The Weave proudly presents Big Questions, a video interviewing and archiving project inspired by the example of Dropping Knowledge (www.droppingknowledge.org). Using our own list of "Big Questions" (see list to the right) as a guide, our staffers regularly conduct short interviews with journalists, activists, scholars, and other individuals who have interesting and important perspectives on pressing global issues. Selected videos are featured here, and the full archive is hosted on our YouTube channel at (www.youtube.com/channel/UC3hLwyQICQ5tCi_BVuFg0Mw). Just click on any of the thumbnails or questions to get started!

Mickey Huff
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Mickey Huff discusses the structures of fear that lie behind many "democratic" systems.

Obiora Udechukwu
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Udechukwu thinks that government officials sometimes forget that they are elected by the people.

Tim DeChristopher
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DeChristopher explains that governments fear their own people when they know they are not supporting their values. 

Shaun Whitehead
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Rev Whitehead acreadits governments fear of its citizens to the government not knowing its own people. Because the government doesn't know or understand its citizens, it fears unknown perspectives and fights to hold to its own.

Rob and Winny Sachno
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Rob Sachno says that the reason governments have control of people (us) is that they need to make sure that the we are paying taxes, so that they can be employed.

Winny Sachno says that unless the governments are really doing the right thing, they will always fear their people.

Sut Jhally
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Sut Jhally discusses the need to consult a variety of news sources, including those that offer progressive perspectives.

Carlos Alberto
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Carlos Alberto says his view of the news media is directly shaped by how the Spanish media covered the labor strike in which he participated in 2015.

Shaun Whitehead
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Rev Whitehead discusses the importance of oral tradition and recieving news by word of mouth.

Sharmeen Obaid-Chinoy
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Obaid-Chinoy explains the importance of seeking multiple and varying perspectives in news sources.

Obiora Udechukwu
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Udechukwu checks a variety of sources for news.

Tim DeChristopher
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DeChristopher gets his news from a variety of established alternative media sources and twitter.

 

Rob and Winny Sachno
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They try not to focus on news because most of the news are negetive;
They listen to MPR;
They do not follow the mainstream media.

Rutendo Chabikwa
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Rutendo Chabikwa is a student in the class of 2017 at St. Lawrence University. She is from Zimbabwe and is intending to double major in Economics and French.

Flip Filippi
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Filippi thinks that racial justice would have to be tied to economic justice among races. 

 

Obiora Udechukwu
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Udechukwu wants justice to be spread across the world.

Tim DeChristopher
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DeChristopher thinks that racial justice is geared toward people having agency over their own cultural community.

Shaun Whitehead
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Rev Whitehead believes that for racial justice to begin society must first even acknowledge the histories and circumstances of oppressed people throughout the world.

Rob and Winny Sachno
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The Sachnos contend that ONENESS would be how racial Justice look like.

Julie Frechette
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Julie Frechette asks a question that is in many people's minds during the 2016 U.S. presidential campaign.

Carlos Alberto
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Labor activist Carlos Alberto has a question for those who are running the global capitalist system - those who, in his view, value money over humanity: "How long do you think all of this is going to last?"

Brid Brennan
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Brid Brennan of the Transnational Institute discusses the future of the anti-austerity movement in Europe.

Steven Salaita
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Steven Salaita's "Big Question" concerns the need for empathy.

Jennicet Gutiérrez
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Activist Jennicet Gutiérrez's Big Question concerns the idea of diversity.

Sharmeen Obaid-Chinoy
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Obaid-Chinoy poses her big question on gender equality.

Flip Filippi
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Filippi’s shares her ideas of how we as humans can regain our reference for the Earth.

Obiora Udechukwu
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Dr. Udechukwu states what his big question is.

Shaun Whitehead
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Reverend Whitehead asks how do we "awknowledge and celebrate" the different paths that people take to understand faith, she continues by stating at what point will we stop dividing ourselves in the name of religion.  

