate
“Democracy thrives on civil debate, Michael Sandel says — but we’re shamefully out of practice. He leads a fun refresher, with TEDsters sparring over a recent Supreme Court case (PGA Tour, Inc. v. Martin) whose outcome reveals the critical ingredient in justice.”
Here is a related P2P Discussions on the Future of the Economy.
In 1990 new proteins were engineered into the American food supply. Other countries don’t allow it. Walmart, Kraft and Pepsi actually formulate different food for export. America has highest cancer rates in the world.
Robyn O’Brien gives us information and patterns she has assembled and synthesized about how our food “industry” makes us sick (allergies, cancer, etc., etc.), raises our health care costs, weakens our global competitiveness, etc. and what we can do about it.
Phi Beta Iota: Industry–which operates on public incorporation commissions–lacks integrity because the government lacks integrity, as does the media in a corporate state. We have had a failure of integrity across the entire US system of systems (see Paradigms of Failure).
Phi Beta Iota: This is classic Barlow, totally new fresh look, a moving and deeply engaging personal monologue on where we are, where we are going.
“Thought is not a noun to be owned, it is a verb, an action.”
“Copyright is the wrong model for monetizing thinking.”
You know that an era is over when the speakers at TED are dominated by people like General MacChrystal.
I get it – coolness, celebrity, and schmoozing will save the world. No actual work is required. Just conferences for people who no longer do any actual work. Bertolt Brecht would recognize Berlin in the 1930’s.
As Posted to Closed List of Real Pioneers
Phi Beta Iota: We have 80 active contributors, and tend to defer to the original intent, but this is a spiritual commentary with a cultural point that is valid, but over the top on dismissing the 80% of TED that is wonderous–such as our most respected TED Video to date, TED: Sugata Mitra–The child-driven education. The above is a strong signal for TED, nothing more, nothing less.
Sometimes when this work seems too hard, someone will send me a video link… and I’ll suddenly find myself bathed in one more reason why it is worth pouring so much of life into creating a decent, joyful, healthy society.
There is so much going on in the world that is worth preserving, so much worth celebrating, so much worth nurturing. And, of course, most of it is not on videos.
But a lot of it is…
I thought I’d take a moment to share some of my favorites. Most of them are 2-10 minutes long. I’ve marked the longer ones.
All Links with Descriptions Below the Line