Tim DeChristopher
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DeChristopher discusses his vision of a truly healthy and just world. 

 

Rob and Winny Sachno
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The Sachnos has no question because they believe the reality is based on different perceptions, then there would be a true answer. So why bother asking. 

Florence Reed
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Reed's big question is related to how we can create a sustainable food system.

Jon McCourt
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 McCourt's questions the blind obedience people have toward powerful organizations, such as the government and the church.

Don Romesburg
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Romesburg discussed how his question would be how to make more lives livable?

Jyoti Puri
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Puri stated how her question would regard our place in history.

Janisse Ray
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Ray discussed the fact that the questions also have to imply action.

Josh Stearns
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Stearns' Big Question to the world would be, what's your story?

Marisela Reyes Salazar
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Reyes Salazar said that the Big Question that she would make to the world would be, why are people so insensitive to calamities in impoverished and war-torn countries?

Brian McCarty
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McCarty discuses the need of the world to move towards peace and focus more on a global perspective.

María Eloy García
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Eloy Garcia discusses how, no matter how many big questions have been presented to her, she has discovered that they can't be answered.

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Don Brown
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 Brown talked about how his biggest question is how do we obtain a judge mobile economic system in which we can relate to one another.

Mark Wienand and Brent Eva "Thousands of One"
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Mark Wienand and Brent Eva, members of the band "Thousands of One" talked about how the Big Question the American people is how they can counter the lack of representation in the political system of ordinary citizens. 

Burton Visotzky
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Visotzky discusses how we should be responsible for the contradictions in our society and how we ultimately relate with god.

David Kirkpatrick
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Kirkpatrick discusses how the biggest question the world faces is how we can raise the global standard of living.

Melody Moezzi
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Melody Moezzi values peace and justice and from those outlines Her Big Question.

Vandana Shiva
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For Shiva the big question circulates around democracy...

Carol Hunter
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Hunter's Big Question is about society.

Anthony Shadid
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Anthony Shadid asks his own big question: "Do we really understand what the legacy of Iraq is going to be?"  

Jennicet Gutiérrez
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Activist Jennicet Gutiérrez discusses how transgender people continue to be affected by forms of discrimination that often go underreported.

Steven Salaita
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Steven Salaita calls attention to continued settler colonization throughout the Western hemisphere and the underreported forms of indigenous resistance to this colonization.

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M.anifest sees African innovation as a major underreported story.

 

 

Rutendo Chabikwa
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Rutendo Chabikwa is a student in the class of 2017 at St. Lawrence University. She is from Zimbabwe and is intending to double major in Economics and French.

Flip Filippi
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Filippi thinks every month she would have a different answer but right now it is the pervasive destructiveness of the capitalist mentality

Tim DeChristopher
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DeChristopher believes that it is naïve for people to think that they can’t create change and that the most underreported story is the return of people power.

 

Sharmeen Obaid-Chinoy
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Obaid-Chinoy comments on climate migrants and how changes in weather patterns affects migration.

Obiora Udechukwu
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"If a dog bites a man, it's not news. When a man bites a dog, that's a story."

Shaun Whitehead
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Reverend Whitehead raises the issues of gun violence in urban areas as well as the lack of acknowledgement for hunger problems within our own communities.  

Rob and Winny Sachno
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Sachno says that the goodness of humankind does not get told, and that is the most underreported story.

Florence Reed
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Reed sees climate change as an issue that gets too little attention from the media.

Craig Aaron
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Aaron describes today's underreported story as the corruption of politics in Washington, where corporate power is in the hands of decision-makers.

Amy Goodman
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Goodman discusses the silenced majority and the need to build independent media around the world.

Jon McCourt
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 McCourt stated how the most underreported story is what is left behind from year and the victims of conflict that continue suffering long after the physical violence has ended.

Jyoti Puri
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 Puri discussed how progress narratives and their detrimental effects can be considered underreported.

Janisse Ray
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Ray discusses the fact that the most underreported stories are the small success stories that don't make it on the daily news.

Silvia Pedraza
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Pedraza discussed the American immigration system that she consideres to be broken.

Brian McCarty
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McCarty discuss a verity of topics, but he stated that the most underreported story in that no one in the media focuses on issues with a global perspective.

Don Brown
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 Brown describes how climate change is the most underreported story in a variety of different ways. 

Mark Wienand and Brent Eva "Thousands of One"
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Brent Eva, a members of the band "Thousands of One", talked about the Christian coalition, and how it can be considered an underreported story for the media paints it as a conspiracy theory. Mark Wienand, also of the the same band, discusses how global warming is an underreported story, for though it is featured in the media, the true damages caused by climate change are not being reported.

Burton Visotzky
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Visotzky discusses the fact that in this globalized age, when everyone gets their knowledge from the web, newspapers have cut back on the stories they cover.  

Daniel Heyman
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Heyman discusses the use of Military contractors in the Iraq war and how the American public does not the realize the true concecuences of this.

David Kirkpatrick
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Kirkpatrick talks about economic disparity being today's most underreported story, and how we don't realize that when it come to economic prosperity the US is the worlds 1%.

Jaron Lanier
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For Jaron Lanier the problem is not with what is underreported, but rather with what is reported every day...

Stephen Soldz
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Stephen Soldz describes his personal experience with the underreported story of Guantanamo Bay.

Suhad Babaa
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Suhad Babaa explains the role of Just Vision in bringing underreported stories from Palestine to colleges and universities.

Melody Moezzi
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For Moezzi African issues are not present in the mainstream media.

Vandana Shiva
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Shiva explains what is unnoticed by the mainstream media.

Carol Hunter
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Carol Hunter believes that non-violence is the most underreported story.

Ruben Garcia
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Reuben Garcia focuses attention on the global responsibility to support people who are forced to leave their home countries. 

Bill McKibben
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Bill McKibben observes that despite all the talk about climate change, humanity hasn't yet come to grips with the magnitude of the challenge it is facing. 

Anthony Shadid
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Anthony Shadid comments on how issues of identity in the Middle East are simultaneously underreported and overreported. 

Linda Alcoff
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Linda Martin-Alcoff identifies "en epidemic of sexual violence and sexual exploitation that's on the increase globally" as today's most underreported story.

Rutendo Chabikwa
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Rutendo Chabikwa is a student in the class of 2017 at St. Lawrence University. She is from Zimbabwe and is intending to double major in Economics and French.

Tim DeChristopher
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DeChristopher discusses the positive aspects including the interconnections and empowerment created for people in developing countries.

Jon McCourt
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 McCourt described how in this globalized world, governed by transnational relations, does not offer many opportunities for the developing world.  It is the local that gets replaced by the global, leaving the third world countries dependent on their wealthier neighbors.

Don Romesburg
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Romesburg described how technology is not god or bad, and how it should be seen as a tool.

Jyoti Puri
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Puri described how technology is inherently neutral, and can not be only seen as good or detrimental.

Janisse Ray
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Ray expresses the hope that it may skyrocket their way of life, without causing so much destruction for the environment.

Josh Stearns
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Stearns talks about technology as a double-edged sword.

Brian McCarty
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McCarty discusses why the increase of technology can be seen as a double egged sword for developing countries.

Don Brown
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Brown describes how technology has revolutionizing and negative impacts.

Julie Bridgham
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Bridgham describes how equal acces to technology can help people in developing countries be more involved in the democratic process.

Harinda Vidanage
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Vindanage talks about how in the context of modernity, technology is not the sole product of the developed countries and this is in part due to the low cost of computing power.

Jaron Lanier
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Jaron Lanier is worried that technology will not necessary give bread to the people in Developing World

Ruben Garcia
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Ruben Garcia believes that new technologies hold great promise for developing countries.

Jennicet Gutiérrez
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Activist Jennicet Gutiérrez speaks about the need to find alternatives to capitalism.

Flip Filippi
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Filippi believes all people will think they’re meant for decision making. 

Obiora Udechukwu
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Dr. Udechukwu hopes to see a system that people first.

Tim DeChristopher
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DeChristopher doesn’t think anything is inevitable and that there are many possibilities.

Rob and Winny Sachno
Rob and Winny Sachno
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The Sachnos believe that agrarianism, existed before capitalism, will again come after capitalism.

Florence Reed
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Reed hopes for a future system that values meeting people's basic needs over the accumulation of capital.

Don Romesburg
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 Romesburg discussed how he is not optimistic on the outcomes of capitalism, but that he hopes that we can move toward a less harmful and more humane form of capitalism.

Janisse Ray
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Ray discussed the fact the there has to be a different path such as a "steady state economy."

Priscilla Falcon
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Falcon discusses the fact the society needs to change its attitude toward its "fellow human beings."

Brian McCarty
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McCarty stresses the inefficiency of capitalism, but is unsure of what path we should take.  

María Eloy García
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ELOY GARCÍA discusses how after capitalism we are going an indirect form of dictatorship, in which everyone is governed by a sense of false freedom.

Mark Wienand and Brent Eva "Thousands of One"
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Mark Wienand and Brent Eva, members of the band "Thousands of One", discussed the true problem with capitalism, and how it would be wise to follow the Scandinavian model of  government/economy.

David Kirkpatrick
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Kirkpatrick discusses how capitalism in itself is secure, but that democratic capitalism is being threatened.

Melody Moezzi
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What does Moezzi think about capitalism?

Vandana Shiva
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Shiva hopes that the true democracy will transform the world.

Carol Hunter
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Carol Hunter outlines the future after (caused by) capitalism.

Bill McKibben
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Bill McKibben says we have to "stop pretending that by itself, a bigger economy solves problems" and develop political strategies for making sure that markets really serve the needs of humanity.  

Anthony Shadid
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Anthony Shadid argues that Dubai represents a "dystopic future" and the "logical conclusion" of capitalism. 

Linda Alcoff
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Linda Martin-Alcoff thinks capitalism will give way to a new era of mixed economies. 

Sharmeen Obaid-Chinoy
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Obaid-Chinoy discusses how gender bias operates in the workforce, how friendly child policies and diversity could be achieved if men and women were treated as equals.

Flip Filippi
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Filippi doesn’t think men and women share the same strengths, therefore if they were treated equally the decision making process would be more interesting. 

Tim DeChristopher
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DeChristopher discusses how there would be more balance and equality in all different aspects of the world. 

 

Shaun Whitehead
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Reverend Whitehead discusses that the greatest tranformation would be a change in global society's mindset.  

Rob and Winny Sachno
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Sachno belives that equility would change everything. 

Florence Reed
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Reed believes that the world would be a more nurturing place if women and men were treated as equals. 

Hakim Bellamy
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Bellamy discusses how power affects decision-making between men and women, which influences how we interact with one another.

Don Romesburg
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 Romesburg discussed how we need to move away from a male female binary.

Jyoti Puri
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Puri discussed how if gender didn't matter, we would start to see the multiplicity of gender.

Brian McCarty
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McCarty links gender equality with democracy, but clarifies that, no matter how equal the genders, we are working with a flawed system.

María Eloy García
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ELOY GARCÍA discusses how the role of woman has not changed over time, but that when woman have been in the positions of power they have behaved the same as men.

Don Brown
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 Brown discussed how there is still a long way to go to obtain this goal, but that if woman had a greater role is decision making the world would a more peaceful place.  

Julie Bridgham
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Brigham talks about how gender inequality is an issue we have to truly continue the evolution of humanity.

Burton Visotzky
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Visotzky talks about how, when woman are treated equally, society as a whole flourishes.

Harinda Vidanage
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Vidanage discusses how, if there was gender equality, people could mobilize their full potential and how it would prevent structural violence and conflict.

Carol Hunter
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Hunter explains equality and gender balance.

Melody Moezzi
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Melody Moezzi discusses the role of women in transforming the world.

Vandana Shiva
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Vandana Shiva explains how the fragmented world will be brought together thanks to the equality of women and men.

Bill McKibben
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Bill McKibben spotlights how progress on women's empowerment has affected global population dynamics. 

Anthony Shadid
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Anthony Shadid discusses the complexity of reporting about gender issues in the Middle East. 

Linda Alcoff
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Linda Martin-Alcoff predicts that more gender equality would mean less macro- and micro-level violence in the world. 

Flip Filippi
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Filippi explains how that it will depend on whose writing the history.

 

Obiora Udechukwu
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Udechukwu talks about global institutions alleviating poverty.

Tim DeChristopher
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DeChristopher thinks they’ll be judged harshly as being very imperialistic and antidemocratic.

Rob and Winny Sachno
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Rob Sachno thinks that the history is written by the winners and it cannot reveal the entire truth.

Winny Sachno thinks that we have the truth right now.

Florence Reed
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Reed thinks that members of the institutions will wonder why they did not attempt to address issues such as poverty or environmental degradation.

Juan González
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Gonzalez describes the IMF and World Bank as the "Darth Vader" of politics.

Jon McCourt
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McCourt described how, while the these organizations originated from a noble ideal, they have been sidetracked from their original purpose.

Don Romesburg
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Romesburg discussed how the recent recession was put into perspective the austerity measures the IMF and World Bank inflicted on developing countries, for now the first world countries are suffering from similar measures.

Jyoti Puri
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Puri sees these global institutions as modern iterations of colonizing empires.

Priscilla Falcon
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Falcon discussed the way global institutions only serve the interest of super powers, extracting resources from developing countries.

Don Brown
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Don Brown talked about how the global institutions will be judged harshly and that there is need for reform.

Julie Bridgham
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Bridgham describes how institutions like the UN as part of a process, in which we transition to a much more globalized reality.

Stephen Soldz
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For Stephen Soldz history is written by victors, depending on who will win those institutions will be judge as...

Melody Moezzi
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Moezzi talks about positive aspects of the UN, and provides us with some ideas for the future. As well as she gives her judgement on the IMF and World Bank. 

Vandana Shiva
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Vandana Shiva discusses the role of global institutions in today's world and their influence on women.

Carol Hunter
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For Hunter History is an interesting judge...

Ruben Garcia
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Reuben Garcia suggests that history will judge international financial institutions harshly if they do not democratize their operations.

Tim DeChristopher
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DeChristopher thinks that economic growth defined by mainstream economics needs to be redefined considering we are running out of limits and resources. 

Greg Pahl
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Pahl discusses how the transition from fossil fuels will shape the future of human kind; transforming our culture, politics, economy and eventually the very fabric of society.

Don Romesburg
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 Romesburg talked about how global citizens are still ignorant of climate change and its true repercussions.

Jyoti Puri
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 Puri described how the effects of climate change are having a "partial" impact on our economic growth, for many times the relation between the two is denied.

Janisse Ray
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Ray discussed the fact that ordinary citizens and business will be "stopped in their tracks" by climate change and forced to react.

Brian McCarty
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Brian McCarthy discusses how the the publics knowledge of climate change is not the issue, it is the publics acceptance of climate change.

Don Brown
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Brown discussed the way Climate Change is the first problem humanity has faced, that requieres global cooperation and global solutions.

Burton Visotzky
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Visotzky talks about how there is an ignorance, in certain spheres, on the climate change and how there is an urgent need to shift away from an oil based economy.

Anthony Shadid
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Anthony Shadid senses a change in public awareness but wonders what will happen as powerful interests seek to capitalize on this awareness for their own purposes. 

Riccardo Petrella
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Petrella argues that humanity can't respond effectively to climate change (yet) because humanity doesn't exist (yet).

Obiora Udechukwu
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Udechukwu gives an example about fishing in Nigera before the British arrived.

Shaun Whitehead
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Reverend Whitehead believes that the first step to responding to climate change is addressing that it is a pressing issue that humanity needs stop ignoring and to "open our eyes" to its effects on our lives.  

Flip Filippi
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Fillipi thinks people should slow down and stop thinking technology is going to solve all of our problems.

Riccardo Petrella
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Petrella insists that poverty is a process, not a state. He challenges members of wealthy societies to think about how they are involved in the production of poverty.

Ben Boyington
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Ben Boyington answers the question by drawing on his own experience growing up in rural northern New England.

Flip Filippi
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Filippi thinks that poverty is when a person has to spend majority of their energy on minor necessities. 

Obiora Udechukwu
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Shaun Whitehead
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Rev Whitehead discusses poverty as not only a malnourishment of the body, and an absence of the necessities of physical survival, but also malnourishment of the mind and spirit.

Tim DeChristopher
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DeChristopher defines poverty as lacking the empowerment to direct the course of your own life.

 

Rob and Winny Sachno
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Winny Sachno believes that because there are many different kinds of poverty, we cannot just confine the definition of poverty to the lack in money resources.

Rob Sachno believes that if people do not compare themselves to others, there is no poverty, thus no definition of poverty.

Greg Pahl
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Pahl stressed the importance of refining the concept of growth and the way we view our natural resources.

Jon McCourt
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McCourt described how the US should not see itself as the world policeman.

Don Romesburg
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Romesburg discussed how the United States' citizens and State Department need to be reminded that the United States is actually in decline.

Jyoti Puri
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 Puri discussed how we need to stop viewing the US as our reference point.  Even American need to escape from this US centered mentality.

Janisse Ray
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Ray discussed the way the US needs to redefine what progress is.

Josh Stearns
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Stearns discusses the "seeds of change" that are being planted in America.

Brian McCarty
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McCarty stresses the importance of Americans considering themselves global citizens.

María Eloy García
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ELOY GARCÍA discusses how the United States, like all great empires, will fall. This fall will be brought about by its own internal fragility.

Don Brown
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Brown discussed how the United States need to start to consider itself a global citizen.

Burton Visotzky
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Visotzky discusses the way that while the US economic empire is declining in the face of other economic powers, it still has the strongest militarily, and thus will remain a super power for some time. It is Visotzky's opinion that the question should be, "how do we grow old greacfully?"

 

David Kirkpatrick
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Kirkpatrick stresses the danger of Americans being oblivious to the Unites States' decline.

Harinda Vidanage
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Vindanage talks about how the United States in not an empire in the general sense, but that in the context of post-nation states the US is expanding globally as an ideology.

Daniel Heyman
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Heyman discusses the fact that the idea of nation states is disapearing and we live in a world where coorperations are the real source of power.

Vandana Shiva
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Some tips to the United States from the Ecofeminist's perspective.

Usha Ramanathan

Dr. Usha Ramanathan discusses the uplifting history of American democracy and how America became respected as the “world police,”  and wonders, what happened? 

 

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Molly Bingham and Steve Connors discuss what the history of the British Empire can tell us about the future of the U.S. empire.

Anthony Shadid
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Anthony Shadid sees the drama of U.S. imperial decline becoming "uglier, more bitter, and more violent."

Bill McKibben
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Bill McKibben highlights the importance of "relocalization" in enabling a graceful decline in American power.

Linda Alcoff
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Linda Martin-Alcoff suggests that the U.S. try to learn lessons from the imperial decline of England and Germany.